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


Aeneon XtuneWhether it be intentional or not, Aeneon have positioned themselves as a possible favourite memory manufacturer for the new Nehalem/Core i7 based systems when they become available in the next few weeks. As I'm sure most of us will have heard, these systems are rumoured to require DDR3 memory modules that can operate at voltages of 1.65v or lower as the CPU vCore is supposedly directly linked to vDIMM.
This, of course, makes the Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 kit an extremely favourable choice thanks to its stock 1.5v operation, along with its ability to overclock to DDR3-1974 without any further voltage adjustments. Additionally, with a small amount of extra voltage the kit is capable of coming within a whisker of DDR3-2000, which is pretty damn impressive indeed at such a low voltage.
On the down side, the Xtune modules hated low latency settings with a passion and blatantly refused to run at CAS9 on our 790i motherboard no matter what voltage setting was used. Even slightly lower settings such as 10-9-9-28 caused system instability and occasionally failure to boot, which isn't good news for those of us who enjoy a combination of latency and speed.
The Good
• Very low voltage requirements for a DDR3-1866 kit.
• Overclocks to DDR3-1974 with only 1.5v, and DDR3-1994 with 1.56v.
• Support for XMP & EPP2.0 profiles, ensuring stability on newer chipsets.
• Possibly a good choice for an i7 setup.
The Mediocre
•10-10-10-30 timings are a bit slack
• Refused to run at CAS9 no matter what voltage.

The Bad
• Poor availability in the UK.
Overclock3D Recommended Award
Thanks to Aeneon for providing the Xtune PC3-1866 kit for review. Discuss this review in our forums.
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Most Recent Comments

20-10-2008, 08:57:43

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.Quote

20-10-2008, 09:23:26

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.Quote

20-10-2008, 12:41:30

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.Quote

20-10-2008, 12:42:08

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

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