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Review: G.Skill TridentX 2x4GB DDR3-2600MHz CL10

Published by Sam on 10.09.12 (18492 reads)
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During the 16 month reign of Sandy Bridge, memory overclocking was given a secondary role by being capped with the DDR3-2133 multiplier. As its successor, Intel’s recent Ivy Bridge has brought a wide extension to the available frequency range providing a bigger playground for both manufacturers and end users. Now that the dust had settled down, it became apparent that so-called high-performance memory can be divided in two main groups. First one consists of EOL (End-Of-Life) stuff based on Elpida BBSE and X-series Powerchip (PSC) ICs. In case you don’t want to go on the second hand market and search for well clocking memory, there are lots of brand new high-rated Hynix- and Samsung-based 4GB modules for you to choose from.

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Today we are going to take a look at one of the new-school representatives, courtesy of G.Skill’s TridentX lineup.

Manufacturer G.Skill
Series TridentX
Part Number F3-2600C10D-8GTXD
Type DDR3
Capacity 8 GB (2 x 4GB)
Frequency 2'600 MHz
Timings 10-12-12-31
VDIMM 1.65 Volt
Registred/Unbuffered Unbuffered
Cooling Passive Heatspreader + Turbulence II (FTB-3500C5-D)
Waranty Lifetime warranty
Package Type Boxed

The kit we selected for the review is the DDR3-2600 CL10 version that only exists as an 8GB two-module set. Despite that nominally it’s not the top model, we think that it offers a better combination of rated frequency and timings compared to its equally priced DDR3-2666 CL11 brother.
Please note, that by selling memory as DDR3-2600, G.Skill do not actually guarantee that it will achieve rated speeds on every single platform mentioned in the support list. Reason for this is very simple – not every CPU, more specifically, not every memory controller can support stable operation at such memory speeds.

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Page 3 - Photo Gallery Page 6 - Conclusion 

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Published: 2012/9/12 0:40  Updated: 2012/9/12 6:51
 Re: Review: G.Skill TridentX 2x4GB DDR3-2600MHz CL10
Any chance we can get some photos of the actual sticks up close and not the recycled ones from the 2400 C10 review???
Christian Ney
Published: 2012/9/12 6:50  Updated: 2012/9/12 6:50
Joined: 12/01/2010
From: Switzerland
Comments: 1722
 Re: Review: G.Skill TridentX 2x4GB DDR3-2600MHz CL10
Yes: ... hp?album=lastup&cat=-2200
Kit was sent directly to the reviewer who doesn't have a good camera and as the design and so is the same but the package I took the ones from the TridentX 2400 review.
Published: 2012/9/12 16:51  Updated: 2012/9/12 16:51
 Re: Review: G.Skill TridentX 2x4GB DDR3-2600MHz CL10
Cool beans. I wanted to see the label and figure out the IC from the serial number. Oddly enough, it has the same IC identification as my single-sided TridentX 2400 C10 sticks (1500). I guess that just indicates Samsung and not necessarily the density of the ICs (4GBit vs 2GBit).
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