|G.Skill ECO 4GB DDR3 Memory Kit F310666CL7D|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Monday, 10 May 2010|
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G.Skill ECO DDR3 Memory Kit Review
In the industry of technology, brands offering similar products without innovating will not be easily adopted by the enthusiast market. If we talk about memory, then the mayor factors are frequency, latency and of course... price. Intel specifications for Core i3/i5/i7 products recommend using a maximum DRAM voltage of 1.65v. While most brands try to fit on Intel´s limits on the high side, G.Skill is trying something different. The G.Skill ECO F3 10666CL7D 4GB Dual Channel Kit is intended to run at 1333MHz with barely 1.35 volts benefiting both high-end enthusiasts who want better Overclocks and lower temps, or simply those who want to build an HTPC an every shaved watt can be the difference. Benchmark Reviews will test the G.Skill ECO kit to check if this kind of memory is able to do that difference (considering that frequency and latency are not a major factor on Intel chipsets anymore).
G.Skill designed the ECO series for LGA1156 platforms. While they say they work the best on i5/i7 CPUs with P55 platforms, that´s probably because the H55/H57 chipsets came out just after this kit. The ECOs F3 10666CL7D are meant to run at 1333MHz with 7-7-7-21 2T timings with very low voltage. G.Skill also has the same kit at higher timings or the same kit at higher frequencies (1600MHz to be clear). Benchmark Reviews will test both modules to see how good they perform, how much they can Overclock for enthusiasts, and of course, there will be a time to prove if voltage reduction can really stand up with the ECO name.
Considering the low voltages used on this kit, it could be an excellent choice for Overclockers. With their price being a little bit more expensive than 100 USD the ECO F310666CL7D is definitively an interesting choice for most of the people with a P55/H55/H57 platform. Let´s have a look at the blister:
The package contains two 2GB RAM modules with a grey heatsink and the ECO logo on both sides. G.Skill recommends using 1.35 volts but don´t worry, they added some SPDs to boot at 1.5 volts in case your motherboard doesn´t support low voltages, thus meaning that the memory won´t get damaged with common voltages ranges (1.5v-1.65v).
About G. Skill
Established in 1989 by enthusiast, is a leading memory manufacturer based in Taipei, Taiwan. The company's top priority is Quality. All of our products go through a series of the most rigorous tests and strict quality control processes. In addition to commissioning qualified IC testing houses to test our products, they are hand test 100% twice in factory and office, to ensure the highest product yield and quality.
G. SKILL strives to achieve the highest and most advanced quality from the initial design, through manufacturing solder-paste printing, through surface mounting, to on-line visual inspection, system compatibility testing, packaging and finally to safely and reliably shipping our products to customers.
G.Skill operates a very active support forum for all their products, where their product specialists are quick to respond to issues, real or imagined. They also monitor major e-tail sites for customers having trouble with their products, and try to help them get on the right path towards resolution of their problem.