When the package arrived I inspected it to ensure safe arrival and that no damage had occurred. Once satisfied that nobody did the Macarena
dance on my memory, I began to critic the packaging and layout of the modules themselves. In somewhat of an industry coup, G.Skill chose to forgo the standard of placing heat spreaders on their performance memory modules. I think this decision cuts both ways. Some will see it as a bold and perceptive move designed to eschew added costs. In addition, theories exist that heat spreaders act more as a heat blanket rather than being an actual cooling device; ultimately lowering performance and overclocking.
Others may say though that rams that offer no spreader, will not distinguish themselves from OEM manufacturers as the ram appears generic. I choose to reserve my judgment not solely on aesthetics but more based on performance.
As we can see in the above pictures the memory is rather spartan in appearance. Little clutter around the PCB (printed circuit board) is appreciated, and function seems to precede form. Both of the above pictures were taken from G.Skill's website as they provided superior to the pictures I had taken. It appears to me, G.Skill memory uses the BrainPower PCB, the importance of which can be found in Legit Review’s coverage of “Memory PCB Selection Matters
” article by Nathan Kirsch.