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Pros Lots of capacity Fairly low profile XMP Always works perfectly at 1866 speeds 1.5 V w 1866 Still fairly low profile despite heatspreader
Cons Dumb heatspreader
Summary XMP profiles are very convenient and work very well in this memory at least. My board (Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3) doesn't show any differences in timings, just a difference in the memory multiplier (9.33 vs. 8.00) if I select "Profile 1" or "Profile 2" in the XMP setting, so I'm using profile 2 at 1866. Easy and works perfectly - tested using Memtest86+.
This memory achieves 1866 MHz at 1.5 V, so it won't stress the memory controller at all.
I didn't try to overclock this memory but I noticed if I increased the external clock without adjusting the memory multiplier down, this memory got unstable above 1950 MHz or so. Still seems fine to me.
About the only issue I have is the rather comical heatspreader. At least it's still fairly low-profile - my Scythe Mugen 4 does hit it but still clears if I push the fan up a bit. However the heatspreader doesn't really need to be there and the dumb "sights" at either end are what really project, and they're for purely cosmetic reasons. -1 for that but full points for everything else.
Pros Works perfectly at advertised frequency and timings. Low profile heatsink. Very competitive pricing.
Cons My system can't even POST at 9-9-9-24 (1866MHz)
Summary I bought this with an Asus Maximus VI Hero motherboard and a 4670k cpu.
The sticks have a low profile heatsink so there shouldn't be any problem even with the biggest cpu coolers.
With the 4670k running at 4.5GHz, I tested the memory at the advertised frequency and timings with Memtest86+ and Prime95 for at least 3h each. Then I went to change the timings to 9-9-9-24 without doing anything else but the computer won't even POST like this. Didn't try fiddling further with the memory yet.
Cons None that I can think of. Just use XMP or set the timings manually in BIOS since they will be detected as 1600MHz at first for Ivy Bridge.
Summary There isn't much to say, this product is performing as it should. I got a rock stable overclock with my i5-3570k at 4.5GHz and no errors with the memory on the prime test for over 9 hours. There might be little point in getting 1866Mhz ram, since 1600Mhz does just as well for gaming, but looking at the price (and the sleek look, I must admit) I went for these. Maybe the difference between 1600Mhz and 1866Mhz will make a bit of a difference with time and I'm planning on keeping this computer for a good 4-5 years.
I'm very happy with these. Some people reported that 16GB won't get you the advertised speed of 1866Mhz, but mine did. I just had to use XMP profile on my ASRock Extreme4 board and everything went well.
Summary its 1866mhz cl9 memory. what can go wrong. also, you will need to go into the bios and manually set the speed back up to 1866mhz as it is defaulted at 1600mhz for ivy bridge chipsets. pretty easy to change the timings from 9-10-9-27 to 9-9-9-24
Summary Great set of ram here, what you see is what you get! Currently have this installed in a ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 with no problems overclocking to 1866. Works like a charm. Not that it matters to most, but 7.9 on WEI if you're curious.
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