G.Skill DDR Memory Roundup: 7 Extreme Kits Tested!

Memory by MarkElmer @ 2005-08-04

Welcome to our little endeavor to try and sort through the massive DDR1 line-up of the new upcoming enthusiast memory company, G.Skill. We will take a closer look at 7 Dual Channel kits from the Extreme Series and test their overclockability.

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3200ZX / 3200GH

PC3200ZX 1GB

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If your wallet isn’t that big, but you want to have a real G.Skill kit in your system, this one could be your choice. However, don’t expect results similar to those modules which have Samsung TCCD chips on them. This is a product aimed at the budget market. Nice specifications (CL2.0) for a low price (~$ 99 for 1GB).

On the PC3200ZX modules we see the following chips. They are relabeled chips, original manufacturer: unknown.

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Package
  • 512MB kit (2x256MB) dual channel pack
  • 1024MB kit (2x512MB) dual channel pack
  • IC SpecUnknown
    CAS LatencyCL2-3-3-6 (PC3200)
    Test Voltage2.6 ~ 2.75v
    PCB Board6 Layers PCB




    PC3200GH 1GB

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    This set of G.Skill memory is the only one based on Winbond chips. G.Skill guarantees a speed of 400Mhz at CL2-2-2-5 timings for this memory. Loosening up the timings is not recommended for this memory, because it will not overclock any further (and you’ll lose memory bandwidth). If you want to overclock these modules you should raise up the voltage to around 3.2-3.6 volt to really get everything out of this memory.

    Unlike the “Redlines” from Mushkin, G.Skill only guarantees 400 Mhz (while OCZ also has DDR500 2-2-2-5). Should this be taken as a negative thing in terms of overclocking? We don’t think so. It seems like the chips are handpicked by G.Skill, and our kits performed very well. The results we see at different forums on the internet are equal to our test kits and we think that the PC3200GH set is a good competitor to Mushkin Redline and OCZ VX memory modules.

    It is up to you to decide if you want to spend ~$145 dollar on the G.Skill or $195 dollar for guaranteed DDR500 at CL2 2-2-5.

    Here’s a picture of the Winbond UTT /BH5 chip.

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    Package
  • 512MB kit (2x256MB) dual channel pack
  • 1024MB kit (2x512MB) dual channel pack
  • IC SpecWinbond UTT
    CAS LatencyCL2 2-2-5 (PC3200)
    Test Voltage2.7 ~ 3.5v
    PCB Board6 Layers PCB

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