G.SKILL Pi Series F3-12800CL7T-6GBP Tri Channel 6GB Reviewccokeman - April 11, 2010
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When it comes to the performance testing of the G.Skill Pi series modules, the performance was better than the average in the PCMark Vantages tests, but for the rest of the testing the modules stuck right with the pack. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Well benchmarks don't tell the whole story. With the modules installed, the tighter timings offer something that is not really measurable, but is more "feel" than anything else, that being a little snappier response. Couple that with the fact that only 1.5 volts are required to run the modules at the aggressive rated timings and speeds of 1600Mhz 7-8-7-24. The other bonus shows up in a system that is slightly better in the power efficiency department just because you are not burning that energy to get your results. Even if you have to bump the volts up a notch or two when overclocking, the heat spreaders are large enough to handle the thermal load. The heat spreaders are a unique design that does shed the heat and does so quite well, leaving them cool to the touch. I put this to the test by running the modules up to 1.65 volts during the overclocking testing and was pleased with the results. This set of G.Skill Pi Series modules responded well when it came time to overclocking, with an almost 21% increase in clock speed up to 963Mhz. This was done not only at a Cas latency of 7 but at Cas 6 as well. This set of modules seemed to overclock better with lower volts as going higher than 1.65v did not generate any payoffs in clock speed or timings. Of course your mileage may vary.
While looks are not always a selling point, for some it is the breaking point that makes or breaks the sale. The tall heat spreaders on this set of Pi series modules look good and would complement just about any build, the only downside being that the height of the heat spreaders may cause some fit issues if you are using a large heat sink and trying to fit the modules in the closest dimm slot to the CPU. Not a huge problem, but this is one that is shared by just about every manufacturer. It may make running 12GB of memory a challenge depending on your CPU cooling solution. With all that said, the G.Skill modules do not disappoint. This set offers aggressive timings at low volts and with their ability to turn up the speed, they should not be ignored for their very competitive $175 price point.
- Low Voltage required
- Tight timings
- Good Looks
- Effective heatspreaders
- Competitive pricing
- May interfere with large heatsinks