Exceleram Rippler ER3006A 4GB 1600Mhz DDR3 Memory Kit Review, The Nazi Cruisers!

Posted Mar 6, 2011
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Exceleram is a German based company that had started making high quality memory products from the year 2007 and is progressing upwards at a steady pace. It was originally established by a Taiwanese producer but as of October 2010, has been established as an independent company.

Exceleram is offering memory products such as DRAM, Flash drives and Solid State Drives.

Today, I’d be reviewing a Dual Channel 4GB DDR3 Ram Kit that’s a part of their Rippler series, but is more targeted at a budget side.

MEMORY FACTS

CLASS

Rippler

SEGMENT

Entry-level / Enthusiast / Gaming

TYPE

DDR3

VOLTAGE

1.65V

Speed

1600 MHz

CAS Latency

6

Heat Sink

Yes

CLASS

Rippler

PACKAGING

The modules come packed in a simple plastic hard cover packaging that shows what’s locked inside it, with a simple Exceleram cover on the back that surprisingly gives out no details.

Both modules feature a metallic heat conducting rectangular heatsink that are of a very simple design with the memory spec label. The heat sink is covered with a black background and red stripes, whose ends expose the bare polished material used for the heatsink.

MEMORY MODULES

Each memory module has a speed of 1600 MHz, rated to work at CAS latency of 6. However, there is no reduction in terms of voltage as it operates at a steady 1.65v. Not too surprising from a company who are still new to the memory market.

CPU-Z shows the timing characteristics of this memory kit.

As can be seen, the voltage settings are tied a single XMP profile, working at 1600MHz (1.65V).

TESTING

The modules were paired to the 1st Generation Intel platform represented by a Core i7 920 processor. The exact test specs are listed below:

Setup

Intel Core i7-920 D0 Stepping (CM V8) + Asus P6T

Memory

Exeleram Rippler Green PCB (2X2GB; DDR3 1600) CL6

Video

ATi HD 5850 2-Way CrossFireX

Storage

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 64MB Cache

Test Suite

Everest Ultimate Edition 2009

We had run the rams at first on 9-9-9-24 and then on 8-8-8-24 timings, with an increase of 100Mhz in clock speed.

Everest Ultimate Edition – Read

Everest Ultimate Edition – Copy

Everest Ultimate Edition – Write

Everest Ultimate Edition – Latency
There had been a huge difference in terms of copy and read speeds one it had been notched up at CL8 timings. An average 150mb/s increase!

OVER CLOCKING

XMP Profile #1: DDR3-1600MHz:

OVER CLOCKED!

Switching from CL6 to CL8 did make an impressive difference in terms of performance, but then again, only allowed an increment of 100MHz in terms of overclockability. Off the record, the rams went unstable when the next increment in BLCK speed was added or 1850MHz proved unstable for these rams with both CL8 and CL9.

On the other hand, these ram have the potential to go on even more further, but off course, on looser timings (don’t forget the voltage too). It had indeed reached up to 2100MHz but that was too with 1.7v voltage and 9-11-10-30 timings.

PROS

  • Over clocks well (up to 1800MHz; 2100Mhz with loose timings and 0.5v increment)
  • Improved performance with higher processor clock speeds
  • Price!

CONS

  • Packaging
  • Looks (Could have been better)

As this is a part of the Rippler series, I expected it to reach the 2100MHz target with stock voltages but was kind of a disappointment as it kept on going unstable at 1850Mhz and beyond unless there had been a voltage increase. None of the else, this is a GOOD BUY as it’s well priced and gives you a pretty good price/performance ratio accordingly!

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