Mushkin Blackline 12GB Kit Review

Introduction and Technical Specs

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 12GB Kit Review


It's been some time since we first heard of the possibility of 4GB density sticks which would enable us to run 12GB triple channel, or indeed 8GB dual channel. Finally we could potentially take advantage of populating our boards with the 24GB they state they can handle.

Without question this is a huge leap forwards. Memory is one of those things that it's almost impossible to have too much of. Anyone who has spent ages running with a cheap 1GB setup will immediately be stunned at how much better a 2 or even 4GB upgrade is. 

As X58 boards are triple channel most people run 6GB. Plenty for the average user but if you work at all with images you'll find the resolution available with modern cameras can quickly eat that all away if you load more than a couple in Photoshop or similar. The results are just that way with video editing too.

In short when it comes to RAM, the more the merrier. Like anyone we're huge fans of technology here at OC3D and so were gagging to test a kit and see if the latest models can be all that we come to expect from 6GB kits, but in high-density form.

Mushkin might not be as well known in the UK as they are in the US, but they have a reputation for producing high quality products. They kindly sent us a 12GB kit from their Blackline series, so let's take a look.

Technical Specifications

Type: DDR3
Voltage: 1.65V
Speed Spec: PC3-12800
Frequency: 1600
Kit Type: Triple Kit
Module Size: 4GB
tCL: 9
tRCD: 9
tRP: 9
tRAS: 24
Heatsink: FrostByte


So far, so fairly average. 1600MHz is a nice surprise to find at this early stage of the technology, especially when it's paired to CAS9. Not bad for such a huge module size and hopefully indicative that this isn't an "early adopter" type kit, but actually one that delivers good performance too.

Let's get a closer look shall we.

Mushkin Blackline 12GB Kit Review  
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Most Recent Comments

19-07-2010, 16:30:26

Very, very pricey I can pick up a 12G PC3-14900 kit with CAS 9-9-9-24 for 300£ but nice overclocking though, 1904MHz is a nice overclock.Quote

19-07-2010, 16:35:37

I think this is funny but the Mushkin logo looks like a NVIDIA logoQuote

20-07-2010, 06:38:07

Originally Posted by name='silenthill'
I think this is funny but the Mushkin logo looks like a NVIDIA logo
I'm confused, how do they look alike?

The Mushkin logo is the 'less than' sign next to the letter M while nVidia's logo is like a spiralling eye.Quote

20-07-2010, 07:42:05

I don’t mean exactly alike but they give you a feeling that there a NVIDIA product, I don’t know maybe it’s just me.Quote

20-07-2010, 08:11:39

Just for a test I installed Photoshop CS today and I have a CANON EOS 1000D Digital SLR Camera which is 10MP, I noticed when I use JPEG format my 6GB ram can cope with it but when I use the RAW format it runs out very quickly, but I’m afraid of adding more ram to my system in case it could slowdown my overclocked system (increase the load on my CPU) I have read on the web that most overclockers prefer 6GB on the core I7 systems, I’m not so sure about this so what are your thoughts tom.Quote

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