|Aeneon PC3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz AXH760UD00-13G|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 04 December 2007|
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Closer Look: Aeneon PC3-10666
The new Aeneon PC3-10666 XTune Edition was developed to offer enthusiasts a memory solution that takes full advantage of the capabilities of the Intel P35, X38, and the upcoming P45/X48 chipsets. At 1333MHz, the XTune DDR3 is presently considered the fastest step in the official JEDEC standard. Since the AXH760UD00-13GA98X kit is rated to run CL8-8-8-15 timings it is poised to provide enthusiasts with high-performance potential regardless of the bus speed.
Since this in not high-speed DDR3 that operates beyond the 1.5V JEDEC specification, Aeneon has no reason to use anything more than the standard aluminum heat spreader for their AXH760UD00-13GA98X module. Some manufacturers such as OCZ set the bar for appearance rather high with their Reaper HPC design, and then lift that bar even higher with their recently announced PC3-10666 ReaperX HPC Enhanced Bandwidth DDR3. I must confide a "secret" to you though, the extra cooling is a waste. I have touched overclocked Super Talent PC3-14400 while it was running, and it hardly felt warm.
The small profile can be helpful to system builders, too. In our recent reviews, the larger heatspreaders found on the Winchip PC2-9600 64A0TMTHE8G17C and Super Talent PC3-14400 W1800UX2GP kits have found themselves too tall to fit in a full range spectrum of system applications. This translates into higher compatibility for the XTune in compact computer builds, such as shallow HTPC systems.
During normal operation, I discovered that the Aeneon PC3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz RAM kit generated a temperature which was just barely lukewarm to the touch. Even in the very best DDR2 kits running at a lowly 800MHz, it is nearly impossible to touch the module during operation. This drastic reduction in operating temperature is likely the result of the efficient DDR3 process or possibly the 1.5V used with this AXH760UD00-13GA98X kit.
Aeneon has been quick to introduce several different RAM module designs over the past few years (counting some of the Qimonda DDR2), and it seems that the Aeneon PC3-10666 CL8-8-8-15 AXH760UD00-13GA98X DDR3 1333MHz 1.5V 2x1GB RAM kit is not really all that different when compared to the appearance of past generations. Personally, I think that the introduction of XTune to coincide with the new DDR3 standard was a good idea, and lets consumers know they are getting new technology. It just doesn't make sense to sell a new product in an old package.
In the next section, Benchmark Reviews covers the finer points of DDR3 and the changes it brings. The overall progress of this DDR3 series is also updated, along with overclocking results.