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G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 CL9 8GB Review



This 8 GB set of G.Skill DDR3-1600 CL9 did kind of surprise me with the 1968 MHz ceiling at the stock rated timings of 9-9-9-24. Surprised because of the supposed difficulty in overclocking modules of this density. I just wasn't expecting this RAM to reach that level since the 2 GB Ripjaw sticks gave out at 1780 MHz with the same rated speed, timings and voltage. The XMP profile works just as expected, as does the RAM at its rated 1600 Mhz speed. You can also substantially tighten up the timings at the module's 1600MHz rated speed to 7-7-7-24, which of course is a nice bonus when you run this memory at 1600 MHz. Price wise, this set is an incredible value at the current pricing of $189 at Newegg for this 8GB set of memory from G.Skill. So, if you are in need of an 8 GB set of dual channel memory that still has some headroom for expansion in both timings and frequency, you may want to consider this G.Skill set.



  • Very good overclocking
  • Medium height heat spreaders
  • Timings tighten well at rated speed
  • Runs at the JEDEC standard of 1.5v
  • Pricing
  • 8GB capacity



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