Here at VR-Zone we love to overclock everything. Memory is no exception and we like to do a few things. First we see how far we can get with stock voltage and tightening timings or increasing speed. Then we increase voltage to what we think is max safe air voltage, and then we clock up frequency either with loser timings or XMP timings.
Stability also varies, what is optimal is HyperPI with all 4 threads running 32M, however many times this was not possible so we used SuperPI 32M which is a stability level benchers can use.
Best at XMP voltage and MHz.
How well can we do at 2400MHz with 1.65v? Well we can tighten the main 4 timings as well as have T1 and do our stability test with ease.
Best at XMP MHz and timings and 1.75v.
THhs is the best we can do with 1.75v and XMP timings at T1.
Best at XMP MHz and timings and 1.85v.
1.85V is for benching, as is 2600mhz at CAS11 and T1.
Maximum Frequency at 1.85V:
This memory was a real pain to work with in the beginning, however after one realizes that the BIOS profiles in the M5E are all tighter than the XMP of this kit then it becomes apparent that deviating from the XMP isn't going to really give you many MHz.
It is a very well-known fact that memory density is better than memory speed when it comes to modern platforms and DRAM. When we say density we are referring to the size of the individual module. More memory gives you more performance than higher memory speed, at least when speeds below 2400MHz are considered. That is why there was very little performance increases between standard and overclocked with this kit, in all honesty we didn't expect any different as the majority of DRAM kits score the same. One good thing however is that this memory was plug and chug, all we had to do was load XMP and we were at 2400 MHz no issues. We could go in and change from T2 to T1, as this is a T1 kit, and the system would remain stable.
Overclocking this kit was extremely easy to be honest, however we kept hitting road blocks at higher speeds, but going from 2400MHz to 2600MHz was very easy if you leave the memory at T2 and increase the voltage to 1.7v. Higher voltage is okay for Hynix CFR as long as the modules aren’t allowed to overheat, so generally a bit of airflow around the memory is a good idea. We even loaded the TridentX 1.85v profile in the ROG UEFI selection which is supposedly great for Hynix CFR doubled sided kits at 2666, however this kit could do no such thing. That means that this kit is not as well binned as the TridentX 2666MHz kit, but this kit also isn’t rated at 2666MHz. If you are buying this kit for benching to emulate a 2666MHz kit, then you should really re-think your purchase. However if you are going to buy this kit as you want something stable, compatible, and generally decent then this kit is for you. Its price also isn't anything special, but we do think it is honestly priced with only a slight tax for the heatsinks.
|T1 at 2400MHz||XMP Profile defaulted T2|
|Overclocks great w/XMP Timings||Very loose timings|
|Stylish heatspreaders||Not binned for high MHz|