G.Skill Ripjaws X F3 2133C9Q-32GXH Reviewccokeman - March 29, 2012
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32GB of system memory is a lot of memory for any system today. However, the advent of Intel's Sandy Bridge Extreme processors and X79 chipset brought along with it quad channel memory support and the ability to run or use up to 64GB of memory on a desktop platform motherboard. Whether you can use that much or not is a matter of program usage and the capacity to drive that much memory capacity. Photo editing and re-stitching programs can utilize 32GB of capacity to reduce the completion time of picture, clean-up and resizing. Using the added capacity the end user can employ the use of a RAM cache or working as a drive cache for improved hard drive performance. The G.Skill Ripjaws X F3 2133C9Q-32GXH have looser latencies than just about all of the comparison modules. When compared to other modules in the test system the G.Skill modules delivered excellent performance across the board leading as many tests as it was not - a pleasant surprise indeed based on just the latencies alone. The X Series heat shields do an excellent job of dissipating the thermal load of these modules. Not that there is a significant thermal load when running at 1.6v, but they are there for the times you want to get a bit adventurous with the voltages and overclocking. Overclocking margins are not what I was looking for, but nevertheless, I was able to pull an extra 100+ MHz or 5.5% out of the modules that generated a nice boost in performance across the test suite. The modules look great and will "fit" into just about any build. In the end, this set of memory from G.Skill offers excellent performance, a bit of overclocking headroom, reasonable pricing at $399, great looks and enough capacity for the masses to get the job done whatever it is, all with the comfort of a lifetime warranty should something go wrong.
- Good performance
- 8GB modules
- Lifetime warranty
- Low voltage
- Only P67 and Z68 boards on the QVL