by Lauren TastyPC | 6th May 2013
Today Lauren takes a look at the Kingston HyperX 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2400MHz 16GB Quad Kit (KHX24C11X3K4/16X).
by Stuart Davidson | 10th January 2013
With their Ballistix Sport VLP (Very Low Profile) modules Crucial are looking to offer a value packed product which appeals to consumers who need low voltage, compact memory in high capacities.
by Stuart Davidson | 28th December 2012
Today we have another set of extreme modules from Kingston in our test system and with the "Beast" model name this 32GB kit had better impress. We will be putting the Beast sticks through a selection of synthetic and real world tests to find out how these 2400MHz modules perform.
by Stuart Davidson | 20th August 2012
The success of Corsair's more recent products hasn't meant they are neglecting their memory range and recently they announced some new enthusiast sticks. Called Dominator Platinum the new range see's Corsair head to 3000MHz modules and today we have the 2666MHz rated 16GB kit in our test system.
by Stuart Davidson | 13th April 2012
One manufacturer pushing DDR3 to ever higher specifications is GeIL and their latest range, called Black Dragon, features some rather attractive styling and LEDs as well as speeds well in excess of 2000MHz. We have the quad channel kit in our test system today and will find out what it offers in a selection of real world and synthetic tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 29th February 2012
G.Skill have recently released their latest enthusiast modules in the form of RipjawsZ and today we have the 2133MHz, 16GB kit on our test bench. Let's take a look at them...
by Stuart Davidson | 15th December 2011
One of the manufacturers taking advantage of the new Intel architecture is Patriot with their latest Division 4 Viper Xtreme kit. This quad channel product has high quality heatsinks and tight timings aims to appeal to those looking to kit out their new high end system with 16GB of memory.
by Stuart Davidson | 6th December 2011
Today we are looking at two memory kits from GeIL which are designed for the Sandy Bridge platform. The Evo kit offers speeds above 2100MHz for the high end user and the Enhance modules are more mainstream, though guaranteed to overclock.
by Stuart Davidson | 1st December 2011
Today's review product comes from the high end of the performance spectrum and is a kit designed for Intels X79 platform, though it will also work on dual channel boards. With an advertised speed of 2400MHz we put the latest Kingston HyperX modules through a selection of real world and synthetic tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 8th July 2011
Today we are going to look at Intel's mainstream chipset and put 5 different memory kits through their paces in a selection of real world and synthetic tests on Z68.
by Stuart Davidson | 15th June 2011
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.
by Stuart Davidson | 14th December 2010
As DDR3 has evolved the opportunity for manufacturers to create high performance 12GB kits has drawn closer and today one of the major players in this industry, Corsair, have sent us their new DDR3-1600 12GB triple channel kit to test. In fact we have two of these and thanks to a very aggressive price they should be within reach of most consumers building (or upgrading) an X58/i7 based system. Are they worth buying? Let's find out.
by Stuart Davidson | 24th May 2010
Today we have Kingstons HyperX DDR3-2400 which give huge potential memory bandwidth.
Kingston dont just do extreme speed though, they also produce a very interesting product further down their catalogue. Their LoVo sticks offer some very competitive performance at settings far below the reference 1.65v.
by Stuart Davidson | 5th February 2010
Today we have two sets of memory from G.Skill on our test bench, the high performane Pi series DDR3-2200 and a 1.35v set from the Eco series running at DDR3-1600.
by Stuart Davidson | 16th June 2009
In the past few months it has been clear that memory manufacturers have mastered high specification triple channel kits with those like Corsairs Dominator-GT really impressing us. So today we have two more kits on our test bench from OCZ and G.Skill, both of which are capable of running at 2000MHz. Added to this we have a set of memory from Kingston which is one of the few that favours volume over extreme speed, their product gives us three 4GB sticks in one kit for a total of 12GB.
by Stuart Davidson | 17th February 2009
As our i7 launch article demonstrated there were some massive increases to be had from the new triple channel memory architecture in both theoretical and real world tests. Since the release of i7 and X58 motherboards a large number of triple channel kits have hit the market and today we have three of the more impressive versions on our test bench. Each will be put through a selection of real world tests to find out which of them is worthy of your hard earned cash.
by Grace | 1st December 2008
G.Skill are a renowned memory manufacturer and they have released many high performance products during the past months. That said, they haven't forgotten about the mainstream market and they just released several new DDR2 kits for the mainstream market as well. Today we will have a look at a Pi Black series PC2-6400 4GB kit, which can operate at 800MHz while needing only 1.8-1.9V.
by Stuart Davidson | 13th November 2008
Today we are taking a look at two high specification DDR3 kits from Patriot and Super Talent to find out if either should be considered for consumers moving to DDR3.
by Grace | 18th July 2008
DDR3 RAM sales are slowly but steadily increasing, mainly of the aggressive price drops in the past few months but also because of the inability of DDR2 RAM to evolve much further. Despite that, DDR2 RAM modules are still very popular as they are still the most cost effective solution.
by Stuart Davidson | 24th June 2008
The demand for four gigabytes of memory has risen with the release and adoption of Windows Vista amongst the enthusiast audience. Thankfully the prices have also dropped considerably since the days of XP. Vista changed the outlook for many people as it can make far better use of memory than XP, SuperFetch for example preloads the most used programs into memory for faster access.
by Stuart Davidson | 15th February 2008
When you want to buy the fastest hardware there is always a premium. In the DDR3 memory market the fastest available components right now are 1866MHz modules with CAS 8 timings or 1800MHz products with CAS 7 timings.
That said, there are however a number of 1800MHz modules rated at CAS 8 which are considerably less expensive. Today we are looking at two such products from OCZ and Kingston to find out how much performance we give away when pitted against Corsairs CAS 7 Dominator modules. We will also find out if the review products can in fact match, or exceed, the more expensive sticks when overclocked. If successful it would make these products excellent value for money.
by Stuart Davidson | 3rd January 2008
The DDR2 memory market currently has two major options for consumers using the latest CPUs. Consumers can either go for 2 GB kits of speeds up to 1066MHz, which are priced quite reasonably or 4 GB kits of DDR2-800 with tighter timings. What difference does this make to the latest CPUs and which option should the consumer go for when seeking the best performance?
Today we are pitting 4GB of OCZ’s ReaperX DDR2-800 against 2 GB of Kingston HyperX DDR2-1066 in an attempt to answer the above question.
by Grace | 21st November 2007
The interest surrounding DDR3 RAM modules is slowly growing. While prices are still high, the technology has advanced quite quickly and the performance of the modules has significantly improved.
Although many of the high performance DDR3 chips are currently made by Micron, ironically Crucial began offering high speed DDR3 modules a few months later than other companies. Today we will take a look at the best DDR3 set Crucial currently offer, the Ballistix PC3-12800 2GB kit. Rated at 1600MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings @ 1.8V they should offer excellent performance.
by Stuart Davidson | 21st September 2007
Since the release of motherboards supporting DDR3, including memory at speeds above the “default” 1333MHz, the major memory manufacturers have been quickly pushing the specifications of their modules higher and higher. Faster speeds are always a good thing as far as PC components are concerned, unfortunately there is usually a premium attached to the components when buying the latest and greatest.
Today we are taking a look at just how much performance can be gained by using DDR3-1800Mhz when compared with DDR3-1333Mhz and we will discuss whether the increase in performance is worth the price being charged for the higher performance modules. We will also take a look at how much of an increase can be gained by using DDR3-1333 over a decent kit of DDR2-1066 modules.
by Grace | 20th July 2007
The world of the PC enthusiast as we all know, is a fast moving place. It was not a month ago that we reviewed the then fastest DDR-3 kit of Supertalent's line-up, a kit rated at 1333MHz with 9-9-9 timings. This is now already "slow" compared to what we have in store for you today. The latest and fastest DDR-3 kit from SuperTalent is not only rated for operation at 1600MHz, but they also operate with 7-7-7 timings at that speed. Despite the current low demand for DDR-3 RAM, SuperTalent has just released the fastest 2GB RAM kit available.
by Grace | 10th July 2007
The introduction of the Intel P35 chipset a few weeks ago marked the beginning of a new era for RAM manufacturers, allowing the production of DDR3 modules, although they do not have the approval of JEDEC yet. There are already a few DDR3 motherboards available, some of which can only work with DDR3 RAM and some which have slots for both DDR2 and DDR3 RAM (remember the numerous Intel 915 based motherboards during the DDR to DDR2 transition?). But before we could even see the first 1066MHz DDR3 modules available for sale, SuperTalent released high speed DDR3 1333MHz modules for overclockers and enthusiasts.
by WhO_KnOwS | 6th June 2007
With more and more people getting into high end computer gaming some things needed to change. With Microsoft making the software part of the experience more user friendly, nVidia decided to cover the hardware part. Thus the SLI-Ready initiative was started. The goal? Provide the users with a pain free experience where all components are working without a hitch at optimal settings. The OCZ memory modules we will be reviewing adhere to the strict standards and as such allow users with SLI-Ready motherboards to fully exploit the power of their memory.
by Zardon | 24th May 2007
With over clocking becoming a widely accepted mainstream hobby, memory companies are releasing more extreme solutions every year. This year has seen a rapid increase in the "funky" cooling sector (no, I just made that up, its not really a sector). It wouldn't be like OCZ to miss the party, so today we are looking at a 2 GB overclocking kit they released, called "The Reaper".
by Stuart Davidson | 30th April 2007
In the current marketplace buying memory for a high performance PC can be one of the most difficult tasks. It wasn’t long ago that everyone (except the hardcore overclockers) could safely purchase PC3200 sticks with tight timings and be assured of great performance. With motherboards on the Intel platform allowing speeds in excess of any memory currently available manufacturers are releasing sticks which vary in their methods of being the “fastest”. Some go with relatively low speeds of 800Mhz and use tight timings. Others go with higher bandwidth 1066 MHz modules and looser timings. Today we are going to take a look at 3 different brands of memory which are all aimed at the enthusiast market, however each has its own unique selling points, which one should you go for?
by Grace | 19th December 2006
As most people know, SLI and Crossfire are technologies developed by NVIDIA and ATi respectively to allow the installation of multi-graphic cards in a single system. We have seen a number of SLI/Crossfire ready VGA cards, motherboards and power supply units. It was only recently though that the SLI/Crossfire certification appeared on RAM modules. Even a few months ago, we could not imagine the day which SLI and Crossfire would cross swords on a RAM review could come. The OCZ PC2-6400 Crossfire certified edition 2GB dual channel kit is tested with the Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 SLI-Ready 2GB kit.
by Stuart Davidson | 6th December 2006
In the last few months we have seen some insanely fast memory released with some heavy competition between manufacturers such as Corsair and OCZ. This performance comes at a premium and really only the most avid enthusiast would consider these products. As with all sections of the industry, by choosing a slightly lower specified product it is possible to save money and still achieve some excellent performance. Today we have two products in for review which aim to do exactly that, let’s take a look at Super Talent and Geil’s take on DDR2-1000.
by Grace | 22nd November 2006
OCZ are widely regarded as making some of the highest quality RAM modules. Today we will take a look at a very interesting set of DDR2 RAM modules which are supposed to offer great performance with a very aggressive price tag, the Special Ops Edition series PC2-7200 (900MHz) set. Can OCZ offer both great performance and great value in a single package?
by Stuart Davidson | 25th October 2006
he DDR2 memory market is a confusing area for many people right now. The fastest memory speed AMD and Intel officially support is DDR2-800, for some time the major manufacturers have been striving to release memory which far exceeds this speed. In the past we have reviewed modules from Geil and Corsair with DDR2-1066 ratings which should be more than enough to sate the appetite of power hungry users, however the products we are testing today are capable of even faster speeds.
by Grace | 13th August 2006
Grace has just finished her latest review, a roundup of DDR2 sets for those of you about to upgrade, some of them don't break the bank either, but which comes out on top?
With the recent release of the AM2 core processors which brought DDR-2 support to the AMD platform and the release of the much awaited Core 2 Duo (Conroe) processor from Intel, many enthusiasts and over clockers are budgeting for a memory upgrade.
by Grace | 25th July 2006
Many people may think that Super Talent is a new company. That is entirely inaccurate as the company already counts 20 years in the memory industry and has a good R&D and manufacturing capacity. Looking at their products line-up you will probably notice that Super Talent seems to focus on Flash products, offering a great deal of different designs and capacities. They even are ranked among the top memory solutions manufacturers in terms of total patents applied under memory device categories for their Flash products. Their DDR and DDR2 modules also come with a lifetime warranty and are 100% stress tested on a motherboard at their rated specifications to ensure their quality, stressing them beyond their rated specifications however is our job, so let us see what these babies can really handle.
by Stuart Davidson | 11th July 2006
Over the past year or so the introduction of DDR2 on the Intel platform has allowed memory manufacturers to push their sticks to massive speeds whilst keeping timings low. From an initial speed of DDR2-400 we recently saw products released which were capable of 1066 MHz when combined with the right motherboard.
by Stuart Davidson | 11th June 2006
DDR2 has long been the choice of Intel systems with speeds continually rising while latencies are falling. Recently Corsair announced the fastest DDR2 we’ve heard of (in terms of outright MHZ). It is always enjoyable to receive something that is the “fastest” and today’s review product is on paper the fastest DDR2 available. We will take a look at performance and how it could improve a system currently running some high specified DDR2-800 (PC-6400).
by Grace | 17th May 2006
The HV series from G.Skill is a 2GB PC4000 kit which can run at 250MHz (500MHz DDR) with only 2.6V. They can run with 3/3/2/8 timings as well, which makes them by far the fastest high speed 2GB kit available. Older PC4000 2GB kits could run only with 3/4/4/8 timings, which had them performing considerably slower than the new HV series.
by Grace | 9th May 2006
The HP3200 2GB kit that we have here today may not be the fastest kit available on the market, however it does not cost much more than low end RAM modules. To further make the deal sweeter, it is backed up by a lifetime warranty, carries heatspreaders and boasts 2/3/2 RAM latency at 200MHz (400MHz DDR) which are nearly the fastest any DDR RAM can handleat those speeds and fantastic for a 2GB kit. However the overclocking capability and performance of this kit remain in question, so let...
by Stuart Davidson | 4th May 2006
It wasn’t that long ago many would have said using 2Gb of memory in a normal desktop system would be overkill, however in recent times it has definitely become more of a necessity for the hardcore gamer. Titles like Battlefield 2 benefit from the increased memory volume and general desktop use can also be improved if you are multitasking with a few demanding applications.
Today we are going to take a look at a 2Gb kit from OCZ to see if moving from some older 1Gb memory can show any performance benefit and as this memory is capable of running low timings at DDR466 we also take a look at the overall improvements at those settings.
by Stuart Davidson | 16th April 2006
When building a new system most people focus all their attention on the processor and graphics card, but stable and high performing memory is just as important.
Crucial as a brand are well known for their stability and today we are going to take a look at some of their higher end modules in the shape of the Crucial Ballistix PC5300. Let us see if they live up to the marketing hype.
by Grace | 19th March 2006
"They (Corsair) still produce the TwinX 2048-4000PT kit, which consists of two modules of 500MHz RAM, 1GB each. This kit is aimed at mid-range overclockers, enthusiasts and gamers. According to Corsair, it has good overclocking potential and provides a hefty amount of RAM for today’s applications and games. 2GBs of RAM is certainly large enough for everything today, so let us see how well the modules perform."
by Stuart Davidson | 2nd March 2006
It’s been a while since we had a look at some DDR2 memory here on DriverHeaven however the technology is growing in popularity as Intel users look to enhance the performance of their systems. Add to that the fact that AMD will be heading towards DDR2 later this year and you have a product which will become more and more popular as time goes on. Today’s review product comes from the memory experts at OCZ Technology and is their PC2-6400 (800MHz) memory.
by Grace | 27th February 2006
"AMD will present the AM2 socket this summer, which supports DDR2 PC6400 RAM. Intel based motherboards can already use such RAM and so we have most manufacturers entering a ‘memory war’, with every RAM manufacturer trying to design and release high speed DDR2 modules while offering good value as well. This ‘memory war’ seems to get interesting as Super Talent, a less known company among the enthusiast circles, released the (for the time being) fastest PC-6400 2GB kit currently available. The T800UX2GC4 kit consists of two 1GB modules, rated to run at 800MHz DDR and 4/3/4/8 timings."
by Grace | 19th February 2006
The GX XTC modules certainly appear different than any other RAM currently available and are easily identifiable by their heatspreaders. The new XTC heatspreaders from OCZ are supposed to enhance the cooling of the modules, but they certainly enhance the appearance as well. The heatspreaders glint like gold, which makes them look extremely glamorous. The heatspreaders are totally covered by holes forming a honeycomb design. This design allows for superior cooling performance and OCZ dubs it XTC (xtreme thermal convection)
by Grace | 28th November 2005
The Ballistix modules come into a small sealed antistatic bag each, nothing too special about it though. Quite usual for Ballistix modules, they are built on a black PCB and feature golden heatspreaders. The heatspreaders feel light, so they probably are aluminum, but DDR-2 chips do not get very warm to begin with. At the middle of the striking gold heatspreaders, the Ballistix logo adds to the appearance of the modules. The heatspreaders appear to be attached very well, as there are no gaps between the heatspreaders and the module chips. That is a very good thing, since a badly attached heatspreader does much more damage than it can do for good
by WxChaser | 16th November 2005
On September 26th, 2005 OCZ Technology Group launched the new OCZ DDR PC-4000 Platinum Enhanced Bandwidth Edition 1GB modules and 2GB dual channel memory kits . This series of memory modules were designed to give enthusiasts and gamers the ultimate combination of speed and density. The OCZ PC-4000 Platinum EB series combines the advantages of high density 1024MB modules, with lower latency timings. Their goad was to provide superior performance for the wide array of graphic intensive applications and gaming titles. These memory modules are specified for use at the low timings of CL 3-3-2-8.
by Zardon | 23rd October 2005
Corsair has advertised their new 2 GB TWINX2048-3500LLPRO matched memory kit, as specifically designed for motherboards using chipset's with dual memory channels (AMD Athlon 64 platform). This memory kit consists of two CMX1024-3500LLPRO memory modules, that have been tested together on a current production AMD motherboard at DDR437 (218 MHz). This memory sports extremely low latencies of 2-3-2-6 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS), utilizing a Command Rate of 1. These TwinX memory kits are designed to provide the ultimate in performance and stability in dual channel boards. As an added benefit of Corsair's XMS ProSeries, each module includes the high-efficiency aluminum XMS heatsink, and 18 activity LED's that show the level of memory activity on each bank
by Zardon | 7th September 2005
Today we have a lovely new 2 gigabyte kit from OCZ and ill be taking it through it's paces, and finding out exactly (if any) performance gains you will see with games like Battlefield2 moving from an equivalent 1 gig kit.
In the immortal words of Bob Dylan "The Times They Are A-Changin", not many of us five years ago would have contemplated 2 gigabytes of memory for gaming, however those guys reading this who are heavily into the online first person shooter "Battlefield 2" will already realise that 2 gig of ram would be a nice option. Battlefield 2 is quite literally a system killer with full texture and terrain map loads in excess of 1 gigaybte, therefore its obvious anything over 1 gigabyte is going to help with your experience. This leads us nicely into the hardware at hand today...
by Stuart Davidson | 23rd June 2005
"We always look forward to receiving memory from Corsair because they are always almost certainly guaranteed to be cutting edge performance modules. Corsair also tend to be quite radical recently with design such as their Cool water-cooling kit or their Xpert DDR with LED displays. However today’s review product is focused purely for the performance user, that being their new DDR2-667 PC5400UL memory."
by Zardon | 21st May 2005
Having spoken in the past with OCZ staff members Tony and Andy who regularly post on our forums I have been aware of their close affiliation with DFI. Today we are going to take a look at a product that is closely linked with their DFI NF4 range of motherboards, OCZ's EL DDR PC-5000 Platinum (created for DFI NF4). Its quite easy to assume in a passing glance with a rating of "5000" these would be DDR2 modules however this is not the case, its regular DDR rated at a mind numbing 312.5mhz or DDR 625 with timings of 3-4-4-10. This should on paper sate even the most ardent of overclockers.
by Stuart Davidson | 15th May 2005
If you ask any PC enthusiast what type of memory they have in their PC the likely response would be Corsair or OCZ. Both manufacturers make great performance memory and have done for some time. Recently though more manufacturers are branching out into the performance segment and today we have modules from two of these manufacturers up for review. The first is Crucial who have been synonymous with quality, stable memory for years. The second is Ultra. We’ve looked at Ultra products before on Driverheaven and found them to be generally excellent.
by Stuart Davidson | 22nd February 2005
There is no doubting that the two leading performance memory makers at the moment are Corsair and OCZ. Both companies have been making quality memory for years now and leapfrogging each other as the performance leader with almost every new product release. Over the past few months the memory of choice in my review system has been OCZ 3200 platinum (2-2-2-5) which as well as being completely stable is the fastest PC3200 memory I’ve used. Today Corsair step up to the plate with their latest model in the XMS Xpert series. Can they compete, or beat the excellent OCZ sticks? Lets see…
by Zardon | 3rd November 2004
Today ill be looking at their new 533mhz 4200 Platinum Edition Rev 2 LTD DDR2 8-2-2-3CAS rated modules.
OCZ sent me two 1024 megabyte modules giving a whopping matched 2 gigabytes of ram, these come supplied with some high end heatspreaders with a wonderful chrome effect.
by Zardon | 22nd October 2004
The TWIN2X1024 PC5400 Pro memory is rated at CAS4-4-4-12 and features the famous and flashy active LEDs. This makes Corsairs new PC5400 DDR2 memory 142MHz faster than the original PC4200 DDR2 memory. These TWIN2X1024 PC5400 Pro memory modules come with a life time warranty and are guaranteed to operate at the specified timings and frequencies. When I tested Corsair's original DDR2 modules I was able with the ASUS P5AD2 motherboard to overclock them to 660mhz with timings of 15-5-5-4, so I had high hopes when Corsair sent me these higher revision modules.
by Stuart Davidson | 15th June 2004
Today I’m taking a look at the OCZ memory aimed at the Athlon FX and Opteron Socket 940 based systems. The product is OCZ PC-3200 ECC Registered Dual Channel DDR and for this review it will be in 2x512mb configuration.
by Zardon | 4th June 2004
Today ill be taking a look at their new 3200XL pro modules which are already causing quite a stir in the enthusiast market due to their extremely tight timings of 5-2-2-2 @ 400mhz.
by Stuart Davidson | 11th April 2004
We have been using Corsairs DDR433 in our Athlon64 FX-51 and 53 test systems for the past few reviews. Based on our experiences with it we thought it was time to take a look at the memory and let you know if it’s worth considering for your socket 940 based system.
by Zardon | 10th April 2004
To get the most from this memory we need some extreme FSBs and for the purposes of this review I have chosen a P4 based system. Several CPUs were used in the testing, the most effective being an engineering sample P4 prescott 2.8ghz.
by Zardon | 12th March 2004
My goal is to push past 434 DDR and reach 460DDR at 2CAS with tight timings. After failing this with standard OCZ 3500 performance ram will this be possible?
by Zardon | 18th January 2004
The memory is given the title "universal" DDR due to its ability to run CAS2 @ 200/400mhz as well as a quite spectacular 2.5 CAS at the top rated 533mhz.
by Stuart Davidson | 4th January 2004
Today we take a look at a stick of Crucial DDR 333 and look at what gains can be obtained over DDR 266.