G.Skill 2x4GB CL7 1600 MHz Trident DDR3 review -
Specifications and Features
So the memory kit tested today come from that G.Skill Trident series armed with PSC ICs all packed nicely under the heat spreader design of the DIMM module.
- Series - Trident+ Turbulence II
- Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBTDD
- Type 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM Tech Spec
- Capacity 8GB (2 x 4GB)
- Speed DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
- Cas Latency 7
- Timing 7-8-7-24
- Voltage 1.65V
- Dual Channel Kit
- Heat Spreader
- Compatible with Intel P55 chipset Manufacturer Warranty
- Parts Lifetime limited
- Labor Lifetime limited
The P55 motherboards recommendation is there because this is dual-channel kit. Now despite what many people think, that doesn't mean you can't use it on a triple channel X58 motherboards, no Sir .. in fact we'll be pursuing exactly that today.
The memory itself is maximize the utmost stability and a user friendly experience. That doesn't mean that this memory won't work at other motherboards, contrary, we gave it a try and if you manually tweak the BIOS settings yourself you can achieve advertised frequency and performance quite easily.
Once installed in the BIOS if supported, select the XMP profile for the memory and after a reboot you are good to go.
If you do not have an XMP profile option in your BIOS, set the 7:8:7:24 timing manually and make sure you set DIMM voltage to 1.65V ... this literally is 10 seconds work.
This trident F3-12800CL7D-8GBTDD eight gigabyte DDR3 kit is available for just over 200 USD or roughly 179 EUR. But head on over to the next page where we'll startup a product photo-shoot after which this article will dive into a benchmark session. Hey, we know you like it !
G.Skill designed another 8GB low voltage DDR3 kit (2x 4GB) that can be set at 1600 MHz yet still run a CAS latency of 7. And that is truly interesting because the denser the ICs get, the higher latency typically gets.
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