|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 Final Thoughts
I really don´t have a lot to say here. This kit has impressed me in many aspects and I think it´s worth getting it. The reasons are simple: the memory is made by G.Skill and it has a great reputation behind. You also receive a nice, sleek looking heatsink which works great specially since the memory works at low voltages, and finally, the ECO F3 10666CL7D overclocks very well and will outperform many kits rated at the same price point. The G.Skill ECOs fit on low-end machines like the HTPC tested today, but also represent a great choice for enthusiast and overclockers. As if that wasn´t all, you will save some watts with a less stressed PC (using low voltages) and you have lifetime warranty with G.Skill, which also has a great support team on their forums to answer every question you have. I really can´t ask for anything else. This kit just rocks! I ´m very tempted to try it on a high-end P55 motherboard and pair it with a Lynnfield processor to check if the MHz barrier was related to the motherboard and not RAM, so expect a little update on the forum soon!
Let´s summarize all the results and head to the conclusions of this article.
G.Skill 10666CL7D Conclusion
G.Skill F3 10666CL7D performance is impressive. I was very happy with the results obtained at different configurations and the low temperatures at the time of testing them. Perhaps, the only problem I would see here is that your motherboard needs to work with low voltages if you want to take advantage of your new acquisition, but as all DDR3 motherboards will at least work with 1.5v, you can always use 1600MHz 6-7-6 or similar configurations without heating the memory or consuming that much power.
The appearance is simple, but elegant. You won´t have tall heatsinks and LEDs on your RAM but they won´t pass unnoticed either. Use them on a HTPC and no one will even notice them, but you will know you have some good RAM there, and that should be enough for you considering you didn´t pay that much for them. On the other side, heatsinks will help avoid damage to the memory since they just reinforce the construction.
While all tests show that high frequencies or low latencies won´t give you a big boost on your daily tasks, functionality is still there. The G.Skill ECOs offer very low latencies with decent frequencies, and despite the fact that many brands offer similar specs, the vast majority won´t offer low voltages as G.Skill does. You will shave some watts and keep better temps on your setup with this memory.
I´ve been mentioning the great value this memory has but I haven´t mentioned the real price of this kit. As for April 2010, this kit retails at $119.99 at NewEgg, which is a very good price for its value. You won´t find many similar memory on this price range, I promise.
My recommendation is: either you have a high-end PC or a low-end HTPC, take this kit which will offer low power consumption and temps. It overclocks really well with relatively low voltages and it definitively won´t disappoint you in any way. You´ll be safe with G.Skill´s lifetime warranty too. Let´s finish this article with the Pros and Cons of the product.
+ Great value for the price ($119 USD)
+ Low voltage memory means lower temps, lower power consumption and better overclocking
+ Built for 1.35v, but will also work at 1.5v (SPD) or higher voltages if needed
+ G.Skill Lifetime Warranty
+ Nice, sleek design won´t hurt heatsinks compatibility
+ Great Overclocking capabilities with low voltages and low latencies
+ High availability
- Some motherboards won´t support lower than 1.5v voltages even with XMP support
- H55/H57 motherboard support isn´t validated by G.Skill
Final Score: 9.3 out of 10.
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