Super Talent Project X 2GB DDR3-1800

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Product: Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800
Provided By: Super Talent

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Introduction: 

DDR3 is relatively new, but is slowly gaining more and more users. We've already had the chance to take a look at DDR3 from Aeneon (Reviewed Here) and Crucial (Reviewed Here), and today we are going to look Super Talent's Project X memory, clocked at 1800 Mhz.

The Super Talent Project X memory claims to be "The World's Most Advanced DDR3 Memory", and with some super tight latencies, it very well might be. In this review we will put this memory through the ringer and see how it matches up to offerings from other DDR3 manufacturers.

 

First Impressions:

ProjectX - Stacked
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800

 

My first impression was, "Wow, that's a heavy duty heatspreader". That's the biggest thing you notice, until you look at the specs and notice the very low latencies that this memory runs at, and when compared to most other DDR3, it's pretty impressive. Other than that, there isn't much else to be said about it looks-wise, so let's get on with the testing to see how this stuff performs.

 

  ProjectX - Box Front
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Packaging Front
 ProjectX - Box Back
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Packaging Back

 

  ProjectX - Front of Modules
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Front View
ProjectX - Front & Back 
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Front and Rear View

 

ProjectX - Installed 
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Installed

ProjectX - Installed & Ready 
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Installed

 

Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory Specifications:

 

  • 2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMMs
  • Non-ECC, Unbuffered
  • 2GB kit ( 2 x 128Mx64)
  • DDR3-1800, 7-7-7-21 Latencies
  • Project X extreme heatsinks - front and back
  • SPD: DDR3-1066, 7-7-7-18
  • Made in USA
  • Super Talent Lifetime Warranty

 

 


Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory - Test Setup:

In this section we will have the setup of the system for our testing. I have provided separate configurations for each of the speeds we have tested (1066, 1333, 1600, 1700 and 1800 Mhz). It is important to note that in order to achieve some of these speeds at which we have tested this memory; overclocking the FSB is required, which in turn increases our CPU clock speeds. For all my testing I allowed the ASUS Maximus Extreme motherboard to determine the timings that each test was run at.

Test System:

 

Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory - Test Setup (1066Mhz Testing):

For 1066Mhz testing, the CPU is left at stock speeds, and the timings are a tight 6-5-5-12. These timings are very impressive for DDR3, as other DDR3 we've tested has been 7-7-7-20, so there is quite a difference.

 

  CPU-Z - 1066 CPU
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Setup
CPU-Z - 1066 Memory 
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Memory

 

Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory - Test Setup (1333 Mhz Testing):

For 1333Mhz testing I have left the multiplier at 11x, so the chip is running just under 3.7 Ghz, which is a fair overclock. Timings remain very tight at 7-6-6-18.

 

  CPU-Z - 1333 CPU
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Setup
 CPU-Z - 1333 Memory
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Memory

 

 

Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory - Test Setup (1600 Mhz Testing):

Now we are getting to higher FSB settings, and at 1600Mhz I dropped the multiplier of the CPU down to 8x, which still has the CPU running at 3.2Ghz (Stock is 2.93Ghz). Timings are still very low at 7-6-6-18, which is very impressive when compared to other manufactures of DDR3.

 

  CPU-Z - 1600 CPU
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Setup
 CPU-Z - 1600 Memory
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Memory

 

 

Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory - Test Setup (1700 Mhz Testing):

Pretty much the same settings as 1600Mhz, Multiplier is at 8x, CPU is at 3.4Ghz, and the timings only rose slightly to 7-7-7-21, which is still very decent.

 

  CPU-Z - 1700 CPU
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Setup
CPU-Z - 1700 Memory 
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Memory

 

 

Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory - Test Setup (1800 Mhz Testing):

For 1800Mhz testing, I am pushing my X6800 to the very limits, I've done other testing in the past and 450 FSB is the absolute maximum I've been able to achieve with my particular CPU. Stock timings for the Super Talent memory @ 1800 Mhz is 7-7-7-21, however my setup would not allow me to run at those speeds, and I was forced to go to 8-7-7-21 speeds instead. The difference between stock timings and the timings I ran at were very similar and not going to make much difference. CPU speeds are 3.6Ghz, with an 8x multiplier. Unfortunately due to limitations of my CPU I am unable to go any further with my testing, but overclocking from 266Mhz to 450 Mhz isn't too bad at all (almost 70% overclock from stock FSB speeds)

 

CPU-Z - 1800 CPU 
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Setup
 CPU-Z - 1800 Memory
Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 - Memory

 


 

Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory - Testing:

I am very interested to see how this memory compares to the other memory we've testing in the past. This Super Talent Project X memory has stock speeds higher than the others we've tested, however quite a few people aren't going to run it at 1800Mhz, so testing it at some other speeds should be interesting.

SiSoft Performance
SiSoft Sandra Memory Benchmarks - All Results in MB/s (Higher is Better)

The results are very good from the SiSoft memory testing, and the results continue to increase as the speeds go up. The end result of testing has revealed some pretty impressive numbers.

Everest Performance
Everest Ultimate Memory Benchmarks - All Results in MB/s (Higher is Better)

 

So far with all the DDR3 we've testing, we've been unable to break the 10k MB/s in the Everest read test....until today. At 1800Mhz, we were able to break the 10k barrier, which until testing the Super Talent memory we've been unable to do.

Once again the results continued to increase as the speeds increased, and the overall results are quite impressive. On the next page we'll compare the Super Talent memory to other DDR3 from Crucial and Aeneon.

 

Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory - Sisoft Sandra Comparison Testing:

If you'd like to find out more about the memory we are testing the Super Talent DDR3-1800 against, please check out our reviews of the Aeneon (Reviewed Here) and Crucial (Reviewed Here).

 

SiSoft - Integer
Sisoft Sandra Int Bandwidth Test (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

SiSoft - Float
Sisoft Sandra Float Bandwidth Test (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

At speeds of 1333Mhz and more, the Super Talent came out on top, and as the speeds increased, so did the gap between Super Talent and the others. On the next page we've got the comparison with the Everest Ultimate testing, but if the above charts are any indication, the results are probably going to reveal the same thing.

 

Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory - Everest Ultimate Comparison Testing:

I am expecting the results from Everest Ultimate to be very similar to the Sisoft Sandra testing, but it will also be interesting to see how the memory compares to each other in categories such as Read, Write and Copy.

If you'd like to find out more about the memory we are testing the Super Talent DDR3-1800 against, please check out our reviews of the Aeneon (Reviewed Here) and Crucial (Reviewed Here).

 

Everest - Read
Everest Ultimate Read Bandwidth Test (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

Everest - Write
Everest Ultimate Write Bandwidth Test (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

Everest - Copy
Everest Ultimate Copy Bandwidth Test (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

The Everest Ultimate tests showed the exact same thing as the Sisoft tests, the Super Talent was able to keep up with the others no problem, and performed very well at all speeds, even speeds the others weren't able to go up to.

 

Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory - Final Thoughts:

When it comes to DDR3, this is some pretty high-end stuff. Right off the bat, its super low latencies help this memory achieve some pretty good numbers in all the benchmarks we ran. Throughout all my testing this memory was rock solid and thanks to the big heatspreaders the memory never became anywhere near hot (not that DDR3 runs overly hot, but more cooling is always appreciated when trying to pull off big overclocks). This memory also looks pretty mean, I realize that usually memory "looks" isn't high on a consumers list, but this stuff just looks plain mean, and if you've got a side window you will definitely get comments on its looks.

I really have no negative thoughts when it comes to this memory, I only wish I would have been able to push it a little more. Usually in a review you're able to come up with a "con" even if it's very minor, but I really have none with this memory. Sure the price might be considered a negative, however when compared to other memory on the market, it's very competitive. Not having anything to complain about makes the review a little less interesting, but if you're buying memory I'm sure you'll appreciate the lack of negatives.

Biggest thing with this memory is your going to need a good processor that can push it, otherwise you're really wasting it's potential, however even running it at speeds lower than stock the performance was very good and you won't be disappointed. This memory really isn't for the mainstream consumer, its for the enthusiast who wants to push their system, and trust me, this memory will keep up with whatever you throw at it.

At the end of the day, awarding this memory our "Top Pick" award is a very easy decision, and really required no thought whatsoever. Thanks to the Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800's great performance, superb stability, and extremely low latencies, it's a winner, and if you're looking for some DDR3, you need to consider this memory, because the numbers speak for themselves.

 

Pros:

  • Very Stable
  • Top-Notch Performance
  • Competitive MSRP
  • Very Tight Latencies
  • Heavy Duty Heatspreaders

 

Cons:

  • None

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I'd like to thank Super Talent for sending us their Project X DDR3-1800 memory. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.