Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 (PC3-15000) 4GB DDR3 Kit

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance
Packaging of the memory modules seems to come quite low on the list of priorities for most manufacturers, and as a result the kits are hardly ever treated to anything more than a clear plastic blister-style packet. This was certainly true for the previously reviewed Aeneon DDR3-1333 kit, and as we can see from below, nothing has changed this time round either.
Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 Packaging Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 Packaging
Inserted inside the blister packet is a black and grey card insert with minimalistic styling. Unlike the generic card inserts used by some manufacturers, Aeneon has gone to the trouble of designing a custom insert card for this specific kit, allowing for the module size and default speed to be instantly visible at a glance.

As mentioned on the previous page, the Xtune kit has a default voltage setting of 1.5v, and Aeneon have made sure that this is well known by printing a "No overvoltage required - 1.5v" badge over on the right of the insert.

Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 Memory Front Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 Memory Back
Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 Xtune Logo Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 Specs Sticker
The kit itself is a fairly simplistic affair, with black aluminium heatspreaders enclosing each of the memory modules. While the heatspreaders certainly aren't as flashy as some of the offerings from OCZ, Patriot or Cellshock, the embossed/painted Xtune logo on the front of the kit goes a fair way to sprucing them up.
Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 Memory Naked! Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1866 Memory IC's
As you would expect from a 4GB kit, the Aeneon Xtune modules feature IC's on both sides of the PCB. The heatspreaders are fixed directly to the IC's using a strong adhesive thermal tape that required extreme heating (blowtorch anyone?) before we could get a glimpse at the bare naked module beneath.
Normally at this point we'd also discuss the choice of memory IC's used on the modules, but with little experience of anything outside the realms of Micron's D9 chips, the best we can do is provide you with the model number printed on the IC's for conducting your own investigation: FSS17582.
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Most Recent Comments

20-10-2008, 12:57:43

Decent memory, not had any of that b4.

I`d kinda liken buying a 2x kit to put in a 3x array `as` equiv to putting a single stick in a 2x array.

So.. with the emphasis of working 1.5v+ for an i7 setup, why sell it as a 2x ? Of course u can buy another stick.. but with all the unquantified differences, ur timings will require the massaging. And not being a kit, performance or compatability not guaranteed.

It`s always greater to have less voltage to work ur ddr3 in a 4 series mobo, as I`m almost sure all the "good" ones have a tremendous range of vdimm. So on the one hand u cut the voltage req to allow i7, and sell as a pair for non i7.

Could well be ofc, that moving forward, it`s just the case that all newer ddr3 they, and others, produce will be ~1.5v as standard.

Nice review, nice sticks.Quote

20-10-2008, 13:23:26

Nice review as per usual Jimbo. Any idea at all on pricing? I really wouldn't mind cutting over to DDR3 right now if it's not too dear.Quote

20-10-2008, 16:41:30

Kempez you are right the DDR3 prices are falling and are now justifible to upgrade to and their timings are getting tighter also. Soon I might make the jump, we will see.Quote

20-10-2008, 16:42:08

but the timings on this particular kit reviewed are lackluster at best. 10-10-10.. meh, ill passQuote

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