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REVIEW: G.Skill F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ DDR2 Dual Channel Kit
The transition between DDR1 and DDR2 breezed fast that it seemed to have happened overnight. DDR2 took over as the mainstream memory and has since dropped prices. Dual channel memory modules are available in 1GB, 2GB and even 4GB kits.
We got the G.Skill F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ DDR2-1000 kit for a while now and have been using it eversince. The kit has been tested with a plethora of motherboards without any compatibility issues whatsoever. Please allow us then to share the experience in using this dual channel kit
The 4GBPQ kit is a rare find, as it is not available in our locale. It is a blessing that a good friend brought it home after purchasing it from Newegg. And at 2048MBx2 PC2-8000, rated CL5-5-5-15 (2.0V-2.1V) it is one of the fastest of its kind. With a lifetime warranty coverage as added bonus.
Inside the package..
The 4GBPQ dual channel kit was tested on a rig with the following specs:
* E6600 (OC'd to 3.2GHz)
* Asus P5K-E Wifi/AP (NB @1.4V, CPU-Z Validation)
* Inno3D 9600GT OC Edition
* 2 Seagate 500GB 7200.11
* Enermax Liberty 620w
* Lian-Li PC-A17 Black
So how did the 4GBPQ perform? An amazing 1066MHz @1.9V! The screenshot below will further illustrate the result of running the memory at 1066MHz.
The 4GBPQ is stable at 1066MHz and 1.9V. The stability tests ran were OCCT and memtest.
Remarks. Having a dual channel kit that runs more than its rated speed is more than a blessing. It is indeed one that will make an enthusiast drool over. To those who already have this kit, lucky you!
Add to it the capacity to run stable at lower than its rated voltage. In fact, due to its running at 1.9V only the memory does not need any active airflow as they run cool. Score another win for the 4GBPQ.
The G.Skill F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ is a must have dual channel kit. Try to get one, if available. Having one will pimp your rig!
Acknowledgements and thanks to my good friend Xavier Zulueta for sharing the results of his tests of the 4GBPQ.