Not to long ago G.Skill sent us there flagship set of DDR3 memory specifically tuned for the AMD platform. Unfortunately, due to a busy schedule we are a little late to the party, but better late than never right? What this delay did allow me to do was to scan forum results, however, and one thing I noticed was that nobody was willing to show prime 95 stable results for any real length of time, which create a little skepticism for me. With that said, I believe it’s time to put this skepticism aside because these particular modules are the real deal.
I would like to point out first that G.Skill has a current supported motherboard list for these modules consisting of the following boards, ASUS M4A89TD PRO, ASUS M4A89GTD PRO and ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3. For this purpose, although we did try them out on an ASUS Crosshair IV Formula and they appeared to work fine, we decided to stick with the officially supported ASUS M4a89TD PRO. Also an important note, currently the only officially supported CPU’s are Phenom II X6 Thubans, which we stuck with for official support reasons.
I would also like to point out at this time that after doing some research, GIGABYTE has recently posted on their site a revision 2.1 890FXA-UD7 that claims to support the 8 gig variant of these modules at they’re rated specs. Unfortunately, we have not been able to acquire one of these boards thus far for testing and G.Skill has not updated there site with any info on this.
Let’s take a look at the modules and what you get.
Included with these particular modules is a fan that attaches to the module’s heatspreaders. It unfortunately uses a 4 pin molex connector; not too excited about that.
As we can see here the box clearly states the motherboards officially supported and tested by G.Skill.
As usual with all ram reviews I like to point out possible clearance issues so users are completely aware. These particular DIMMs will indeed interfere with some large heatsinks.
You will want to be sure that whatever you are using for cooling can be oriented both ways to ensure clearance.
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