Author: Bob Buskirk
Installation, Overclocking & Testing Procedures
Installing these modules is just like any other, simply slide them into your open memory slots on your motherboard. The heatspreaders are not very large at all so you should not have any clearance issues with your CPU cooler. Once installed and you power your system on your will see the modules light up!
Here is a video of the modules in action!
The modules actually do not react in terms of memory activity or usage. They have a set pattern that they follow. While this does look cool and will definitely bring some attention to your system I am more a fan of the memory that reacts when it is being accessed.
This memory is DDR3-1600 so it is running at 1600 MHz and has timings of 9-9-9-24 at 1.5v. With the lower speed and voltage I figured I could push these modules pretty far, man was I wrong. I was only able to bring the modules up to 1866 MHz and that was with timings of 10-10-10-28. I tried moving up to 2133 MHz and the system would not boot at all. I tried upping the voltage to 1.65v and tried timings of 12-12-12-30 and 13-13-13-33 with no luck at all. Pretty disappointed that I was only able to bring the memory up to 1866 MHz.
Our test system is comprised of the following items.
Processor: Intel Core i7-3820
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Pro
Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II OC
Memory: Avexir Core Series DDR3-1600 16GB
Power Supply: Kingwin Power Force 850W
Storage: 750GB SATA II Drive
Cooling: Noctua NH-L12
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II
We have a set battery of benchmarks for Memory reviews. We have listed the applications we use for testing below.
- Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
- Latency Benchmark
- Cache Benchmark
AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark
MaxxMem – Preview
Now let’s get to testing!