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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.
Pros: It worked when I had it. Now it doesn't work anymore. They provided me with a solution to crossfire problems.
Cons: The memory is hot on it and has no cooling, if you try to even edge the gpu pass the default 750mhz it will crash! This is unacceptable! To get crossfire working I had to talk to tech support and run a number of tests. The default bios that comes with it DOES NOT WORK WITH CROSSFIRE! You must update your bios to the newest bios available on their website. The drivers on the CD is the only driver that works with crossfire if you decide to crossfire two of these cards. When you use newer Catalyst drivers, you will not be able to get these cards to crossfire without first updating the bios. They do not tell you this, I had to find out the hard way why the cards will not crossfire at all. They did not make a working crossfire bios until I kept providing them information of why it wasn't working. It wasn't until that they admitted that crossfire doesn't work and provided me with an updated bios. My crossfire ended up being disabled so I checked my second card. Yes, it was dead....
Other Thoughts: After 4 months, this videocard died. I don't recommend this brand in the future if you decide to buy videocards. At first I had tried to crossfire it with my XFX 4890 1GB to only find out crossfire doesn't work. It wasn't my XFX 4890 all along, it was the Gigabyte 4870 1GB with the bad bios that was causing problems with crossfire. Don't be fooled by the Zalman fan, it doesn't keep this card cool enough to save its life. There is no options in Catalys Control Center to control the fan speed, so there is no sensor on the fan to control speed. There are no heatsinks for the memory either, tell me why all other 4870 Radeon series has heatsinks on their memory except Gigabyte? That's right, because build quality for this card is abysmal and lacking in the quality department. My first card is only surviving because I have a full waterblock on it. Just do a Google search for this card and you will find it's plagued with all sorts of problems.READ FULL REVIEW
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