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Super Talent W1866UX2G8

Super Talent Company is among pioneers in the overclocker memory modules market. They were the first to launch their DDR3-1600 and now they appeared the first again. And they outpaced OCZ and Corsair not only in terms of the product launch date, but also in terms of the official frequency. Unlike the competitors’ solutions, Super Talent offer not DDR3-1800, but even faster DDR3-1866 SDRAM.

Super Talent W1866UX2G8 kit includes two DDR3-1800 (PC3-15000) modules each 1GB big. The kit is shipped in standard plastic packaging that also includes a paper leaflet with some general info on the advantages of the DDR3 memory from Super Talent.

The modules look a little bit uncommon because they only have heat-spreaders on one side of the PCB, where the chips are. On the other side you can see bare green PCB and a sticker with the product marking. This sticker carries the product part number, capacity, default frequency, timings and manufacturer’s name. The only heat-spreader is made of black anodized aluminum and is a cast plate with small ribs and a shiny embossed company name – Super Talent.

Super Talent guarantees that their W1866UX2G8 will work stably at 1866MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings and 2.0V voltage. The complete specification of this solution looks as follows:

 

Super Talent W1866UX2G8

Memory kit capacity

2 modules 1GB each

Frequency

1866 MHz

Timings

8-8-8-24

Voltage

2.0 V

Chips

Micron D9GTR (BY-187E)

Cooling system

Cast aluminum heat-spreader on one side of the module

The manufacturer claims that all modules pass post-production testing Asus P5K3 Deluxe mainboard with the specified parameters.

The modules SPD reports the following:

To ensure compatibility Super Talent lists in the modules SPD the chips default specifications with which they can run stably at 1.5V voltage. Although the modules we had in our lab didn’t support XMP, the new batches of the same memory that are already selling in stores come with the overclocker profiles for Intel X38 based boards.

Our practical check-up showed that the actual potential of the Super Talent W1866UX2G8 is not that much higher than the claimed official specs. At 2.0V voltage and 8-8-8-24 timings this memory remained stable only at frequencies up to 1888MHz. However, I have to be fair: this is the best result in our today’s test session.

As for the more aggressive timings on Super Talent memory, the frequency threshold dropped to 1772MHz once the timings were set at 7-7-7-20 with 2.0V voltage. Further lowering of the timings to 6-6-6-18 allowed us to get this kit to run stably only at 1528MHz.

In other words, DDR3-1800 memory from Super Talent, just like the OCZ solution, didn’t prove the best in case of aggressive timing settings:

Super Talent W1866UX2G8

Timings

Voltage

Maximum frequency

6-6-6-18

2.0 V

1528 MHz

7-7-7-20

2.0 V

1772 MHz

8-8-8-24

2.0 V

1888 MHz

However, Super Talent W1866UX2G8 kit could retain the system stability at 1800MHz and 2.0V voltage with more aggressive timings of 8-7-7-22.

Just like the OCZ memory kit, Super Talent W1866UX2G8 couldn’t improve their performance at higher voltage settings than the 2.0V. It must be again the insufficient cooling, that wouldn’t let them get past it.

 
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