|Mushkin PC3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz RAM Kit HP3-10666|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 01 November 2007|
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Closer Look: Mushkin PC3-10666
Mushkin has stuck to their guns so to speak with regards to the appearance of their new DDR3 module. The popular FrostByte heat-spreader design reappears in their HP3-10666 part. Finished with a blue anodized aluminum construction, the tone might be entirely fitting for a cool running set of RAM like this DDR3 1333MHz 1GBx2 1.8V system memory kit.
In comparison to many of the last-in-line DDR2 products released, namely the OCZ Reaper HPC kit and the Winchip PC2-9600 kit, this Mushkin PC3-10666 CL6-7-6-18 DDR3 1333MHz kit appears fairly mundane. There are no heatpipes, and because of the efficient design inherent to DDR3 there are no need for extremely large heatspreaders rising well above the circuit board. Instead, Mushkin kept their design simple and effective with a clam-shell heat-spreader attached with chrome clips.
There are a few positive impacts brought about by keeping to the standard profile design. To begin with, this compact footprint allows the HP3-10666 kit to fit nearly anywhere; including extremely shallow HTPC systems and 1U servers.
Running at 1.7V, which is only slightly over the 1.5V JEDEC standard, I found this Mushkin PC3-10666 kit worked at a temperature that was just barely warm to the touch.
Mushkin may not have reinvented the wheel with regard to appearance in their first DDR3 kit, but despite the lack of an all new outward design this 1333MHz CL6-7-6-18 kit doesn't try to impress you with looks. Follow along, and find out just how impressive the performance was during our overclocking and bandwidth benchmarks.