Crucial rate this kit at 1600 MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings with 1.65v. Although this isnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t that impressive, we felt that these must be conservative timings and offer potential for tightening up at stock speeds.
We first went ahead from stock speeds of 1600 MHz at CL8 to see what it could be tightened to. We found that at stock voltage (both vDIMM & QPI/VTT), we could easily reach timings of 7-7-6-18 @ 1600 MHz fine. It seems Crucial were either playing it safe or felt compelled to offer RAM that can be pushed a lot tighter and built for the overclocker.
The next task was to see just how far we could push this RAM. Today itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s far too easy to go out and buy some 2000 MHz RAM and drop the timings and speed if needs be but still also push higher than 2000 MHz as seen by our recent Trident review. When one buys 1600 MHz or especially 1333 MHz modules, it doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t leave you, the overclocker, with much headroom and this is often the case, left with a lower overclock and/or score from a benchmark as a result. We applied added voltage to this kit from stock voltage, we increased it to 1.72v and increased the VTT to 1.55v. From this voltage increase, we managed to hit 2000 MHz with 9-8-7-24 timings from a kit rated 8-8-8-24 @ 1600 MHz! Well done Crucial!