Products from G.Skill are not yet as popular and widely recognized as Corsair’s, but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve that. G.Skill is a leading manufacturer of overclocker-friendly memory modules on Taiwan and has been in this business since 2003. The company itself dates its origin back to 1989.
The company responded to our request of a 2GB memory kit to test with its best product, F1-4000USU-2GBHZ at that time. These DDR500 SDRAM modules are in fact very similar to the Corsair TWINX2048-4000PT: they are expected to work at a rather high frequency, but with slackened timings.
The modules don’t impress you with their exterior design. They are covered on both sides with molded aluminum heatsinks of a standard shape, anodized black. The heatsinks are braced up with black metal clamps; there’s a heat-conductive pad between them and the memory chips. On the reverse side of each module there is an embossed manufacturer logo and an informational sticker with the basic characteristic of the product (part number, capacity, frequency, default timings and voltage).
Here’s the specification of the G.Skill F1-4000USU-2GBHZ kit:
- Frequency: 500MHz DDR
- Default timings: 3-4-4-8 at 1T Command Rate
- Default voltage: 2.6-2.8V
- The kit includes two 184-pin unbuffered non-ECC modules of DDR SDRAM, 1024MB each
- The modules are equipped with black-colored aluminum heatsinks
- Lifetime warranty
The declared characteristics of the G.Skill F1-4000USU-2GBHZ modules are identical to those of the above-described Corsair TWINX2048-4000PT. The only difference is that G.Skill explicitly mentions that its memory can be used at up to 2.8V voltage. This similarity shouldn’t be surprising if you learn that the G.Skill F1-4000USU-2GBHZ are based on the same Samsung chips as Corsair’s. Thus, this kit from G.Skill is to be used at rather high frequencies and at timings relaxed to 3-4-4.