G.Skill has new performance DDR3 memory on the way that makes use an innovative and fashionable cooling design.
According to G.Skill’s website, two new ultra-performance DDR3 memory kits are soon to be released, with speeds capable of 2000 MHz and 1800 MHz. From the product photos, it would appear that the DIMMs are cooled in a very stylish fashion, making use of the rather new Thermaltake RamOrb Memory Cooler.
Model names for the two new kits are F3-14400CL8D-4GBGT1 and F3-16000CL9D-4GBGT1, which are probably not the most creative names ever. Both kits have a capacity of 4 GB (2GB x 2 it would seem), have a "Test_Voltage" of 1.9 V and have been designed for the "nVidia n7xx I" series of chipsets. The F3-14400CL8D-4GBGT1 has a speed of DDR3-1800 (PC3 14400) and has a CAS latency of 8-8-8-21. The F3-16000CL9D-4GBGT1 has a speed of DDR3-2000 (PC3 16000) and has a CAS latency of 9-9-9-24. The kits are both unbuffered non-ECC, have PCB with 6 layers and have a lifetime warranty. G.Skill states that it guarantees "2 Dimms Dual channel operation would reach announced specification."
The upcoming Intel Core i7 platform, which use Intel’s Bloomfield processors, may not be compatible with these new DDR3 memory kits however. According to previous information, using DDR3 memory with voltages set higher than 1.65 V on X58 motherboards can permanently damage the system’s CPU. Since these new kits have a test voltage of 1.9 V, it probably would not be recommended to attempt to use them alongside a Core i7 processor. The Core i7 platform also uses a triple-channel memory controller, rather than dual-channel, making 2 DIMM memory kits seem a bit unsuited.
As for the Thermaltake RAM Cooler RamOrb, which seems to be used in these DDR3 kits, it features a 5-cm 4500 RPM fan with copper heatpipe penetrating copper fins. It also uses an angle adjustment design to maximize mechanical compatibility, an aluminum heat spreader and a noise level of 20 dBA, which is rather quiet.