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G.Skill Eco DDR3 review

Should the Eco branding lure you into parting with your green?

Our Verdict

For

  • Promise of high efficiency
  • Clocks up well

Against

  • Mediocre performance at default settings

  • Not sure about the eco pitch

Spare a thought for memory makers. In this age of integrated controllers and copious BIOS options, the need for high-end RAM is increasingly questionable. Then again, the G.Skill Eco 1.35V CL7 memory kit doesn't suffer from too many high falutin' performance pretensions. Instead, the emphasis here is on sustainable, efficient performance. That's right, this is a memory kit for tree huggers.

That's not to say the specifications are poor. On the contrary, the G.Skill Eco 1.35V CL7 is a dual-channel DDR3 memory kit suitable for Core i3, i5 and i7 systems based on the LGA1,156 socket and comes with some speedy specs. The official frequency of 1,600MHz qualifies as quick, if not warp speed, while the 7-8-7-24 timings are hardly tardy.

However, it's the supported operating voltage of 1.35V that really sets this kit apart. It's significantly lower than the 1.65V specification of most DDR3 kits and translates into what G.Skill claims can be improved efficiency and environmental friendliness. Note the use of the conditional here – it will be interesting to see whether G.Skill can really deliver.

Tech Specs

Product TypeRAM Module
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
CAS LatencyCL7
Memory Size4 GB
Brand NameG.SKILL
Form FactorDIMM
Memory Speed1600 MHz
Error CheckingNon-ECC
Number of Pins240-pin
Signal ProcessingUnbuffered
Width32 mm
Compatibility

ASUS Motherboards:

  • Maximus III Formula
  • Maximus III Gene
  • SABERTOOTH 55i
  • P7P55D-E Premium
  • P7P55D-E Deluxe
  • P7P55D-E EVO
  • P7P55D-E Pro
  • P7P55D-E
  • P7P55D Premium
  • P7P55D Deluxe
  • P7P55D EVO
  • P7P55D Pro
  • P7P55D

Gigabyte Motherboards:

  • GA-P55A UD3
  • GA-P55A UD3P
  • GA-P55A UD3R
  • GA-P55A UD4
  • GA-P55A UD4P
  • GA-P55A UD5
  • GA-P55A UD6
  • GA-P55 UD3
  • GA-P55 UD3P
  • GA-P55 UD3R
  • GA-P55 UD4
  • GA-P55 UD4P
  • GA-P55 UD5
  • GA-P55 UD6

EVGA Motherboards:

  • P55 Classified 200
  • P55 FTW 200
  • P55 FTW
  • P55
  • P55 Micro
  • P55 LE

MSI Motherboards:

  • P55M-GD45
  • P55-GD65
  • P55-GD80
  • Big Bang-Trinergy
ManufacturerGSkill International Enterprise
Product Name4GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module
Manufacturer Part NumberF312800CL7D4GBECO
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.gskill.com
Number of Modules2 x 2 GB
Limited WarrantyLifetime