G.Skill ECO Low-Volt DDR3 Review
This was a very surprising result. As anyone who has tried a "green" HDD will attest, when you try and reduce power consumption you usually also compromise performance. G.Skill have managed to produce a product that runs at exceptional timings and speed, and yet still only uses 1.35v.
The DIMMs themselves are very attractive to look at in a near titanium colour. The logo and G.Skill brand are also, unlike nearly every other RAM we've tested, a separate piece of metal and not a generic sticker. The quality of the cut out and finish on these really has to be seen to be believed. Photos definitely don't do it justice and it is a very classy looking piece of kit. Of special note is that the low power draw means a standard height heat-spreader can be used. A boon to any of us with over-sized CPU coolers.
Performance results are unquestionably excellent and almost make a mockery of higher priced, higher voltage RAM. 4GB for around £100, that does CL7 at 1600MHz whilst only consuming 1.35v is unprecedented. Running against the Corsair Dominator, which is no slouch, shows the G.Skill to be easily able to stretch it's legs despite the greatly reduced power consumption.
We entered into our test hoping that the normal G.Skill quality should give us reasonable performance, and yet we left our testing as impressed as we've been by 2000MHz kits costing at least twice as much.
For this reason we heartily recommend the G.Skill ECO 1.35v 4GB kit and have no hesitation is giving it our performance award for being fast and yet ecologically sound.