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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 01 November 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
Mushkin PC3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz RAM Kit HP3-10666
Closer Look: Mushkin PC3-10666
DDR3 Comparison Review Progress
RAM Testing Methodology
Test Results: Mushkin 1333MHz DDR3
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Final Thoughts

Since so much of the initial allure to use DDR3 hinged on higher performance numbers and improved efficiency, there is a lot of weight placed on every single product produced for this series. As prices continue to drop, and they have already done so in a surprisingly short time, the currently limited supply will soon increase to meet demand.

But enthusiasts expect quite a lot from this first wave of DDR3 products. Since the initial overclock gave very minor 2.745% improvement from 1333 to 1372MHz while maintaining the tight CL6-7-6-18 timings, this PC3-10666 kit eventually pushed 1500MHz stable without additional voltage at the expense of those timings. And because Mushkin didn't brand this kit with an insanely high factory clock speed you can benefit from the reduced retail cost since the product isn't looking for the limelight.

The Mushkin PC3-10666 CL6-7-6-18 HP3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz 1GBx2 1.8V system memory kit is not just going to be a product for overclockers. Since the 1333MHz default speed is presently a match for the highest front side bus, system builders and casual users could also utilize this kit for vanilla systems.

Mushkin PC3-10666 CL6-7-6-18 HP3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz 1GBx2 1.8V RAM Kit

I think that most enthusiasts will probably presume that DDR3 still isn't an important part of the hardware market. After all, even a standard DDR3 kit like this is still relatively expensive; and Mushkin's PC3-10666 CL6-7-6-18 HP3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz kit isn't going to be a plug and play improvement for system performance. However, with the right combination of hardware, anybody from the average computer user to the hardcore gamer can still take advantage of the new standard without going into debt. Just remember, JEDEC controls the system memory development; and they aren't going to change their minds and return to DDR2.

Mushkin HP3-10666 Conclusion

New to our ratings system is the performance score. In our system memory reviews, we offer this score to represent the overclocking potential and memory timing capability of the product reviewed. Mushkin didn't shatter any speed records with this HP3-10666 kit, but reaching and maintaining a stable CL6-7-6-18 latency timing at 1372 is still respectable. Even the looser overclock to 1500MHz was still a notable achievement for a 1366MHz DDR3 system memory kit.

Mushkin already had an attractive design with their notched FrostByte headsink, so it wasn't exactly a tired look when it reappeared in a new color on the HP3-10666 DDR3 kit. Some change is always good, because there isn't much a manufacturer can do to dress up system memory.

In regards to construction, Mushkin has done a fine job of producing well-protected RAM with the ability to survive minor abuse. The heatspreaders may not be a permanent fixture, but the clamps secure the heatsink pieces without the worry of falling apart.

When functionality is compared, the Mushkin PC3-10666 memory kit does exactly what it was designed to do: give more for less. Just like their motto indicates, Muskin offers a lot more product than you would expect from such an entry-level kit.

At the time of this writing, Mushkin has not released the HP3-10666 1333MHz DDR3 kit to retailers. With the holiday season around the corner, it wouldn't surprise me to see this product offered nearly everywhere in the coming weeks. Expect this kit to retail between $275-$325 when it is released.

In conclusion, the Mushkin PC3-10666 CL6-7-6-18 HP3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz 1GBx2 1.8V RAM kit is a great fit for entry-level overclockers and hardware enthusiasts looking to take their first steps in the new DDR3 standard. Hopefully system memory prices in this new range of products will soon drop to a reasonable level, and when they do this could be the kit to buy for that first build. It doesn't set records in terms of speed or overclock, but then again it is available for nearly half the cost of system memory kits only a few notches higher.

Pros:

+ Offers moderate CPU overclocking potential
+ 1500MHz of available bandwidth
+ Memory overclocks 167MHz
+ Low CL6-7-6-18 latency timings
+ 1.8V power results in cool operation
+ Compact profile means universal fit
+ Lifetime Product Warranty

Cons:

- DDR3 is still considered expensive, although this kit is hardly the worst offender
- Only 6MHz of natural memory overclocking headroom
- Very tight latency timings

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 8.75
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 7.25

Final Score: 8.7 out of 10.

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EDITORS NOTE: Benchmark Reviews has also published the article DDR3 RAM: System Memory Technology Explained


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