G.Skill Sniper 8GB CL7 DDR3 memory review -
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.
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.
G.Skill 2x4GB CL7 1600 MHz Trident DDR3 review
We feel that more memory is rather important, and in that trend memory manufacturers have started to increase the density of DIMM modules. Where 1 and 2GB DIMM modules have been the standard, we now see very good progress in 4 GB DIMM modules. Today we\'ll do things a little different, G.Skill designed a 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.
G.Skill Flare DDR3 2000 MHZ C7 AMD kit review
We test and review the G.Skill Flare DDR3 2000 MHZ C7 AMD kit. These kits are optimized for AMD platforms preferably with the new six-core X6 processors, and in specific some ASUS motherboards. The kit we'll be testing today obviously comes from that series and is a 2,000MHz CL7-9-7-24 1.65V 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3 kit with its latest Flare heatsinks.
G.Skill Phoenix PRO 120GB SSD review
The SSD tested today once again is the Phoenix series from G.Skill. After we tested their 100GB Phoenix SSD (which received a very positive review) G.Skill instantly requested if we would like to review the 120GB PRO model. Both drives pretty much are the same thing, same controller ... The 100GB Phoenix uses Samsung memory though but the trick is that there is 20GB extra volume space available on the new 120GB Pro (compared to the 100GB model) for nearly the same price. A new Firmware for the SandForce 1200 based controller that is inside this 120GB model simply reserves less NAND flash memory for its data-compression scheme. As a result the overall write performance could be a tiny bit slower, but only a few percent as best. It however will give you 20 GB more space to play around with at the same price. And since price per GB is everything in the land of SSDs -- this certainly is a significant for any vendor and for you as an end-user.