technically both kits are the same. they are both rated for the same operating frequency and both have solid XMP profiles. the Mushkins are slightly tighter timings but the performance gains are negligible because of it. you can't say one is better than the other based on a single set of overclocking results from each as overclocking is luck of the draw so you really can't factor that in. especially considering how new each kit is and how little amount of results we have seen.How do these fair against the G.Skill PI's that were reviewed a little while ago, i am considering both for a new build. Also, where are these ascents available (if they even are yet), i haven't been able to find a retailer.
the Mushkins do have a better heat sink IMO. the G.Skill Pi have simply re-hashed the same old heat spreader idea and the thin aluminum they use really doesn't exude a lot of cooling confidence. the Ascent heat sinks on the other hand are obviously a big step forward and really do appear to provide a much better cooling solution. whether that actually effects the performance...hard to determine.
the other factor is price, warranty service, and technical support...Mushkin is hard to argue with. G.Skill may be just as good and they do have a support forum that is active with G.Skill staff but they aren't as accessible as the Mushkin support is. a perfect example of this is... go to google.com and type in Mushkin, then try G.Skill, or GSkill, or any variation of the name. tell me which support forum you can find quicker :thumb:
then when you get there, just look at the average response times in said forums. Greg or even Brian usually have an answer within hours or even minutes. not the case at the other forum.