Regarding their Ares 2133 MHz CL9 modules, G.Skill succeeded in
introducing a high-end quad channel memory kit, that supports high frequencies
at still quite tight timings. Furhtermore there even is overclocking headroom.
We also like the low profile heatspreader which increases compatibility with
high end aircoolers. These days high performance memory modules with low profile
heatspreaders is a market gap, because every memory manufacturer puts an even
bigger heatspreader on their modules, although it isn't neccessary. Furhtermore
the heatsprader has been well designed and manufactured. Last but not least
there is the lifetime warranty these modules are being shipped with.
As we can see from
our graphs the G.Skill Ares F3-2133C9Q-16GAB modules performed nice when you
give them lower latencies and it also was easy to work with these modules. This
kit is rated to work at 2133 MHz with 9-11-10 timings and we found that it wasn't a problem for
the kit to hit the 2400 MHz CPU limit but in this case we had to loosen the timings a bit to 11-11-11. But
still 2400 MHz at 11-11-11 Quad Channel 16GB kit are quite expensive, about CHF
286.- (est. EUR 236.-) while those G.Skill Ares modules have a retail price of CHF 181.30
(est. EUR150.-) which is 60 percent cheaper. Of course the 2400 MHz CL11 kit
may perform different with tigher timings and for sure clocks higher than 2400
MHz but when you are only aiming for 2400 MHz CL11 then the G.Skill Ares may be
a reason to think about when you plan to save some money.
We generally recommend this memory kit to gamers as well as
enthusiasts who want to get a 16GB memory kit which performs above average and
was able to convince us.
The G.Skill Ares 16 Gigabyte
quad channel memory kit gets very good five of out five stars
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