G.Skill Ripjaws X F3 2133C9Q-32GXH Reviewccokeman - March 29, 2012
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Having recently looked at a set of G.SkillsRipjaws Z 16GB 2133MHz rated Quad channel memory kit, which showed excellent overclocking potential, I was excited to see how their latest quad channel kit (Dual Channel for Intel 6 series boards) would perform. This kit features higher density modules that drives the capacity up to 32GB using four 8GB modules. Rated at 2133Mhz Cas 9 using 1.6V, this kit at 32GB has the tightest latencies out of G.Skills catalogue for 8GB modules at 9-11-11-31, again only using 1.6v to get there. Designed for use with Intel's "Second Generation" Core series processors, this kit is targeted at the dual channel socket 1155 6 series motherboards as shown by the qualified motherboard listing on the product page for this set of memory. There are no X79 motherboards on this listing, strangely enough. Even so, operation with Intel's Sandy Bridge Extreme socket 2011 motherboards seems like the natural choice based on the ability to use these modules in a quad channel configuration, to take advantage of the capacity and bandwidth offered by the X79 platform and this set of G.Skill Ripjaws X series modules. After seeing the overclocking potential of the Ripjaws Z 16GB 2133Mhz rated kit was capable of, I am looking forward to putting the screws to this kit to find the limits. Thankfully G.Skill looks after the enthusiast crowd with a lifetime warranty on these modules so pushing them harder than intended comes with a backup plan. Let's see what the Ripjaws X F3 2133C9Q-32GXH modules have to offer.
Packed into the standard retail clam shell packaging, this high density set of modules offers the same view from the front and rear face of the packaging. Information on the front side of the advertising card inside the shell states that the Ripjaws X F3 2133C9Q-32GXH kit is designed for use with Intel Second Generation Core series processors and motherboards using the Intel P67 or Z68 chipest. Again strangely the X79 chipset is not mentioned. The back side has a sticker with the pertinent information for this kit. PC3 17000 or DDR3 2133MHz speeds with latencies of 9-11-11-31 using 1.6v. Packed inside is a small case badge that can be used to show your brand loyalty.
Ripjaws X part number F3 2133C9Q-32GXH is a four DIMM set of modules designed for use with Intel P67 and Z68 motherboard running in dual channel mode. This kit features four 8GB modules rated to run at DDR3 2133Mhz speeds using a Cas latency of 9 (9-11-11-31) with a low 1.6v applied. All this is stretched over an 8 layer PCB for improved reliability and voltage tolerance. The front side of the DIMMs shows the G.Skill Ripjaws X branding against a backdrop of lightning bolts. The opposite side has a sticker with the specifications of the modules and that the 6GB modules are indeed Intel XMP certified for operation at this high level. The black-on-black theme is attractive and would look good in just about any build. Peeking out from under the heat shields is a sticker that states G.Skill Warranty and is in a spot normally not seen. The label on the side identifies the modules and the rated timing and speed bin as well as the voltage that should be applied to these modules to allow them to run the rated speeds.
The Ripjaws X modules use the X series heat shields to manage the thermal load form these modules. Pushing 1.6v you would be hard pressed to overwhelm the cooling of these modules unless the chassis you are working with just no airflow to keep the modules cool. Stacked in a four DIMM configuration on a P67 or Z68 motherboard and in the four DIMM slots heat can build up a bit but the X series of modules should handle the thermal load up to 1.7v. The heat sink design uses large fins and convective cooling to keep the modules cool under load.
32GB of memory is just a massive quantity of memory for use in a system, but there are added things you can do with it, such as putting together a RAM disk to increase the performance of the system. Let's see if this 32GB kit can deliver excellent performance to go with the added capacity above that of the 16GB and 32GB kits I have looked at so far.