|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 Ripjaws Memory Conclusion
In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the G.Skill Ripjaws 2000MHz 8GB kit a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar RAM kit which has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the RAM kit is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
The G.Skill Ripjaws 2000MHz 8GB kit performed very well at lower speeds of 1333MHz and 1600MHz where we were able to lower the voltage to 1.50v and tighten the timings to CL6 and CL7 respectively. Overclocking was hindered somewhat by the IMC on my Core i5 760 CPU as it has a max 2:10 multiplier; this meant that the overclock was dependant on the BCLK. There were no memory errors at 213 BCLK but the CPU was not stable enough to bench with. My max stable overclock of 2118MHz had a slight negative effect in some tests as the CPU was running a little slower compared to other configurations tested with.
Appearance is subjective and is different to all individuals, due to the graphical nature of our reviews you can easily make up your own mind on what you think. I am still trying to make up my mind on the look, it is like a mish mash of styles and colors which gives the Ripjaws kit its own unique look which some will appreciate more than others.
Construction is second to none, period. The heatspreaders are well made and are very well attached to the modules. I have looked at the modules in detail and found no imperfections that are noteworthy.
Functionality was rather good, it's nice in this day and age of environmental uncertainty for a company to make the effort to reduce the amount of energy its products are consuming. I know that there are kits out there that will use less volts but 2000MHz on an 8GB kit @ 1.55v is very good indeed. Tightening timings wasn't possible at the rated speed or voltage and even increasing the voltage to Intel's specs of 1.65v didn't make any difference. Lowering the speed made all the difference and also allowed me to reduce the voltage just that bit more.
The G.Skill Ripjaws 2000MHz CL9 Dual Channel 1.55v 8GB Kit (PN: F3-16000CL9D-8GBRM) sells for $209.99 at NewEgg.com, at time of writing this article it is currently out of stock. If we look at related items suggested by NewEgg then we see that this RAM kit is good value for money especially when we consider that the RAM kit is running at 1.55v. If you are looking to increase your RAM capacity then you can do much worse than this kit, but if low voltage is not a pre requisite and cost is then you can certainly find cheaper still. All in all the Ripjaws 2000MHz 8GB kit is a recommended buy as far as I am concerned.
+ Embedded XMP for rated settings
- Color scheme could use some work
Final Score: 8.90 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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