Kingston LoVo 1866 Memory Review
Test Setup and Overclocking
Intel Core i7 870 @ 3.6GHz
ASUS Maximum Extreme III
Windows 7 Ultimate 64
8GB Kingston LoVo 1866 (4x2GB)
For our tests we ran the LoVo at the two XMPs, being 1600MHz @ 1.25v and 1866MHz @ 1.35v.
With something that comes so low-voltage out the box it's very tempting to run it hard. After all it has to remain within ATX specifications and it's more likely that you need to use good chips to get such low voltages whilst remaining stable, than you can use ones out the parts bin that wont do higher speeds.
However gains with RAM don't only come from higher clock speeds but also lower timings. Striking the balance between the two is the key. As we've hopefully got a lot of voltage overhead we upped from the 1.25v XMP setting to 1.45v and tried to see if we could get the timings lower than the 9-9-9-27 they run at stock. As it was we easily hit 7-8-7-24 which is a huge improvement. These definitely are some good chips.
Having lowered the timings we clearly have a lot to play with here. So it's obviously worth putting them back to the 9-9-9-27 and seeing how far we can push the speed.
Naturally with the Kingston LoVo rated at 1866 @ 1.35v we were careful when overclocking to go up in small steps and constantly test stability and temperatures. To save you reading a ton of results though, here are our final results. 2202MHz 9-9-9-27 @ 1.65v, completely stable. Fantastic results.