|G.Skill Sniper 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory Kit|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Tuesday, 14 June 2011|
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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.
+ Provides performance boost in certain applications compared to lower speed RAM sets
- May not provide a performance boost in games
Final Score: 9.3 out of 10.
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