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  • GSkill Pi Black Triple Channel PC3 12800 6GB Memory Review
  • GSkill Pi Black Triple Channel PC3 12800 6GB Memory Review


    System Set-Up

    The system as it was tested
    Intel Core i7 920 CPU @ 2.66ghz
    DFI LanParty X58 T3H6 Motherboard
    G.Skill 3x2GB DDR3 1600mhz tri-channel Memory
    1x500GB Seagate HDD
    Thermaltake 1KW toughpower PSU.
    Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Beta Build 7000
    In the first screen you see the CPU clock speed and other basic information. All of the runs in this review were done with stock CPU settings. The only settings that varied were the Memory multipliers, frequency, and of course some tweaked latency timers.

    The speeds tested in this review are as follows 1333, 1600 and overclocked tests at 1860Mhz all at 1T command timings. The base clock in Intel systems (or BCLK in Nehalem CPU's) is 133Mhz so by using BCLK-X-10 gives us 1333mhz, BCLK-X-12 gives 1600MHZ etc. no FSB overclocking was done in order to keep the results square and within a range that anyone could achieve with just a few memory adjustments.

    Before each boot we ran the built in Windows memory tester and allowed it to do the complete test, if no errors were found the benchmarking session started.  All tests and speeds were achieved using 1.65volts or less and we did have an 80mm fan moving air over the ram which incidentally never felt particularly warm.

    Overall the ram seems very forgiving and even allowed setting tighter than SPD settings at any of the speeds I tested.
    CPU-Z Memory Setups - Default
    Be sure to note the PC3-15000 CPUz screenshot above.  You can actually buy Pi modules from G.Skill at this speed but are only rated at CAS 9 (F3-15000CL9T-6GBPI-B).  Our overclock is already faster than the retail samples at this speed.