Roll the clock back 3 years and almost no one had heard of G.Skill. Sure, they were started in 1989, but it wasn’t until the 7th August 2009 that G.Skill’s Ripjaws performance memory hit the market and people started to pay attention. At CeBIT 2011, KitGuru managed to get up close and personal with the latest products.
As processors become more and more demanding, so the various bottle necks in a system come under scrutiny. While it’s true that not everyone would benefit from 3000MHz memory with a CAS latency of 5, many people would actually get a measurable performance boost if they replaced their existing modules with the latest generation of DDR3 sticks.
One of the key identifiers of a cheap system is a lack of heat spreader on the memory modules. The next stage up is to have a decent heat spreader with an extended fin formation, to increase the surface area available for cooling.
Ultimately, if you really want the coolest memory possible, then you need to think about airflow. Many systems will be happy with the air drawn across the board by the CPU fan. However, in extreme cases, you might want to consider actively cooling the memory itself.
Here’s the latest solution from G.Skill, for just such a situation.
Bear in mind that a mega-cooler like the Austrian sandwich might not fit with 2 fans.
KitGuru says: It’s good to see smaller memory companies innovating. It’s a tough market, with some very big competitors like Kingston, AData and Corsair in the picture. We with G.Skill’s R&D team well and we’re looking forward to seeing what they present at Computex 2011 in June.
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