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|Review: MX-Tech Armor Series DDR3-1600 4Gb Kit|
|Posted by Will Smith|
|Friday, 24 September 2010 00:03|
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As computer systems become more and more powerful, so will the need for high performance memory. Over the past few years, we've seen DDR3 memory speeds increase steadily, with speeds now reaching upto 2200Mhz, that's DDR3-2200 or PC3-17600 spec. These type of memory is really designed only for the hardcore overclocking enthusiasts. At this speed, these memory modules will require increased voltages for normal operation. An increase in voltages will result in excess heat. To combat this, many manufactures of high-end overclocking memory will include large heatsinks/heatspreader to effictively dissipate this excess heat. This is evident when you see the some of the high-end overclocking memory on the market... all seem to have crazy designs for their heatsinksheatspreaders.
Normal users like you and I, will probably never get to play with this kind of memory ... instead, we tend to look for the memory products that offer the best price/performance ratio. To be honest, any memory upto DDR3-1600 or PC3-12800 is more than enough ... even for some seasoned overclockers out there. Last week, we've looked at the MX-Tech Black Diamond DDR3-1600 4Gb kits. We were pleased with its overall performance and features. It comes with XMP support, low memory timings and high-end Japanese Aluminum for cooling. We now take at a look at MX-Tech higher-end memory series ... the ARMOR!
As I've mentioned before in our last memory review, MX-Technology or Mach Xtreme Technology was only established this year in January of 2010. They've enjoyed some quick success, largely thanks to their knowledge in the memory business. For those who are not too familiar with MX-Technology or their products, here's a little blurb taken from their website.
Mach Xtreme Technology (I'll call the MX-Tech for short) have an pretty large list in their catalogue for the memory products. They not only have your standard memory for mainstream users, but also memory for high-end users, overclockers and enthusiasts. What's more they also produce SO-DIMMs, as well as SSDs. Here's a quick list of their memory product line up:
We'll be installing these into our test rig, which consist of the following ... Intel Core i5 - 650 (LGA 1156), Gigabyte P55 USB3 motherboard (with XMP support), Geforce GTX 460, Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU cooler, and a Silverpower 650W PSU. I'm not sure what to make of these memory modules from MX-Tech. They look great ... but looks ain't everything ... it's all about performance, price and features. It will be interesting to see how well they will compete against the likes of ADATA and Crucial.
Right, let's take a closer look at the specifications and features of the MX-Tech Armor Series DDR3-1600 4Gb Kits