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Mushkin 996601 4GB XP3-12800

Mushkin is one of the oldest manufacturers of high-quality memory modules; they have been in the market since 1994. Since then they have earned very good reputation, which is totally confirmed by the results of our tests. This time we had a chance to check out a kit of two 2GB modules with 996601 part number that belongs to the fastest DDR3-1600 modifications in the market.

Nevertheless, Mushkin 996601 modules cannot boast any striking appearance. They are shipped in pretty common plastic casing, and the modules are covered with the simplest stamped aluminum heat-spreaders colored black. It is only the manufacturer logo and slightly unusual shape that may catch your eye.

The specifications, however, are worth a much closer look. Mushkin 996601 4GB XP3-12800 kit boasts very aggressive timings, even for DDR3-1600:

  • 2 DDR3 SDRAM modules, 2GB each;
  • Frequency: 1600MHz;
  • CAS Latency – 7, timings configuration: 7-7-6-18;
  • Voltage: 1.85-1.9V.

As you can notice, these modules require higher voltage than the common 1.8V. Nevertheless, Mushkin 996601 4GB XP3-12800 modules worked with their default settings at 1.8V voltage just fine, which may indicate that the manufacturer simply wanted to play it safe by setting higher voltage requirement.

It is very nice that great Mushkin 996601 specifications didn’t affect its price. It costs considerably less than the solutions from OCZ or Corsair, however, it is not any slower in real tests.

As for the SPD contents, Mushkin memory is just as good as the best competitors’ solutions in this respect.

It has everything necessary for broad compatibility, and the XMP profile contains the settings for DDR3-1600 mode.

 
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