Mushkin Redline 6GB-998691 RAM Review

Nowadays, when building a high-end system the user has to be picky concerning the RAM he will buy for his system, as it plays a major part in the computer’s performance. Today we are testing the Mushkin Redline 6GB 998691 RAM modules.

 



 

Mushkin was founded in 1994 and their headquarters are located in Colorado, United States. They specialise in RAM modules, PSU’s and also distribute a line of USB flash drives.

Let’s take a look at the Redline 6GB 998691 specs:

Model

Brand: Mushkin Enhanced
Series: Redline
Model: 998691
Type: 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM

Tech Spec

Capacity: 6GB (3 x 2GB)
Speed: DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Cas Latency: 6
Timing: 6-7-6-18
Voltage: 1.65V
Buffered/Registered: Unbuffered
Multi-channel Kit: Triple Channel Kit
Heat Spreader: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts: Lifetime limited
Labor: Lifetime limited

And a quick look to the product’s features from Mushkin’s website:

Enhanced Frequency
This product has been programmed to operate at the ideal frequency for your system when properly installed.
Enhanced Timings
This product has been programmed for timings that offer improved performance when properly installed.
FrostByte Heatsink
This product is equipped with the Frostbyteâ„¢ Heatsink.
Hand-Tested
This product has been tested by hand for quality assurance.
Lifetime Warranty
Quality guaranteed – we offer a lifetime warranty on this product and genuine, unmatched service and support.
Triple Channel Kit
Engineered for triple-channel architecture.

So, generally speaking we have to do with a triple channel kit (3x2GB) with 6-7-6-18 timings, in DDR3 1600 speed.

 

A Closer Look

The Mushkin Redline 6GB modules come in a luxurious aluminium case provided by Mushkin. Inside the box we find the 3 safely packaged modules. You can notice the red Frostbyte heatsink that promises to keep the modules cool. The modules and the heatsink are well made and the Frostbyte heatsink is nothing to worry about, as it is logical in size. With the heatsink removed, we see that the modules are powered by the Elpida base chips. The new Elpida chip is more power efficient and, according to the official website, achieves 45% More Chips Per Wafer Compared With 40nm process products.

 

Test Setup and Procedures


We tested the RAM modules in triple channel configuration on this machine:

Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard: Asus P6X85D
RAM: Various
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: Nexus 1000W
Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit

We tested Mushkin’s modules again 2 main competitors of the same category, GSkill’s Trident 6GB DDR3 and Geil’s Evo One 6GB DDR3.

The tests we ran to measure the Mushkin Redline 6GB performance were:

 

  • Futuremark PCMark Vantage
  • SiSoft Sandra Lite Memory Latency
  • ScienceMark
  • Crysis

 

Futuremark and SiSoft Sandra Lite Results

 

After running Futuremark, we noticed that there wasn’t any difference in the scores achieved, despite Mushkin’s lower timings.


Once again, the three products are actually very close.

 

ScienceMark and Crysis Results


After running ScienceMark, there was no noticeable difference between the three RAM sets.


While we ran Crysis at max settings, the three RAM sets achieved the same FPS in the game.

So, most of the time the performance was almost identical for the three products.

 

Overclocking Ability and Verdict

 

We were impressed with the Redlines’ overclocking potential, as we managed to hit a 2160MHz speed at 8-9-8-22 timings.

Generally, we were satisfied by the Mushkin Redline 6GB modules performance. Although they were as fast as the other competitors, they offered superior overclocking ability.
Costing around 200 euros, they are not exactly a bargain, but for a high-end system this is a logical amount to spend for RAM. Notice though that they are quite hard to find for buying.

Pros

(+) Outstanding specifications, low timings
(+) Great overclocking potential
(+) Luxury package

Cons

(-) Price (for some)

 

Thus, we give the Mushkin Redline 6GB-998691 a rating of 9.5/10 and our Editor’s Choice Award.

 

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