Aeneon XTune DDR3 1600 Memory

Posted by on Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 5:17am

overviewQimonda was nice enough a few months ago to let us play around with a set of XTune DDR3 PC-1333MHz. They were not too bad of a kit and did pretty well in our round of tests. As things progress and the need for more is there we asked to review a bigger and faster kit. We were granted permission to do so and received a set of 4GB of AXH860UD20-16H which is rated at CL9 at 1600MHz. We all know there is faster out there but this kit operates at only 1.5 volts. Not too bad for some one that doesn’t want to put an unnecessary load on their system. We will now stop rambling and get on with the testing.

 

Introduction

I think we are finally getting to the point where we can say that DDR3 is affordable. I have recently seen advertisements showing prices under $100 for a two gig kit. But this drop in price has been pretty much for the kits that range between DDR3 8500-10666. Not the fastest kits out there but it is a start. That is a far cry from the $350 prices we were seeing just a few months ago for the same low end modules.  Like all things in the system building community the higher end kits will show a decrease in pricing as well. With the ambush of Intel P45 and X48 as well as Nvidia’s 790i chipsets we can say these drops in prices will be welcomed in our community.

But with things requiring or recommending a lot more than just two gigs of ram many of us are forced to fork out the money for four gig kits. These prices are still inflated mostly due to their rarity. The asking prices for such a kit is well in the $350 range which beyond that of the $80 we see for DDR2 at 800MHz. and if you want the newest and baddest rig in the neighborhood or want to play Crysis at a decent frame rate be prepared to spend the money.

Qimonda was nice enough a few months ago to let us play around with a set of XTune DDR3 PC-1333MHz. They were not too bad of a kit and did pretty well in our round of tests. As things progress and the need for more is there we asked to review a bigger and faster kit. We were granted permission to do so and received a set of 4GB of AXH860UD20-16H which is rated at CL9 at 1600MHz. We all know there is faster out there but this kit operates at only 1.5 volts. Not too bad for some one that doesn’t want to put an unnecessary load on their system. We will now stop rambling and get on with the testing.

 

Description from Aeneon

The Dual Channel Kit comes with two identical modules tested together in DUAL CHANNEL MODE at 1600MHz and a latency timing of 9-9-9-28 on several platforms. Supports XMP - Extreme Memory Profile on Intel X38/X48 platforms and EPP2.0 – Enhanced Performance Profile on the latest NVIDIA SLI platforms.

Features

Dual channel kits are pair-tested on latest platforms

  • Enhanced performance modes included in EPP2.0 and XMP profiles
  • 240-Pin Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) with gold contacts
  • High quality aluminum heat spreader to ensure cooler operating temperature
  • Supports Intel XMP – Extreme Memory Profile on Intel X38/X48 platforms
  • Supports EPP2.0 - Enhance Performance Profile on NVIDIA SLI platforms

Specifications

DDR3-1600
9-9-9-28
2 x 2GB kit
AXH860UD20-16H
AXH860UD20-16H-K-4G
DDR3-1600
CL9 @1.5V

 

Closer look

The look of this kit did not change at all from the previous set we reviewed.

So we can say that Aeneon wanted to keep things clean and simple for the most part. When we receive a set of ram the first thing we notice is the heat spreaders. And with the XTune the spreaders are black in color that flow well with a lot of motherboards out there as they are usually black as well. The racing stripe along the side is a nice indication of speed and we are hoping these are fast.

Like any good ram manufacturer all sticks of ram are covered with some sort of advertising and model recognition. This kit has a white sticker that displays the model number, country of origin, speed amount and timing. You will not get far without branding the spreaders with logos and trademarks.

 

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 1.45.

Testing Hardware:
ASUS P5E3 Deluxe
Intel Core2Duo E8400
Thermalright Ultra 120
Sapphire Ultimate 3870
Maxtor Diamond 10 100GB
Thermaltake TP1000

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

Competition:
Kingston Hyper X 2GB DDR3-1800 CL8
OCZ Platinum 2GB DDR3-1800 CL8
Crucial Ballistix 2GB DD3-1800 CL9

 

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.

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.

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.

 

Futuremark 3DMark06 1.1.0
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.

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.

Overclocking

Overclocking the XTune was no disappointment at all. As we started with the default timings and voltage and increased the front side bus until we were able to get a max while maintaining stability. And in the case of this kit it was 845MHz. Not bad for just 1.5 volts.

But like any good review site we will not let anything go untested, so we upped the voltage and kept the default timings to see what we could get. We initially started this portion of the testing at 860MHz as we had more than enough confidence that it would all work out. And it did easily. But the max FSB was just beyond that point. So I guess we got unlucky where we started as our max was 864MHz. We tried voltages ranging from a modest 1.65 to 1.9 and we weren’t able to get any farther and maintain stability. It seemed the more voltage we gave the ram the worse it responded.

Conclusion

This is the first 4 gig kit of DDR3 we have tested and it tested pretty well with all things considered. At stock voltages we were able to obtain a decent overclock of 1690MHz which is not bad when only running 1.5 volts. The increase in voltage netted a small increase in the front bus as well. That increase was only another 38MHz for a total of 1728. This was done at 1.65 volts as anything higher would not warrant any gain.

Our worry here is that we were not able to get an extreme FSB out of this kit. We are glad we did get what we did but some people see the 1900MHz barrier or even 2000MHz a plateau they would like to reach and we did not with this kit. Even with voltage that would void any warranties we could not get pass 1728MHz.

I wasn’t able to find any known retailers carrying this kit as it is brand new to the market. I would venture to say with the current market we will see this kit sale for about $450.

I would like to thank Aeneon for sending the kit over for testing.

 

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