Mushkin Redline PC12800C6
We're very glad to welcome Mushkin once again to this review for the second time in a row. As the original Mushkin modules were also under performing a little (OC-wise), they sent us a replacement kit as well. This is what the Mushkin brand stands for :
Founded in 1994, Mushkin is best known for producing “Enhanced” memory modules. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado Mushkin provides performance enhanced computer products to users worldwide. Exceptional quality, enhanced performance and unparalleled customer support are what make Mushkin products the best in the industry.
Mushkin products include an enhanced power supply line and a complete selection of memory upgrades for desktops, servers and notebooks – we offer something for everyone from business user to gamer. Our enhanced memory products are available in several performance categories from standard to extreme, with our REDLINETM series in a class of its own. Our enhanced power supply line offers superb regulation and ripple characteristics, modularity and plenty of power to supply the most demanding systems.
With customers including everyone from Apple Computer and NASA to gamers and web browsers, Mushkin knows what is important to customers - enhanced performance with uncompromisable quality. With Mushkin you Get More.
In that respect, the package that came into our lab looked almost familiar
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The case design is still something special in my opinion. The aluminium box gives the instant feel that it carries a premium product. In this case the familiarity stops at the case design however, and the feeling that it handles a premium product is more than justified : meet the Mushkin Redlines...
Package and unpacking: more shots
As you can see, the box is also identical to the box of the "radioactive" modules on the inside, and is capable of holding 4 modules equipped with the frostbite heatsinks. The three modules look identical in all respects, time to see what they got inside them.
The Mushkin model numbers are not as straight forward as they could be, but here's the kit number : 998691. When you order this kit you should get a redline kit equipped with the frostbite heatsinks, with the following specifications
:1600MHz DDR3 (PC12800)
Latencies : 6-7-6-18-2T (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS-CR)
Operating voltage : 1.65 Volts
Parity : Unbuffered
Memory size : 3x 2048Mb
These are some very promising specifications, and the redline kit was actually the first 1600mhz "cas 6" kit to come to the market. OCZ followed suite shortly after them, but only one can be the first.
Let's have a closer look on the next page >