Exceleram Rippler Black PCB DDR3 1600MHz CL6 4GB Kit
Exceleram, based in Germany, started making high quality memory products back in 2007. It was originally established by a Taiwanese producer but in October 2010 it became an independent company.
Exceleram is offering memory products like DRAM, Flash drives and Solid State Drives.
Today, we’ll have a look at their recently released DDR3 memory kit – Exceleram Rippler. Rippler series features a special 8 layered PCB as compared to 6 layered PCB in traditional memory kits. It also features enthusiasts favorite black colored PCB.
Packaging and the Memory:
The Rippler memory comes packed in a really nice metallic case. It’s the best packaging I have ever seen for a memory kit. There is little to no info about the product on the case.
Case has a little sticker which shows some necessary info regarding the ram. You need to cut this sticker to open the case.
Memory is nicely tucked in the foam. There is absolutely no chance of memory being damaged during shipping. This type of packaging not only looks good but protects the product as well.
There is a nice black, red and silver theme all over the memory. Black PCB is one the most anticipated thing is this memory kit.
Both memory sticks have a sticker showing the serial number and other handy information about the memory like speed, timings and voltage.
Each stick has 2GB of memory running at 1600MHz with CL6 (6-8-6-24) timings at 1.65v. This is a dual channel kit but same timings and speeds is also available in triple channel kit.
Heat spreader used on this memory is unique. Actually, two metal plates are installed on both side of the memory stick. Both plates make contact with all the memory chips but they have no contact with one another. These kinds of heat spreaders allow some accidental airflow to reach memory chips directly.
Due to this simple heat spreader design memory sticks look sleek and slim.
This particular kit comes with 8 layered black PCB. This type of PCB not only keeps the components cool but looks great too especially when almost every other hardware is black these days.
Overclocking and Testing:
Like every other DDR3 memory, this kit runs at JEDEC standard (1333MHz, CL9) by default. To achieve its rated speeds, you can enable XMP from BIOS. This will run the memory at 1600MHz with CL6 timings.
Here is a shot of CPUz showing XMP, part number and other info of this memory kit.
I’ll try to reach maximum stable speed on following timings with voltage fixed at 1.65v all the time:
• CL6 (6-6-6-18 )
• CL7 (7-7-7-21)
• CL8 (8-8-8-24)
• CL9 (9-9-9-24)
In the end I’ll push it to maximum possible speed at 1.65v keeping timings in reasonable limit.
- As most of you know that memory is linked with base clock. We need to change base clock in order to change memory speed hence it changes overall speed of processor but we’ll try to keep processor clock near 4.0GHz by changing multiplier when needed.
- Memory stability will be tested with MemTest, it’s a small but very handy tool to test your memory.
- We’ll test the memory modules in Dual Channel mode at 1.65 Volts.
With Exceleram Rippler kit I was able to achieve following speeds:
Its seems to be a really good overclockers, reached 1634 Mhz with 7-7-7-21 timings which is pretty impressive. From CL8 to CL9 it provided almost 150MHz extra, which isn’t that impressive. I was expecting 2050MHz at least.
The highest speed this memory could reach with 9-11-9-27 timings was 2260MHz, which is something that really
Overclocking this kit was quite a lot of fun so i did some extended overclocking sessions and reached 2585MHz, yes that’s almost 2600MHz on 1.65v.
I didn’t test stability at this overclock so it’ll not be included in results down the page.
Anyhow, let’s move on to some performance testing now, we’ll test our overclocked memory with a couple of different softwares.
- Lavalys Everest:
Lavalys created and developed market leading computer diagnostics, hardware monitoring, network audit, and benchmarking software solutions based on our proven, award-winning EVEREST technology.
We used Lavalys Everest Memory Benchmark tool to test read, write and copy speeds. Furthermore we also tested Latency.
- MaxxMEM Preview:
It tests your computer’s raw memory performance, combining copy, read, write and latency tests into one global score. It contains the same Memory benchmark routine as MaxxPI does. So your reached results will be comparable to Memory / Latency benchmarks done by MaxxPI.
Total MaxxMEM Marks
Exceleram Rippler DDR3 1600MHz kit, a perfect combination of performance and aesthetics. Not only the memory looks good but it comes in a very classic packaging. There are the little details that make your day.
Red and black heat spreaders on this kit can be a perfect combination with ASUS Republic of Gamers motherboard. Black PCB is good news for enthusiasts. Most of the high end kits usually have that old green PCB which isn’t really impressive. Other than color, Exceleram equipped this kit with 8 layered PCB as compared to 6 Layered PCB, this keeps the components cool.
Furthermore, its overclocks really well. 2260MHz at 9-11-9-27 is pretty darn amazing. I really loved the overclocability of this kit.
Availability of this kit is a big problem. It’s only available in its homeland, Germany. It comes with a lifetime warranty from Exceleram which is a pretty good.
• Great overclocking headroom
• Looks awesome
• Lifetime warranty
• 8 Layered Black PCB