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About SuperPI

Super PI is a computer program that calculates pi to a specified number of digits after the decimal point - up to a maximum of 32 million. It uses FFT arithmetic and Borwein's quartically-convergent algorithm and is a Windows port of the program used by Yasumasa Kanada in 1995 to compute Pi to 232 digits. Super PI uses x87 floating-point unit, so it favors processors with good FPU performance, such as AMD Athlon 64 and Intel Core 2.

From: Wikipedia (March 14, 2007)

The G.SKILL F3-8500CL7D-8GBSQ also had a slight upper hand in SuperPi ModXS 1.5. Finishing in at 20.545 seconds to one million digits of Pi, it's 0.106 seconds faster than an identical system equipped with the Qimonda 2GB set.

About Cinebench R10

CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performance capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software, CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

MAXON CINEBENCH runs several tests on your computer to measure the performance of the main processor and the graphics card under real world circumstances. The benchmark application makes use of up to 16 CPUs or CPU cores and is available for Windows (32-bit and 64-Bit) and Macintosh (PPC and Intel-based).

The resulting values among different operating systems are 100% comparable and therefore very useful with regard to purchasing decision-making. It can also be used as a marketing tool for hardware vendors or simply to compare hardware among colleagues or friends.

From: Developer's Page

Alright, here we go -- we saved the best for the last! It doesn't take a computer enthusiast to know that rendering requires a ton of CPU, RAM, and performance dedicated graphics depending on what you're doing. But if you ever needed proof of why lots of RAM makes a lot of difference in rendering speed, our Cinebench R10 results above should suffice. In the single threaded test, our identical system equipped with 8GB of G.SKILL RAM posted a performance increase of 68.2%. The disparity percentage remained consistent into our multithreaded benchmark with a posted gain of 'only' 64.8%. To add to the damage, our single threaded run with 8GB RAM was actually faster than the multithreaded test with 2GB of RAM (!).


Without a doubt and without an argument, the numbers are up and the results are in. The G.SKILL F3-8500CL7D-8GBSQ 2x4GB DDR3 dual channel SODIMM kit posted brilliant performance in areas where it matters in our benchmark results. While it is generally arguable that practically any 8GB kit will post such differences against its lower quantity counterparts across the board, there is a reason why we wrote this article today. Yes, it is true that the sheer quantity of memory allowed tremendous gains in some benchmarks, and it is not just limited to the G.SKILL kit. Normally, when we review desktop memory, what sets one kit over another is not necessarily raw performance data (Especially at the same capacity), but the kind of heatsink that's included, the type of chips used in relation to its overclockability, and the such. But none of these are applicable to notebook memory, because it doesn't have -- or need -- heatspreaders, and we don't overclock them either. It's very easy to forget about the unwritten specifications that we usually do examine, but with overlooked importance in our conclusions. What we demonstrated here is not only the unleashed power of large memory capacity systems on the Windows 7 64-bit platform, but also the competitiveness of the G.SKILL kit in terms of quality, pricing, and warranty service. In the beginning of the review, we have mentioned that the G.SKILL DDR3 SODIMM kit is a hair under $400 at press time -- it's significantly lower priced than its competitors, and it's readily available at major online retailers. Additionally, most people I know who have purchased G.SKILL products in the past are pleased by their quality; and if anything goes wrong, service and warranty makes it up. Quoting one of our forum members here on APH regarding G.SKILL service, "It was a pleasant experience. The support rep on their forum was easy going, and helpful." To sum it all up, if you're looking for competitively priced, high quality, and great performing laptop DDR3 RAM backed by a reputation for good service, the G.SKILL F3-8500CL7D-8GBSQ is definitely a very good choice! My only complaint is that, if G.SKILL gave it a more meaningful name, then I think it would be a lot easier on the consumer haha.

Special thanks to Lili over at G.SKILL for making this review possible.

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Price, performance, quality, service. The G.SKILL F3-8500CL7D-8GBSQ 2x4GB SODIMM dual channel kit has it all!

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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
3. Benchmark: EVEREST CPU
4. Benchmark: EVEREST FPU
5. Benchmark: EVEREST Memory
6. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
7. Benchmark: 3DMark06 Professional
8. Benchmark: SuperPI, Cinebench R10; Conclusion