G.Skill 2x1GB DDR3 PC3-12800 Review
G.Skill 2x1GB DDR3 PC3-12800 Review Price: $364.99 CND NCIX.com
Availability: Available and regularily stocked
Manufacturer's Part Number: F3-12800CL7D-2GBHZ
Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
There has been a steady stream of Purolator, FedEx, and UPS trucks coming to the door and they all seem to be carrying the same type of package. The packages are smaller than a shoebox, rectangle in shape, and have very little weight to them which can only mean one thing; memory. The name on the return address of today's package is that of a fresh face here at Hardware Canucks and originated in Taipei, Taiwan. G.Skill has climbed their way to the upper echelon of the enthusiast memory world with great products backed up by excellent service and a commitment to quality.
Founded in 1989, G.Skill as a company has been around for a long time but only entered the enthusiast market during the rise of the DDR revolution at the beginning of the 21st century. Since that time they have had a steady rise through the ranks breaking into new markets every year. For a long time G.Skill was only known in Asian markets and not widely available in Europe or North America but that is quickly changing. Availability of G.Skill is limited in Canada to NCIX.com and in the U.S.A. by way of Newegg.com. I guess if you are going to start in two new markets, you want to start with the two biggest distributors in each. G.Skill is definitely off to a great start here in North America and has made massive strides in Europe with distributors from France, Germany, Spain, the U.K. and more.
Enough about G.Skill the company, let's get started on what we are here for today, G.Skill's memory. The star of the main attraction is going to be the top offering from quite an exhaustive DDR3 collection already amassed by G.Skill. The F3-12800CL7D-2GBHZ is a 2x1GB kit of PC3-12800 RAM that is rated for operation of 800MHz (DDR3-1600) with 7-7-7-18 timings at 1.9v. Being rated for DDR3-1600/7-7-7 slots this memory into the DDR3 world about the same spot that DDR2-1066/5-5-5 sits. It resides at the upper end of the enthusiast DDR3 currently available and should provide some decent over-head for overclocking. So whether G.Skill is a new name to you or something you see through your case window every day, this memory should provided a fun ride so let's begin.