G.Skill Pi Series 17600 4GB Kit
All of our 3D tests were run at 1680x1050 with the settings maximised in game. Anti-aliasing is mentioned when applied.
3D Mark Vantage
Anyone who has read my reviews for a while now will know I'm not the biggest fan of the 3D Mark suite of programs. Unlike the excellent PC Mark the results bear almost no relation to any game I've ever come across. Nonetheless it's as big a part of hardware reviews as the text. In fact some people would probably be happy just getting a p-score and not reading anything else.
Anyway, here is the result with the score difference being within the margin for error. This G.Skill RAM certainly is impressive so far, but not here. So let's move on.
Modern Warfare 2
With the system being identical to the setup we used for the Maximus III Extreme tests we've included the Trident DDR3 1333 results from those tests here because we know that most people use their PCs almost exclusively for gaming and if fans are to be won or lost it's in the ability of a piece of hardware to give those extra frames per second that really add something to a wanted list.
Firstly, wow. Ok the minimum doesn't change much but that's a CPU/GPU related thing, whereas the average and maximum results comprehensively backup the maxim that bigger, better, faster, more is something to strive for. The overclocked G.Skill Pi giving a result parallel to the 4GHz CPU run! Combine the two and minds indeed will be blown.
Cryteks venerable old engine shows no signs of ever finding a computer able to run it properly and so it's always a great test of new hardware. The slightest increase in power gives a good end result.
Yet again we have a wonderful situation in that the extra speed the G.Skill Pi Series RAM gives us really makes a difference, and in its overclocked state it is sufficient extra grunt to give a result akin to the 4GHz test from the ASUS Maximus Extreme review. The best part of 3FPS from a 100MHz memory overclock is amazing, if not slightly perplexing given that it's about 50% of the performance increase 1GHz extra memory speed gave us over the Trident. The tests were run and re-run and the results are correct.
The latest effort from Codemasters really shines in graphical and gameplay terms, and the engine itself provides good scaleability and performance on even low-end systems.
If our Crysis Warhead results were impressive, Dirt 2 shows an even more jaw-dropping improvement both over the G.Skill Trident RAM and the standard G.Skill Pi Series we're reviewing today.
The actual gaming results here nicely back up what I was saying about 3D Mark Vantage, with all of them showing a good improvement at all levels.
We've got the numbers, should you buy this?