|Aeneon PC3-10666 DDR3 1333MHz AXH760UD00-13G|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 03 December 2007|
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Qimonda has a very strong consumer base in the European market, and Aeneon is positioned to do very well for performance system builders and enthusiasts. Since early adopters of DDR3 will either settle for entry level or go all-out for the fastest product available, Aeneon hits the target sweet-spot by offering excellent clock speed matched to conservative timings and value pricing.
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 Aeneon AXH760UD00-13GA98X DDR3 1333MHz kit offers something for everyone, and delivers more than you bargain for. Make just one visit to either the Qimonda or Aeneon website and you discover that they have a system memory solution for every market segment imaginable. But let's not fool ourselves here, they are still after the cutting-edge group of hardcore gamers and serious hardware enthusiasts just as much now as they have been after system builders in the past. The Aeneon XTune DDR3 1333MHz kit may be multi-purpose, but with plenty of headroom for hardware enthusiasts and overclockers can take advantage of the improved bandwidth.
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. Aeneon's AXH760UD00-13GA98X kit managed to overclock from 1333 to 1441MHz while still maintaining stable CL8-8-8-15 timings; an impressive achievement for 1333MHz DDR3. While the overclocking headroom is more than enough for most performance system builders, just wait until you see how much less this kit costs compared to other sets.
When the appearance is rated I take into consideration what the product has, as well as what it could have. While the Aeneon XTune AXH760UD00-13GA98X kit doesn't generate nearly any excess heat, the black heatspreaders accomplish their duty while adding a small level of excitement to the overall product. Aeneon has done a good job of dressing up an otherwise uneventful looking product with colorful lettering. Every little detail helps add appeal.
In regards to construction, Aeneon continues their history of producing well-protected RAM with the ability to survive minor abuse. The solid bond made to the RAM modules will give this AXH760UD00-13GA98X kit rugged durability because the heatspreaders are a permanent fixture. This kit could survive harsh abuse, but I still recommend you handle with care.
So far in our series, the Aeneon XTune PC3-10666 CL8-8-8-15 2GB RAM kit has demonstrated considerable overclocking potential better than most others. 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. Unlike some of the other kits we have reviewed, pricing on the Aeneon AXH760UD00-13GA98X kit is relatively low. At the time of this writing the Aeneon XTune 1333MHz DDR3 PC3-10666 2GB RAM kit is available for well under $300 from select online retailers.
In conclusion, the Aeneon PC3-10666 CL8-8-8-15 AXH760UD00-13GA98X DDR3 1333MHz 1.5V 2x1GB RAM kit offers excellent entry-level performance for hardware enthusiasts and system builders, and at the same time it opens a few front side bus opportunities that DDR2 never could. Thanks to great overclocking performance and value-strong pricing these modules might just be the key to inspiring the masses to adopt the new standard. The Aeneon AXH760UD00-13G kit is excellent for newcomers to DDR3 who want to build a powerful computer system based on the new standard or simply push their system beyond the manufacturer's intended specifications. Plus, the current market price makes these modules more affordable for hardware enthusiasts.
+ Offers good entry-level overclocking potential
- Not a High Speed DDR3 rated product
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