Testing Method & Test Setup
Despite the memory being aimed at the gaming community, its high voltage rating should provide lots of space to conduct overclocking experiments without being afraid to
void the warranty.
As usually, this is the part of the article where we introduce you to our Ivy Bridge testing platform:
||ASUS Maximus V Gene (BIOS 0086)
||Intel Core i7-3770K 4.6G
||XFX 8600 GT
||KINGMAX Nano Gaming FLKF66F-C8KLAA 2x4GB 2200 MHz CL10
||Samsung 40 GB
||Windows 7, 64 bit SP1
As a measure of stability, we traditionally use 150% error free completion of eight 750Mb HCI Memtest instances.
We have tested many Hynix-based memory kits on this website and have learned that these ICs show their best voltage scaling when timings formula is CAS+2 = tRCD = tRP+1, but this specific Kingmax kit had also felt very comfortable with CAS being equal to tRP.
Using lower timing values, it can be seen that frequency scales from voltage only up to around 1.75V mark, past which results hardly improve. With the rated CL10 though, things stopped even sooner making it impossible for the kit to reach DDR3-2400. Even using 11-13-12-30 timings didn’t make it happen, which makes the situation very familiar as we have already seen multiple Hynix CFR-based kits stop just short of stable 1200MHz regardless of the settings used.
Overall, it is safe to say that the Nanos are not an overclocking wonder so it’s best to use them in the frequency range they are specced to operate.
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