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Super Talent PC3-12800 Extreme Performance Memory Print
Written by Brook Moore   
Monday, 23 February 2009
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ST2.JPGSuper Talent PC3-12800 Triple Channel Memory

While DDR2 memory is anything but passe, DDR3 nonetheless is here to stay. The future of DDR3 is now etched in stone with the release of the i7and its memory controller contained within, you have but one choice.
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DDR3 is not the new kid on the block anymore, its taken off about as strong as RAMBUS did (did I just age myself? And you?), mass acceptance has been, well, held back by the extreme cost differential between DDR2 and DDR3. The Core i7, AMD Phenom II (with appropriate AM3 Motherboard) and a little movement downward in the pricing area, has alleviated some of the stall. 

So decided it was time for VL to test some of its latest DDR3 memory, not just a nice 4GB setup mind you, they sent us 3 sticks of 2GB each!  Why 3 sticks you may be asking yourself?  Well see, there is the new twist, Triple Channel Memory, hey, you thought Dual Channel was kick ass, lets try it out with Triple Channel. And so we will.

  

SuperTalent has provided VL with a three 2GB modules paced at PC3-12800. This is part of Super Talents Extreme Performance Memory lineup. Super Talent in the past has provided VL with some very well performing modules so my guess would say that its name should hold upwell. Let's look over some statistics first.

Specifications:

  • PC3-12800

  • CL 9-9-9-27 timings

  • 1.5V

  • Gold Colored Aluminum Heat spreaders

  • Lifetime Warranty

The DDR3 standard is 1.5V, there is more then one blog (and an unoffical Intel memo) out there about 1.65VDimm or higher causing damage to the Core i7 CPU and while I love to read blogs, lets just say they are not all accurate... Obviously you want to bear in mind that a higher voltage for a long period of time will in fact reduce the life expectancy of your gear, its just a sad side affect of OC'ing. Now DDR3 has been around for some time, and in all honesty I was a bit disappointed to see that the timings have not improved since inception.

A quick glimpse at DDR3 standards and the performance behind them:

Chips andModules

Standard name

Memory clock

Cycle time

I/O Bus clock

Data transfers per second

Module name

Peak transfer rate

DDR3-800

100 MHz

10 ns

400 MHz

800 Million

PC3-6400

6400 MB/s

DDR3-1066

133 MHz

7.5 ns

533 MHz

1066 Million

PC3-8500

8533 MB/s

DDR3-1333

166 MHz

6 ns

667 MHz

1333 Million

PC3-10600

10667 MB/s

DDR3-1600

200 MHz

5 ns

800 MHz

1600 Million

PC3-12800

12800 MB/s

*Courtesyof

As you can see, the Super Talent Extreme Performance Modules we have are at the high end of the DDR3 spectrum, PC3-12800.

As normal since DDR memory evolved, SPD will set the timings if you let things go about their attrition. In the case of the the Super TalentPC3-12800 Extreme Performance modules, they clock it at an interesting 9-9-9-27 using only 1.5V. For our baseline test, we will leave this be, as most will probably do to start out.

Now that we got that out of the way, lets go over the modules in a little more detail. Super Talent continues to “upgraded” their look, this reviewer believes the gold needs to go, I understand the reference of it, the aesthetics just aren't there. The heatspreaders are ribbed Aluminum with “risers” coming off the top. While we at VL have never been able to prove the addition of heatspreaders are of value, I suppose its better to have them then not, just in case you know :). Super Talent, like most manufacturers today, are RoHS compliant with their chips, which basically means youcan eat them and not die from led poisoning etc... The packaging ofthe Super Talent Extreme Performance memory modules is that of simplicity with little fanfare other then a short paragraph on the back of what denotes “Extreme Performance” in Super Talents dictionary.

Testing Phase

Iwill be testing these modules on the following setup:

BaseDDR3 Test bed:

MSIx58 Platinum

MSINX8600GT Twin Turbo

WD250GB 7200RPM SATA-II

IntelCore i7 920

CoolerMaster RP-500 PSU

OS - Vista / Ubuntu 8.10

I will be comparing the Super Talent Extreme Performance PC-12800 DDR3 Memory Modules (9-9-9-27) to the previously tested Patriot Extreme Performance PC-15000 DDR3 Memory Modules (7-7-7-20) using the identical system from above.

I do understand that Patriot will have an advantage going into this test, it is much easier to get two 1GB modules to play nice with each other then three 2GB modules. One would hope that in the end, Triple Memory will overcome Dual Memory performance, however, only reading further shall we find out.

Testsuite:

EverestUltimate

  • Memory Read
  • Memory Write
  • Memory Copy
  • CPU Queen
  • CPU Photoworx

PhoronixTest Suite

  • FFMpeg
  • Memory Read
  • Memory Write
  • LAME MP3
  • Ogg Encoding
  • GnuPG (2GB File)



 
 
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