P67 Memory Kit Roundup Reviewccokeman - March 29, 2011
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The G.Skill Ripjaw X modules are delivered in a plain wrapper with the company logo in the top left corner and a sticker in the top right corner that states this set of modules are specifically designed for use on Intel's LGA 1155 socket Sandy Bridge platform. The side panel contains the information on the contents of the package along with contact and warranty information for the company. Opening the package shows that G.Skill has included one of their Turbulence II series memory coolers in this 2133MHz rated kit.
This set of Ripjaws X modules are specifically tailored to the operating characteristics of Intel's P67 Sandy Bridge platform. This set of modules use part number F3-17000CL9D-8GBXLD. This breaks down to a set of DDR3 modules that are designed to run at 2133MHz using latencies of 9-11-9-28 at 1.65v in a 4 x 2GB set of modules running in a dual channel configuration. The modules carry an XMP profile for easy initial setup.
The modules use a brilliant red aluminum heat sink on the memory that stands out from the crowd. This heat sink is shorter than that offered on the Corsair Vengeance series but still can create some clearance issues with large air cooled CPU heat sinks. This height does help cool the modules down when pushing the clock speeds.
The Turbulence II fan assembly uses two fans to actively cool the memory modules down during operation. In a chassis with minimal airflow or when the voltage is leaned on, this can pay big dividends for the stability of the modules at such high clock speeds. The fans used are LED fans from Young Lin tech and are 50mm x 10mm in size running from a 12v source.
The Ripjaws X modules are easily the flashiest in the group with the bright red heat sinks. Will that flash translate into performance though?