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G.Skill RipJaws X DDR3-2133 4GB Review

By on April 5, 2011
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Baring its fangs.

Good: Boots up at 1600MHz, Rated speeds achieved with low voltage, Low heatsinks
Bad: Rated speeds can only be achieved on two DIMMS
Price: AED 280
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The below benchmarks were done using our regular testbed of Intel Core i7-2600K on a Gigabyte P67A-UD7 with a Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition; a Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB HDD running Windows 7 Ultimate provided the basis and all of this was powered by a Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold PSU.

I specifically used SiS Sandra 2011’s Aggregate Memory Performance benchmark as it gives a realistic representation of bandwidth usage.  For testing the G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-2133 I’ve compared it against the Kingston HyperX DDR3-2133 reviewed earlier this year.

As you can see the RipjawsX has a significant advantage at default settings, i.e. the speeds of 1600MHz compared to 1333MHz obviously give it an upper hand. Meanwhile the overclocking results also yielded a better result than the Kingston HyperX DDR3-2133 memory kit, and that too at significantly lower voltage.

The only drawback to the G.Skill I see is the fact that you cannot achieve rated speeds with four DIMMS, and therefore will have to go with their own 8GB kit, which is roughly $50 more than buying two 4GB kits. To be fair, it does come with the Turbulence II fan, but having not tested its effectiveness, I can’t say whether it’s worth it or not.

What I can say for sure is that G.Skill RipJaws X DDR3-2133 is one hell of a memory kit. Priced aggressively, this 4GB memory kit achieves rated speeds with absolute ease, and the voltage is also at a comfortably low level. The low profile heatsinks also mean that the RipJaws X will be friendly with some of the newer CPU cooling solutions which usually end up eating the first (and sometimes even second) ram slots.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775270132 Mohannad Alchalabi

    Perhaps the voltage issue is related to your motherboard or its specs and not the RAM as other reviews seem to suggest these do run at 1.65V

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775270132 Mohannad Alchalabi

    Perhaps the voltage issue is related to your motherboard or its specs and not the RAM as other reviews seem to suggest these do run at 1.65V

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  • AbdullaYR

    I’ve been looking for these ram, where can i find them in Duabi?

  • AbdullaYR

    I’ve been looking for these ram, where can i find them in Duabi?

  • AbdullaYR

    I’ve been looking for these ram, where can i find them in Duabi?

  • Annihilating_force

    Where I can buy it in Dubai?

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      G.Skill doesn’t have any official reseller here. You can only order their ram from US or Taiwan directly. These are the contact details from their site:

      TEL : 886-2-2766-7889
      FAX : 886-2-2767-2721

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