G.Skill Ares 16GB 2133MHz Kit Review
There is a lot to like about the G.Skill Ares.
Firstly, and obviously most importantly, is the performance. Even accepting that it's got reasonably slack timings it still neatly straddles the line between the extreme speeds available from a 2133MHz CAS9 kit, and the capacity of a full 16GB setup.
In all of our testing it generally was just shaded by the Kingston Genesis and G.Skill RipjawsX, both of which are CAS9 kits. However, it's worth noting that they are 4GB and 8GB kits respectively.
If you require a large amount of RAM in your system but also don't want to compromise performance, then the choices available to you are somewhat limited. Which is exactly the hole that the Ares is designed to fill.
Besides the performance the looks are excellent. The heatspreader retains some of the trademark G.Skill elements, particularly with the bottom indentation and the four grooves at the top. However where as in the RipjawsX the grooves are part of a large bulge in the top, the Ares is only as high as the circuit board, allowing for easy fitting beneath any large CPU cooler you can name. G.Skill could have easily called it Low Profile RAM without issue. Finally the orange-y copper colouring against a black circuit board naturally is a great combination. It's got enough copper to blend in with almost any motherboard you choose, but equally if you're in the mood for some orange it has that covered too.
So it's a very high performing kit that looks really nice. The only downside to it is that it requires 1.6v to hit its rated timings which leaves no headroom at all for overclocking on a P67/Z68 board. Getting it running at 1.5v might have allowed us to drop it down to CAS10. So this is more of a plug and play style kit for those who want great performance and tons of capacity.
It's worth noting that if you prefer (or don't object to) a blue heatspreader then a 9-11-10-28 16GB kit is available, but in this particular colour you're limited to the CAS11. However as a low-profile kit with great performance and lovely looks we're happy to award this particular variant of the G.Skill Ares our OC3D Silver Award.