DDR2 Memory Roundup Autumn 2007

Memory by thorgal @ 2007-12-14

As two different platforms do not treat memory in the same way, let´s swap motherboards and user a new test system. In this second part of our DDR2 roundup we continue our stress test with a DFI 680i based board. Find out how different nVidia´s 680i chipset clocks your ram in the following review, and see if the latest memory kits can threaten our previous champions

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G-Skill PC8500C5

G.Skill F2-8500CL5D-2GBHK

Noticeably absent from our DDR2 spectrum has been G-Skill. This was not intentionally, as we have had a great relationship with the company in the past. More than time though to get to know them once more:

"G. SKILL", established in 1989 by enthusiasts, is a leading memory Module Manufacturer based in Taipei, Taiwan. With traditional strengths, we have built excellent reputation by meeting market demand and fostering business competitiveness both locally and internationally with our dedications to: competitive prices, on-time delivery, assured quality, and customer-oriented services.

Our mission statement is to provide superior memory products and satisfactory services in order to keep pace with our customers' growing needs, and help our customers in adding value to their products. And we pledge we will continue to do so and enable both sides to obtain significant competitive advantages in the market segments. Investing in human resource is just one of the reasons why G. SKILL is able to provide such high level of efficient and cost effective services. G. SKILL is managed as a family, provides a dynamic, challenging and harmonious working environment for all employees. With the open-minded management, each individual’s potential talent can be fully developed.

With this clear goal of providing satisfactory services for customers, our R&D department is constantly developing the fastest and best performing products; our marketing and sales departments ensure all the information needed is available and presented in an clear and understandable format.

So have a look what G-skill sent us :

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The G-skill box is a shiny, reflecting package that reflects lights and colors differently from different angles. The box clearly has a distinguished, and I would even say classy appearance, no doubt something that G-Skill had in mind. Let's reveal what's inside:

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Inside the box we get a little sticker, and a blister with the real deal of course, G-Skill's F2-8500CL5D-2GBHK kit, or in human language: 2 Gb of memory with the following specifications:

  • 1066MHz DDR2
  • Latencies : 5-5-5-15 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
  • 240pin DIMM
  • Parity : Unbuffered
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Operating voltage : 2.3V-2.4V Volts
  • EPP ready
  • Memory size : 2x 1024Mb

    A closer look

    Have a look at the unpacked modules themselves now :

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    The memory modules are equipped with a very basic heat spreader design : G-Skill has passed on all the fancy heatpipe, special convective or water-cooled heat spreader designs, and up to date still goes for a simple yet elegant heat spreader for all of its memory modules.

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    Some more G. Skill PC8500C5 details

    Some nice details indeed: however simple the heat spreader design is, G-Skill did not pass on a nice touch when it comes to engraving their name in the metal plating.

    On with the review, next up is a new OCZ entry ->
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    Comment from Massman @ 2007/12/15
    Excellent write-up, Thorgal
    Comment from thorgal @ 2007/12/15
    Originally Posted by Massman View Post
    Excellent write-up, Thorgal
    Thanks Massie !

    Better late than never I guess, but doing a roundup like this always takes more time than expected.
    Comment from Oscar @ 2007/12/15
    Excellent review, thorgal ! I especially like the "Value for Money" section at the end. It's what a lot of reviews at other websites are lacking.

    I was wondering whether MadShrimps would consider including RAM from Patriot Memory for review in the future? I have heard great things about them from time to time.
    Comment from maher @ 2007/12/16
    excellent job but that memorys are out my range so I just can look and hope.............
    Comment from thorgal @ 2007/12/16
    Originally Posted by maher View Post
    excellent job but that memorys are out my range so I just can look and hope.............
    Stay tuned then, because we just might have a give-away coming up that might interest you
    Comment from maher @ 2007/12/17
    can't wait