G.Skill F1-4400DSU2-1GBFC (2x512MB)
Cheap as chips, but which potato was used?
The memory market can be a daunting place. Each of the memory manufacturers have at least ten different module variations available and unless you keep your eye on the market every single day, including Sundays, bank holidays and Christmas day, you can soon find yourself out of the loop. The best places to keep your memory information levels high are places such as the Xtremesystems.org Forums. Here you can find exceptional information on memory overclocking performance of modules, IC (integrated circuit) information and advice on optimal memory timings.
G.Skill have earned an almighty reputation amongst enthusiasts and rightly so. This is down to many factors. They have consistently produced high quality modules that at the very least seem to overclock to the level of memory manufacturers such as Corsair and OCZ. They rate there memory and guarantee more than one performance setting. For example, the F1-3200DSU2-1GBLC series of G.Skill memory guarantees stable operation at DD400 2-2-2-6 and DDR550 2.5-4-4-8. They do not cover the IC?s with heat spreaders, hiding important information about the IC?s used in there modules ? something enthusiasts demand to know. On top of all this they offer a life time warranty.
With the memory modules reviewed here, however, things have changed. On a positive note they still have a life time warranty and are much cheaper than normal for a PC4400 product – something referenced to in the sub heading. But on the surface, and I must stress that you should never judge a book by its cover, the positives stop there and the negatives start to dominate. Heat spreaders have been introduced and only one performance rating is guaranteed. The IC is hidden from view and you are no longer guaranteed TCCD, you may get TCC5. Normally you would feel suspicious of things like this and that is exactly how I felt about this product ? until I did some research and more importantly, tested the performance!