Mushkin Black Ascent 2x1GB DDR3-1800
Category : DDR3
Published by Jean-Luc Hadey on 16.09.08
Original ImageWith the Black Ascent 2 x 1 GB DDR3-1800 memory kit, mushkin presents DDR3 memory which is optimized for high-end systems. For about CHF 500.- you get two 1 GByte modules which can be driven at 1800 MHz clock at 8-8-7-20 timings with 1.85 volts.

First of all we thank Digitec for providing us with this test sample.

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On the following pages we will show the strenghts and weaknesses of these modules.

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Technical details

The memory kit which includes two 1 GByte modules carries the latest cooling system which was developed by Celsia Technologies. They call it eVCI (enhanced Vapor Chamber Interface) and it works as followed:

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Mushkin promises a increase in cooling efficency by 30 percent compared to the common heatpipe technology.

ChipsMicron GTS
Capacity2GByte (2 x 1 GByte)
ClockDDR3-1800 MHz
PCB6-Layer PCB
CoolingeVCI (enhanced Vapor Chamber Interface) Spreader
Warranty10 years

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Test setup

MainboardAsus P5E3 Premium
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E8600
Graphics cardAsus ATI Radeon 4870 X2
MemoryMushkin Black Ascent 2x1GB DDR3-1800
Hard diskWestern Digital RE 160GB
PSUCorsair 1000 Watt
Optical drivePlextor 712A
Operating SystemWindows Vista x64 SP1
Graphics interfaceDirectX 10
Graphics driverATI Catalyst 8.8

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Test results / overclocking

 System standardSpeicher standardSpeicher max. stable oc
Memory clock1333 MHz1800 MHz2024 MHz
Mutiplyer x FSB / CPU clock10 x 333 / 3.33 GHz8 x 450 / 3.60 GHz9 x 506 / 4.55 GHz
Timings7-7-7-15 2T8-8-7-20 2T8-8-8-24 2T
VDIMM1.85 Volt1.85 Volt2.05 Volt
Everest read8595 MB/s10800 MB/s11567 MB/s
Everest write7011 MB/s9526 MB/s10695 MB/s
Everest copy7135 MB/s9628 MB/s10595 MB/s
Everest latencies61.4 ns49.7 ns47.5 ns
SuperPI 1M13.995s12.644s10.297s
SuperPI 8M3m 02.797s2m 37.359s2m 10.421s
SuperPI 32M14m 13.219s12m 59.828s10m 31.391s

Referring to overclocking we only publish "Prime and SuperPI-stable" values. Therefore we reached a maximum of 2024 MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings and a VDIMM of 2.05 Volt.

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Splmann overclocking result - Black Ascent

1021 MHz 1T - 2.1VDimm

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With the Black Acent 2x1GB DDR3-1800 memory kit, Mushkin presents a high-end product which should find its right place in a high-end or overclocker's system. With only less changes in the BIOS we reached a reasonable clock of 2024 MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings and 2.05 volt.

For about CHF 500.- you get 2 GByte of high quality memory with enough overclocking potential. Therefore Mushkin has a very solid product in its portfolio which is a safe investment for hardware enthusiasts.

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