Installation & Overclocking
These modules were very to install because of how small they are. Our CPU cooler the Noctua NH-L12 is not very large so we did not have to worry about any clearance issues. While the orange did not match our motherboard very well it still stands out quite a bit, the blue modules would have been perfect here.
Our test system is comprised of the following items.
Processor: Intel Core i7-3820
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Pro
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD6950
Memory: 16GB G.SKill ARES DDR3-2133
Power Supply: Thermaltake 1200W
Storage: 750GB SATA II Drive
Cooling: Noctua NH-L12
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II
Once you have the memory installed just turn on your system, go into the BIOS and enable the XMP profile and your memory will be running at the advertised speed of 2133MHz with timings of 11-11-11-30.
Now for some overclocking! When overclocking on the X79 platform it is really easy to overclock memory because for the most part you are overclocking it independently from the CPU, but in our case I had to adjust the BCLK because if I just moved up the memory frequency it would go up to 2400MHz and it would not boot. So I started moving the BCLK up and at 105 the system would not boot. So I moved things down to 104, which meant the memory would be at 2218MHz. The system booted and I ran some stability tests and the system was stable. For the most part this is as high as most 2133MHz memory will go, still pretty impressive as I did not expect to be able to overclock this memory at all.
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