The G.Skill 4GB DDR3-1600 Pi Series dual channel memory kit has left quite a positive impression after this review. The specifications are solid, the appearance is sharp, the benchmark results were all very good, and they provided zero issues in every day use. While 32-Bit testing showed that these modules could compete well with other PC3-12800 kits that happened to have 2GB capacities, switching to a 64-Bit environment really let this G.Skill kit shine.
While stock performance at 1600MHz was respectable, there was room for even more with a bit of overclocking. The test system's processor (or maybe its user) may have been the limiting factor in how high they got, but they were able to hit 1700MHz while maintaining stock timings anyway.
There really isn't much to discuss on the downside for this memory kit. Sure, we all wish the prices were lower on DDR3, but across the board they are slowly coming down to more reasonable levels. The only minor issue may be the operating voltage. DDR3 is hailed for the ability to run with less voltage than DDR2, which not only saves a little energy but also generates less heat. While many kits are now approaching the 1.5V specified by JEDEC, this one requires a rather high 1.9V. This is not a big deal at all, but worth mentioning.
A search of PriceGrabber doesn't find any results for this G.Skill memory kit, but looking elsewhere gets us closer. Newegg.com has the 2GB version for $190, and while this 4GB kit was available last week for $280, it is now listed as "discontinued". I hope to see it back online soon, as the extra $90 doubles the capacity, offers incredible performance, and helps future proof your system just a bit more.
Whether you have a 32-Bit or 64-Bit operating system, the G.Skill 4GB DDR3-1600 Pi Series dual channel memory kit is worth considering. The impressive specifications, overall strong performance, and lifetime limited warranty help them earn the "Highly Recommended" award, while the performance specific to 3D gaming and the attractive styling helps them earn the "Gaming Approved" award.
» Great performance
» Tight timings
» Heatspreader design is interesting and attractive
» XMP profile makes getting to 1600MHz a snap
» Lifetime limited warranty on parts and labor
» Requires 1.9V at stock speeds
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