Nowadays, RAM modules play an important part in PC performance and they are considered to be a significant hardware component. Today we are testing the Transcend Axeram 6GB DDR3-2000R memory modules.
Transcend was founded in 1988, originates from Taiwan, and specializes in ram modules external hard drives, digital photo frames and more.
Let’s take a look at the Transcend Axeram 6GB DDR3-2000R specs:
Memory Category: Desktop
Memory Type: DDR3
Memory Speed: PC16000
Memory Speed MHz: 2000MHz
Memory Size: 2048MB
Total Memory Size: 6GB
Memory Modules: 3
Memory Channels: Triple
Memory Socket: DIMM
Memory CAS Latency: 9
Memory Timing: 9-9-9-24
Memory Buffer: Unbuffered
So generally speaking, the Axeram 6GB DDR3-2000R follows the DDR3 standard which you can use for triple channel configuration in order to achieve maximum performance with your new LGA1366 socket.
A Closer Look –
The modules themselves are neat, and the logo of the company and the model name are also visible. Notice that the heatspreader is beautifully crafted and really gives you the impression oif high-end memory modules.
Test Setup and test procedures
For our testing purposes, we decided to use the Intel Core i7 920 and the Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard, accompanied by Gigabyte’s GTX480.
In detail, here is our test system:
Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard: Asus P6X85D
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1.5GB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: Nexus 1000W
Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
We will be testing Transcend’s RAM against Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition DDR3 6 GB, which have a little bit lower timings, but are of the same speed.
Our testing procedures include the typical benchmarking software:
- Super PI
Benchmark Results – Sandra and Everest
We will start the test with SiSoft’s Sandra, a very popular benchmarking test but also a tool to analyze software and hardware components.
We can see that the Transcend Axeram 6GB DDR3 modules run slightly better than the lower timed Patriot’s ones in both tests. Now we can benchmark using Everest, which includes tests for the memory subsystem.
Here we see that the Transcend Axeram 6GB DDR3 modules run a little bit slower, but extremely close to the Patriot ones.
Benchmark Results – Cinebench and Super PI
Cinebench is a program that renders a high details scene, stressing CPU and system capabilities.
It is clear that in this test the Axeram modules of Transcend are ahead in every speed-timing combination.
Super PI is a program to calculate raw CPU speed and we set it to calculate 1 million digits.
We can clearly see that there is no real difference between the two competitors.
At a price ranging from 150 – 200 euros, the Transcend Axeram 6GB DDR3 are a good deal. If you want squishy performance, neat manufacturing quality and a solid addition to your system, the Axeram is the way to go.
The best results we achieved through overclocking are:
(Left=CPU Frequency, Middle=FSB, Right=Memory Timings)
4.24Ghz – 1573Mhz – 5-8-5-18
4.20Ghz – 1600Mhz – 6-7-6-20
4.20Ghz – 2000Mhz – 7-9-7-24
3.95Ghz – 2049Mhz – 7-10-7-24
4.00Ghz – 2240Mhz – 8-10-8-26
4.10Ghz – 2300Mhz – 9-12-9-29
So, the modules offer also great overclockability, if cautious steps are taken.
One of their disadvantages is that the heatspreaders, although they are well-made, they are a little bit oversized, so you may have a problem installing these modules next to a high end CPU cooler.
Thus we give the Transcend Axeram 6GB DDR3-2000R memory modules a rating of 9.0/10 and our editor’s pick award.