TwinMOS TwiSTER 4GB DDR3-2133 Memory Kit Review

By on May 30, 2011
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High-end performance that won’t hurt your wallet.

Good: Easy overclocking, Runs at rated speeds with rated voltage, Low profile heatsink, Lifetime warranty
Bad: Performance not on par with direct competition
Price: AED 295
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

TwinMOS, at least in this region, is mostly known for budget friendly memory kits. That’s not to say that TwinMOS memory modules are “cheap” in quality; I personally have one of their DDR2 kits from 3 years ago and they’re still running strong. In fact I know of many people who swear by TwinMOS ram because all they want is good quality memory without shelling out extra cash. These people are not overclocking enthusiasts; they just want reliable performance from their desktops. So after receiving their new TwiSTER 4GB DDR3-2133MHz memory kit for review, I was very keen to see how they perform in the higher spectrum of the ram game.

Unlike most of the performance rams of today, the TwinMOS TwiSTER keeps things really simple with a low-profile structure where the heatsinks are nowhere as flashy as Kingston’s HyperX T1 or even the G.Skill Ripjaws X for instance. The Aluminum heatsinks are clamped onto the memory modules on the front and the PCB on the back side. There are no clips involved, so I’m assuming they’re stuck there. The heatsinks seems pretty sturdy, so I doubt they’ll just fall off.

The TwiSTER DDR3-2133 is obviously rated at 2133MHz, but at default it runs at 1333MHz, which are the standard clock speeds for Intel Sandy Bridge processors. Next up is the CAS latency which is a competitive 9-9-9-24 1T running at 1.50v. So far so good, especially considering TwinMOS screens each of their memory chips and an additional 24 hour burn-in test running MemTest to QC all of their memory modules before shipping them.

With a lot of claims backing up the TwiSTERs, let’s see how they perform when overclocking. As usual the actual procedure was done in BIOS , however I didn’t see the usual XMP menu options I saw while overclocking Kingston’s HyperX T1 or G.Skill’s Ripjaws X. Regardless, I easily changed the settings with the ratio set to 21.33 as the FSB was already set to 99.7MHz. The best part is that the TwiSTER booted up easily on first try as I selected a current 1.66v.

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