|G.SKILL Ripjaws-Z 16GB DDR3-1600 Memory|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 11 January 2012|
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G.SKILL Ripjaws-Z DDR3 Memory Kit Review
Manufacturer: G.Skill International Enterprise
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article was provided by G.SKILL.
Although the company was established in 1989, G.SKILL is still not as familiar a name in the memory market as are Corsair, Mushkin, Kingston, and others. But in the past few years they've built their portfolio of memory (and memory is almost all they do) to encompass a broad selection of price/performance points ensuring that system builders and enthusiasts can find virtually anything they need. Today Benchmark Reviews tests G.SKILL's "mainstream" DDR3-1600 16GB quad-channel memory kit for Intel's X79 platform.
As our previous reviewshave shown, high frequency memory doesn't bring real world performance improvements high enough to justify its added expense. Enthusiasts who focus on synthetic benchmarks results may be willing to pay the premium, but most of us would be loathe to spend hundreds of dollars extra for something that won't add more than one or two frames per second to our favorite game. That said, we also don't necessarily want to go with the lowest common denominator, either. DDR3-1600Mhz memory seems to be the price-performance sweet spot these days, so let's see how this G.SKILL kit performs.
Increasing CPU speed and on-chip cache memory has reduced the performance impact of high-speed system memory relative to older systems. DDR3-1600 memory represents a compromise between lower-end DDR3-1333 memory and more expensive DDR3-1866 and higher speed memory.