G.SKILL Eco Series PC3 12800 2x2GB Reviewccokeman - March 28, 2010
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While DDR3 memory has been out for some time now, manufacturers are designing new ways to remain competitive and increase the performance of its products. We have seen some of the most extreme designs with large protruding heat sinks and blazing fast speed that reach far past 2000MHz. The G.Skill Eco Series is designed for the Socket LGA 1156 platform, supporting both i5 and i7 processors in a dual-channel configuration. It offers fast speeds with low latencies and even lower power requirements, which make it environmentally friendly - hence the Eco Series brand. With lower power requirements come less heat generated and less power wasted, keeping the impact on the environment and your wallet to a minimum. With so many sets of memory from so many manufactures, you want to make sure you choose the best set of memory for your system. That is why we are here; to run them through the ringer and bring you the results so you can make a more informed decision. Next up on the test bench is the 2 x 2GB set of Eco memory with a speed of 1600MHz and designed to give you power without the waste.
The G.Skill Eco Series PC2 12800 memory comes packaged in a blister pack, which is quite nice so you get a clean full view of the memory and its heat spreaders prior to purchase. This helps you see how the cooling solution is designed and ensure that it will fit your system. On the back of the package is a little bit of information on the memory, letting you know what performance to expect from the memory. On the bottom of the rear of the packaging is also the support information for G.Skill, should you require any assistance with your product. One thing that stood out to me while examining the package was its logo for the memory, which is “Where Speed Is! Extreme Speed Extreme Power.” These modules also follow the Eco stance, as they follow the RoHS directive for hazards substances.
The G.Skill Eco modules we are taking a look at today is a 2 x 2GB set for a total of 4GB of memory, rated for 1600MHz with low latencies of 7-8-7-24 and an extremely low voltage of 1.35 volts. This lower voltage means less energy used and wasted, which makes them eco-friendly for the environment. The Eco series modules use a green-colored PC board with a grey, aluminum heat spreader containing the G.Skill logo and a tribal-style design. The top of the heat spreader has holes where they connect to allow the warm air to escape into the case and out with the natural case airflow. While not as extreme a design of heat dissipation as we have seen on some of G.Skill's latest memory, such as the Trident or Ripjaw series, with the lower voltage required to run them, there will be less heat generated and thus, these heat spreaders should work just fine.
Great timings at low volts sounds like a recipe for some serious overclocking headroom. Let's see if the Eco modules perform as well as they look.