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G.Skill ARES 8GB Memory Kit Review

By on April 5, 2012
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Blistering performance in a small package.

Good: Fast performance, easy overclock thanks to XMP, low profile makes it easy to fit under large heatsinks and HTPCs.
Bad: Small price premium compared to other similarly specced memory kits.
Price: AED 280
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Intro

G.Skill is a well known brand amongst PC enthusiasts as they’re known to make some of the best high performance memory for desktop computers. We have reviewed their Ripjaws X in the past with much fervor, and in fact use their 16GB Ripjaws Z memory kit as part of our new Z77 based testbed as well.

Now the G.Skill ARES is being launched as a memory kit targeted towards the new Intel Z77 chipset, but let’s not forget that the low profile of the memory makes this ideal for HTPC and other small form factor computers. Of course, for those with massive heatsinks, the ARES is a true blessing.

Specs

Specs wise the Ares is similar to the other high-end memory produced by G.Skill, with a rated speed of 2133MHz @1.65v and CAS Latency of 9-11-10 2T. Inside the ARES is powered by the high-end Hynix H5TQ2G83CFR synchronous DDR3 modules.

Since the G.Skill ARES is compatible with Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile), setting up the speeds was extremely easy. By default the ARES will start up at 1600MHz, but it’s just a matter of increasing the speed in the BIOS (if your motherboard is XMP compatible) to 2133MHz. In case you don’t have a motherboard that shows XMP settings, you’ll also need to change the voltage from the standard 1.5v to 1.65v.

Testbed

We have tested the G.Skill ARES in the below setup:

For comparisons I have used the Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133MHz and Ripjaws Z 8GB DDR3-1660MHz.

Benchmarks

Conclusion

The G.Skill ARES’ performance is truly up there with the speed kings of old. While not quite exceeding anyone else, the ARES performs admirably in all of our memory specific benchmarks. Thanks to its built-in XMP settings and lifetime warranty, the ARES is an easy recommendation.

Bottom line: if you’re looking for high performance memory with a low profile, enough for your gigantic heatsink to sit with ease, look no further than the G.Skill ARES.

 


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