Started in 1994 Mushkin Enhanced has been well received for years by enthusiasts for their RAM’s overclocking ability and sharp aesthetics. Mushkin has many different lines ranging from their Essentials for budget conscious consumers all the way to their Redline series which utilizes the cream of the crop integrated circuits to get the fastest speed possible with tight timings. The Redline series has been well received by overclockers and so pushing on that success Mushkin has released the Redline Enhanced 1600Mhz 7-8-7-24 kit utilizing their proprietary Ridgeback heat spreader. Benchmark Reviews will be running this kit through its paces to see if it stacks up the competition or if falls short when it really matters.
Years ago using the fastest possible memory was the only way to get the full potential out of a processor. This is because in the days before Sandy Bridge getting the highest clock possible was achieved using a combination of changing the clock multiplier, and increasing the FSB or base clock. Because changing these also increased the base speed of the memory using the fastest memory possible was only the only way to push a processor to its upper limits. But things have changed since the Sandy Bridge platform debuted, the only effective way to overclock is to increase the clock multiplier of the K SKU’s meaning that memory speed is less important for overclocking and therefore companies are concentrating on dropping prices, and timing to compete with each other. As prices have dropped, users have started demanding more RAM for their systems. Mushkin’s Redline has been a well-received product for many years and now they have updated their Redline series to be compatible with Intel’s newest P67 chipset. This means that each kit of memory has a speed that is divisible by 266.6Mhz so as to provide optimum speed in a user’s system.
Benchmark Reviews wants to be able to provide the most accurate information on the performance of components to its readers and therefore has a very specific way in which tests are run on components. For RAM, each set is run first run through Memtest86+ at its advertised speed to insure that that there are no errors. Once passed a combination of pure benchmark based, and application based tests will be run a total of three times each. Once the results have been acquired the worst score of each test will be thrown out and the final two will be averaged resulting in the final score that will be presented to our readers.
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