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Written by Austin Downing   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory Kit
Closer Look: G.Skill Sniper 1866Mhz
G.Skill F3-14900CL9D Specifications
RAM Testing and Results
Synthetic Benchmarks
Application Benchmark
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

G.Skill Sniper 1866Mhz Final Thoughts

RAM is a vital component to any computer and the G.Skill Sniper 1866Mhz 9-10-9-28 (2 x 4GB) kit fits perfectly in any high performance system. It provides a discernable difference in high performance applications, and with a total of 8GB of RAM per kit it will help ensure that users are not utilizing swap making for an overall more enjoyable computing experience. Along with performing well this RAM kit looks nice and has a color scheme that will fit well in many modern systems, along with a cooler that will fit under even the largest of coolers including the Scythe Mugen 2.


G.Skill Sniper 1866Mhz Conclusion

Performance is as you would expect from a set of 1866Mhz memory. It provides little to no performance benefit in benchmarks that are dependent on the video subsystems due to video cards being the bottlenecks for our current generation of games and tools. On the flipside computationally heavy applications such as compression and simulation benefit from faster memory and can gain a 6-10% performance boost just by moving from 1600Mhz 9-9-9-24 to a 1866Mhz 9-10-9-28 kit.

Although appearance is a matter of personal preference I love the black gunmetal finish that G.Skill has adopted for the Sniper series. It is not too showy and will look great in many of systems that are being built from recent generations of hardware. These would look particularly stunning in a P67 Sabertooth system as the military look of that board, combined with the gun like appearance of this RAM would go together quite well.

The construction of the G.Skill Sniper series is superb, with a well made cooler that doesnt flex.

Performance of RAM is based around being able to function at the manufactures specified speed without errors. G.Skill's Sniper performed flawlessly when run through Memtest86+ at the pre-specified XMP profile of 1866Mhz at 9-10-9-28 at 1.5v. This is an amazing feat considering the voltages we were looking at a few years ago to reach speeds of this caliber when DDR3 had just debuted.

Priced for $104.99 at Newegg, G.Skill has lined up the Sniper series to fit perfectly in the market. The 1866Mhz 9-10-9-28 sector of the market sits completely within +/-$10 of the G.Skill Sniper 1866Mhz kit and therefore it ends up being up to the user to pick what design or company they prefer.

G.Skill has hit a homerun with the Sniper 1866Mhz 9-10-9-28 1.5v memory kit. It provides a nice boost in performance in computationally heavy benchmarks, is well priced, and has an aesthetically pleasing exterior that is short enough to fit under almost any cooler. Due to this Benchmark Reviews will award G.Skill's Sniper 1866Mhz kit the Golden Tachometer award.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Provides performance boost in certain applications compared to lower speed RAM sets
+ Heatsink short enough to fit under almost any cooler
+ Astetics will help it fit in many modern designs for systems
+ Will help reduce time needed for memory and computensive intesive tasks


- May not provide a performance boost in games


  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 10.00
  • Functionality: 9.0
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 9.3 out of 10.

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# RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory KitDoug Dallam 2011-06-14 02:52
Nice review. I've forgotten which it is, timing or speed? Which one gives you better performance? My rig has 1600Mhz triple channel ram in it but I can only run it at 1448, and the reason is I need to OC it if I go any higher because of my CPU OC settings. From my experience, it doesn't have any overhead, even though it's "Gold" series. It was a first generation triple 1600Mhz though. It's the OCZ Gold edition and I don't think it's great RAM. Right now I'm running it at 8-8-8-24 at 1448Mhz. I probably wouldn't get any performance increases moving to 1600 (if it were even possible) in real world apps though, right?
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# RE: RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory KitOlin Coles 2011-06-14 07:59
It's both. You want the lowest latency possible, with the highest speeds. Ideally though, DDR3 systems will show better results with lower latency.
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# RE: RE: RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory KitDoug Dallam 2011-06-14 18:07
That's what I was thinking that I had remembered too as I took my ram Mhz down a little to get tighter timings.
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# 1600 works toorealneil 2011-06-14 08:30
Newegg had a sale on the Sniper 1600 modules about a month ago. I bought 4 kits of 8GB each and at their sale price, it was like getting one kit for free. Though I'm not overclocking it, it still makes for a stable system. 16GB per i7 is good too.
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# XMPRhialto 2011-06-14 10:06
On page 2 you forgot to discuss the XMP letters.
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# RE:XMPAustin Downing 2011-06-14 16:03
They stand for Extreme Memory Profile
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# RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory KitBryz 2011-06-15 21:48
Hi i have a question about your chart on page 4 its maybe confusing or i missed something.

Is the chart displaying this kit @ diff mhz(s)? OR Are the 1600, 2100, 1866, ect all separate kits. if so maybe you could label them, because they have no names.

(If they are different kits) Can this kit be OCed to 9,10,9,27 DDR2133? with a voltage bump. What is the max votage of this kit? 1.7v? Just wondering.

Thanx for reading and replying if you have time.
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# RE: RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory KitAustin Downing 2011-06-15 21:57
Max voltage is 1.65v that is allowed by Intel is 1.65. I have not tried but I doubt that this kit can be OC'ed to 9-10-9-28 at 2133Mhz as the one 2133Mhz kit I do have runs at 9-10-11-28 @ 2133Mhz. Even if I could overclock this set to 2133Mhz there is guarantee that your kit could reach that speed. That is why for RAM overclocking results are not included.

They are each different kits, I found that if I added labels I had to make the font far to small I will see what can be done to alleviate this problem.

If you look at the RAM Testing and Results I list the kit's that were being tested.

Thank you for the input!
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# RE: RE: RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory KitBryz 2011-06-16 05:21
thank you so much for actually replying yeah i kinda got the sense they were lol. Cool i can atleast get 9 10 9 at 2000. I just wish they would release this a 999 @ 2000 i would prefer this design for a couple reasons over ripjaws. Thanx again the reply
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory KitAustin Downing 2011-06-16 09:52
No problem, I will be reviewing three more kits of memory in the upcoming weeks. One is a 2133Mhz kit.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory KitBryz 2011-06-25 12:49
its 79 dollars at newegg now if i could buy a 3rd kit i would. just got them they are fine.
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# buymanup85 2011-06-27 12:51
but guys do you think that are better the CORSAIR Vengeance or G.skill Sniper? if you look benchmark seams CORSAIR Vengeance win! suggestions?
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# RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory KitAustin Downing 2011-06-27 12:55
Either will perform the same honestly. A few percentage points here and there but nothing users will notice. Also you need to take into account the fact that the Corsair Vengeance is much taller and may now fit under some of the larger heatsinks.
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# RE: RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory Kitmanup85 2011-06-27 12:59
but i have big space and good ventilation case... about performace do you think that the differences do not see?
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# RE: RE: RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory KitOlin Coles 2011-06-27 13:21
There's a measurable difference with benchmark tests, but they are so minute that you would never see them in real-world performance. I've confirmed that there's almost no real difference in FPS performance between 1333 and 2400MHz (1FPS).
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# CompatibilityDylanface 2011-07-03 06:31
Now I'm fairly new to RAM but I was wondering if this would work on an ASUS Crosshair V formula board with one of the new AMD bulldozer processors?

any feedback or suggestions for ram would be helpful, I'm looking for 12-16Gb of 1600-1866mhz, I'm interested in overclocking it later, I play a lot of games competitively and I run multiple programs at once often including programs like photoshop.

thanks for your time ^__^
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# RE: CompatiblityAustin Downing 2011-07-03 10:03
Although it is not on the compatibility list I assume it will be able to run perfectly on your board. One thing to consider is that first as you add more RAM overclocking it becomes more difficult. Secondly each set of RAM will overclock slightly differently. My recommendation is that if you plan on going over 1866Mhz it might be more effective to buy a set of RAM that is faster rather then banking on the fact that your RAM will be able to overclock.
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# RE: RE: CompatiblityDylanface 2011-07-04 05:57
Thank you for the quick reply. I will probably not go over 1866 this is actually the kit I have my eyes on at the moment and I will likely just get two sets of the same RAM, so you're saying it's not worth overclocking this RAM? If I don't need to overclock with it I wont be bothering, but all in all this is a kit I should be happy with? :)
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# RE: RE: RE: CompatibilityAustin Downing 2011-07-04 08:12
Yes, I actually am using this kit right now, and it performs perfectly!
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: CompatibilityDylanface 2011-07-04 08:34
that's exactly what I needed to know! :D Thank you so much!
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# ThanksRenato 2011-08-05 06:38
Thanks for the review and for all your answers to the questions austin
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# RE: ThanksAustin Downing 2011-08-05 09:07
No problem, these reviews are for you the readers and I want to do my best to answer your questions and give you the possible review I can.
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# Can they do 1600 8-9-8-24?David 2011-10-20 09:05
Can they do 1600 8-9-8-24 ?


Have a kit on the way I picked up for $54 but will return them if they can not do cas 8!
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# RE: Can they do 1600 8-9-8-24?Austin Downing 2011-10-20 09:36
Sadly, even if mine can do CAS 8-9-8-24 yours may not. With RAM it can be just random luck on rather a set a of RAM can overclock or not, or if you can tighten its latency. Why do you want to run it 1600Mhz 8-9-8-24, rathen that 1866Mhz 9-10-9-28?
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# Why ask why..David 2011-10-20 16:18
Right now I have 4x2gb 8-8-8-24 running reasonably stable at 1600mhz 1.65v using 1.245 cpu vtt volts. Thought that perhaps ram that runs at 1866 at cas 9 could do cas 8 at 1600. Not sure my memory controller on my 1090T can handle 1866 anyhow. I wanted the same or similar cas rating as before. The reason getting 2x4 I thought that your system can be more stable and use less voltage. I mean I'm pretty stable now anyhow so I just may refuse the delivery. I don't know...
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# RE: G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory KitGeorge 2012-02-19 10:54
if iwant to reach 2000MHZ what would the timings be?
ihave AMD phenom ii x6 1100T
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# Mrferalshad0w 2013-04-08 09:38
I am late to the game here, but I am considering this set or the sniper cas 7 1600 for my asrock z77 extreme 4 and i5 3570k...

which do you guys think would be best? I cant find a direct comparison.
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# RE: MrOlin Coles 2013-04-08 10:15
I personally prefer lower latency to higher clock speeds with DDR3, since the benefits of the former outweigh the latter.
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# Mrferalshad0w 2013-04-08 13:09
I ended up getting neither after several hours searching the internets. I landed on a gskill ares set of cas 8. It was much cheaper and had a lower volt requirement. And I deinately agree with you on the latency vs speed. Thanks for the input.
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