|G.Skill ECO 4GB DDR3 Memory Kit F310666CL7D|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Monday, 10 May 2010|
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Closer Look: G.Skill ECO F3 10666CL7D
Leaving aside the simple blisters included in (almost) all memory kits, the G.Skill ECO F3 10666CL7D DIMMs offer great aesthetics. While the PCB is kept in green color, they added a silver heatsink with the brand´s logo and some flamed-shaped figures on it.
The heatsinks are everything but big. G.Skill kept a very sleek and slim design which ensures you won´t have problems with bigger heatsinks for other motherboard components. They barely increase the size of the DIMM and will also help you protect the memory from ESDs. Based in our tests, this kit is one of the coldest Benchmark Reviews has ever tried.
The sticker shows the memory model and the voltage used. Don´t ever remove those stickers if you want to keep your lifetime warranty safe.
G.Skill heatsinks are glued to the Integrated Circuits of the memory. This (sadly) means that we aren´t able to remove them easily to check the brand behind those low voltage chips. If we wanted to take them away, we would have to heat them enough and then, separate that little clip at the top of the heatsink.
Many high-performance memory kits for Core i5 platforms are Elpida based. While it seems G.Skill is shipping different ICs for this model we are not sure how will it OC. They could be Elpida BBSE (low-voltage binned, of course), 1.35v Samsung rated ICs, or who knows, maybe even a Micron based chip. Benchmark Reviews will ignore the fact of the unknown IC and test how well can it scale at stock voltages and up to 1.65v not to pass Intel´s limits.