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Pros: 34C @ idle, 58C @ load, Noctua fan @ 3200 RPM
All games tested @ 2560x1080 resolution with max settings and measured in minimum FPS. I couldn't hit 60C on load no matter how hard I tried on GTAV and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
► Batman Arkham Asylum - 90 FPS (including Gameworks) and does not fall below 90 FPS
► World of Warcraft - 180 FPS all max settings no drops even in highly populated areas
► Killing Floor 2 - 62 FPS all max settings (never dips below 62 FPS)
► GTAV - 64 FPS all max settings (doesn't dip below 64 FPS, TXAA & PCSS On)
► Neverwinter - 64 FPS (average is higher around 90-100 FPS)
► World of Warships - 52 FPS (average is higher but that was the lowest it dipped to)
► Tera - 42 FPS (hits 42 FPS in crowded town, outside open world stays average 80 FPS)
► The Witcher: Wild Hunt - 52 FPS (average is higher but that was the lowest it dipped to)
► League of Legends - 180 FPS (average between 180-230 FPS)
Cons: Corsair fan LED is too bright, replaced with Noctua NF-F12 iPPC 3000 PWM
Didn't have time to test more games, overall a great improvement over my GTX 970.
Other Thoughts: System
Dell 2913WM 2560x1080 21:9
Intel Core i7 6700k @ 4.7Ghz 27C @ idle / 42C @ load
NZXT Kraken X61
Gigabyte G1 Z170X Gaming 7
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB 3000
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX
Pros: Works great for Sandy Bridge systems. Originally I bought Mushkin Redline 996805 for my build but they kept giving me errors because the voltage runs at 1.65. I have used Crucial before on my laptop and I thought I'd give them a try again. I put them in and they booted right away and all my memory errors were gone and no more hard drive corruption.
But like another reviewer said, don't be fooled by this ram because it doesn't have any heatspreaders. These ram sticks run super cool unlike my Redlines and are very high quality. I'm happy with this purchase.
Cons: No heat spreaders but you don't need them for this memory because they run super cool.
Other Thoughts: I recommend using 1.5v memory to avoid any problems with Sandy Bridge systems.
Intel Core i7 2500K
Asus P8P67 Pro
Pros: It was fast and worked at 1600Mhz @ 1.65v with the timings 6-8-6-24 on Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard for Sandy Bridge systems. I tested with stock bios, 1053, 1203 and 1253 no problems.
Buy this ram only if you want to end up buying a ram cooler to go with it. I recommend Arctic Cooler RC Turbo Module for ram cooling. I won't be surprised if I need to RMA this ram soon.
If you really want this ram I recommend you to get the Ridgeback version it has a better heatspreader than this one.
Cons: Did I mention hot? But these memory sticks run way too hot at 1.65v with the rated 1600Mhz that I was getting random errors and crashes. At first boot up my PC seemed okay and stable but would later crash. I tested it with Memtest86, Memtest x86+, Memtest Windows, and Micro 2K MemScope. Memtest86 and Memtest x86+ did not catch the errors. However Memtest Windows and Micro 2K MemScope caught the errors. I suspect it is getting errors because of overheating. Looks like I might have to RMA soon if these stick fail because of the heat.
Even running the JEDEC Specs 1333 9-9-9-24 1.5v the ram is still way too hot for 4 x 2GB configuration. But the way the ram is running and the heat that is being put out I don't expect this ram to last long. The heatspreaders are terrible they don't dissipate enough heat. They slide off back and forth too easily when inserting them into the dimm slots making you think you didn't put your ram in good enough.
I expected a lot better quality though.
Other Thoughts: This is my first time using Mushkin brand memory. I have heard about the Redline memory before and how great it was. But I think in the future I will reconsider my options. The memory worked as spec'd but the heat that was generated by 4 sticks of memory was way too much.
I recommend everyone buy a ram cooler if they want to use these sticks in 4 x 2gb configuration because it just runs way too hot even 2 x 2gb configuration I was still getting errors and it was overly hot. But I currrently have a 120mm fan ghetto rigged to cool the hot Mushkin sticks.
My PC system is stock though:
i5 2500K 3.3Ghz
Asus P8P67 Pro
4 x 2GB Mushkin DDR3 1600 Redline
If anyone want to know the JEDEC Specs
1.5v 444Mhz 6-6-6-16
1.5v 592Mhz 8-8-8-22
1.5v 666Mhz 9-9-9-24
This is XMP programmed onto the memory:
1.65v 800Mhz 6-8-6-24
Yup, this memory is definitely Redline, Redline border hot to overheating and failure and future RMA. I think I will go back to Patriot ram next time.