Super Talent Performance Series DDR3-1600 CL8 2x1gb Mini-Review

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I ordered these stick from ewiz to go with my HTPC upgrade. The other components of the upgrade included a Phenom II X2 545 (currently running at 3GHz and unlocked to an X4) and MSI 760GM-E51. But since this kit is labeled “Performance Series,” I figured I would see how much performance I could get out of them.

First, a few specs and pictures.

Brand: Super Talent Performance Series

Model: WP160UX2G8

Type: 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM

Capacity: 2gb (2 x 1gb)

Speed: DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Cas latency: 8

Heat spreader: Yes

Package Photo

Package Photo

Pakcage Back

Package Back

Out of package

Out of package

Side and top

Side and top

Height comparison with Ripjaws

Height comparison with Ripjaws

Installed in P55A-UD6

Installed in P55A-UD6

Since P55 is known for its amazing ability to overclock memory, I began testing on a Gigabyte P55A-UD6 with the following results.

Stock settings

Stock settings

1700mhz was about the max on stock timings and 1.68v.

1700mhz, stock timings, 1.68v

1700mhz, stock timings, 1.68v

1800mhz, cas 9, 1.72v

1800mhz, cas 9, 1.72v

The highest speed I could get this memory stable was 1800MHz, at cas 9 and 1.72v. I could almost make it into Windows at 2000MHz, but running as high as cas 10 was still a no go. I haven’t tried more than 1.76v on these sticks. Tight timings at low frequencies were also difficult with this kit. And by tight timings I mean cas 6 at 1600MHz. That’s hardly surprising.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get these sticks consistently stable at any reasonable settings in my HTPC. Sure, I can run 1333MHz cas 9, but what’s the fun in that?

Conclusion

At around $40, this RAM offers a HUGE value for light to moderate P55 overclocking. Though I was expecting a little more in the way of overclocking from the “Performance Series,” I was not entirely disappointed. They did far better than stock settings, and I would absolutely recommend this kit to anyone wanting to go P55 on a budget. And with so little focus on 2gb DDR3 kits these days, I’m betting the 4gb kit will outperform these by quite a bit.

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