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Old 27-01-2009, 06:35 PM   #1
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While compiling my DDR3 Triple Channel Kit list, I've compiled a short list of DDR3 kits which I feel would be nice to test out (read wish i had the money to buy ). Since, I've been asked on a many occasions what kit would be best, I thought I'll start a thread with a short list of what I'd recommend

I'll break the list down by speed ratings

*** DDR3-1333 ***
  • Kingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3N9K3/6G - 6GB (32GB) 1333MHz CL9-9-9 @ 1.5V (look for Elpida based ones)
  • Kingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3N9K3/3G - 3GB (31GB) 1333MHz CL9-9-9 @ 1.5V (look for Elpida based ones)
  • OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum 3GB / 6GB CL7-7-7-20 1.65V
  • Transcend JetRAM / Value Ram DDR3-1333 (Jet Ram could be Micron D9JNM or Samsung HCF8/9 based)
  • OCZ Platinum DDR3-1333Mhz 7-7-7-24 (OCZ3P1333LVA6GK 'Animal Series') [review results]


*** DDR3-1600 ***

*** DDR3-1800 ***

*** DDR3-1866 ***

*** DDR3-2000 ***

*** DDR3-2133 ***
  • A-DATA XPG X Series ver 2.0 DDR3-2133X (1GBx3) CL9-9-9-27 2.05v-2.15v
  • A-DATA XPG X Series ver 2.0 DDR3-2133X (2GBx3) CL10-10-10-30 2.05v-2.15v



If you have used any memory kit listed above, feel free to share your experiences in this thread and results in DDR3 forums
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Old 27-01-2009, 07:48 PM   #2
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Nice tips eva, thanks for that!
I will be in hunt for one of these very soon.
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Old 28-01-2009, 12:22 PM   #3
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I have a hard time choosing a kit
OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum 3GB or OCZ PC3-15000 Platinum

Are dominators better overclokers?
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Old 28-01-2009, 02:30 PM   #4
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Glad you like guys. It's hard to say which are better clockers without any first hand experience and lack of more indepth reviews online.

As I said in another thread, key to separating memory modules performance in terms of overclockability, is how much CPU VTT is used for their validation at those rated speeds. How much CPU VTT is needed now on i7 cpus is also dependent on quality of core i7's integrated memory controller which according to Anandtech.com's latest review can vary so greatly between each cpu.

CPU VTT being uncore voltage (Asus terms it QPI/DRAM volts). High CPU VTT allows both higher max bclk and max memory clocks.

Intel spec'd CPU VTT max is 1.35v. I know OCZ and Corsair listed above, the DDR3-1600 and lower rated modules are validated on platforms with <=1.35v but Corsair DDR3-1866 is validated at CPU VTT of 1.5-1.55v IIRC which is also dependent on the quality of memory controller on core i7 cpu used.

For most DDR3-2000+ clocked speeds you're looking at CPU VTT usage needed in region of 1.5-1.6v. DFI UT X58-T3EH8 with my i7 920 3836A756 can pull that off with less CPU VTT around 1.31-1.48v probably due to combination of better mem controller on my i7 920 along with DFI's CPU VTT design which according to Raja from Anandtech.com is top notch!

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Old 29-01-2009, 07:14 AM   #5
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Great and complex answer. With the i7 timings are more important than frequency.

I belive 3x1gb are easier to overclok than the 3x2gb kit.

The domintors 3 x1gb should overclok better than the OCZ 3 x1gb because they have better chips right?

Sorry spelling > spanglish

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Old 29-01-2009, 12:34 PM   #6
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Actually frequency at decent timings might win out against lower frequency tight timings but depends on the bclk + mem combination i think.

Depending on modules, 3x2GB kit is pretty similar to 3x1GB in terms of oc'ing head room according to folks who have tried on X58/i7 platform. I don't have any 3x2GB so can't personally confirm this yet.

Corsair and OCZ has same chips for now most high frequency triple channel kits are Samsung HCF0 based and depending on how they're binned and rated, they could be similar or differ in overclocks. All just theory from me hehe
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Old 31-01-2009, 09:55 AM   #7
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I ordered the OCZ3B2000LV6GK [ Blades] 3 weeks ago. I can't wait til I get them. my build parts are collecting dust.
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:19 PM   #8
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I ordered the OCZ3B2000LV6GK [ Blades] 3 weeks ago. I can't wait til I get them. my build parts are collecting dust.
Nice, update us when you get them and feel free to share your results in a new thread in DDR3 forum when you have the chance

This kit arrived today for me









Well be testing the Corsair Dominator GTs with i7 920 and my rock solid DFI UT X58-T3EH8 motherboard so keep an eye out for the results
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