|8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 2000MHz DDR3 Memory Kit|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 25 November 2010|
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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.