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Written by Austin Downing   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
G.Skill Ares 16GB 1866Mhz DDR3 Memory Kit
Closer Look: G.Skill Ares Memory
RAM Testing and Results
Synthetic Benchmarks
Application Benchmark
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

G.Skill Ares 1866MHz 16GB DDR3 Memory Review

Manufacturer: G.Skill
Product Name: Ares
Model Number: F3-1866C10D-16GAB
Price As Tested: $149.99 (Newegg)

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

Some people want or even need the most memory that they possibly can get into a system, for those users a simple 16GB of RAM may not be enough. Thankfully, due to rapidly dropping prices having as much RAM as servers of yesteryear is neither overly expensive, nor that unreasonable to have. Benchmark Reviews will be looking at the G.Skill Ares 1866MHz 2 x 8GB kit designed specifically with those people in mind. Named after the Greek god of war the G.Skill Ares kit looks like it is ready for war with its heat sinks glistening in the sun but is it really the warrior it claims to be or a just imposter with nice armor. Benchmark Reviews will evaluate the merit of the Ares name and determine if this kit is truly worth of the name it has been given.

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 timing to compete with each other. As prices have dropped, users have started demanding more RAM for their systems. Mushkin's Redline has been a well-received product for many years and now they have updated their Redline series to be compatible with Intel's newest P67 chipset. This means that each kit of memory has a speed that is divisible by 266.6MHz so as to provide optimum speed in a user's system.

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Benchmark Reviews wants to be able 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 pure benchmark based, and application based tests 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.

Specifications

Type DDR3
Voltage 1.5
Speed Spec PC3-14900
Frequency 1866MHz
Kit Type Dual Channel
Module Size 8GB
tCL 10
tRCD 11
tRP 10
tRAS 30



 

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# lowest cas t imingRoland 2012-05-16 20:58
Any plans to test the memory to see just how low cas timing can be had? I always look for stuff like that in memory reviews but rarely see them.. My thoughts are.. well it's PC 1866 memory.. what are cas timings like at PC1600, can it do 8-8-8 or omg cas 7? Stuff like that you know?
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# RE: lowest cas t imingAustin Downing 2012-05-17 05:28
For many sets of memory it can be less than useful to test their overclocking or underclocking abilities because my results most likely will not reflect what our readers experience because of the minute differences in each IC that is made.
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# RE: G.Skill Ares 16GB 1866Mhz DDR3 Memory KitJim R 2012-05-18 12:22
Don't know, but I wouldn't have tested on MSI, there BIOS is somewhat shoddy when it come to 8GB DIMMS, which may well have accounted for XMP loading wrong, should have tried a couple other good mobos before making a rash decision that the DIMMS set up wrong since it's how the BIOS sets things based on what it reads, which is often to 'as close as possible' as it can. In your cons you state not as effective as buying to 8 GB kits, which in of itself is a con, especially with higher frequency memory A) there's no guarantee two sets of DIMMS, even of the same model will work together, B) XMP won't work with multiple sets and C) you'd be filling 4 slots instead of two which is more stress on the MC (Memory Controller). The looser timings are keeping in consistency to the price which is low for 2x8GB 1866, the same 2x8GB at CL9 is likely to cost $50 more (and I believe Corsair has a Vengence model out w/ the same exact timings at $50 more). Most if they wanted higher performance (and still didn't want to pay the Corsair price of $200 for a like set, for less could easily order GSkill 2133/CL9 2x8GB set for about $30 more at around $180. Need to compare other options that are available rather than make rash statements, in this case to come up with cons...this is a good set for the price/freq/CL baselines.
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