X58 Memory Roundup - June 2011
featuring Corsair Vengeance, Crucial Ballistix Smart Trace, Kingston HyperX, Patriot Viper Xtreme and G.Skill Ripjaws
Here at Hardware Heaven we often look at motherboards, SSDs, CPUs, graphics cards and peripherals but there is one area which we often neglect. It's not through any lack of importance but through the fact that there is little change in that area which is Memory. Memory is something we all need but other than the moves from SDR to DDR (via RAMBUS for some) then on to DDR2 and DDR3 there has been little change on the memory front in the last decade. That said there have been some nice tweaks, such as lower voltage DDR3 which now runs at 1.35v compared to 2.2v+ on original modules and of course capacity has increased but it isn't the same sort of leaps forward that we have seen in pretty much every other component.
Every so often though we like to take a look at what the major manufacturers have to offer, something which will be particularly relevant for those building a new system or wondering how they can get some extra zip from an existing build and today is one of those days. We'll be using our high end X58 build to look at kits which each have their own unique selling points to find out what Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, Kingston and Patriot have to offer in the triple channel DDR3 market.