G.Skill ECO Low-Volt DDR3 Review

3D and Gaming Benchmarks

G.Skill ECO    Low-Volt DDR3

3D and Gaming Benchmarks

When testing memory in 3D applications we're less likely to see enormous improvements compared to other upgrades. However, it's important to check every likely use and so for this reason we obviously like to stress any way we can.

Rendering

Both CineBench R10 and POV-Ray are very CPU dependant and are more likely to highlight any problems with the ECO RAM, than they are to emphasise its good points. Our results showed that the G.Skill is absolutely around where we'd hope for it to be. Again we have to take into consideration that this is marketed as a ECO model, and so this level of performance is still very impressive, but the comprehensive pasting it put upon the Dominator is greatly lessened.

3D Mark Vantage

Similarly to the rendering test we saw neither good nor bad news from the G.Skill ECO with the P Score right on the money in both CPU and Performance tests, and within error tolerance of the Corsair.

Gaming Results

Modern Warfare 2 showed a little extra headroom at the maximum end of the scale, but otherwise both RAM kits are comparable.

Dirt 2, perhaps by virtue of its extra performance requirement, gives quite an edge to the G.Skill over the Dominator. We almost need a big sticker reminding us this is 1.35v and not a "performance" kit.

Finally Crysis Warhead gave us a frame or two which, when the general performance of the game is so woeful, is always useful to have.

Time to wrap up.

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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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