G.Skill DDR3-1600 CL7 6GB PI Series DDR3 Memory Kit Review

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Test Configuration

G.Skill 1600C7 PI Series Label

G.Skill 1600C7 PI Series System Configuration

Today’s testing was performed on my interim X58 review platform. I’m using an Intel Xeon w3570 on the Gigabyte X58A-UD7 with the F6 BIOS. An Asus HD5870 with the Catalyst 10.3 drivers was used but the image above shows an XFX GTX 470; please bear in mind this discrepancy. First I tested maximum overclocking frequency at common timings to see how the kit scaled. I then chose 3 frequency/timing combinations, stock DDR3-1600C7, DDR3-1800C7, and DDR3-1866C8 that also enabled me to maintain roughly similar CPU frequencies for the tests. For the overclocking segment I then switched to a Core i7 980x and set vCore to 1.25v, vtt to 1.35v, and vdimm to 1.50v, 1.65v, and 1.75v to test voltage scaling. Stability was considered achieved when the system could pass a single Super Pi 32M run without error.

Intel X58 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Xeon w3570

Motherboard

Gigabyte X58A-UD7

Memory

G.Skill DDR3-1600C7 3x2GB PI Series

Video Card

Asus HD5870 1GB

Hard Drive

Seagate 7200.10 320GB

Case

Dimastech Bench Table Hard V2

Cooling

Prolimatech Armageddon

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows 7 Professional x64

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