G.Skill ECO Low-Volt DDR3 Review

Intro and Tech Specs

G.Skill ECO Low-Volt DDR3

Introduction

If there is one thing we're all very aware of it is the need to look after our planet. However as overclockers we all know that the faster we make our hardware go, and the more volts we give to make that happen, the more we take our toll on the planet. That is before we take into consideration the effect it has on our electricity bill. Anyone who has run a high-end overclocked system or a folding rig will attest to how quickly you need to start selling kidneys to pay the piper.

Wouldn't it be great if we could get some high performing memory that doesn't require enough power to light the Blackpool Illuminations? G.Skill think they have the answer.

Technical Specifications

Memory can be a tricky beast. We've all had experience of motherboards that can be very tricky about which memory they accept so it's great to see the G.Skill compatible with so many boards. The official compatibility list is :


Manufacturer


Model Name
ASUSMaximus III Extreme
Maximus III Formula
Maximus III Gene
SABERTOOTH 55i
P7P55D-E Premium
P7P55D-E Deluxe
P7P55D-E EVO
P7P55D-E Pro
P7P55D-E
P7P55D Premium
P7P55D Deluxe
P7P55D EVO
P7P55D Pro
P7P55D
EVGAP55 Classified 200
P55 FTW 200
P55 FTW
P55
P55 Micro
P55 LE
MSIP55M-GD45
P55-GD65
P55-GD80
P55-GD85
GigabyteGA-P55A UD3
GA-P55A UD3P
GA-P55A UD3R
GA-P55A UD4
GA-P55A UD4P
GA-P55A UD5
GA-P55A UD6
GA-P55 UD3
GA-P55 UD3P
GA-P55 UD3R
GA-P55 UD4
GA-P55 UD4P
GA-P55 UD5
GA-P55 UD6

 

As you can see that's an impressive list covering almost every P55 motherboard around.

If there is one thing that's exceptional about these modules it is the timings available considering the voltage used. The ECO ships with four profiles by default, and even the full-fat one still has some exceptionally low latency.

Clock SpeedTimings (CL RCD RP RAS)
457MHz6-6-6-17
533MHz7-7-7-20
609MHz8-8-8-22
800MHz7-8-7-24


In anyones book those are so excellent timings considering we're running at 1.35v. To get DDR3-1600 at 7-8-7-24 is very impressive and should give us some nice results.

Before we pop off to see how well it does fair, let's get a look at the DIMMs themselves.

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Most Recent Comments

08-04-2010, 06:45:45

tinytomlogan
With a massive number of people worried about power consumption and global warming, Gskill show us it doesnt have to be at the cost of performance.

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08-04-2010, 07:34:08

WC Annihilus
No overclocking? I'm disappointed... I've seen some real nice results with these sticks over at XS

08-04-2010, 10:40:41

ppuff
Thanks for the review and thanks to G.Skill for putting out a product capable of laying the smack down at an affordable price and 1.35v.

08-04-2010, 10:48:13

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='WC Annihilus'
No overclocking? I'm disappointed... I've seen some real nice results with these sticks over at XS
We were having some CPU problems at the time of testing, so couldnt do the sticks justice so decided to leave that part of the review on this one and concentrate on the low power aspect instead.

08-04-2010, 14:48:55

cl0ck_ed
LOL @ comparing cl7 to cl8. Fair comparison? Nice in focus photos.
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