With DDR3 prices slowly, but surely dropping, performance DDR3 kits are getting the attention of enthusiasts and hardcore overclockers. We have with us two high-performance DDR3 2GB kits from Kingston which we put to the test.
Even though it has been a while since the introduction of DDR3 memory, the community has been slow in adopting DDR3 mainly because of its high pricing and comparatively poor performance to similarily spec-ed DDR2 memories which run on lower latencies by default. With continued development and the maturing of DDR3 products, we are starting to see the introduction of more high-speed DDR3 memory kits, which are now finally able to offer substantial performance gains over DDR2-based systems. Unfortunately, DDR3 pricing is still steep, but pricing has dropped by a large amount from the period of time when it was just introduced.
With DDR3 prices slowly, but surely dropping, performance DDR3 kits are getting the attention of enthusiasts and hardcore overclockers. We have in our test labs two high-performance DDR3 2GB kits, which are kindly sent to us by Kingston Technologies. They are the KHX13000D3LLK2/2G kit and the KHX14400D3K2/2GN kit. The former is classified as a low-latency kit by Kingston themselves, offering CL7 performance at a rather uncommon rated speed of 1625MHz. The latter is rated at a higher speed of 1800MHz, but at CL8 latencies.
Both kits operate at a voltage of 1.9V, up from the default 1.5V. 1.9V may seem a little on the high side to some, but it is still considered normal for performance DDR3 kits.