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Mushkin Ridgeback 4GB DDR3-1600 CL6

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Posted August 18, 2010 by Jake in RAM

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Features and Specifications

Since the advent of the Intel LGA1366 socket, the memory controller for Intel chips has been directly connected to the processor, allowing a huge bandwidth leap in triple-channel setups. The LGA1156 socket chips, however, all run in dual-channel DDR3 mode though, not tri-channel. While we know this won’t result in such eye-watering performance numbers, the 1156 platform has brought "affordability" to Intel’s mainstream performance platform, at least at the lower end of the product spectrum, and certainly in comparison to the 1366 platform.

So while the LGA1366 motherboards take tri-channel memory modules in a 3 or 6-slot configuration, the LGA1156 socket uses 2 and 4-slot dual channel configurations. Most people are probably very familiar with this setup, though the primary difference now is that DDR3 is the new standard, not DDR2.

There is a caution, however, with these modern DDR3 modules: you must have DDR3 sticks that can run at 1.65V or less. Do not be confused with other DDR3 products that run at 1.9V or higher, for example. Be sure to read the specs very carefully before you order to ensure you get the right ones! This is because Intel has set a maximum voltage limit of 1.65 volts on the memory modules, due to the Integrated Memory Controller which is located on-die in the CPU itself. While there are exceptions in exceeding the 1.65 voltage limit, if you go higher then you run the risk of damaging your lovely i7 or i5 CPU. Pushing beyond that limit can be done somewhat safely under special circumstances, but we do not recommend that for novices, so be forewarned.

Mushkin’s Ridgeback lineup features the following:

"Look great, perform greater. Introducing Ridgeback™, a memory cooling solution that offers no compromises. Designed to deliver serious heat transfer performance in an elegant, low-profile design, Ridgeback delivers both the performance you need and the look you want. Ridgeback’s fin array has been carefully engineered to surpass the heat transfer performance of much larger designs. This small footprint improve airflow, keeps your memory modules running cool and clean, and results in a lower total system temperature."

Here are the specifications of the Mushkin Ridgeback 4GB DDR3-1600 Low Voltage Dual Channel:

  • Model: 996826
  • Heatsink: Ridgeback
  • Module Size: 4GB kit (2x2048MB)
  • Package: 240-pin DIMM
  • DDR3-1600
    (PC3-12800)

  • 6-8-6-24 Enhanced Timings
  • 1.65V
  • 256MB x 64
  • Unbuffered
  • Hand Tested
  • Lifetime Warranty

The packaging of these modules is a rather simple clamshell design with the necessary product information contained on the rear by means of a paper insert on the inside. You can easily pop open the packaging, so no worries about slicing the package; it can be reused if necessary.

Let’s take a closer look at these Mushkin Ridgeback modules.

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