As I mentioned at the beginning, you probably haven't heard of either Aeneon or Qimonda, though you may very well have Qimonda memory in your video card, on your motherboard, or possibly in your system memory. We should definitely be hearing more from them.
The Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1333 is a nice looking set of modules, with their black, red, and chrome color scheme. It's a shame having to hide good looking hardware in your system, but at least the manufacturers take the time to make it look good.
The Xtune proved to be reasonably flexible, and could help someone with a lower-end system see some small performance gains. As far as overclocking, to be honest, they did reach the highest SPD setting, but that's about it. I definitely experienced a performance gain between DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1500, but the latter is about the max for rock-solid stability.
I was impressed that I could get tighter timings and overclock all at the stock voltage, which is also the standard for DDR3 memory. This makes the Xtune a viable choice for someone with a lower-end rig, who may not have the VDIMM options of more expensive motherboards.
I couldn't find the Aeneon Xtune for sale anywhere in the US, so I have no idea what the price will be. Presently, a 2 gig kit of DDR3-1333 memory runs between $200 and $300. If Aeneon can keep the price around the $200 mark, we'd definitely consider it a value, but anything over $225, there are better values out there. It is available in Europe directly from Aeneon for 231.90 Euros ($337.86USD), but we won't go by that for potential US price. ThinkComputers gives the Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1333 2GB Kit a 9 out of 10 score.
- Good looks
- Reaches max performance and tighter timings at stock voltage
- Good overclocking performance gains up to DDR3-1500
- Not yet available in the states as far as we know, so not sure of the price
- Overclocked ok, but not great