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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9Q-16GAB

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  • DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
  • Timing 9-10-9
  • Cas Latency 9
  • Voltage 1.5V
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The G.SKILL Ares Series F3-1866C9Q-16GAB Memory Kit complements quad-channel-based chipsets, and eliminates data bottlenecks by quadrupling your memory bandwidth. Optimized for speed, low latency, and high stability, it is the perfect solution to build a responsive system. At only 3.2cm tall, the G.SKILL Ares Series memory kit can fit into systems with a large CPU cooler or a small form factor.

  • newegg DDR3 1866 The G.SKILL Ares Series F3-1866C9Q-16GAB DDR3 memory kit is rated at 1866MHz, with CAS 9 timing, to deliver up to 14.9GBps bandwidth per channel to meet the evolving needs of today's operating systems and applications.
  • newegg Support for Intel XMP Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) technology provides a robust, profile-based overclocking solution for novice and experienced overclockers. Easily overclock your platform by selecting the predefined profile in the BIOS, or manually adjust the frequency and timings to extract the maximum performance from your system.

Learn more about the G.SKILL F3-1866C9Q-16GAB

Model

Brand
G.SKILL
Series
Ares Series
Model
F3-1866C9Q-16GAB
Type
240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM

Tech Spec

Capacity
16GB (4 x 4GB)
Speed
DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
Cas Latency
9
Timing
9-10-9
Voltage
1.5V
ECC
No
Buffered/Registered
Unbuffered
Multi-channel Kit
Quad Channel Kit
Heat Spreader
Yes
Features
Compatible with Intel LGA1155/LGA2011 and AMD Llano/AM3+ platforms
Intel XMP support for 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime


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  • Cajun Injun
  • 11/30/2013 8:08:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRunning great for a year!

Pros: Been running great for over a year, despite all of the negative flak. I am running a Asus Formula V- 8320.
I also had issues with getting it to run at 1866, but with the correct stepping it has been running perfect as advertised.
I've been really happy with the performance and I would purchase again!

Cons: not really a con, but sometimes you just need to tweak a bit to get things to be happy together. After all isn't that why you built your own machine, to tweak around with it....haha.

Other Thoughts: I just wanted to interject my thoughts on a previous purchase is all.

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  • ski-bum
  • 11/22/2013 5:07:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNOT FOR X79 PLATFORM

Pros: Low profile.
Operates @ 1600mhz

Cons: I have tried to run this memory at 1866mhz on my new Asus X79-Deluxe for over a month. It will operate at that speed, but IS NOT stable at all. Will give errors in memory test, BSOD every now and then and will restart my computer when I try to shut it down.

Other Thoughts: I have another review for this memory, but that was with a differant motherboard. When I installed this onto my new socket 2011 , X79 motherboard I could not get it to operate at the rated speed of 1866mhz. I contacted G.Skill and tried their forum and was told I should have NO PROBLEM with this memory on the X79 platform. I tried a second set of this memory. Tried a new PSU and even swapped out the CPU, all with the same problems. I finally tried a set of G.Skill Ripjaw Z 1866mhz, 16GB (4 x4) and guess what? I just set XMP for the Ripjaw Z and it operates at 1866mhz perfectly. I wish I knew this from the start. It would have saved me hours and hours of headaches.
The ARES would run at 1600mhz just fine but not 1866mhz as advertised.

Manufacturer Response:

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Dear Customer

Glad to hear you were able to get the G.Skill RipJaws Z series to work well in your system. The XMP Profile is all that is necessary to configure RAM settings in BIOS/EFI when paired with a compatible X79 motherboard. If you have stability issues, teach each module to see if they can all pass. If the modules all work fine invidiually, they should be able to work together as well. Should you need any assistance in the future, please feel free to contact us directly. We will make sure G.Skill RAM is working fast and reliable in your computer.

Thank you
GSKILL SUPPORT

Quality and customer service are our top priorities.

Tech Support Email: ustech@gskillusa.com
RMA Dept Email: rma@gskillusa.com
G.Skill Forum: http://www.gskill.us/forum/

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  • Jptalon
  • 11/11/2013 5:45:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHmmm

Pros: Works (@1600)

Cons: I contacted GSkill before purchase and explained what I wanted and what I have. I was recommended this set. After hours and hours of trying, I can only run 1600. The guide they sent me to does not work no matter how much I tried variances to it.

Other Thoughts: Ram looks great, works great. Product is a 5 egg.
The support for recommending me 4 sticks that cant be used at 1866 (only 2 for bulldozer) gets a 1 egg. Hind sight is 20/20, they made it sound like they knew how to run all stick at 1866 and not just 2. I would have just bought 1600.

Manufacturer Response:

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Dear Customer

We can surely assist you in reaching the rated specifications of the RAM. Having four modules at DDR3-1866 with a Bulldozer CPU should be capable. It requires some tweaking of the CPU-NB Voltage to stabilize the memory controller, but with the proper settings, the system should be fine. Please contact the G.Skill support team with hardware specifications, they will make sure your computer is operating at maximum performance.

Thank you
GSKILL SUPPORT

Quality and customer service are our top priorities.

Tech Support Email: ustech@gskillusa.com
RMA Dept Email: rma@gskillusa.com
G.Skill Forum: http://www.gskill.us/forum/

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  • 8/29/2013 6:59:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsterrible quality

Pros: Looks good when you get one that QC actually took a look at

Cons: Terrible quality in coating
Cheaply made.

Other Thoughts: For a $80 cooler and how well known this product is, you would think QC would be a top priority. After hearing great things if this cooler I caught it on sale and bought it to go with the white/ black of my system. The first one came scratched and the ceramic coating was very uneven and I RMAd it. The second cooler came and the top caps fell off as soon as I took it out of the box. Very disappointed. Not worth the shipping an my time to RMA the second one. Just a $80 paperweight.

Manufacturer Response:

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Dear Customer

Sounds like you reviewed the incorrect item. Feel free to double check and repost. The G.Skill Ares series RAM has very high quality heat spreaders, and the blue color coating is extremely smooth so we are certain you would love our product. Not to mention 16GB of DDR3-1866 CL9 would maximize the performance of your CPU, so this memory kit is definitely worth it's value. If you do not own a G.Skill product yet, give us a try because we are certain you will be pleased with our quality.

Thank you
GSKILL SUPPORT

Quality and customer service are our top priorities.

Tech Support Email: ustech@gskillusa.com
RMA Dept Email: rma@gskillusa.com
G.Skill Forum: http://www.gskill.us/forum/

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  • Eddie B.
  • 12/30/2012 1:37:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggssolid RAM but AMD users beware

Pros: - Low profile
- Looks awesome
- Stable once you get the settings right

Cons: - Took me over 40 hours of tinkering with BIOS settings to get working correctly, almost was going to RMA this RAM

Other Thoughts: I've purchased RAM before and I've done my homework into getting into the higher speeds. With anything over 1600Mhz, you are getting into the "overclocking" zone of RAM. I have a custom built new PC with the following specs:
Gigabyte 990-FXA-UD3
AMD 1045t CPU overclocked @4.6Ghz (stock 2.7)

I previously owned (and still kept) G Skill 1333Mhz 8GB Ripjaw series RAM. I also own 1066Mhz G Skill RAM in my Toshiba Qosmio gaming laptop. It is the best RAM I've ever owned in both fields. With that being said, when upgrading my desktop, I decided to go with G Skill again.
The motherboard I just bought, the 990-FXA listed above, it's maximum supported RAM speed is 2000Mhz. I wanted to get get four channels at 16GB (and yes, I actually use the extra memory). Unfortunately there aren't many kits out there in 4x4 at 2000Mhz. Most of them are higher speeds and I didn't want to risk getting something faster and having issues underclocking it. And 1600Mhz just seemed kind of a low upgrade from what I had, and I wanted some future proofing as well as headroom for overclocking my CPU more. I decided to get this 1866Mhz kit.

At first, I was stoked to use this RAM. But quickly I learned it would be EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to configure. I mean, I've owned RAM before, overclocked it, and the works, this RAM gave me alot of issues almost to the point of returning it. I sat through HOURS of memtest, memory diagnostic screens, and benchmarking before I got this RAM stable. Before that, it was constant blue screens and I couldn't play BF3 more than five minutes without my computer blue screening. For anyone using an AMD system and similar motherboard, this is the settings you want to use.
- Keep the speed at or under 1600Mhz, yes, it's nonsense this RAM doesn't really run stable at 1866Mhz, but that's more so a downfall of AMD and higher speed RAM (also if you want to run at those speeds you can't really do it with four channels, only two on AMD)
- Increase your voltages: CPU PLL Voltage (this HAD to be raised on mine), Northbridge, and RAM voltage, this RAM is stated to run at 1.5v... I had to increase it to 1.675v to run stable.
- Timings: 9-10-9-28 / 2T, haven't successfully gotten better timings yet without blue screens :\

This RAM was very troublesome for me. If you are on an AMD system, honestly I think you're better off going with a 1600Mhz set unless you are willing to configure this RAM to run 100% on your system and you want RAM that will last year years down the road. I knew this going in, but I thought because of my successful overclocking methods (as well as overclocking my previous GSkill RAM) I thought this RAM would be great. I was a little let down. I'm still considering calling G Skill to see if they have any recommendations for better performance/timings.

Overall though, good product, still G Skill, no sticks were actually bad according to my test. Since I've gotten it stable it's worked great for all my high performance usage.

Manufacturer Response:

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Dear Customer

We can clarify some of the issues you had. The main one being the maximum DRAM Frequency is solely dependent on the CPU, since the memory controller is embedded in the CPU. This means the DRAM frequency can only go as high as the CPU can support, NOT the motherboard. In your case, you have a motherboard that can achieve DDR3-2000+, but the CPU is a locked version that is only capable of DDR3-1066/1333. This is why you had so many issues with DDR3-1600+. A Black Edition Phenom II CPU is necessary for DDR3-1866, or an FX series CPU, which is good for DDR3-1866+. With a capable CPU (unlocked), overclocking is much easier to achieve and stabilize. For any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the G.Skill support team. Or you can visit the official G.Skill forum as there are many overclockers with the same or similar build that will be more than glad to help you.

Thank you
GSKILL SUPPORT

Quality and customer service are our top priorities.

Tech Support Email: ustech@gskillusa.com
RMA Dept Email: rma@gskillusa.com
G.Skill Forum: http://www.gskill.us/forum/

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  • ski-bum
  • 9/20/2012 7:19:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsYOU HAVE TO SET XMP

Pros: Runs at advertised speed after to set XMP or set it manually in bios. How tough is that? Low profile so it fits under my overhanging CPU cooler. Your mobo may say that 1866 is not an overclock speed. That's for the motherboard. Your CPU is rated @ 1600mhz (for the X79). Anything over that is an OC. All memory works this way.

Cons: It doesn't set XMP by itself? Oh ya, NO memory does.

Other Thoughts: It scares me that people try to build systems and do little or no research. Then they'll come on here and trash the product, when it's completly their fault.

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  • Tyler G
  • 8/24/2012 8:29:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIncompatible with my board

Pros: Looks good, low profile, good price

Cons: You have to overclock it to actually get the advertised speeds, which is poor business practice I think. However they aren't the only manufacturer to do that.

Other Thoughts: This memory didn't work well with my system, but it isn't on the compatibility list so I won't blame the memory. I really just want to stress that this is did not work on my system with a Sabertooth 990FX and AMD FX-8150.

Manufacturer Response:

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Dear Customer

Thank you for your G.Skill purchase and review. DDR3-1600 CL11 is the standard, any memory better than this requires manual settings. This allows all DDR3 memory to work in any DDR3 motherboard. To enable the performance values, the motherboard must be capable of manual configuration, EOCP/DOCP (AMD) or XMP (Intel). Anything above standard, such as overclocking, should always be done by an experienced user, otherwise DDR3-1600 CL11 or DDR3-1333 CL9 memory should be used. This type of memory is plug and play.

The memory is indeed compatible with your motherboard and CPU, in fact, it is a great combination. But, you must know how to input the settings properly in BIOS for it to be stable. AMD states only 2 modules of DDR3-1866 should be used, so you are already attempting something beyond limits. The hardware you have purchased is not to build a standard, average computer, it is for a high performance machine. If you would like assistance configuring settings properly, contact the G.Skill technical support team. They will show you how to set up the memory to unleash it's full potential; once you are done with them, you will be very pleased with the result.

Thank you
GSKILL SUPPORT

Quality and customer service are our top priorities.

Tech Support Email: ustech@gskillusa.com
RMA Dept Email: rma@gskillusa.com
G.Skill Forum: http://www.gskill.us/forum/

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  • Jere
  • 8/5/2012 1:53:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable G.Skill Memory

Pros: They meet their specifications.
The low-profile is good for overhanging CPU coolers
The price/performance ratio is excellent

Cons: The blister pak was emblazoned with "Z77." ;-)

Other Thoughts: I purchased this memory as a calculated risk for the ASUS M5A99FX Pro R2.0 motherboard and AMD FX-8150 CPU. It is not on the AMD QVL and is only obliquely mentioned as a possibility by G.Skill on their website. Since there were four modules of 4GB each, I felt that the "Quad" set would be closely matched in specs. The modules had sequential serial numbers. I installed them, one at a time, followed by Memtest86+ until all four were installed. They are all operating at the specified timing and voltage of the XMP (Profile #0 in the M5A99FX UEFI) at 1866MHz (1872MHz, actually) at 1.50V and timings of 9-10-9-28 @2T. These specs were met without having to overclock the CPU. I'm very pleased.

The low profile is very nice and there doesn't seem to be any heating problem at all. Of course, I'm not a gamer. I'm sure there is some thermal overhead for such things.

This is my second build with G.Skill memory and they just work very well.

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  • N/A
  • 6/29/2012 8:33:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUncertain but look awesome

Pros: low and pretty with blue mobos

Cons: none yet, except the price drop since purchase.

Other Thoughts: I hate gaudy memory heat sinks. These on a blue board like MSI of GIGABYTE look great.


I bought these for a gigabyte ud5 X79. I like blue much more than red and as I wanted to evaluate a low profile set for future builds these seemed a nice compomise. I haven't clocked them yet but was forced to set them at 1600 as the Giga X79 UD5 red them at 1866. During the install of raid 0 SSD to an X79 there are many things to contend with and I needed to eliminate the memory timing. G skill has really good memory modules as far as I can tell. Their binning process and markrting can be confusing. You can't go wrong buying there most popular stuff. In this case I wanted most popular with a different look. That cost more but in this build was worth it.

Manufacturer Response:

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Dear Customer

Glad to hear you like the look of the memory. The Ares series heat spreaders are 3.2cm or 32mm tall, so they will clear large aftermarket CPU coolers. To reach the rated specifications of the memory with the Gigabyte X79 motherboard, enable XMP Profile and all memory settings will be automatically configured. If you are one to manually configure settings, input DRAM frequency, timings, and voltage, then everything will be ready to go. Should you have any questions or issues, please feel free to contact us directly.

Thank you
GSKILL SUPPORT

Quality and customer service are our top priorities.

Tech Support Email: ustech@gskillusa.com
RMA Dept Email: rma@gskillusa.com
G.Skill Forum: http://www.gskill.us/forum/

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  • yoyoma
  • 4/25/2012 5:27:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDear G.Skill

Pros: It works.

Cons: Labeling of speed is misleading

Other Thoughts: Dear G.Skill,

Thank you for the information you provided, it was very informative. However, I still stand behind my comment that the way the product is labeled and described is misleading. I don't believe any manufacturer should assume the consumer knows anything. If 1866 or higher are not native speeds it should still be noted that overclocking is required to achieve these rates and not solely through another company's product such as a motherboard. Also the motherboard I purchased does not help support your claim as it does not indicate 1866 as an overclocked rate. 2400 and 2133 are noted with (OC) but 1866 is not. Therefore I was lead to believe 1866 was a native rate which lead me to purchase this RAM which I was lead to believe ran at 1866 natively. The board I purchased is an Asus P9X79; please feel free to review it.

Anyway, I am still pleased with my purchase and have no complaints as far as quality and reliability go. I have had no issues thus far. Thanks!

Manufacturer Response:

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Dear Customer

Thank you for your G.Skill purchase and review. We apologize for the confusion. Hopefully by posting information and responding to product reviews, potential buyers will read that DDR3-1600 is the max any DDR3 motherboard can default to. So whether the CPU used allows a DRAM Frequency of DDR3-1866 or DDR3-2400 (max), the memory will still default to DDR3-1600. The latest standard is DDR3-1600 CL11, so any memory above this is considered high performance or "overclocking". The standard allows any DDR3 memory (even DDR3-2400) to work in motherboards that support lower frequencies such as DDR3-1600 max. Should you have any further questions or issues, please feel free to contact us directly.

Thank you
GSKILL SUPPORT

Quality and customer service are our top priorities.

Tech Support Email: ustech@gskillusa.com
RMA Dept Email: rma@gskillusa.com
G.Skill Forum: http://www.gskill.us/forum/

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