G.Skill ECO Low-Volt DDR3 Review
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.
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 :
|ASUS||Maximus III Extreme|
Maximus III Formula
Maximus III Gene
|EVGA||P55 Classified 200|
P55 FTW 200
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 Speed||Timings (CL RCD RP RAS)|
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.