LAB501

Review: Team Zeus 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 & Team Xtreem 8GB DDR3 2800MHz CL12

Testing platform

 

Test platform

CPU

Core i7 4770K

MB

ASUS Maximus VI Impact

Cooling

Enermax Liqtech 120X

SSD

Intel SSD 730 240GB

PSU

Enermax Platimax 1350W

Case

Dimastech Benchtable Easy v2.5

Ambient temp

25 oC

OS

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

The testing platform was chosen with the primary purpose of not bottlenecking the memory and artificially limiting the results. The processor used was a Core i7 4770k, which sports an IMC that can easily push the memory to over 3000MHz. The motherboard is an ASUS Maximus VI Impact, which at that time was the best platform for memory overclocking one could find, despite its mITX form factor.

Testing methodology

For each scenario we ran SuperPI 32M to observe both stability and performance parameters. Considering that most ICs used on more recent DDR3 memories do not respond to overvolting, we settled on the following two testing scenarios. The first scenario required finding the best frequencies and timing accessible to a wider range of users, while the second scenario required finding the absolute maximum frequency using the highest voltage that still offers scaling, and by relaxing the timings.

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