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Triple-Channel DDR3: 6GB Kit Roundup

G.Skill And Geil

G.Skill DDR3-1600 CAS 8

G.Skill has a reputation for producing high-end modules at a better-value price than some of its better-known competitors. Its part number F3-12800CL8T-6GBHK contains three 2.0 GB modules with latency ratings of 8-8-8-21 at 1.65 V.

A highest SPD value of 741 MHz (DDR3-1482) at 1.50 V comes up a little shy of its DDR3-1600 rated speed, but an XMP extension allows users to select a DDR3-1600 CAS 8-8-8-21 profile from BIOS in two to three easy clicks. The XMP voltage of 1.60 V is somewhat encouraging, as it indicates the kit has better-than-advertised stability.

G.Skill memory products carry a full lifetime warranty.

Geil Value DDR3-1600 CAS 8

Don’t let the name fool you–Geil’s Value series DDR3-1600 CAS 8 triple-channel kit was submitted for our high-end memory roundup because the company knew these were high-end parts. In fact, the price is only a few dollars cheaper than the market average and the company that stands behind it is already known as a "better-value" high-end competitor.

Rated at 8-8-8-28 timings at DDR3-1600 speed and 1.65 V, the 6 GB part number GV36GB1600C8TC triple-channel kit can be automatically configured to DDR3-1524 via SPD at a standard 1.50 V. A single XMP value at the kit’s rated voltage, speed, and timings makes setting these up in an XMP-capable motherboard a quick-and-easy process.

Geil memory carries a limited lifetime warranty.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • arkadi
    Grate article!
    What was always bothering me about ram reviews is how much memory speed/timing will really impact on system performance. I it is a lot of work I know, but it was never covered.
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  • neiroatopelcc
    From ArticleOf course, we needed a Core i7 processor, but not just any processor would do. While most reviewers are stuck with engineering samples that only support DDR2-800 and DDR2-1066 ratios (3x and 4x base clock, times two), our retail sample supports data rates all the way up to 2,133 MHz (8x base clock, times two).
    I could be wrong, but shouldn't it be ddr3 ? I'm not aware of i7 supporting ddr2?
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  • Crashman
    neiroatopelccI could be wrong, but shouldn't it be ddr3 ? I'm not aware of i7 supporting ddr2?
    Heheh, looks like it's been edited.
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  • azone
    I wounder if amd will do quad channel with its am3 motherboards or even dual 128 bit channels. that would be cool. Just something to beats intels triple 64bit channels.
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  • Proximon
    Good info. Would have been nice to see at least one real world benchmark.
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  • goryachev
    Great article. Thanks.
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  • Gian124
    Anyone know the difference between the following
    Kingston HyperX T1 Series Kits:
    KHX16000D3T1K3/6GX
    KHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GX

    What does the UL signify?... would it benchmark the same as the former (which was tested in this article)?
    Reply
  • 'The current problem is one of voltage.'
    I loled at that.. maybe it's too early in the morning for me :D
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  • hexploit
    Interesting just how few people give a damn about DDR3 at this point.
    I guess many are a: Not wowed by i7 like they were core2 and b: Laugh and the prices of DDR3 at a time when DDR2 is not only still very fast relative to the software/games on the market but is dirt cheap.
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  • Crashman
    Gian124Anyone know the difference between the following Kingston HyperX T1 Series Kits:KHX16000D3T1K3/6GXKHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GXWhat does the UL signify?... would it benchmark the same as the former (which was tested in this article)?
    They may have changed the name.
    Reply