Aeneon is a relatively new brand on the market, re-launched about 7 months ago. Originally under the Infineon brand, it is now a Qimonda brand after the spinoff of Infineon as Qimonda. Qimonda decided to continue the use of the Aeneon brand name for it's retail market division. As part of the strategy, Aeneon exclusively uses Qimonda DRAM chips. This is similar to the use of Micron chips for the Micron owned Crucial brand. We all know that when it comes down to the performance memory market, the DRAM "chip-to-get" changes like the seasons. Other companies such as Corsair, Kingston and OCZ aren't restricted to certain DRAM manufacturers and have more flexibility when creating product lineups. Some of those brands have used Qimonda chips in the past, and many video cards use fast GDDR from Qimonda, and today we'll check out a DDR3 kit from Aeneon which uses Qimonda DRAM chips.
The memory kit on the plate today is from Aeneon's performance line of RAM, XTune. It's comprised of 2GB (2x1GB DIMMs) of DDR3 rated to run at 1333MHz at CL8 (specifically, 8-8-8-24). Aeneon tests these kits in pairs to ensure performance and stability in dual channel configuration.
OCZ Technology is a relatively young company. In business for less than 10 years so far, OCZ's birth not too long ago was welcomed by the computer enthusiast community. At the time, there were few other high performance memory companies. Coming back to present time, OCZ is still alive and kicking. It's now a much bigger company and even though it now has a more diversified product portfolio, memory is still its #1 game.
Today we'll be taking a look at one product in OCZ's product portfolio that attempts to live up the company's heritage as a high speed memory company. The kit we'll be examining is from OCZ's DDR3 lineup, the 2GB Reaper HPC PC3-10666 (DDR3-1333MHz) memory kit. It's a dual channel kit comprised of 2x1GB DIMMS. The DIMMs are rated to run at 1333MHz with 6-6-6-18 timings at 1.75v. They feature OCZ's lifetime warranty (with voltage support of up to 1.8v) and a radical cooling design.
After receiving and opening our Reaper memory kit from OCZ, one thing immediately came to mind: these are the heaviest memory modules I've ever held. Most high performance memory kits on the market have aluminum heatspreaders, but OCZ went much further with it's Reaper series.
Crucial is the only memory upgrade supplier that is owned by a major DRAM manufacturer, Micron Techonology. The Crucial name is synonymous with consumers for memory upgrades and accessories such as flash cards and drives. Branching out from its bread and butter of standard memory products, Crucial developed a branding called Ballistix. It is with its Ballistix brand that Crucial reaches out to overclocking and performance crowd. At circuitREMIX, we've already tested DDR2 from Crucial's Ballistix line of memory products and we came away impressed. Now we will be taking our first look at our first Ballistix DDR3 product.
Crucial's Ballistix line of DDR2 and DDR3 memory all bear the same resemblance. They share the same aluminum heatspreaders, with the standard Ballistix burnt orange and the Tracers black. The Ballistix, Crucial and Micron logos are silkscreened on the heatspreaders. There is no clear indication as to the specifications of the memory other than looking up the model number off the stickers on the memory.
Kingston is a market leader in the memory market, and it wasn't luck that got it to that point. As we've seen in our past reviews, Kingston has good quality products that perform well. It's HyperX line of products exemplifies this, as the HyperX portfolio contains some of Kingston's highest performing products. In our series of upcoming DDR3 memory kit reviews, I thought I would start off first with our Kingston 1375MHz rated kit. Its rated speed of DDR3-1375 is the lowest of the kits we have lined up to review, so we'll if it has anything up its sleeve.
For those familiar with Kingston's HyperX memory series, the sight of the blue anodized aluminum heatspreaders on this model should not be a surprise. Both sides of the heatspreaders are held together with a combination of silver colour clips and adhesive thermal pads.
First in our series of DDR2 memory reviews, we will look at Crucial Technology's DDR2 offerings in the form of the Ballistix PC-8000 2GB memory kit. So what is Ballistix memory? The Ballistix line is specifically built for performance enthusiasts who want to push the performance envelope without worrying about data loss or corruption, mysterious intermittent errors and display problems, or worse — the dreaded BSOD! The Ballistix line of high-performance memory modules features advanced speed grades, low latencies, and integrated aluminum heat spreaders. Targeted towards performance enthusiasts, we will test Crucial's kit of memory with this in mind.
Today we'll be comparing two 2GB (2x1GB) kits of SODIMM DDR2 667MHz memory. These kits are aimed at users of Intel based Apple Mac computers. These are machine specific parts designed to work with full compatibility with Apple Macs including the Macbook series.
The kits that we will be examining and testing are from Kingston and Mushkin. Both companies offer lifetime limited warranties and are guarantee the memory to work with the hardware in question. Both the Kingston (Model: KTA-MB667/1G) and Mushkin (Model: 971504A kits) sticks of memory are 1GB each, and rated to run at 667MHz (PC5300) with 5-5-5-15 timings. Each kit consists of two matched model sticks.