Mushkin PC12800 6GB Ridgeback Review
Well it doesn't take a genius to work out the conclusion after that very comprehensive set of results.
Lookswise the Ridgeback is stunning decked out in its Firetruck Red. It really stands out from the crowd both on the shelf, and in your rig. It looked especially gorgeous within my Rampage III Extreme and was a lovely change from the black and similar monochrome heatsinks we find on RAM these days.
The height alone was almost enough to recommend it. So few high-performance RAM kits can fit underneath our NH-D14 CPU Cooler than to have a great looking one with a heatsink that performs clearly better than standard heatspreader was a joy.
Mushkin have really pulled out all the stops to get the timings down to the low CAS6 on this and it was reflected in the results. At 1600MHz the Corsair Dominator GT CAS8 Kit just couldn't keep pace whatsoever and the Muskin was edging close to the 2000MHz kits in some tests.
Overclocking though is where its star really shone brightly. Despite a little issue with our Asus board not picking the timings up correctly, a 10 second call to the engineer at Mushkin sorted that out and 2000MHz with a still tight CAS8 was a breeze.
Breeze is actually underselling it. It was a tornado. Although a couple of tests saw it run close, pretty much all our results showed the Mushkin Redline Ridgeback strolling off into the sunset whilst the others puffed and wheezed to the finish line.
So all in all we have a great looking, great performing 6GB kit that you can have, in your rig, for a mere £150. Can't do much better than that and therefore it's deserving of our Gold Award for combining excellent looks, excellent performance and great overclockability, for a great price.