G.Skill 6GB PC3-12800 Triple Channel DDR3 Kit Review

by MAC     |     January 28, 2009


Now that he have taken a closer look at the memory, and literally ripped it apart itself, let's examine the specifications.

As mentioned previously, the G.Skill F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ is a 6GB PC3-12800/DDR3-1600 memory kit rated for 9-9-9-24 timings at between 1.5-1.6 volts. This new low memory voltage requirement is a direct result of the integrated memory controller (IMC) that is a key feature of the new Intel Core i7 processors. Although the technical and performance benefits of an IMC are undeniable, the end-result is nevertheless a processor design that is more susceptible to failure when high vDIMM is utilized without proper precautions. Although we do not adhere to our own wisdom, we highly recommend that users abide by the recommended 1.65V memory voltage limit just to avoid accidental damage to these pricey new quad-core processors.

The memory kit we are reviewing is the 6GB (3 x 2GB) version of these modules, but as we can see on the left, G.Skill do offer a 3GB (3 x 1GB) kit with identical specifications, part # F3-12800CL9T-3GBNQ", and which can be found for a remarkably low $120CDN.

Those planning on making the leap to Core i7 will need to purchase a new Intel X58 Express-based motherboard, and this particular kit has been tested with some of the best and most popular models on the market. We can personally attest that this memory kit works flawlessly on the ASUS Rampage II Extreme, Gigabyte EX58-UD5, and Intel DX58SO 'SmackOver', and we have no reason to believe that it would have any compatibilities issues with the EVGA X58 SLI or Foxconn BloodRage.

CPU-Z allows us to see the various timings that have been set in the SPD. On our test platform, the Rampage II Extreme correctly recognized the memory's XMP profile, which is great since it automatically gets the system running at the rated settings without any user input.

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