|G.Skill RipJaws DDR3-1600 CL7 Memory Kit|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Friday, 18 December 2009|
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G.Skill RIPJAWS DDR3-1600 CL7 1.6V Dual-Channel Kit
If you're in the market for some DDR3 memory these days, you will see a lot of sets being advertised as "Optimized for use in Intel i5 and i7 systems". There's a lot of confusion in the marketplace about whether these products are suitable for use in other applications. The truth is that most all of them can be used in any system that uses DDR3 memory, as long as the BIOS on the motherboard can supply the correct voltage, usually around 1.6V for most sets. In this article Benchmark Reviews will examine how a dual-channel kit of 1600MHz CL7 RIPJAWS modules from premier maker G.Skill performs on an AMD 790FX platform.
This pair of DDR3 DIMMs is rated at 1600MHz with tight timings of 7-8-7-24 at a measly 1.60 volts. In keeping with their target application in the marketplace, they feature an XMP profile on the F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM model, which can set these SPD timings in the BIOS automatically on Intel-based P55 and X58 series motherboards.
We're going to look at several memory clock and timing configurations, to see how flexible this new low-voltage kit is on an AMD AM3 platform, with a Black Edition CPU that has an unlocked multiplier. We'll also try to overclock them a bit and see if we can wring any additional performance from them.
G.Skill RIPJAWS DDR3 Features
The Ripjaws product line from G.Skill is relatively new for them. It is aimed toward the gaming market, where many products combine a healthy dose of performance with a bit of attitude. G.Skill is no stranger to performance memory; their Pi series is well regarded in enthusiast circles for both stability out of the box, and being very willing performers when overclocked.
Established in 1989 by enthusiast, is a leading memory manufacturer based in Taipei, Taiwan. The company's top priority is Quality. All of our products go through a series of the most rigorous tests and strict quality control processes. In addition to commissioning qualified IC testing houses to test our products, they are hand test 100% twice in factory and office, to ensure the highest product yield and quality.
G. SKILL strives to achieve the highest and most advanced quality from the initial design, through manufacturing solder-paste printing, through surface mounting, to on-line visual inspection, system compatibility testing, packaging and finally to safely and reliably shipping our products to customers.
G.Skill operates a very active support forum for all their products, where their product specialists are quick to respond to issues, real or imagined. They also monitor major e-tail sites for customers having trouble with their products, and try to help them get on the right path towards resolution of their problem.