G.SKILL ARES 2133MHz 16GB DDR3 Review

👤by Richard Weatherstone Comments 📅07-06-12
Product on Review: G.SKILL ARES F3-2133C9Q-16GAB

Manufacturer and Sponsor: G.Skill
Street Price: 138.37 inc. VAT (At time of review)

G.SKILL are no newbies when it comes to producing some of the finest memory kits available. Indeed, they have been doing exactly that for over 20 years! From their humble beginnings in Taipei, Taiwan as a group of enthusiasts, they are now one of the biggest names in the memory business. G.SKILL will openly admit that their success is owed to meeting growing customer demands by creating products that are both cost effective and innovative, backed up by a service that is second to none. Quality assurance is a top priority of theirs so when we received the 2133MHz kit, we could be assured it would work at this frequency straight out of the box. At this frequency we were worried that their wouldn't be a great deal left in the tank for us overclockers but as we will see later in the review, our worries were unfounded.

Managing quad channel memory is down to the new x79 chipset and Sandybridge-E memory IC and the higher the frequency/lower timings, the more strain is placed upon these components. Up to now, 8GB 1600MHz and 1866MHz kits have been the norm. Should you have had the cashflow, a 16GB kit was the Holy grail but often this meant accepting lower frequencies to keep costs under control. With memory prices dropping to an acceptable level, 16GB kits are now increasingly popular and G.SKILL being who they are, are pushing the envelope by releasing some seriously fast pieces of kit.

Enter the ARES 16GB kit(F3-2133C9Q-16-GAB). With a blistering 2133MHz frequency this is the fastest kit we have tested to date. Couple this with relatively tight timings of 9-11-10-27 and the news just gets better. To run at this speed and latency, the DRAM voltage is increased from 1.5v to 1.65v but it is a small sacrifice to pay for one of the fastest 16GB kits available today.

Our History
"G. SKILL", established in 1989 by enthusiasts, is a leading memory module Manufacturer based in Taipei, Taiwan.
With traditional strengths, we have built an excellent reputation by meeting market demand and fostering business competitiveness both locally and internationally with our dedications to provide competitive prices, On-Time Delivery, Assured Quality, Customer-Oriented Services and Diversity of Products.

Mission Statement
We are here to provide superior memory products, with satisfactory services in order to keep pace with our customers' growing needs, and help them by adding value to their purchases. We pledge we will continue to do so and enable both sides to obtain significant competitive advantages in the market segments.

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