Good overclocking RAM without sky-high prices – Mark LeaMaster
SUMMARY: Good overclocking RAM without sky-high prices.
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.
- Intel X6800 cooled with Tuniq Tower
- P5N32-E stock BIOS 602
- GSkill PC26400 F2-CL4D-2GBHK
- BFG 8800GTX
- PCP&C 1KW-SR
Partially stable highest 1T frequency
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
While I wasn’t able to complete 3DMark 06 or much past 20 minutes of Orthos at these settings, I still consider this impressive.
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.