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Thread: The Return of Mushkin–Review on the Tuner XP Redline Series




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    Default The Return of Mushkin–Review on the Tuner XP Redline Series

    Price for DRAM has gone up a lot recently. However, this does not affect the
    High Performance Memory such as the 1000MHz and 1066MHz memory

    I have a pair of 2GB Mushkin Tuner XP Redline with manufacturer default
    specification: DDRII1000 CL4-5-4-11

    I remembered the first time I encountered Mushkin REDLINE was about a year
    ago in overseas review websites and online stores. It reviewed the flagship
    product – REDLINE DDR500 CL2-2-2-5 which used Winbond IC

    In the review, outstanding and excellent performance from the Mushkin
    REDLINE stayed ahead in the competition and out-performed the rest which
    has similar specification from Winbond DDR500 CL2 IC. Majority of the
    reviewers and users able to reach DDR530~560 @ CL2-2-2-5 performance
    with the Mushkin REDLINE DDR500 CL2-2-2-5 module.

    With DDRII already the mainstream nowadays, Mushkin’s Tuner XP REDLINE
    DDRII Series significantly be spotlight for any review, let’s find out here:

    The first thing changed is the packaging. White background with company
    logo “<m” makes it simple yet unique


    The wide surface of Mushkin FrostByte Heat Spreader is distinctive too


    The REDLINE Logo is printed at the back of the FrostByte Heat Spreader


    The special clip-designed on the top of the FrostByte is to prevent IC from
    damage. This is due to the DDRII IC Packaging is different from last
    generation DDR IC Packaging

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    Default Re: The Return of Mushkin–Review on the Tuner XP Redline Series

    I have chosen a motherboard which has better overclocking in DRAM for the
    testing:
    First of all, the Intel Platform
    Gigabyte has good performance in FSB
    However, I have chosen DFI due to its higher overclockability in DRAM


    Test platform
    CPU:INTEL Core 2 Extreme X6800
    MB: DFI INFINITY 975X/G
    DRAM:Mushkin Tuner XP Redline
    VGA:ELSA GLADIAC 790GS 256B3 2DT
    HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
    POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler:Sonic Tower

    At DDRII 800 CL3 3-3-9, Voltage: 2.15V


    At DDRII 1101 CL4 4-3-9, Voltage: 2.6V and a 8cm fan for heat dissipation

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    Default Re: The Return of Mushkin–Review on the Tuner XP Redline Series

    Now, the AMD Platform


    Test platform
    CPU:AMD AM2 Althon64 X2 4800+
    MB: LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R
    DRAM:Mushkin Tuner XP Redline
    VGA:ELSA GLADIAC 790GS 256B3 2DT
    HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
    POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler:Tower112
    At DDRII 805 CL3 3-3-9 1T BIOS=>2.13V; OS=>2.08V


    At DDRII 1068 CL4 4-4-9 2T BIOS=>2.20V; OS=>2.11V and a 8cm fan for
    heat dissipation


    At DDRII 1179 CL4 4-4-9 2T BIOS=>2.47V; OS=>2.39V and a 8cm fan for heat dissipation

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    Default Re: The Return of Mushkin–Review on the Tuner XP Redline Series

    I faced an optimum point when it reached 2.95GHz with this AMD X2 4800+,
    and it able to reach DRII 1205 CL4-4-4-9 2T stable


    I did not provide any benchmark for this test; however, you could easily get
    any information for DRAM benchmark from my previous testing. The theme of
    today testing is on the stability in overclocking and voltage. Personally, I
    hope it provides enough information on this testing

    Back to the topic, Mushkin tag line: Get More, is to offer users to pay less to
    Get More performance / overclockability

    This is an advantage to majority and mainstream users; however, it might not
    be good to extreme users.

    The Mushkin Tuner XP Redline default speed at DDRII 1000 CL4 5-4-11 and
    its characteristic follows the “Get More” tag line too. With considering its
    overclocking potential, this RAM can easily compete with other DDRII 1066
    memory.

    With it outstanding and excellent performance, Mushkin unique logo and tag
    line, we can easily remember it’s legendary name in performance. It is no
    doubt great news to the Asia users with great choice in performance
    memory. However, with its new introductory into the Asia market, it is not
    easily available in this market.

    What will be the next review from windwithme?
    8800GTX? Or the Conroe-L? Or even latest and up-to-date products?

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