Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 (PC3-15000) 4GB DDR3 Kit

Introduction & Specifications

Introduction & SpecsAeneon Xtune
 
Back at the beginning of the year, Overclock3D was fortunate enough to take a look at a DDR3-1333 4GB kit from a fairly new player in the performance memory scene named Aeneon. At the time, we were highly impressed by the kit's ability to reach speeds of  DDR3-1700 using only 1.85v, but couldn't help but feel that this excellent kit was a one-off, designed to generate some media excitement around the new brand name.
 
However, Aeneon, keen to prove us wrong, have returned once again - this time brandishing something exceptionally more powerful: a 4GB DDR3-1866 kit affectionately labeled AXH860UD20-18J. Let's check out the specs:
 
 
Description
XTUNE™ DDR3 series is the AENEON™ solution for the latest DDR3 platforms addressing highest performance needs as well as fast, stable and reliable system operation.

The Dual Channel Kit comes with two identical modules tested together in DUAL CHANNEL MODE at 1866MHz at a latency timing of 10-10-10-30 on several platforms.
Supports XMP - Extreme Memory Profile on Intel X38/X48 platforms and EPP2.0 – Enhanced Performance Profile on the latest NVIDIA SLI platforms.
 
Features
* Dual channel kits are pair-tested on latest platforms
* DDR3-1866 CL10 @1.5V
* Enhanced performance modes included in EPP2.0 and XMP profiles
* 240-Pin Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) with gold contacts
* High quality aluminium heat spreader to ensure cooler operating temperature
* Supports Intel XMP – Extreme Memory Profile on Intel X38/X48 platforms
* Supports NVIDIA EPP2.0 - Enhance Performace Profile on NVIDIA SLI platforms
 
With 10-10-10-30 stock timings, the Xtune kit certainly isn't going to win any awards for latency out of the box. However, we know better than to judge anything by its factory settings here at Overclock3D, and the JEDEC standard voltage of 1.5v certainly brings hope that this kit is just erring on the side of caution.
 
Unfortunately, the specifications make no mention of just how high (if at all) the voltage can be taken before voiding the 10-year warranty that Aeneon provide with the kit (yes you read that right). This is something that companies such as OCZ and Mushkin take pride in displaying, as it provides reassurance to the casual overclocker that they can push the modules a little bit further without throwing money down the drain.
 
Finally, one last thing worthy of a mention is that the Xtune DDR3-1866 kit supports both Intel's XMP and NVIDIA's EPP2.0 performance profiles, ensuring that the kit works at its intended speeds on some of the more recent chipsets by both of these manufacturers.
 
Now let's get up close and personal with the kit...
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20-10-2008, 07:59:36

JN
"Low voltage and high performance is the name of the game with Aeneon's latest Xtune DDR3 kit."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...105055428s.jpg

Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 (PC3-15000) 4GB DDR3 Kit

20-10-2008, 08:57:43

Rastalovich
Decent memory, not had any of that b4.

I`d kinda liken buying a 2x kit to put in a 3x array `as` equiv to putting a single stick in a 2x array.

So.. with the emphasis of working 1.5v+ for an i7 setup, why sell it as a 2x ? Of course u can buy another stick.. but with all the unquantified differences, ur timings will require the massaging. And not being a kit, performance or compatability not guaranteed.

It`s always greater to have less voltage to work ur ddr3 in a 4 series mobo, as I`m almost sure all the "good" ones have a tremendous range of vdimm. So on the one hand u cut the voltage req to allow i7, and sell as a pair for non i7.

Could well be ofc, that moving forward, it`s just the case that all newer ddr3 they, and others, produce will be ~1.5v as standard.

Nice review, nice sticks.

20-10-2008, 09:23:26

FarFarAway
Nice review as per usual Jimbo. Any idea at all on pricing? I really wouldn't mind cutting over to DDR3 right now if it's not too dear.

20-10-2008, 12:41:30

usman.zx10
Kempez you are right the DDR3 prices are falling and are now justifible to upgrade to and their timings are getting tighter also. Soon I might make the jump, we will see.

20-10-2008, 12:42:08

usman.zx10
but the timings on this particular kit reviewed are lackluster at best. 10-10-10.. meh, ill pass
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