Putting the PI into memory Okay okay let's start with the annoying fact first -- we all know that buying products from the extreme high-end gear range in the end will give us not really huge value for money right ? I mean if you take a Core i7 950 processor and compare it with a Core i7 975 -- in ordinary daily usage .. could you really tell the difference ? The enthusiast high-end game is expensive, often does not pay off really well; but it's just such darn nice gear to play around with isn't it ?
Hey everybody, with this plea I'm trying to justify the memory we'll be testing today. G.Skill recently put out a low voltage dual-channel DDR3 memory kit on the market to pair with your shiny P55 / Core i7 860/870 PC. The memory is rated at 2200 MHz and does so at a sexy CAS latency of 7 (!) (we'll explain timings and latency in this article btw).
Some Memory vendors felt the need to go really extreme, and GSkill did exactly that. 2200 MHZ at CAS 7 at low voltage (1.65v). Now if you don't know what these number mean, then surely this memory and review is not catered for you. Seriously, it's one of the few memory kits we have seen we consider to be extremely uber cool. Powered by Elpida Hyper ICs G.Skill certainly tries to make a difference.
So today we'll test this kit with 2x 2GB memory, and that is quite a challenge as we'll need to make a really good effort to get the processor at a high base clock and a motherboard that allows it. As such we take the MSI Big bang Trinergy P55 motherboard and pair it with a Core i7 870 processor which offers a memory ratio we really enjoy. Small hint, you should only use this memory with a Core i7 860 or Core i7 870 as you really need that extra multiplier to reach 2200 MHz.
Our target will be to try and achieve that 2200 MHz on the memory. Hard to accomplish yes, but let's see if we can manage this just fine.
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