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Old January 30, 2008, 07:12 PM
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Hot off the heals of our last memory review we present yet another DDR3 show stopper, this time from another fresh face to the Canadian market. G.Skill looks to make a big splash and this kit of DDR3 is the right way to start.


This thread will be used for discussion, comments, or questions and we will also be posting some future benchmarks and overclocking results from this kit so stay tuned!
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Old February 2, 2008, 06:45 AM
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The benching sessions have begun with this kit of G.Skill PC3-12800 memory and the results with an E8400 on an Asus P5K3-Dlx are definitely worth posting. This was just an abbreviated session with the CPU cooled by a Chilly1 single stage phase change unit. Here are a couple photos from the session and a complete break down of the hardware used:

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  • Motherboard: Asus P5K3-Dlx (BIOS 0810)
  • Processor: Intel C2D E8400
  • Processor Cooling: Chilly1 single stage phase change
  • Memory: G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (F3-12800CL7D-2GBHZ)
  • Power Supply: SilverStone Zeus ST56ZF
  • Video Card: XFX Alpha Dog 8800GTS 512MB
  • Additional Fans: 120mm AD1212MS-A73GL 2050RPM/80.5CFM
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 7200.9 80GB SATAII 8MB cache
  • OS: Windows XP SP2 (with recent updates)
We start off with some Super Pi v1.5 1M and 32M as always:

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SPi 1M = 9.343 @ 4950MHz............. ............SPi 32M = 9m 34.469s @ 4787MHz


The focus was then switched to some 3D benches where I zeroed in on the system intensive 3DMark 01 and Aquamark 3. This was primarily because the GPU was still with stock cooling and hadn't been volt modded yet so 03/05/06 were pretty useless...tweaking 01 with s pretty high clocked CPU is always fun though

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AM3 = 284333 @ 4788MHz............................3DMark 01 = 88732 @ 4788MHz


overall it was a pretty productive night. i found the limits of this E8400 on my phase unit and racked up a few more HWBot points in the process. this won't be the last i show of this card with this RAM...only next time the card will be a whole lot colder
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Old February 2, 2008, 08:19 AM
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Nice!! I can't wait to see what that card can do...and that ram really clocks like a mother....
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Old May 3, 2008, 08:48 AM
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time to re-visit this thread now that i am using the G.Skill kit in my EVGA 790i benching rig. let's just say, this memory and this motherboard are like walking dynamite with the fuse lit...the results are incredible.

we start off with some Everest lunacy...absolute lunacy:


and a new personal best 32M SPi time for me...which is a huge deal for myself. finally got that sub 9min on the single stage...just took a freak CPU and some G.Skill power to make it happen.


575MHz x 9 5175MHz / 1078MHz @ 8-7-6
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follow that up with some 3D action with 2 x BFG 9800GTXs in SLI. the GPUs have been volt modded and are running 1.33v under load but still on the stock coolers.

Aquamark 3 :: 328310 @ 586MHz x 9 5272MHz // 880 / 1235 / 2172 // 1099MHz @ 8-7-6
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3DMark 01 :: 111026 @ 580MHz x 9 5221MHz // 860 / 1235 / 2122 // 1087MHz @ 8-7-6
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Man, I only saw this now. Amazing.
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Is that a VW Caddy pickup in your watermark??
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you bet it is...stripped, old schooled, and dumped. not mine but a fine example of how it is done.

on the benching front, i decided to take a small break today from work and messed around with some 1M action...i hate 1M but i needed to officially post a sub 9 sec run somewhere. how does 1106MHz (AKA DDR3-2212) 1M sound?

590MHz x 9 5310MHz / 1106MHz @ 8-7-6
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Memory likes the 790i methinks...and vice versa. You predicted it pretty well in your review when you said your mobo was holding this kit back.
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Wow!!!!

Gotta start thinking about getting into some DDR3 action. It's great to see that it's got some legs fairly soon after the initial launch. Somebody up there must have learned a lesson or two from the lackluster adoption of DDR2 when it first came out.... :)
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