Before we get into the details of the visual aspect of the RipjawsX, we will go over the operating aspects of the kit. It begins with the low voltage requirement of 1.5 volts. In order to obtains this is a very low operating voltages, the timings of 9-9-9-24 were necessary for the 1866MHz operating speed. We stated in the beginning the use of low voltage memory is due to the Sandy Bridge processor and we have not changed our thinking on that fact. But AMD fans will get a performance boost out of the high operating frequency when using either the Llano or upcoming Zambezi platforms, as both support 1866MHz natively.
The RipjawsX family consist of twenty-five different variations ranging from 2GB kits all the way up to 24GB Triple Channel ones. The timings can get freakishly low at CAS 7 to a much looser CAS 9. Even more impressive would be the max frequency they are available in, with the king of the hill F3-20000CL9D-4GBTDS kit coming in at an amazing 2500MHz.
The modules are wrapped in an all aluminum heat spreader that looks much different from any of the other company’s spreaders we have reviewed. The spreaders measures slightly over 1.5 inches tall, make life a little easier for mounting larger CPU heat sinks by giving a little bit more clearance.
One side of the modules has the G.Skill trademark along with the RipjawsX logo. The reverse side has the product information sticker on it. The sticker indicates the frequency, timings, voltage and other miscellaneous information about the modules.