Packaging, hey we show you everything my man, we always start off with packaging so you know what to look for in the stores -- it's as simple as that really. And yes .. that might now be the final packaging. Hey we just care what's on the inside right. As you can see this kit comes with G.Skills memory, Turbulence II cooler and installation guide.
Here we have the DIMMs after unpacking. This is the 8GB 1600 MHz kit = PC3 12800 with 2x 4GB DIMMs. Overall a nice design, wish that the PCB would have been black though.
The heat spreaders are made out of aluminum for good heat conductivity. This kit can manage latencies of 7-8-7-24 at 1.60 Volts, and that is pretty impressive stuff for memory this dense (4GB per DIMM) alright. Label shows a Command rate 2T but we ran it at a command rate of 1T at all times and had no probs whatsoever. For optimal stability we do recommend you stick to the manufacturer suggested settings though.
Very simple stuff, but the details of the modules can be read from a small sticker. You can spot the SKU code and generic info on there. Also primary info like latencies are displayed.
It is the very same for packaging, it's very good to see voltages being reported on there as well. A lot of memory producers lack this info, yet it is so important. Missing on the sticker is the command rate though, at default that is 2T though.
With expensive memory often come a some extra's. G.Skill offers a life-time warranty with these memory modules, you can't beat that. Look at the heat spreaders, it's fairly unusual to see a design like that. One thing is a sure fact, you either like or hate the aesthetics. We LOVE the black PCB, styling wise (hey it matters in a high-end cool looking rig) this is a very tasteful kit aesthetically wise.
The heatspreader is designed to enhance heat dissipation allowing better tweaks and overclocks. As a result this is not 100% low profile memory though. The idea is that heat is moved away from the actual memory chips and this increases potential overclocking and stability. Still with this design any cooler in close vicinity of the memory should install just fine.
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