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:
Brand: Mushkin Enhanced
Type: 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Capacity: 6GB (3 x 2GB)
Speed: DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Cas Latency: 6
Multi-channel Kit: Triple Channel Kit
Heat Spreader: Yes
Parts: Lifetime limited
Labor: Lifetime limited
And a quick look to the product’s features from Mushkin’s website:
This product has been programmed to operate at the ideal frequency for your system when properly installed.
This product has been programmed for timings that offer improved performance when properly installed.
This product is equipped with the Frostbyte™ Heatsink.
This product has been tested by hand for quality assurance.
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
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: Nexus 1000W
Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
The tests we ran to measure the Mushkin Redline 6GB performance were:
- Futuremark PCMark Vantage
- SiSoft Sandra Lite Memory Latency
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.
(+) Outstanding specifications, low timings
(+) Great overclocking potential
(+) Luxury package
(-) Price (for some)
Thus, we give the Mushkin Redline 6GB-998691 a rating of 9.5/10 and our Editor’s Choice Award.