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G.Skill Flare Series PC3-16000 (2000MHz) 4GB Kit - Total Value Rating (TVR) and Final Thoughts

Designed for the X6 AMD platform, we see if G.Skill can light a flare that's nice and bright for AMD users.

| DDR-3 Memory in RAM | Posted: Aug 18, 2010 7:32 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: G.Skill

Total Value Rating

 

The TVR graph is the TPR score divided by the price of the memory kit. The price of the memory kit is based on the list price of the model on Newegg.com. In the event the kit isn't listed, it will be based on the U.S. $ MSRP given to us by the manufacturer.

 

In the event we can't source a price from either, the product will not receive a TVR rating. As with our TPR graph, the amount of memory kits on the list will grow over time and the price of the model won't change from what it was when first reviewed. For this reason, the U.S. $ price that the kit is based off will be included next to the name of the model.

 

In the event you want to find the TVR rating yourself based on the current price, all you have to do is simply divide the TPR number by the list price.

 

TVR numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number; 100.3 will be 100; 100.8 will be 101 and 100.5 will be rounded down to 100.

 

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While the Flares may look quite slow compared to Intel when looking at raw performance, the kit still carries some excellent value thanks to its low price tag.

 


Final Thoughts

 

The Flare Series CL7 PC3-16000 kit we're looking at today is a great kit. While it might not look impressive when compared to some other kits running on Intel based platforms, the bottom line is that AMD and Intel aren't on the same level when it comes to memory performance.

 

The Flare series from G.Skill is designed for AMD based systems and the kit we've looked at today fits very well in that category. You wouldn't buy this kit for an Intel based system because it's not what the Flares are designed for. Instead, you would look at something like the PI series from G.Skill.

 

Good quality and good speeds on the platform the kit is designed for means this is a good kit. If you're serious about your X6 platform, then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this kit to you.

 

The biggest problem for the Flare series is that AMD continues to be fussy when it comes to high speed memory. Outside of the boards that G.Skill recommends, we can't promise that you'll achieve the same speeds.

 

If you're looking to build an X6 gaming machine with one of the listed ASUS boards, this is going to be a great kit of memory to accompany it. One of the best features is that you're not really paying a premium for the kit. At $179.99 over at Newegg, this kit is well priced considering the speed and timings.

 

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