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G.Skill Unveils 'Perfect Storm' Memory

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 11 comments

Back in December of 2008 we brought you news of G.Skill releasing its 2,000 MHz triple channel DDR3 kits for Intel's Core i7 platform. At the time, those kits that were rated for CL9 and CL8 respectively. G.Skill now brings you 2,000 MHz at CL7.

G.Skill announced this week new low latency DDR3-2000 kits dubbed “Perfect Storm”.

The new series come packaged with a bolt-on, dual-fan, cooling unit to get the heat out--very similar to kits from other manufacturers, like Corsair. G.Skill rates the voltage at 1.65v which is considerably lower than other leading kits available. Rated CAS latencies comes in at 7-8-7-20, 2T although there's no word on how loose these timings are, or how far they can be pushed. Judging from past G.Skill products, enthusiasts can expect to get at least CL6 timings with some tuning and possibly even lower.

If you read our article back in December regarding the G.Skill 2000 MHz kit, you might have noticed that they were rated for 1.65v as well. However, the Pi Black 2000 MHz DDR3 modules were rated for 1.9v, which is outside of the Core i7 spec, and is intended mainly for enthusiasts that really know what they are doing. Recent reports suggest that Core i7 will be very sensitive to voltages and quality of memory. Motherboard manufacturers have confirmed that Core i7 is indeed picky about memory specifications.

The new kits are slated to arrive in 3GB and 6GB flavors and come with a G.Skill lifetime warranty. Check out the G.Skill "Perfect Storm" product listing here.

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    bin1127 , January 3, 2009 12:02 AM
    but then tomshardware already did an article showing how little high spec ram affects performance. these probably cost $500, so if you already bought 3 4870x2 then ya, maybe.
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    jaragon13 , January 3, 2009 1:10 AM
    Dang,pair those up with quad Intel SLC drives in RAID-0 and you'd get amazing load times.How I wish I was rich : /
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    Anonymous , January 3, 2009 6:58 AM
    SSDs, the mainstream ones atleast... blow... don't get into them yet... I made that mistake an i'm switching back over to a conventianal harddrive it was so bad... epic waste of money by me... but i learned a lesson... NEVER adopt something that is still evolving extremely fast and is completely new to the market

    not ever doing that again
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    vider , January 3, 2009 12:23 PM
    jozGet a job.


    Good for you Joz! '=_=

    So many fans xD
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    The_Blood_Raven , January 3, 2009 12:34 PM
    Yeah SSDs really don't outperform hard drives in real word performance. I bought a 20GB one that was supposed to be on of the fastest out there and put Vista on it to increase performance and the performance was a hit or miss. Things would load slightly faster, but if you loaded more than 1 or 2 windows programs at once it got noticeably slower. I also want to know why you need fans for this RAM they are at the generic 1.65v which I believe is all that i7 can work with.
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    bpogdowz , January 3, 2009 3:20 PM
    ROFL tighten the timings to 6 or whatever big deal my god it's all about stability
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    jaragon13 , January 3, 2009 7:35 PM
    jozGet a Yes,so I can spend 3000 dollars for something as simple as memory and storage? No thanks,I'll pass on that one.job.


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    jaragon13 , January 3, 2009 7:48 PM
    Comment box fail...
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    rambo117 , January 3, 2009 9:45 PM
    oooo, i like the look of them. name seems fitting as well:p 

    too bad i dont got an i7 though:( 
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2009 4:34 PM
    The Product Listing Link is FUBAR'd.
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    pbrigido , January 5, 2009 9:59 AM
    The_Blood_RavenYeah SSDs really don't outperform hard drives in real word performance. I bought a 20GB one that was supposed to be on of the fastest out there and put Vista on it to increase performance and the performance was a hit or miss. Things would load slightly faster, but if you loaded more than 1 or 2 windows programs at once it got noticeably slower. I also want to know why you need fans for this RAM they are at the generic 1.65v which I believe is all that i7 can work with.


    Untrue! My 64GB SLC Samsung SSD blows away the Velociraptor I used to use...both in real world performance and in benchmarks. Sounds like you had a MLC drive.