|Winchip PC3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz 64A0TRHN8G17E|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 07 December 2007|
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Winchip was founded in 1995 and has been a large player in the Asian OEM market from the beginning. Their retail product offerings have been quite successful, with unique DDR2 and now DDR3 memory. The next goal of Winchip is to enter the European market with their retail products. They are also one of the few companies shipping DDR2 memory at 1200MHz in the PC2-9600 64A0TMTHE8G17C kit. Winchip is also looking for a distributor in Europe to break into the market. This first step is usually a very tough one, Their new brand name will still have to establish itself in Europe. All this takes quite some time, but if Benchmark Reviews continues to see solid products produced from their labs we will fully endorse their efforts.
Some of the faster kits we reviewed are not going to be something system builders and casual users should purchase for vanilla systems. But this Winchip PC3-10666 CL8-8-8-15 64A0TRHN8G17E DDR3 1333MHz kit offers something for everyone. Make a visit to the Winchip website and you discover that they have a high-performance system memory solution for several different market segments. But let's not fool ourselves here, they are still after the cutting-edge group of hardcore gamers and serious hardware enthusiasts just as hardware enthusiasts and overclockers.
Since beginning this DDR3 series, the presentation rating has been replaced with a performance score. In our system memory reviews, we offer this score to represent the overclocking potential and memory timing capability of the product reviewed. Winchip's PC3-10666 64A0TRHN8G17E DDR3 kit managed to overclock from 1333 to only 1381MHz while still maintaining stable CL8-8-8-15 timings; not much of an achievement for 1333MHz DDR3. While the overclocking headroom is more than enough for most system builders to feel confident in the part, the overall performance leaves a lot to be desired.
When the appearance is rated I take into consideration what the product has, as well as what it could have. While Winchip designed this DDR3 kit with heatspreaders so large it would be very difficult to generate any excess heat, all while adding a small level of excitement to the overall product. I liked this unique heatspreader design the first time I saw it, and it still keeps me impressed. Every little detail helps add appeal.
In regards to construction, the Winchip DDR RAM module offers average durability and can survive minor abuse thanks to a rugged heatspreader design. While the clip system mounts the clam-shell heatspreader with a strong pressure, the lack of a solid bond keeps them from being a permanent fixture. This kit could survive harsh abuse, but I still recommend you handle with care.
Winchip's PC3-10666 64A0TRHN8G17ES kit doesn't measure up to the overclocking results of others in our series thus far. the 1333MHz 2x1GB 1.65V RAM kit has demonstrated conservative overclocking potential making it better suited for system builders. While High-Speed DDR3 is going to grow more popular with time, for now system builders and performance enthusiasts on a budget can take advantage of the dual-purpose functionality delivered by this 1333MHz DDR3 kit.
Many readers aren't aware that DDR2 is being sold at or beneath the production cost; something manufacturers must to do to help pay off their soon to be obsolete fabrication units. 1333MHz DDR3 may not seem like much of an improvement, but it does open some doors to overclocking that DDR2 will never reach. At the time of this writing, Winchip has not yet placed the 64A0TRHN8G17E kit for sale with online retailers. Our Winchip contact confirmed that this kit is expected to retail near $350, which places it above the average for PC3-10666 kits.
In conclusion, the Winchip PC3-10666 CL8-8-8-15 64A0TRHN8G17E DDR3 1333MHz RAM kit offers good entry-level performance for enthusiasts and system builders, and at the same time it opens a few front side bus opportunities that DDR2 never could. Thanks to faster 1333MHz performance these modules might just be the key to inspiring the masses to adopt the new standard. The Winchip PC3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz kit is good for newcomers to DDR3 who want to build a computer system based on the new DDR3 standard or simply push their system beyond the manufacturer's intended specifications.
+ 1333MHz of guaranteed available bandwidth
- Not a High Speed DDR3 rated product
Final Score: 8.2 out of 10.
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EDITORS NOTE: Benchmark Reviews has also published the article DDR3 RAM: System Memory Technology Explained