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Thirteen DDR3-1600 SDRAM Kits (3 x 2 GB)

A-Data AX3U1600PB2G8-3P

6 GB kit from A-Data with 1600 MHz frequency is called Vitesta DDR3-1600+, but in reality this “+” doesn’t mean anything at all. This memory is formally designed to work at 1600 MHz frequency with 8-8-8-24 timings. The peculiarity of this memory kit is that its voltage according to the specs is claimed to be 1.65-1.85 V, which means that it can be used at high voltages. However, Intel doesn’t recommend raising the voltage in LGA1366 systems over 1.65 V, because it may damage the integrated memory controller in the CPU.

At the same time I have to admit that a lot of computer enthusiasts believe that raising the memory voltage over 1.65 V is still possible if Uncore voltage of the CPU is no more than 0.5 V lower than the memory voltage. These users should be especially pleased with A-Data Vitesta DDR3-1600+ memory. However, we are somewhat concerned with this memory’s ability to dissipate heat efficiently, especially during overclocking accompanied by significantly increased voltage settings, because it is equipped with common stamped aluminum heat-spreader plates.

The manufacturer didn’t fill out the XMP profiles for their memory kit that is why it is the user who is responsible for configuring the memory timings correctly in the mainboard BIOS.

Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D (Dominator)

The DDR3-1600 memory modules from Corsair that we received for this roundup belong to the Dominator series. It means that the modules are equipped with unique tall aluminum heat-spreaders with comb-shaped top edge. However, unfortunately, developers’ thoughtful intention to take good care of the modules heat dissipation may prevent you from using these memory modules in systems with large processor coolers. Luckily, the top part of the heat-spreaders is removable and can be unscrewed if necessary.

Among numerous triple-channel DDR3-1600 SDRAM memory kits that Corsair is offering at this time, the modules marked as TR3X6G1600C8D have an “intermediate” set of default timings: 8-8-8-24. They are guaranteed to work at 1.65 V. I have to say that Corsair specifically stresses that all memory modules shipped as a kit pass the tests in mainboards on X58 chipset.

Corsair engineers filled out the XMP profile for their modules, where they indicated all default memory settings. It makes installation and configuring of the memory kit way easier and faster.

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