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PNY And PQI

Eight 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) Memory Kits For P67 Express, Rounded Up
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PNY Optima MD8192KD3-1333

Most memory firms target high-volume markets first, delivering high-performance parts simply to increase brand recognition. In PNY’s case, those priorities left the firm without any of its enthusiast-class XL8R modules at the even lower-volume 4 GB per module capacity. Lacking those specific parts, it decided to aim for our love of real value with its DDR3-1333 modules.

Speed-binning is used by most companies to remove the best parts from a batch and sell them at a higher price. One of the nice things about a company that doesn’t sell the faster parts is that it hasn’t removed the best of the batch. This is the case with PNY’s 4 GB modules, so we’re hoping for moderate overclocking capability at low cost.

With no factory-rated overclock, PNY’s Optima modules don’t need XMP. Instead, they default to the same DDR3-1333 CAS 9 settings as competitors, leaving overclocking at the discretion of overclockers.

PNY provides a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser of its DRAM products.

PQI Immortality Edition MFAFR602SA7001

Launched last June, we still haven’t seen PQI Immortality Edition Turbo D3-2000 (or its Part Number MFAFR602SA7001) for sale anywhere. The phoenix emblem is an adequate symbol for a series of RAM that disappears frequently, only to reemerge in the occasional review.

The lack of retail pricing prevents us from including Immortality Edition RAM in our value challenge, but we’ll include all of the benchmark data in hopes that someone will eventually spot this mythical bird in the wild.

Predating the recent launch of LGA 1155 platforms, Turbo D3-2000 modules carry XMP values familiar to overclockers of previous-generation processors. Our motherboard’s XMP option configured these as DDR3-1866 CAS 9, and SPD defaults these to DDR3-1333 CAS 9.

PQI includes a lifetime warranty on its DRAM modules.

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    daglesj , 19 April 2011 19:38
    Note - Ram performance reviews have been redundant for several years now.

    Please in future just review ram purely on how 'cool' it looks in your case/motherboard.

    Saves you and the reader their time/life.

    Amazed at how ram manufacturers still get away with tarting up standard ram and charging x% more for it with just a chunk of metal on it.
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    agesalter , 20 April 2011 03:21
    As the real world difference here is so small can we see performance ram verses el cheapo ram to see if it is worth spending the big bucks on memory, or (as I suspect) show that you are better off splashing the cash on cpu/gpu.

    Thanks
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    damian86 , 22 April 2011 04:09
    That was a nice review, so if you are planning a build then make sure you have one of these kits on it. I am one of these persons that can wait to save, and spen a little bit more of money for something that is worth, but I don't go too crazy spending all of it.

    So we can say the Kingston is the average in speed/value/overclocking,I was expecting a bit mroe from Corsair,and RipjawX is not staying behind showing pure solid results.
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    13thmonkey , 29 April 2011 21:26
    Could you possibly review a mixed kit please, as far as I am concerned there should be no need to have to use a fixed kit if they meet ddr3 standards.

    However there is a growing wave of people that believe the marketing bull which states that you need to use kits that come from the same box, i.e. a 2 stick kit + a single stick cannot (according to some) run in triple channel the same way that a 3 stick kit would.
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    Anonymous , 25 October 2011 23:59
    Hi!! Please can someone tell me does this kingston memory kit goes with AsrockZ68 Extreme4 Gen 3 motherboard???