G.Skill F2-8800 Pi Series CL5 4GB Kit 17

G.Skill F2-8800 Pi Series CL5 4GB Kit Review

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I would like to thank G.SKILL for providing the review sample.

From the manufacturer:
  • Capacity: 4 GB (2GB x 2)
  • Speed: 1100 MHz DDR2 (PC2-8800)
  • CAS Latency: CL 5-5-5-15
  • Test voltage: 1.8~1.9 Volts
  • PCB: 8 Layers PCB
  • Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
  • Error Checking : Non-ECC
  • Type: 240-pin DIMM
  • Warranty: Lifetime
While these specs are certainly impressive for a 4GB kit, one aspect really stands out: 8 layer PCB. Memory tends to make due with 6 layers, but G.Skill has decided to go all out on the Pi Series.

Packaging & Contents

G.Skill packages the Pi series of memory in a thin, blue cardboard box. The front shows the pi sign with the G.Skill logo above it. On the rear you will find the same logo once more, as well as the address of the company.

In the center is a gray square, which holds a sticker with the details of the memory. It clearly states the model number of the memory within the package. To take a look at the DIMMs, simply open the front cover from left to right. A window gives you some idea as to the looks of the Pi series modules, while the inner side of the cover holds an image comparing the heat dissipation between naked modules and ones with the fancy heat spreaders. The overall impression of the package is a bit boring in my humble opinion. No fancy pictures on the outside, no windows to look through to see the entire memory and no big sticker up front letting you know in MHz numbers what you are looking at. It would have been nice for G.Skill to really push some fancy packaging for this series.

Inside the package you will find a pamphlet with addresses of G.Skill all over the world, a sticker of a snowboarder and a domed G.Skill logo sticker.
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