Triple-Channel Memory Kits
Triple-Channel Memory Kits
While we saw a mix of memory timings and voltages for the dual-channel kits, the triple-channel kits are almost identical in their specifications. All are rated for 1.65V operation and have memory timings of 8-8-8. They also come with Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) support so users can set the profile to get the rated 1600MHz timings easily in the BIOS.
Of course, the thermal solutions for the five models here differ from each other, though they are similar to the ones we have seen from the dual-channel memory kits. Again in this segment, we called for the best each vendor had to offer with triple-channel kits consisting of three 1GB memory modules rated at DDR3 1600MHz. They will be tested accordingly on our Core i7 platform. The specifications for them are as follows:
|Model Name||Part Number||Latency Timings||Voltage|
|G.SKILL PI DDR3 PC3-12800 CL8 3GB Kit||F3-12800CL8T-3GBPI||8-8-8-21||1.6 ~ 1.65V|
|Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Low Latency XMP Ready 3GB Kit||KHX12800D3LLK3/3GX||8-8-8-24||1.65V|
|OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Intel i7 Triple Channel Kit||OCZ3X1600LV3GK||8-8-8-24||1.65V|
|Patriot Extreme Performance Viper Series DDR3 3GB PC3-12800 Low Latency DIMM Kit||PVT33G1600LLK||8-8-8-24||1.65V|
|Team Group Xtreem Dark DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz CL8 Kit||TXD31024M1600HC8-D||8-8-8-24||1.65V|
G.SKILL PI With an interlocking 'fin' design, G.SKILL certainly has no lack of ideas when it comes to memory thermal solutions. This 'weave' like design appears to have more than adequate heat dissipation surface area and we are looking forward to find out how it performs in a practical scenario.
Next up is the triple-channel kit from Kingston, from its HyperX series. The exterior appears identical to the dual-channel kit we received but the memory voltage and timings are improved on the triple-channel version, with a lower 1.65V rating (compared to 1.7 ~ 1.9V) and tighter timings of 8-8-8-24 that's on par with the competition here. However, a glance under the heat spreaders showed that it's actually using the same brand and type of memory chip from Elpida (J1108BBSE-DJ-F). You can refer to the previous page for the image.
OCZ Intel Edition
Again, it's the honeycomb heat spreader design from OCZ for this special Intel triple-channel edition that states its support for Intel XMP clearly on its label.
The latest incarnation of Patriot's Viper series of enthusiast memory now comes with blue heat spreaders that will go well with the dark blue or black PCBs favored by some motherboard vendors. The heat spreader design itself is fairly typical and simple (they are however not to be mixed with Corsair's DHX design which is more advanced). As we mentioned earlier, the memory chip used is the same as the Patriot Gamer series (dual-channel kit).
Team Xtreem Dark
Finally, our last trio of memory modules are from Team Group, which is clad in black heat spreaders to fit its "Xtreem Dark" moniker. The heat spreaders here are a straightforward, classic design of two pieces of aluminum attached to the memory chips.