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Written by Austin Downing   
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
VisionTek Ultimate Performance 1866Mhz DDR3
Closer Look: VisionTek 1866MHz DDR3
RAM Testing and Results
Synthetic Benchmarks
Application Benchmark
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

VisionTek Ultimate Performance 1866MHz DDR3

Manufacturer: VisionTek
Product Name: Ultimate Performance
Model Number: 400426
Price As Tested: $80.31 at Amazon

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Visiontek.

Although it has been many years since VisionTek has produced memory they have recently started selling again with their Performance, High Performance, and Ultimate Performance memory kits. We will be looking at the VisionTek Ultimate Performance 1866MHz 10-10-10-24 (2x4GB) memory kit. Priced competitively at $80 VisionTek is attempting to enter a already crowded market. Benchmark Reviews will see if VisionTek Ultimate Performance memory stands out or just blends in with the rest of the crowd.

Years ago using the fastest possible memory was the only way to get the full potential out of a processor. This is because in the days before Sandy Bridge getting the highest clock possible was achieved using a combination of changing the clock multiplier, and increasing the FSB or base clock. Because changing these also increased the base speed of the memory using the fastest memory possible was only the only way to push a processor to its upper limits. But things have changed since the Sandy Bridge platform debuted, the only effective way to overclock is to increase the clock multiplier of the K SKU's meaning that memory speed is less important for overclocking and therefore companies are concentrating on dropping prices, and timing to compete with each other. As prices have dropped, users have started demanding more RAM for their systems. Mushkin's Redline has been a well-received product for many years and now they have updated their Redline series to be compatible with Intel's newest P67 chipset. This means that each kit of memory has a speed that is divisible by 266.6MHz so as to provide optimum speed in a user's system.


Benchmark Reviews wants to be able to provide the most accurate information on the performance of components to its readers and therefore has a very specific way in which tests are run on components. For RAM, each set is run first run through Memtest86+ at its advertised speed to insure that that there are no errors. Once passed a combination of pure benchmark based, and application based tests will be run a total of three times each. Once the results have been acquired the worst score of each test will be thrown out and the final two will be averaged resulting in the final score that will be presented to our readers.


Type DDR3
Voltage 1.65v
Speed Spec PC3-14900
Frequency 1866MHz
Kit Type Dual Channel
Module Size 4GB
tCL 10
tRCD 10
tRP 10
tRAS 24



# RAMRealNeil 2011-10-07 08:05
RAM comes in so many variations that it can be confusing. I bought some Patriot DDR3-1600 RAM a few weeks ago, but I had to send it back because it was crashing the AMD A8-3850 system that I installed it into. The replacement RAM came and it did the same thing. By disabling "Load Line Calibration" I was able to make the system run on stock settings only. When I decided to try some GSKill RipJaws DDR3-1600 in the same system, it worked perfectly and I was able to get a 600MHz OC out of it with full stability.
The Patriot RAM worked just as well in an Intel box that I had. It can be a real crap-shoot picking out RAM to use.
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# RE: VisionTek Ultimate Performance 1866Mhz DDR3Adrian 2011-11-14 09:43
Sorry to complain but the charts on this review are most unclear. It is very difficult to determine which memory is which because the color coding is not referenced back to the memory brands and speeds so having three at 1866Mhz doesn't tell you much - can you update and clarify it would really help.

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