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Written by Austin Downing   
Monday, 13 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 DDR3 Memory

Manufacturer: G.Skill
Product Name: Sniper
Model Number: F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
Price As Tested: $104.99 at Newegg

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by G.Skill.

RAM is one of the basic building blocks of a computer system, and although the technology has changed over the years the same basic idea of quick temporary storage has been RAM's main purpose since its inception. Gamers have always wanted the fastest speeds possible but unfortunately, that meant that many of the fastest kits were very expensive. Since the introduction of DDR3 prices have plummeted and speeds have skyrocketed and a good set of 2 x 4GB RAM can be had for under $150. G.Skill understands this and has SKU's designed for every price range. G.Skill's most recent addition is its Sniper series of which we will be looking at the 1866Mhz F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR kit which is well priced $104.99 providing users above average speeds with relatively tight 9-10-9-28 timings. Benchmark Reviews will determine if this RAM is worth its price or if users are better off getting slower, less expensive SKU's.

Years ago using the fastest possible memory was the only way to get the full potential out of a processor. This is because in the days before Sandy Bridge getting the highest clock possible was achieved using a combination of changing the clock multiplier and increasing the FSB or base clock. Because changing these also increased the base speed of the memory using the fastest memory possible was only the only way to push a processor to its upper limits. But things have changed since the Sandy Bridge platform debuted, the only effective way to overclock is to increase the clock multiplier of the K SKU's meaning that memory speed is less important for overclocking and therefore companies are concentrating on dropping prices and timings to compete with each other. As prices have dropped, users have started demanding more RAM for their systems. With that in mind G.Skill introduced the Sniper series with speeds ranging from 1333Mhz to 1866Mhz and designed specifically for Sandy Bridge users by utilizing speeds that are divisible by 266.6Mhz.

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Benchmark Reviews wants to provide the most accurate information on the performance of components to its readers and therefore has a very specific way in which tests are run on components. For RAM, each set is run first run through Memtest86+ at its advertised speed to insure that that there are no errors. Once passed a combination of synthetic and application based benchmarks will be run a total of three times each. Once the results have been acquired the worst score of each test will be thrown out and the final two will be averaged resulting in the final score that will be presented to our readers.



 

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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.

##intel.com/consumer/game/extreme-memory.htm
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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 ?

Thanks.

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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