Okay, so the way we reviewed today was a little unusual I agree. But it is interesting to see how easy you can compensate the performance difference in-between a triple and dual-channel setup, thus purely looking at real-world performance in-between different platforms and processors.
Though this dual-channel kit tested today was slightly faster overall compared to a triple channel setup, the reality is also that most of you would get that triple channel setup at 1600+ MHz as well, well at least I would. And that's the grand equalizer again of course.
That does leave one factor out ... the DIMMs we tested today are high-density 4GB DIMM modules. Yep, 4GB crammed onto one DIMM. And as such it is impressive to see that this kit can easily keep up with competing DIMMs thanks to it's nice 1600 MHz frequency and low latency timings. Ideally on X58, you could go for a triple channel 4GB DIMM kit, G.Skill offers these as well.
Obviously the kit tested today is targeted at the P55, H55 and H57 solutions that allow 1600 MHz on that memory, and that's where this 8 GB kit really is golden. Overclocking wise you can take the memory to roughly 1866 MHz on CAS 9, maybe even 8 on the same 1.65 Volts. Your command rate needs to come down to 2T though. other then that do not expect to go much higher, this is high density memory and that often complicated really stretched memory tweaks and overclocks.
In modern day PCs with a dual-channel configuration 4 Gigabyte of memory is the new norm. But just look back say three of years, 1 GB was then the norm. Our PCs have an excruciating thirst for memory and at the prices offered in today's hardware climate, my advice is .. chuck and load that PC full with memory. Even if you don't really need it right now, you will definitely need it say a year maybe two from now.
The folks that benefit from more memory right way are the ones focused at content creation, transcoding and overall work with software like Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, it there where 8GB already really is recommended.
And that will be the conclusion, 8GB is not at all yet needed, but does come recommended in a dual-channel memory configuration. We find the G.Skill Trident 8GB CL7 1600 MHz kit really impressive and affordable.
It will cost you roughly 179 EUR or just above 200 USD. That's slightly more expensive than your regular memory, yet this is high-density, low latency, low voltage DDR3 memory that without doubt rocks your system. Ooh and you'll get a lifetime warranty and that Turbulence II included as well.
The kit as presented today is impressive and we feel well worth the money, as such we can recommend G.Skill's 8GB CAS7 dual-channel kit very much.
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