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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 2000MHz DDR3 Memory Kit
G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB Kit Specifications
Closer Look: G.Skill Ripjaws Memory
SPD and Overclocking Results
RAM Testing and Results
Benchmark Test Results
Application Test Results
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 Final Thoughts
G.Skill Ripjaws Memory Conclusion

G.Skill 8GB DDR3 Final Thoughts

To summarize, increasing RAM speed will have more of an effect than tightening your timings but the two are very close. When overclocked in line with your CPU then you will get even better results. If you are solely playing games on your PC you will be just as well with a 1333MHz kit as you would with a 2000MHz kit as your GPU is your best tool here. The whole point of high speed memory kits is to allow you to increase your CPU speed higher without having to worry about RAM instability. My max stable overclock had a negative effect due to keeping the CPU as close to stock speed as possible during testing meant it was running slower in this configuration than all other configurations. As we saw in the last two real world benchmarks increasing the CPU speed in line with the RAM overclock had a better effect.

If you are planning of going past the magic 4GHz CPU speed with the G.Skill Ripjaws 2000MHz 8GB kit you would possibly be best pairing with an i7 series 1156 CPU or one of the 'K' series unlocked 1156 CPU's in my opinion, this is because they have the option of a 2:12 RAM multiplier with their IMC which gives more flexibility and tweaking potential when overclocking either the CPU or the RAM. The i3/i5 CPU's can easily run 2000MHz with a 2:10 multi but there isn't much room left to overclock.


The G.Skill Ripjaws 2000MHz 8GB kit was very easy to work with, the SPD table is lacking in a couple of areas but at least the rated speed and timings are selectable as an XMP profile which makes things much simpler. The black PCB is a nice touch and will not go un-noticed in an enthusiast system.



# good brandRealNeil 2010-12-01 06:05
I have 12 2GB sticks of RipJaws memory @1600 speeds and all of it works well in three systems, at it's rated speeds without any tweaks or problems. The Intel XMP profile worked on all three systems without problems. I had some problems getting my Hyper-X RAM to work the same way. Now they're selling sets of two 2GB sticks dirt cheap on NewEgg.
It's a good time to buy.

Thanks for another good look at a product.
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# 9.0 Value?Swiffer 2010-12-02 05:54
I fail to see how this $209 product is a good value for the money based on the results you've posted. An 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333 G.SKILL Ripjaws kit is currently selling on Newegg for $109.99. Unless this DDR3 2000 kit is nearly twice as fast as the DDR3 1333 kit, I don't feel that the conclusion about the value of this product necessarily follows the results of the real world tests.

Also, there is a no baseline comparison to a control, or regular DDR3 1333 9-9-9-24, kit.

This product would be a good value if the product allowed one to push their system beyond the level of performance that one could achieve by spending that money elsewhere, such as a faster CPU or a more robust cooling solution.

That being said, I am an advocate of G.SKILL memory and I appreciate the time you've spent benching and sharing the results of your findings with others.
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# RE: 9.0 Value?Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2010-12-02 12:06
Value is based on similar spec' kit prices. I also factor in the low voltage aspect.
It's hard to show the true performance enhancement of a high speed RAM kit while keeping the CPU at its stock speed, the higher spped of your RAM gives you freedom to overclock your CPU without worrying about RAM instability. You will see a much better performance increase as you increase your CPU speed.

Also if you check again you will see that this kit is now $189.99 and in stock. At time of writing the review it was $209.99 and out of stock.

Regards and thanks for the comments
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