G.Skill DDR3-1600 CL7 6GB PI Series DDR3 Memory Kit ReviewThu, May 20, 2010 - 12:00 AM
G.Skill’s DDR3-1600C7 PI series doesn’t quite scale in the manner that I would have expected given the heatspreaders and the series name. While I don’t know specifically what ICs are used in this kit I do know they respond in a similar manner to the ECO series. Given that they use the same PCB as the ECO and since they perform nearly identical it is a safe bet that they use the same ICs with different heatspreaders and SPD settings. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, seeing as how G.Skill doesn’t sell a 6GB X58 ECO kit. If you are looking for some low-voltage sticks then these DDR3-1600C7 PI Series sticks might just do the trick. However, if you are looking for a well overclocking kit then you may want to look elsewhere.
Like all G.Skill memory kits these DDR3-1600C7 PI Series sticks have a lifetime warranty as long as they aren’t physically damaged. Given how cool they run and their ability to run on 1.4vdimm, I don’t see why, outside of a random fluke, you would need to RMA them. Priced at $189.99 shipped these sticks are some of the least expensive DDR3-1600C7 sticks you’ll find on the market. Judging by the highly positive customer reviews over at Newegg and my experience with them I would say these sticks are a solid choice for someone looking for a basic DDR3-1600C7 kit.
In closing these G.Skill DDR3-1600C7 PI series sticks weren’t exactly what I was expecting but they at least had a pleasant surprise in undervolting performance. If you are considering these sticks just keep this in mind: they are best used as a dependable 6GB low-voltage kit. Since pounding excessive volts through the kit didn’t aid in performance at all I’d say you are best off running them close to stock voltages and timings with a modest frequency overclock.
Legit Bottom Line: If you are looking for a bread and butter DDR3-1600C7 kit with a competitive price then look no further than the G.Skill 3x2GB DDR3-1600C7 PI Series.