Let me just start off by addressing the whole low voltage aspect of the kit. The idea on a whole is great, but in retrospect a difference of .2v or .3v is going to do very little for power draw. You would ultimately buy this kit in a situation where you wanted to build a low power system. You wouldn't buy a high end i7 setup and then buy the LoVo kit thinking that it's magically going to use less power than a standard memory kit that uses 1.5v to 1.65v.
When it came to performance I was legitimately shocked. Due to the whole nature of what the LoVo is for, I didn't expect any headroom in overclocking, especially at the standard timings which included a 1T command rate. I thought if I moved to 2T we might get a performance boost, but since we always test max OC with the default timings I thought the modules wouldn't have any joy at all.
To keep that 1T command rate and achieve over 2000MHz DDR was very impressive. Even more impressive was the fact that we did it at only 1.55v. Since most of our 2000MHz DDR+ kits we look at carry 1.65v as standard and this is the highest Intel recommend, we don't go past it. We might've been able to achieve even more performance out of the kit if we moved another .1v, but what we got out of it at 1.55v was fantastic.
Taking into consideration the overclock we achieved and also the fact that the kit uses a 1T command rate, it was easy to see how this kit would come in under the HyperX series.
It's nice to see something different; we don't always have to see kits that can do 2300MHz DDR+ to be impressed. This is a fantastic little kit for people who want some good timings while at the same time having a bit off headroom when it comes to the OC.
So, the whole low voltage requirement is just a bit of a bonus and means that it will attract another crowd again. Don't be mistaken, though, this isn't just a kit for someone who wants to run a low power office system.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Packaging and Modules]
- Page 3 [Overclocking]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and wPrime]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Everest Ultimate Edition]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - SiSoft Sandra]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Sciencemark]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 9 [Total Performance Rating (TPR)]
- Page 10 [Total Value Rating (TVR)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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