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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 24 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 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.

Pros: Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Embedded XMP for rated settings
+ Build quality is excellent
+ Flexible at lower speeds
+ 1T Command Rate at all speeds
+ Lifetime warranty and technical support
+ Great value for money
+ Opens up more CPU overclocking potential

Cons:

- Color scheme could use some work
- Overclocking is required to reach rated speed
- Height could possibly interfere with bigger CPU cooler setups

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 8.00
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 8.90 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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# 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 NewEgg.com 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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