Mushkin Ridgeback PC3-12800 4GB DDR3 Memory Review
Founded in 1994, Mushkin Enhanced is known in the enthusiast world as being a major player when it comes to producing top quality memory modules. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado, Mushkin is not only known for producing memory, also power supplies and digital storage devices like SSDs as well. The memory lines produced by Mushkin range from standard (Proline & Essentials) to extreme (Redline and Blackline), with Ridgeback as one of the latest additions to their higher end yet competitively priced lineup.
In March 2010, Mushkin introduced a new memory cooling solution which they called the Ridgeback. They the Ridgeback cooling system as a world-class memory cooling solution that helps to ensure modules work well in intense, high-labour scenarios while looking elegant in your system. Supposedly, the fin array has been carefully engineered to deliver serious heat transfer performance in a low-profile design while providing a powerful new look. Marketing lingo aside, the new modules look great and they are less likely to interfere with aftermarket heatsink installation than their predecessors.
At the $120-$145, the Ridgeback modules are priced to compete with modules such as G.Skill’s Ripjaws, the Corsair Dominators, and Kingston’s own HyperX modules. These memory lines are among the most dominant in the industry at this moment and it appears that Mushkin hopes to take some market share with innovative new heatspreader designs.
After testing a variety of memory in the same class as the Ridgeback we are very excited to see how these new modules stack up. The kit which will be tested in this review is the 4GB Muskin Ridgeback PC3-12800 6-8-6-24 with a part number of 996826. We will take a close look at the memory itself, what is under the hood, the effectiveness of the Ridgeback heatspreaders and how the memory overclocks. Mushkin’s motto is “superior performance with uncompromised quality”, so let’s put this to the test!
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