The Package and ModulesThe PackageG.Skill uses a blister pack that is held together by two knobs at the top of the package. We can see the modules through the package and we can clearly see that they're part of the Trident series. Across the top we can also see it's a tri-channel kit which is designed for i7 CPUs. We can see below this, G.Skill mentions "Extreme performance for Nehalem from G.Skill."
OverclockingOverclockingLike most of our other PC3-16000 kits, overclocking was not easy. Getting to 2000MHz and running the kit at the company's 9-9-9-24 setup was an absolute breeze. Getting any further then that was difficult and even moving to a 10-10-10 setup and bumping the voltage up slightly didn't give us the ability to squeeze anymore MHz out of the kit.Important Editor Note: Our maximum overclocking result is the best result we managed in our limited time of testing the memory. Due to time constraints we weren't able to tweak the motherboard to the absolute maximum and find the highest possible FSB, as this could take days to find properly. We do however spend at least a few hours overclocking every motherboard to try and find the highest possible overclock in that time frame. You may or may not be able to overclock higher if you spend more time tweaking, or as new BIOS updates are released. "Burn-in" time might also come into play if you believe in that.
Test System Setup and wPrimeTest System SetupProcessor(s): Intel i7 920 @ 4GHz (200MHz x 20)Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P (Supplied by Noctua)Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE EX58-UD5 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)Graphics Card(s): ASUS GTX 285 (Supplied by ASUS)Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 300GB Velicorapter (Supplied by Western Digital)Operating System: Windows Vista SP1 64-BitDrivers: ForceWare 185.65 Today we'll be seeing how the G.Skill kit goes against a number of other kits at different speeds. The main comparison we'll be looking at is the G.Skill kit against the Corsair one. The difference between the two kits is the timings; the G.Skill one uses a more relaxed 9-9-9-24 setup while the Corsair one uses a more aggressive 8-8-8-24 setup.We'll find out what kind of edge these timings give the Corsair kit. The other thing we have to remember is that the Corsair comes in at $329 versus $149.99 which is what the G.Skill kit comes in at over at Newegg.With that all said and done, let's get stuck into the benchmarks and find out what exactly we have going on with the memory we have today. wPrimeVersion and / or Patch Used: 1.62Developer Homepage: http://www.wprime.net/Product Homepage: http://www.wprime.net/
Benchmarks - EVEREST Ultimate EditionEVERESTVersion and / or Patch Used: Ultimate EditionDeveloper Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com/Product Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com/products/overview.php?pid=3&ps=UE&lang=enBuy It Here
Benchmarks - SiSoft SandraSiSoft SandraVersion and / or Patch Used: Professional HomeDeveloper Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.ukProduct Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=enBuy It Here
Benchmarks - SciencemarkScienceMark 2.0ScienceMark 2.0 is a mathematical program designed to stress the memory subsystems of both desktop/workstation and server environments to determine the read/write latency as well as the overall memory bandwidth available between the CPU and the memory controller.
Benchmarks - Far Cry 2Far Cry 2Version and / or Patch Used: 1.01Timedemo or Level Used: Ranch LongDeveloper Homepage: http://www.ubi.com/Product Homepage: http://www.farcry2.com/Buy It Here
Final ThoughtsFinal ThoughtsOne thing we have to mention that we haven't already is the build quality. Slapping two pieces of aluminum onto the side of a memory module isn't enough to stand out from the pack these days. While you can't really see the quality of the kit from pictures, when you pick up the kit and feel it you really notice that G.Skill have made the effort to make a high quality heatsink.The other big stand out feature of the kit is of course the price. At 149.99 U.S. Dollars over at Newegg, the kit manages to again stand out from the pack and for some people this will be the most important feature G.Skill could offer. If you want a 2000MHz kit that isn't going to break the bank the G.Skill option we have here today is going to be a good choice. The other bonus, as we've mentioned, is the quality of heatsink the company has opted for.We've got some good speed, an aggressive price tag and some all round good performance here. If you want the fastest modules on the market you're going to have to spend so much more for what will ultimately be a very little performance gain in real world situations. The G.Skill kit manages to stand out and if you want to spend under $150 then it's one kit that's seriously worth looking at.
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