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Written by Austin Downing   
Saturday, 09 July 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Mushkin Ridgeback Redline Enhanced DDR3
Closer Look: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600Mhz
RAM Testing and Results
Synthetic Benchmarks
Application Benchmarks
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600Mhz

Unlike cases, the aesthetics of RAM will not be something that a user will need to deal with on a daily basis. This means a user can pick the ugliest piece set of ram they can find and as long as it has the same timing, and speed will perform just as well as a tricked out set of RAM. None-the-less enthusiast with Plexiglas windows on their case may want RAM that goes along with the color scheme being used in their system.

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Utilizing a typical blister pack for shipping Mushkin has made it so that users can easily see the gorgeous heat spreaders that have been included on this set of RAM. On the back are instructions on how to properly install this kit into users system along with Mushin's marketing information and their address.

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Utilizing the Ridgeback heat spreader Mushkin's kit of memory is very sharp looking with a quite a bit of heft to them. The unique tines on the top of the Ridgeback are designed to create disturbances in the air as it runs across them which will increase their cooling capacity. Still since DDR3 uses much lower voltages then older technology the need to cool the IC's is virtually non-existent and therefore the cooler being used become a matter of personal preference. Thankfully at 1.75" the Mushkin Ridgeline cooler is just short enough to fit under many CPU heatsinks on the markets allowing for this set of RAM to be used on a multitude of systems.

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The matte red finish that is used on Ridgeback heat spreader looks absolutely stunning. The finish is superbly done with no blemishes and Redline logo that was applied looks great providing a nice look without being overly flashy.

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Unlike other companies Mushkin does not use a decipherable model number and therefore the only use for this is as a reference number when looking for an identical set of memory for a later upgrade.



 

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# Low CAS ImpactsJackNaylorPE 2011-07-14 09:06
There's an ole Anandtech article which shows some significant performance increases with low CAS RAM, even in games.....but it's minimum frame rates that shows the biggest impact, not average frame rates. My interest in RAM is for AutoDesk and other demanding apps but do manage to get some game time in.....minimum frame rates however is rarely a part of RAM tests ....

##anandtech.com/show/2792/12

22.3 % (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in Far Cry 2
18% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in Dawn of War
15% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in World in Conflict

Also see ##bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-best-memory-for-sandy-bridge/1

I would love to see how / if this carries over to today's systems .... Minimum frame rate impacts also also seems to be ignored in testing x8 x8 versus x16 x16
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# @ JackNaylorPEGanjaSMK 2011-07-15 23:20
Real world performance differs greatly from generic and game benchmarking.
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# RE: @ JackNaylorPEAustin Downing 2011-07-16 12:52
That is very true, and something I try to show off in each of my reviews.
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# Love mynGlamdring 2011-07-25 14:19
I love my Mushkin Redline series, except I got the set with the frostbyte cooler to save room for CPU cooler. I would recommend their products over and over again based on past experience.
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