Author: Frank Stroupe
All three generations of high performance DDR memory (DDR, DDR2, DDR3) have their most popular speed…the speed that is a good combination of speed, stability, and compatibility with motherboards. With DDR memory it was DDR-400, with DDR2 it was DDR2-800, and with DDR3 it seems that DDR3-1600 is the norm.
Of course, the memory manufacturers build memory much higher than that, to please those enthusiasts that have a real need for speed, or require a lot of headroom for CPU overclocking. The motherboard manufacturers also accommodate these high speed RAM junkies, a few, such as ASRock, currently build boards with memory speed capabilities higher than the memory manufacturers have yet released.
Up to this point the fastest memory I have owned was DDR3-2000. The guys at G.Skill contacted me recently to ask if I was interested in memory even faster than that…of course I was! G.Skill is one of those companies that I knew was out there but I had never really considered their memory in the past, as most I usually purchase from the “household name” companies. But G.Skill is not a newcomer to the memory industry, having been in business building memory since 1989.
Today I will be looking at G.Skill’s latest, a DDR3-2400 4GB kit with timings of 9-11-9. This memory has been engineered specifically for the Intel Core i7 860/870 LGA 1156 processor and P55 Express chipset. Of course the memory operates at Intel’s max VDIMM of 1.65v, and it comes with a very nice cooling fan. Read on to check out the G.Skill PIS Series DDR3-2400 memory!
Model Number: F3-19200CL9D-4GBPIS
Type: 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM, unbuffered, non-ECC, dual-channel kit
Capacity: 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Speed: DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
Cas Latency: 9
Parts: Lifetime limited
Labor: Lifetime limited
The kit was packaged in a brown cardboard box with plenty of information of what is inside.
Inside, the fan and memory modules are well protected by a unique cardboard divider/protector. It is pretty impressive.