Aeneon XTune 2GB DDR3 - 1600 Mhz Memory

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Product: Aeneon XTune 2GB DDR3-1600 Memory
Provided By: Aeneon

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At the end of 2007, I was able to take a look at some shiny new DDR3 memory from Aeneon, the Aeneon XTune DDR3-1333 Memory. This was the first DDR3 memory that I had on the bench, as well as the first time I was able to test some Aeneon memory. Over the past few months I've been able to take a look at a few other brands of DDR3, but today we are going to look at some more Aeneon DDR3, this time we'll be looking at the Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Memory.

I am very interested to see how this faster XTune memory will perform compared to some memory from other makers, as well it will be interesting to see how it compares to the XTune DDR3-1333 that we tested a few months ago. Our past experiences with Aeneon memory has been very good, so we will see if they can continue to raise the bar.

 

First Impressions:

Well my first impressions were pretty much the same as when I opened the XTune DDR3-1333 Mhz kit a few months ago, this memory is identical in looks to the 1333 Mhz version, even the packaging looks very similar. Once again this is some sharp looking memory; the black heatspreaders will look nice in pretty much any system.

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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - Package
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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - Package

 

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Aeneon DDR3-1600 - Memory

 


Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz Memory - Specifications:

Specifications taken from Aeneon.com

AXH760UD20-16H - 2 GByte (2x1GB) Kit, DDR3–1600 240-pin UDIMM

"This data sheet describes the features and specification of the AENEON™ XTUNE™ DDR3-1600 memory module family."

XTUNE™ DDR3 series is the AENEON™ solution for the latest DDR3 platforms addressing the highest performance providing fast, stable and reliable system operation.

Description

The single module is tested to run at rated speed timings and voltage setting. The Dual Channel Kit comes with two identical modules tested together in DUAL CHANNEL MODE at rated speed timings and voltage on several platforms.
Supports XMP - Extreme Performance Profile on Intel X38/X48 platforms

Features

  • Dual channel kits are pair-tested on latest platforms
  • Enhanced performance modes included in EPP2.0 and XMP profiles
  • 240-Pin Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) with gold contacts
  • High quality aluminum heat spreader to ensure cooler operating temperature
  • Supports Intel XMP – Extreme Performance Profile on Intel X38/X48 platforms
  • Supports Nvidia EPP2.0 - Enhance Performance Profile on Nvidia SLI platforms
 

 

Specification - AXH760UD20-16H  
Clock cycle time tCK for CL9 (min) 1.25 ns
Row cycle time tRC (min) 45 ns
Refresh row cycle time tRFC (min) 90 ns
Activate to read/write delay tRCD (min) 11.25 ns
Row active time tRAS (min) 33.75 ns
Single power supply VDD = VDDQ 1.5 V ± 0.1 V
Module dimensions L x W x H 133.35 mm x 30.0 mm x 4.0 mm (max.)
  5.25" x 1.18" x 0.16" (max.)
DRAM Case Temperature tCase (min/max 0°C / 65°C

   


 

Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz Memory - Test Setup:

In this section we will show the setup of the test system for our memory testing. I have provided separate configurations for each of the speeds we have tested (1066, 1200, 1333, 1600, and 1700). It is important to note that in order to achieve some of these speeds we have tested this memory kit at, it required overclocking the FSB, 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:

 

 

In the next section I will show how each test was setup, I've included the CPU and Memory settings for each speed that I tested the memory at.

 

 

Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz Memory - Test Setup (1066Mhz Testing):

For this test we have underclocked the memory to 1066 Mhz, and have the CPU running at stock speeds (2.93 Ghz).

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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - CPU Settings @ 1066 Mhz
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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - Memory Settings @ 1066 Mhz

 

Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz Memory - Test Setup (1200 Mhz Testing)

For this test we have underclocked the memory to 1200 Mhz, and have left the stock CPU multiplier at 11x, and therefore are running the CPU overclocked slightly at 3.3 Ghz.

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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - CPU Settings @ 1200 Mhz
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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - Memory Settings @ 1200 Mhz

 

 

Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz Memory - Test Setup (1333 Mhz Testing):

For this test the memory is still running below stock speeds, and the CPU multiplier has been dropped to 8x, and the CPU is running slightly underclocked at 2.67 Ghz.

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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - CPU Settings @ 1333 Mhz
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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - Memory Settings @ 1333 Mhz

 


Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz Memory - Test Setup (1600 Mhz Testing):

For these tests the memory is running at its stock speed of 1600 Mhz. The CPU is running slightly overclocked at 3.2 Ghz.

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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - CPU Settings @ 1600 Mhz
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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - Memory Settings @ 1600 Mhz

 

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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - CPU Settings @ 1600 Mhz
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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - Memory Settings @ 1600 Mhz

 

 

Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz Memory - Test Setup (1700 Mhz Testing):

In this last testing the memory is running overclocked at 1700 Mhz, and the CPU is overclocked up to 3.4 Ghz.

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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - CPU Settings @ 1700 Mhz
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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - Memory Settings @ 1700 Mhz

 


 

Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz Memory - Testing Results:

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

Well the results were about what I was expecting, however these charts alone don't really mean much unless you are a memory junkie, in the next section we will compare this kit of memory to some other DDR3 from Super Talent, Crucial, and some more Aeneon.

 

 

Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz Memory - Comparison:

This next section is the part where we are going to find how this kit of Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz memory stacks up against other DDR3 on the market.

 

 

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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - Comparison
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Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz - Comparison

 

Sisoft Sandra Comparison Testing:

For all of this testing, I will be comparing this memory to some other DDR3 memory we have tested in the past. For more information on each set of memory, please refer to the links below which go to our full review of each set of memory.

 

Sisoft Sandra - Int Bandwidth Comparison:

 

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Sisoft Sandra Int Bandwidth Test @ 1066 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Sisoft Sandra Int Bandwidth Test @ 1333 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Sisoft Sandra Int Bandwidth Test @ 1600 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Sisoft Sandra Int Bandwidth Test @ 1700 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

Running at stock speeds of 9-9-9-24 the Aeneon was able to keep up with the previous kit of Aeneon DDR3 as well as the Crucial Ballistix, even though the Crucial was able to run at lower timings, the performance was still about the same and even a bit better in most testing. The Super Talent memory was the winner in most testing, however it was running at some pretty low latencies, so it's not too surprising. It is surprising though to see how well the Aeneon did and how it was able to keep up in higher speed testing. For example at 1700 Mhz, the Super Talent memory was running at 7-7-7-21, while the Aeneon was running at 9-9-9-24, yet the results were almost identical (a difference of 1 point!).


Sisoft Sandra - Float Bandwidth Comparison:

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Sisoft Sandra Float Bandwidth Test @ 1066 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Sisoft Sandra Float Bandwidth Test @ 1333 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Sisoft Sandra Float Bandwidth Test @ 1600 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Sisoft Sandra Float Bandwidth Test @ 1700 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

 

The testing was pretty much identical to the previous test, the Aeneon was able to keep pace with the others, and the performance was very close between the Aeneon and the Super Talent DDR3.


Everest Ultimate Comparison Testing:

For all of this testing, I will be comparing this memory to some other DDR3 memory we have tested in the past. For more information on each set of memory, please refer to the links below which go to our full review of each set of memory.

 

 

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.

 

Everest Ultimate Read Bandwidth Comparison:

I'm expecting the results of the Everest testing to be very similar to the Sisoft testing, however the Everest testing breaks the testing down into 3 difference categories, but I'm still expecting close to the same results.

 

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Everest Ultimate Read Bandwidth Test @ 1066 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Everest Ultimate Read Bandwidth Test @ 1333 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Everest Ultimate Read Bandwidth Test @ 1600 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Everest Ultimate Read Bandwidth Test @ 1700 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 


Everest Ultimate Write Bandwidth Comparison:

 

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Everest Ultimate Write Bandwidth Test @ 1066 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Everest Ultimate Write Bandwidth Test @ 1333 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Everest Ultimate Write Bandwidth Test @ 1600 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Everest Ultimate Write Bandwidth Test @ 1700 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 


Everest Ultimate Copy Bandwidth Comparison:


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Everest Ultimate Copy Bandwidth Test @ 1066 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Everest Ultimate Copy Bandwidth Test @ 1333 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Everest Ultimate Copy Bandwidth Test @ 1600 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

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Everest Ultimate Copy Bandwidth Test @ 1700 Mhz (All results in MB/s, Higher is Better)

 

 

In all the Everest testing, the results were very similar, both kits of Aeneon were very close to each other, and even in the higher testing where the Super Talent memory was the winner, the Aeneon wasn't far behind, and in the grand scheme of things you'd be unable to tell the difference in performance between the two.

Overall the testing was very interesting, and both tests showed the same results, while the Aeneon DDR3-1600 Mhz memory might not have come out on top of all the tests, it was very close in most of the tests we preformed, and overall the performance was very good in my opinion.

 

Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz Memory - Final Thoughts:

It was really interested to be able to compare this DDR3-1600 Mhz kit of memory up against the Aeneon XTune DDR3-1333 Mhz memory kit that I took a look at a few months ago, as well as against a couple other brands of memory.

Overall I was very happy with the Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz memory, and really found it to be some great memory. The performance was good, the stability was great, and it just worked like it was supposed to without any issues.

Overclocking was also very decent with this kit of memory, I was able to hit 1700 Mhz without any problems whatsoever, and was almost able to hit 1800 Mhz, however once I hit 1800 Mhz I started to get memory errors and was not able to run stable. This is only the second kit of DDR3 that we've been able to hit 1700 Mhz with, and I ran for quite a few hours under full load with no problems whatsoever.

I really have no complaints with this memory, even though it might not have finished at the top of the charts, in every test it was very close to the other memory that was at the top and the difference was very minimal. I also had very good luck with this memory while testing, and never experienced any oddities while testing whatsoever.

At the end of the day, this is yet another very nice kit of memory from Aeneon. The performance was very good, the stability was excellent, and the MSRP is very competitive. Thanks to those 3 key features, the Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 Mhz kit of memory has earned out "Top Pick" award. If you're looking for some shiny new DDR3, you are really going to want to consider this kit of DDR3 from Aeneon.


Pros:

  • Very Stable
  • Good Overclocking
  • Competitive MSRP
  • Good Performance

 

Cons:

  • None

Top Pick

 BCCRating

I'd like to thank Aeneon for sending us their XTune 1600 DDR3 Memory . If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.