Aeneon XTune DDR3 1333MHz Memory

Posted by on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 4:22am

overviewIf you are not familiar with Aeneon’s DDR3 modules here is a quick rundown. Aeneon makes two different lines of DDR3, the first is their ‘value’ line which has no heat spreaders and a better price point. But the second series is the one that many of us would choose as it is meant for the overclocker and gamer that wants the most out of their rig. XTune is what this line is called and sports a very clean set of heat spreaders and pretty good timings. For those that are into numbers, how does 8-8-8-15 at just 1.5 volts sound?

 

 

 

Introduction

I get pretty excited when it comes to reviewing memory as it is always a challenge to see how high you can get it to clock. The challenge always includes trying to get higher than the next guy with basically the same setup. DDR3 is now the memory standard for the extremist out there. And with this coming of sort many companies are releasing many different speeds and timing of DDR3 to meet the needs of those who wish to have the best on speed and timings. Qimonda, which maybe known as Aeneon by the enthusiast, has their own for share with us.

If you are not familiar with Aeneon’s DDR3 modules here is a quick rundown. Aeneon makes two different lines of DDR3, the first is their ‘value’ line which has no heat spreaders and a better price point. But the second series is the one that many of us would choose as it is meant for the overclocker and gamer that wants the most out of their rig. XTune is what this line is called and sports a very clean set of heat spreaders and pretty good timings. For those that are into numbers, how does 8-8-8-15 at just 1.5 volts sound?

What Aeneon has to say about the XTune line

Get ready for the future. Aeneon is proud to introduce new DDR3 DRAM modules for the new wave of DDR3 motherboards. As the next-generation memory technology, DDR3 offers higher performance with low power consumption over the current DDR2 memory standard. With the emergence of increasingly powerful multi-core processors and demanding graphic processors, high speed memory technology is needed to meet the demands for a high-definition computing experience.

With speeds that reach up to 1600 MHz, DDR3 promises to deliver up to twice the bandwidth of current DDR2-800 modules. Combined with a lower voltage of 1.5 V over DDR2’s 1.8 V, DDR3 delivers a compelling solution for energy-efficient computing platforms with reduced heat dissipation as well.

Aeneon offers a complete portfolio of DDR3 DRAM modules with capacities ranging from 512 MB all the way up to 2 GB. With next generation computing platforms on the horizon, step up to a new computing experience with Aeneon and DDR3.

About Aeneon (Qimonda)

Qimonda is a leading global memory supplier with a broad diversified DRAM product portfolio. The company generated net sales of €3.61 billion in its 2007 financial year and has approximately 13,500 employees worldwide. Qimonda has access to five 300 m2 manufacturing sites on three continents and operates six major R&D facilities. The company provides DRAM products for a wide variety of applications, including in the computing, infrastructure, graphics, mobile and consumer areas, using its power saving technologies and designs.


 

Packaging

It is common when it comes to the packaging of ram these days and the standard is pretty much a blister pack that shows all the fancy heat spreaders and a backed sheet that displays some facts and colorful graphics. Well, the XTune comes pretty the same way. But you immediately see that Aeneon uses some sleek and not off the wall heat spreaders on there top of the line ram.

Features

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2 x 1GB (2GB KIT) Memory Modules

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Speed grade DDR3-1333 CL8 at 1.5V

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Provides up to 10664 MByte per second on module level

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240-Pin Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) with gold contacts

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Highest quality heat spreader for preventing critical operating temperatures

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Fitting in industry standard motherboards


 

Closer look

Honestly I don’t think I have met a set of memory modules with heat spreaders that I don’t like but when it comes to these XTune modules I have to say I really like these. The spreaders on these are still within reason and style. No extra large aluminum speaders  with heat pipes. Just old school sinks with a little bit of graphics.

The spreaders are black in color and on one side we have the Aeneon and XTune logos printed. The large X in XTune gives a lot of reasons visually to let you know these are extreme modules.

On the back side once again we have the Aeneon trademark. The white label gives some information to the modules.

The overall thickness of the modules should not interfere with you using any aftermarket coolers that are using all the DIMM slots on your motherboard.

 


Testing methodology

Our testing begins with the equipment listed below. We begin by setting up the BIOS to the stock SPD to take a screenshot using CPU-Z 1.43.

The SPD tab of CPZ shows all the SPD supported timings of the Aeneon set. These are the setting we will use for getting the max in the overclocking department. We put the Aeneon up against the likes of the Kingston PC11000 which at default has a bigger front side bus.

Testing Hardware:
ASUS P5E3 Deluxe
Intel Core2Duo E8400
Thermalright Ultra 120
Leadtek 6800GT
Maxtor Diamond 10 100GB
Thermaltake TP1000

Testing Software:
Futuremark PCMark05
Futuremark 3DMark06
SiSoftware Sandra
Everest Ultimate
SuperPi 1.5 mod


 

Overclocking

All testing was done on the Asus P5E3 which is not my favorite motherboard to overclock but right now one of the best available. During the overclocking process we used the settings they have tended to allow for better results. We left the CPU multiplier of our E8400 at 9x. And at the same time we ran the voltage to the processor at 1.4 volts which we felt is the safety voltage for a 45 mm processor on air cooling. Lastly, the voltage of each set of memory was dialed in at 2.0 volts as we didn’t feel too safe with Asus vDIMM issues.

From an overclocking standing the Aeneon set didn’t do too bad. At 7-7-7-20 timings the ram fell just short of the default front bus of some current Intel processors which is 1333 and we managed to get 1304 out of the memory.

Loosen the timings to 8-8-8-24 we were able to get a more respectable front side bus of 1508 MHz. This is enough to get a modest overclock on your test processor.

 


Results

Futuremark PCmark05 Build 1.1.0
PCMark®05 is everything you need to reliably and easily measure the performance of your PC and determine its strengths and weaknesses. With PCMark05, you will be able to select the optimal upgrades for your existing PC, or choose the right new PC that fits your specific needs. This easy-to-use product gives you the same tools and knowledge that virtually every professional tester in the industry uses.

Super Pi Modded 1.5
In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi and he collaborated with Dr. Y.Kanada at the computer center, the University of Tokyo. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with Pentium 90MHz, 40MB main memory and 340MB available storage.

SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2007 SP1
SiSoftware has announced the availability of Service Release 2 (SR2) for SiSoftware Sandra 2005, the latest version of its award-winning utility. The focus of this service release has been improved support, compatibility and reliability rather than new features. We have been working closely with more hardware vendors than before to be able to bring greater direct support of an increased market share of commodity and server technologies.

Lavalys Everest
Lavalys EVEREST Home Edition is freeware system information, system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for home PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. It offers the world's most accurate system information and diagnostics capabilities, including online features, memory benchmarks, hardware monitoring, and low-level hardware information. EVEREST Home Edition is uniquely available for home users without any charges, based on the freeware license.

Futuremark 3DMark06 Build 1.0.2
3DMark®06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today. Futuremark's exclusive Online ResultBrowser web service tracks and compares 3DMark06 scores.

 


Conclusion

The beginning results of this kit of ram from Aeneon did pretty well. And when it came to overclocking it did even better. It was a pleasure to test this kit and I’m glad I didn’t turn down the opportunity. Performance being pretty, the looks of the heat spreaders makes for a racy look which I adored a lot. They aren’t over the top like some spreaders we see here at Pro-Clockers. And something else that is attractive about this kit is the price. The XTune set can be purchased for about $160 from ExcaliberPC.

 

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