GSkill F2-CL4D 2GB RAM Report

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Good overclocking RAM without sky-high prices – Mark LeaMaster

SUMMARY: Good overclocking RAM without sky-high prices.

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GSkill recently sent me an F2-CL4D-2GBHK kit for evaluation. This memory features two 1GB PC26400 4-4-3-5 @ 400 MHz, 2.0V – 2.1V. For testing I decided to illustrate memory performance running both 1T & 2T command rates.

Setup

  • Intel X6800 cooled with Tuniq Tower
  • P5N32-E stock BIOS 602
  • GSkill PC26400 F2-CL4D-2GBHK
  • BFG 8800GTX
  • PCP&C 1KW-SR

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SPD Info – BIOS Defaults

1T Testing 4-4-3-5 400Mhz FSB

433 4-4-3-5 1T Super PI 32M

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433 4-4-3-5 1T 3DMark 06

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433 4-4-3-5 1T 3DMark 05

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433 4-4-3-5 1T 3DMark 03

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433 4-4-3-5 1T EVEREST Trial

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461 4-4-3-5 1T Super PI 2M
Partially stable highest 1T frequency

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There we’re several levels of stability higher than 433; however, 433 was the realistic limit for me on this platform. Overall performance @ 433 Mhz 1T, quite interestingly, is faster than several of the 513 FSB 480 MHz frequency tests, as you will see later on

2T Testing 4-4-3-5 400Mhz FSB

480 4-4-3-5 2T Super PI 32M

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480 4-4-3-5 2T 3DMark 06 CPU stability

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480 4-4-3-5 2T 3DMark 05

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480 4-4-3-5 2T 3DMark 03

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480 4-4-3-5 2T Everest Trial Version

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480 4-4-3-5 2T Orthos 3 Hours

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2T Testing 4-4-3-5 514 MHz FSB

480 4-4-3-5 2T Super PI 32M

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480 4-4-3-5 2T 3DMark 05

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480 4-4-3-5 2T 3DMark 03

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480 4-4-3-5 2T Everest Trial Version

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While I wasn’t able to complete 3DMark 06 or much past 20 minutes of Orthos at these settings, I still consider this impressive.

CONCLUSIONS

This is fun memory to play with. Heat is absolutely not a concern, as even at 2.4v the spreaders are cool to the touch – perfect for in-case overclocking. Price-wise these are attractive but it’s not hard to look good when high-end RAM costs a lot more.

I’d like to thank GSkill for giving me the opportunity to evaluate this kit and I encourage anyone looking for good overclocking RAM without the sky-high price to give these a shot.

Mark LeaMaster

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