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G.SKILL Trident 2x1GB DDR3-1600MHz Memory Review

ajmatson    -   July 16, 2009
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Conclusion:

When it came to testing for the G.Skill Trident set, I was quite surprised. While only 2GB in capacity, they did perform quite well. They were only slightly behind the 4GB sets in the majority of the tests and when it came to the memory-only tests, they ran nearly equal. Their downfall comes in the multitasking field. If you look at the Task Manager screenshot, you will notice that while running Vista Ultimate in an idle state with no programs or apps open, other than what is running in the task bar from start up, there is already 735MB of our 2048MB memory used. If you plan on multitasking then the 2GB of the Trident series is probably not for you; I would get the 4GB kit instead. Other than for multitasking, this set performed quite well and faired better than I expected. Even though it was behind the other sets when run at stock, the difference was marginal. I was surprised to see that the sets with higher latencies perform better than when run at the latencies of the Trident series. This reaffirms my overclocking comments of having to find the delicate balance of speed and latencies for best performance. Having the lower latencies might not always be the best. If you are looking for memory to get that family PC up and running or just cant give up on Windows XP, I would recommend the G.SKill Trident 2GB set. However, if you need more capacity and are running Windows Vista, I would try the 4GB Trident series kit that G.Skill offers instead.

 

Pros:

  • Kept up with the other modules, including the 4GB sets
  • Inexpensive compared to other 2GB DDR3-1600MHz sets
  • Excellent cooling design
  • 1600MHz speeds
  • Dual-Channel

 

Cons:

  • Only 2GB capacity

 

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