G.Skill Sniper F3-1866C10Q-32GSR
Interestingly, G.Skill offers different product series for overclockers and gamers. The 4-piece Sniper F3-1866C10Q-32GSR kit is positioned as a gaming product, for example. These modules have a special design of the heatsinks which are stylized as weapon components. Mainboard makers also experiment with the exterior design of their products in such a way, so the G.Skill Sniper series seems to be designed especially for the Sniper mainboard series from Gigabyte.
The aluminum heatsinks of the Sniper modules have rough black coating and intricately shaped molded elements. We wouldn’t call them elegant but tastes differ. They are going to be as efficient in terms of cooling as any other heatsinks such as those we’ve seen on the Ares and RipjawsX kits, but the Sniper modules have a total height of 42 mm. This is already too high to guarantee compatibility with tower-design CPU coolers. So if you’re going to buy a G.Skill Sniper kit, you should make sure beforehand that it is compatible with your computer components, especially as the Sniper F3-1866C10Q-32GSR kit needs all four DIMM slots, including the one nearest to the CPU.
The Sniper F3-1866C10Q-32GSR kit is shipped in a dual-sided blister wrap, just like the other products from G.Skill. Besides the modules, there is a sticker with G.Skill logo inside.
The heatsinks are secured on the Sniper F3-1866C10Q-32GSR modules by means of dual-sided heat-conductive adhesive tape. It is easy to take them off but the original marking is erased from the chips, so we can't tell you anything about their origin. The PCB is the same as the PCBs of the above-discussed products. It is manufactured by BrainPower.
The G.Skill Sniper F3-1866C10Q-32GSR is somewhat different from the other kits in practical applications. It is hot even at its default settings. The heatsinks may be as hot as 55°C and higher whereas the overclocking potential is lower. Well, this product is indeed targeted as gamers, not at overclockers.
Like the other memory kits in this review, this one consists of four identical 8GB modules. Here are the official specs:
- 32 GB Dual-channel kit consists of four memory modules, 8 GB each;
- Nominal frequency: 1866 MHz;
- Timings: 10-11-10-30-2T;
- Supports XMP;
- Voltage: 1.5 V.
To raise the clock rate to 1866 MHz the manufacturer had to lower the timings but the voltage is still 1.5 volts, so the Sniper F3-1866C10Q-32GSR kit won’t strain your memory controller.
XMP is supported in this gaming product. There are even two almost identical profiles that coincide with the official specs.
Like the other products from G.Skill, the Sniper F3-1866C10Q-32GSR is shipped with a lifetime warranty. The list of compatible mainboards is impressively long including not only various LGA1155 mainboards but also platforms with the Intel X79 chipset.