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G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 CL9 8GB Review

Price: $189.99


Not too long ago, 128 MB sticks of RAM were a big deal and a costly product at that. OK, yeah, maybe it was a few years ago now. Today, the norm is 2 GB sticks and as evidenced by today's review, 4 GB sticks are slowly gaining ground. This review is on the G.Skill Ripjaws, DDR3-1600 CL9 8 GB (4GB X 2) set of memory rated to run at 9-9-9-24 timings at 1.50v. We will run this memory through the normal suite of OCC benchmarks to see how it performs. I don't have any other 4 GB sticks available so we will see how they do against the 2 GB sticks I do have.

Closer Look:

The packaging is just your standard plastic sealed blister pack. The accompanying cardboard face just states "G.Skill Ripjaws, gaming series, designed for Intel i5 & i7 CPUs and AMD AM3 CPUs". The back states that the memory has a lifetime warranty and gives G.Skill contact information along with the product model number and specs.















This memory, part number F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL, is rated to run at 1600 MHz with a timing of 9-9-9-24 @ 1.50v, so, not bad for today's DDR3 memory offerings. The memory has a medium profile heat spreader that should be capable of removing excess heat to keep this RAM running cool.


Let's take a look at how this memory performs.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: PCMark Vantage, Si Soft Sandra 2010
  5. Testing: Geekbench 2.1, Super PI 1.5
  6. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  7. Conclusion
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