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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
G.SKILL Ripjaws-Z 16GB DDR3-1600 Memory
Closer Look: G.SKILL Ripjaws
Testing and Results
Synthetic Tests
Application Tests
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

G.SKILL Ripjaws-Z DDR3 Memory Kit Review

Manufacturer: G.Skill International Enterprise
Product Name: Ripjaws Z-Series DDR3-1600 Memory Kit
Model Number: F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL
Price As Tested: $89.99 (Newegg)

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.

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F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL Specifications

System Desktop
System Type DDR3
M/B Chipset

Intel X79

CAS Latency 9-9-9-24-2N
Capacity

16GB (4GB x4)

Speed DDR3-1600 (PC3 12800)
Test Voltage 1.5 Volts
Height 40 mm / 1.58 inch
Registered/Unbuffered Unbuffered
Error Checking Non-ECC
Type 240-pin DIMM
Warranty Lifetime
Features Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) Certified

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.



 

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# compatibilityrealneil 2012-01-19 07:47
I've found GSKill brand RAM to be compatible with just about any motherboard out there. This is not always so with other brands either.
I have it in 2133 and 1600 speeds and do not see any real world difference between them.
So the compatibility and low price that GSKill brings to the table have me sold.
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# Oops?Mergatroid 2012-01-19 16:55
Is this right on your second page?

"The label shows the XMP profile settings of 9-9-9-234"

Typo I think.

Great review. I used G-Skil 1600 for the first time in my most recent personal build, and they just worked. They drew no attention to themselves which is really all I ask of RAM. I got the black ones and they look pretty sweet, but they're even taller than the quad kit units.
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# RE: Oops?David Ramsey 2012-01-19 17:36
Yep, that was a type, and it's fixed now. Thanks!
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# Newb question re: XMP vcoreAlex 2012-02-22 03:28
Nice, very informative review! I'm currently in the process of putting an X79 build and was wondering whether the 1.32 vcore indicated in the screenshot above is the specified Intel XMP value or whether the value is determined by the motherboard manufacturers.

I'm thinking maybe of going Gigabyte for my mobo. If I use G.SKILL DDR3-1600MHz on it, will it automatically give me the same 1.32 vcore value, as well? Must run pretty hot on 1.32v core voltage at idle. (I'm assuming that's the 24/7 voltage.)
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