Mushkin 6GB (3x2GB) XP series DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Kit



I was secretly excited when I heard that a Mushkin kit had arrived at OC3D towers as I adored my old 'Redline' kit in DDR2 Standard which overclocked amazingly. This kit, while not screaming 'overclock the nuts off me', goes about its business without even raising an eyebrow. Overclocks didn't seem to bother it, it even reacted and was stable as a rock or it didn't play ball at all. Managing the fastest frequency we have tested thus far with an astonishing 2100MHz (albeit at CAS10) I am quietly confident that this kit is going to take some beating.

The packaging of the product could be better. A lot of DDR3 kits on sale at present are packaging their products in an extra box and while this does add to the cost of the kit I do feel that it affords the DDR3 much more protection and as a result could prevent a lot of RMA's due to damaged in transit kits. I would also liked to have seen some information on the kit I have just bought too which the Mushkin kit does not provide. Sure, you should be well aware of what you have bought but it wouldn't hurt to have some specifics on the packaging would it?

At present, there is very little information on the DDR3 kit's pricing but I would expect to pay around the £150 price point for it to be competitive in todays market. DDR3 Prices are dropping fast (about time too!) and there are a lot of manufacturers who have already released their kits. The Mushkin XP series, in the format we have reviewed today is not currently available for sale at present but will be shipped out of Colorado in the near future so keep an eye out for it. If you want tight timings or blistering frequencies then the Mushkin gives you the option of both, I only hope the price does equate to it's performance.

The Good
- Overclocked frequencies
- Excellent stock performance
- Efficient heatspreaders

The Mediocre
- Tired Green PCB's
- Packaging could be better

The Bad
- Nothing

Thanks to Muskin for providing the 6GB (3x2GB) XP series DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Kit for todays review.

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Most Recent Comments

10-03-2009, 07:02:28

Good review and very interesting kit... 500MHz overclock by loosening the timings quite a lot. It's pretty much been proven that generally more MHz is better than tighter timings so I'm sure at 2100MHz the kit would fly. Did ya get any benchmarks of the kit overclocked?

I think I'll seriously consider this kit when I decide to upgrade to i7 providing nothing better is available by then.

Also one lil thing in the first paragraph:

Hailing from the base of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado, USA, Muskin have long been known as producers of high performance memory for the worldwide enthusiast market. Including products such as memory upgrades for

Mushkin spelt wrong Quote

10-03-2009, 07:09:26

Not too bad a OC there! Fantastic review as aways. God I missed this site. Quote

10-03-2009, 12:10:10

Tox... Where you been hiding mate?Quote

10-03-2009, 14:31:20

lol, Under a huge pile of coursework/life. Quote

10-03-2009, 15:22:10

I did bench the kit but only for stability (SuperPI). I didn't display them as the CPU was not really overclocked too much. I didn't want to stress the memory controller as well as the memory as it would then be hard to distinguish exactly where the failings were so took the CPU out of the equation which inevitably has a skew on benchmark results and wouldn't be a fair representation of the benefits gained i.e a 14 second SuperPI run is not as impressive as a sub 10 second one. Alot of people just look at results and miss what is actually being tested .Quote

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