|Mushkin Ridgeback Redline Enhanced DDR3|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Saturday, 09 July 2011|
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Mushkin Redline Final Thoughts
RAM is one of the basic components of any computer and Mushkin Enhanced's Redline 1600Mhz 7-8-7-24 kit will gladly fill that role in any enthusiast computer. This kit provides a boost in performance in compression and simulation where the tighter 7-8-7-24 timings shine. This allows this 1600Mhz kit to keep up and even surpass its faster 1866Mhz brothers. All of this is wrapped up in a beautiful, well-constructed, matte red heat spreader that will look great in the Plexiglas side of a enthusiast system. All of these benefits are backed by Mushkin Enhanced's lifetime warranty.
Unfortunately this kit is not perfect. The price of this kit is around 22% more expensive than the similarly performing 1866Mhz kits while the performance gap between the two is at most 2.2%. Secondly although nice looking and only 1.75" tall the heat spreader used may still get in the way of larger tower heatsinks on the market something that potential buyers should be aware of.
Redline 1600Mhz DDR3 Conclusion
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600Mhz 7-8-7-24 kit performs admirably in real world test keeping up with and even surpassing the faster 1866Mhz kits in certain circumstances, and when it comes to our Euler3D benchmark it adds 10% performance increase compared to our 1600Mhz 9-9-9-24 kit.
The Ridgeback heat spreader used looks stunning and along with the matte red paint that Mushkin elected to use makes for a beautiful kit of RAM. Of the RAM I have benchmarked I would have to put the Redline Ridgeback at one of my top five designs.
The Redline 1600Mhz kit is very well constructed weighing more than any RAM kit I have tested before. It feels extremely sturdy and well made. Even more importantly Mushkin Enhanced stands behind their memory and provides a lifetime warranty to all users.
Functionality is all about a memory kit's ability to perform as advertised. I was able to easily run Mushkin Enhanced's 1600Mhz 7-8-7-24 kit at the rated XMP profile with no errors within Memtest86+.
Priced at $133.99 on Newegg this kit is around $30 more expensive than a similarly performing 1866Mhz kit from many other manufactures. While this is definitely a tough pill to swallow it is made easier as this a low latency kit, with a very nice heat spreader on it, and a lifetime warranty to boot.
The Mushkin Enhanced 1600Mhz 7-8-7-24 performs superbly keeping up with and surpassing its fasters 1866Mhz brothers. At the same time it looks great, and has a lifetime warranty. Therefore Benchmark Reviews awards this kit our Golden Tachometer award.
+ Looks Great
- More expensive then similarly performancing 1866Mhz kits
Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.
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