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Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB
Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB
Date: 06-03-12
Topic: Reviews & Previews
Author: mav2000

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I recently managed to snag one of G.Skill's latest kits and I thought I must share some of my results with you guys. This is one amazing piece of kit and I am sure you guys will like the results.

"G. SKILL"was established in 1989 by enthusiasts and is one of the leading memory module manufacturers. The company is based out of Taipei, Taiwan.
Over the last few years, G.Skill have built an excellent reputation by meeting market demand and fostering business competitiveness both locally and internationally with their dedications to provide competitive prices, quality, customer oriented service and diversity of products.

I still remember hunting around for a kit that would do 2000 Mhz on a 1090T about a year and a half ago. And the only kit that would do it, with sane voltages was a kit of G.Skill Flares, that I managed to buy off someone who was done with benching them on an AMD Thuban rig. None of the other manufacturers were really bothered with AMD kits at that time and this particular kit came as a God send to many of us AMD enthusiasts. Keep in mind that AMD Thuban's did not have a very strong memory controller and lagged far behind their Intel counterparts and getting to 2000 Mhz without cold was a task in itself.

Now cut to the present day and what we have is a processor with an extremely strong IMC (Integrated Memory Controller) from AMD, The Bulldozer based Zambezi CPU. Admittedly, Bulldozer has not set the performance charts on fire and has actually lost a bit of IPC to the previous generation Thuban, but its still a good CPU for multitasking, but only if you are prepared to forget about its ghastly power consumption figures. I have been playing around with the IMC for the most part since I got the CPU a few days ago and I must say that I am quite happy with the performance till date. Keep in mind that a G.Skill kit, (Ripjaws-Z, which we will be testing soon as well) was recently used to break the RAM speed record on an AMD Llano setup.

Getting back to the review at hand, G.Skill launched a Dual and Quad Channel low profile kit sometime last month and we are the first guys in India to take an official look at this new piece of kit. The Ares as you will see in the pages that follow is a great piece of kit and has some extremely good overclocking abilities. Lets take a quick look at the specifications first:

Specifications

Model NumberF3-2133C9D-8GAB
SeriesARES
SystemDESKTOP
System TypeDDR3
Main BoardINTEL
M/B ChipsetP67 / Z68
Capacity8GB (4GBx2)
Multi-Channel KitDual Channel kit
Tested SpeedDDR3-2133 MHz (PC3-17000)
Tested Latency9-11-10 2N
Tested Voltage1.65V
Registered/UnbufferedUnbuffered
Error CheckingNon-ECC
Type240-pin DIMM
SPD Speed1600 MHz
SPD Voltage1.5V
WarrantyLifetime
Fan lncludedNo
FeaturesIntel XMP (Extreme Momery Profile)Ready

The Ares kit is also available all the way from 1333 Mhz to 2133 Mhz, with the kit that we are reviewing being the top of the line 2133 kit with CL 9 timings. This kit (as we can see from the Intel XMP timings) is aimed towards the Sandybridge and the Sandybridge E crowd and so I thought it would be fun to see what they are capable of on an AMD system.


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  #1  
By aman360elite 06-03-12
Re: Review: Gskill Areas 2133CL 9 - 8GB

Nice review Bro
These sticks look amazing
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By mav2000 06-03-12
Re: Review: Gskill Areas 2133CL 9 - 8GB

Thanks man....and the review has been listed on Techpowerup Home page as well..

Guys please like and share.
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By Xeo 06-03-12
Re: Review: Gskill Areas 2133CL 9 - 8GB

Ares not Areas.
Forgive for nitpicking.
Awesome review though!
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By mav2000 06-03-12
Re: Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB

Thanks for pointing that out...cheers.
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By JD666 06-03-12
Re: Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB

Great job man... Im surely gonna hit you up when Im upgrading to DDR3... repped!!!
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  #6  
By Sumonpathak 06-03-12
Re: Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB

damages?? man i gotta have this
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By mav2000 06-03-12
Re: Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB

Originally Posted by Sumonpathak View Post
damages?? man i gotta have this
None.....
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By syedthedevil 06-03-12
Re: Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB

Awesome review and Awesome Product
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By vijayninel 06-03-12
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Great review mav2000 I wonder if any dealer will be bringing this to India.
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By mav2000 07-03-12
Re: Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB

I am sure it will be in India pretty soon. And thanks for the support syed and vijay.
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By uniquegamer 07-03-12
Re: Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB

Nice review of a nice kit. I think it would be more than 6k or so because same ripjaw x kits 2133 mhz 8gb dual channel cl11 kits are at 5.8k .

---------- Post added at 06:15 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:12 PM ----------

BTW how to rep this article ? (i know how to like but dunno about rep the article)
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By mav2000 07-03-12
Re: Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB

Thanks man...you will see something called add to mav200's karma at the bottom of the article...just before comments
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By ramstrong 07-03-12
Re: Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB

Excellent review of a fantastic (RAM) product. Very knowledgeable & objective review. You are too good, bro.
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By uniquegamer 08-03-12
Re: Review: G.Skill Ares 2133CL 9 - 8GB

Rep added to you for your effort in this article(i reped twice in this article i dunno if the 1st one recieved or not so i rep it second time ) thanks for your review.
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