G.Skill ECO Low-Volt DDR3 Review
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.
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.
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.