Mushkin Blackline PC3-12800


Test Rig

This test rig was provided by our pals over at CryoPC. Thanks to them for helping us out.

Core i5 750 @ 4.0 GHz
Asus P7P55D-E
Corsair Dominator 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3
Graphics Card
HIS Radeon 5870
Samsung F3 500GB 16mb
Corsair TX 650W
Windows 7 Ultimate
NZXT Hades


Memory testing is the same as any other in that here at XSReviews our aim is to provide a set of clean, reliable benchmarks. For each test, the benchmark was repeated three times and then an average taken or where results were inconsistent, tests were continued until two concordant results were reached.

Our testing suite deliberately excludes any form of games testing as in our experience memory only contributes to very small performance differences and so it is our opinion that whether a particular set of memory achieves a 0.1 FPS increase over another set is fairly insignificant. Thus, the software used for testing is as follows:

  • Lavalys Everest
  • Sisoft Sandra
  • PCmark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead

The kit we compared the Mushkin Blackline to was the Corsair Dominator 1600MHZ.


An important part of memory benchmarking is seeing how far beyond the rated speeds you can go. This kit was rated at 1600MHZ which was easily achieved at the stocking timings. Loosening these and bumping the voltage slightly allowed me to reach a bootable speed of 1760MHZ.

As with all memory, extensive tweaking can probably yield slightly further overclocking, but a quick OC of 10% isn’t bad.

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