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G.Skill RipJaws 4 16GB 2800MHz Review

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G.Skill RipJaws 4 16GB 2800MHz: Introduction

Introduced alongside Intels X99 platform and Haswell-E processors, DDR4 was the next logical step forward to provide the memory bandwidth needed for the extreme high-end desktop platform. Pretty much every manufacturer had kits ready to go to support the launch. Having already looked at one kit from Corsair, I'm finally looking at what G.Skill is bringing to the table in a similar speed bin. G.Skills Ripjaws series of modules are the companies enthusiast grade modules designed to be plug-and-play ready with an XMP 2.0 profile of 16-16-16-36-2N using 1.2v at 2800MHz. Pretty stout for right out-of-the-box when you think of what it takes to get DDR3 modules binned this high on a much more mature process at such a low voltage.

Although this is just a 16GB kit certified for use on the X99 platform, G.skill offers DDR4 kits in capacities from 16GB to 64GB. Into next year as module density improves, we should see kits that even reach to 128GB. Currently speed bins for G.Skills Ripjaws 4 modules scale from 2133MHz all the way up to an almost unheard of 3333MHz for the extreme overclocker to play with. Knowing that modules up to 3333MHz are available, it's no wonder they were the first to have modules clocked up and over 4000Mhz. Thats quite a bit higher than these modules are rated, but let's see what they have to offer in terms of performance.

G.Skill RipJaws 4 16GB 2800MHz: Closer Look

Delivered in a standard clear plastic clamshell package, you get the opportunity to see what you are getting before you spend you hard earned money. The front section shows one pair of the 4 modules. A sticker shouts at you that these modules are DDR4 modules deigned for use with the X99 platform. The bottom corner has an Intel logo that indicates support for Intel Core series processors. The reverse side shows the second pair of modules. The top left corner shows the product information for this 2800MHz kit of memory. Inside the package on the data sheet is some information on DDR4, as well as some facts on the lifetime warranty on the modules.

 

 

Available in two colors at the 2800MHz speed bin, Red and Black,  I will be looking at the  Red version that fits well with many of the gaming centric boards on the market today. The Ripjaws series have always had a distinctive look and these modules are no different. Using an aluminum heat sink with openings in the top to allow hot air to rise up from both sides of the sink only aid in cooling the memory IC's and 288-pin black PCB. The Ripjaws 4 heat sink is not a completley low profile design, but at 40mm high, they should fit under the majority of cooling solution's on the market. Of course if you are using an AIO liquid cooler module height won't be a problem. One side of the DIMM carries the Ripjaws 4 logo while the opposite side has the warranty sticker that lists the part number F4-2800C16Q-16GRR, XMP 2.0 profile settings 16-16-16-36, the voltage needed 1.2v, speed bin 2800MHz, and the serial number of the DIMM in case you do need to use the limited lifetime warranty.

 

 

Built for the performance enthusiast, G.Skills Ripjaws 4 modules should deliver excellent performance and offer some additional head room for the overclocker to tune and tweak.




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