|Aeneon DDR3-1600 4GB XMP RAM AXH860UD20-16H|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 14 May 2008|
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AXH860UD20-16H DDR3 Conclusion
Since beginning this DDR3 series, we decided that the old presentation rating ahould be replaced with performance. In our system memory reviews, we offer this score to represent the overclocking potential and memory timing capability of the product reviewed. Aeneon's AXH860UD20-16H kit managed to overclock from 1600 to 1780 MHz while still maintaining 1.5 volts; an impressive achievement for any DDR3 kit beyond 1333 MHz. While the overclocking headroom is more than enough for most performance system builders, latency timings are slightly higher than we've seen in out PC3-12800 kits; however this is primarily because of the high capacity which creates a longer fly-by control time.
When the appearance is rated I take into consideration what the product has, as well as what it could have. While the Aeneon XTune AXH860UD20-16H kit doesn't generate nearly any excess heat, the black heat-spreaders 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 the legacy of producing well-protected RAM with the ability to survive minor abuse, just like their parent division Qimonda has done for years. The solid bond made to the RAM modules will give this AXH860UD20-16H 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 PC3-12800 CL9-9-9-28 4 GB RAM kit has demonstrated considerable overclocking potential. Based on our results, this kit currently earns the #2 position in our overall-best overclocking kits. 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 1600 MHz 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. 1600 MHz DDR3 may not seem like much of an improvement, but it does open some doors to overclocking that DDR2 will never reach, in addition to many other features we describe in our DDR3 RAM: System Memory Technology Explained article. At the time of this writing, the 4 GB Aeneon XTune 1600 MHz DDR3 PC3-12800 SDRAM kit is just reaching some of the larger online stores. Until this SKU is listed on our price comparison tool, you can search for "Aeneon XTUNE" memory kits.
In summary of my experience with the Aeneon 4 GB PC3-12800 XMP DDR3 SDRAM Kit AXH860UD20-16H, I can conclude that this will be an excellent 1600 MHz kit for hardware enthusiasts wishing to overclock their system to its limit, or the performance-level system builder wanting to take advantage of the industries highest FSB setting. While the CL9 latency is not what I would consider great, I have to remember that higher capacity DDR3 require such long 'Fly-by' command times. Overclocking this kit was made simple by the added XMP functionality, but manually configuring the settings allowed much more performance. Ultimately 4 GB system memory kits will replace 2 GB version, especially as Windows Vista is adopted by users.
+ Offers excellent entry-level overclocking potential
- Conservative memory latency timing
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
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