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G.Skill DDR3 RipjawsX 1866MHz Memory

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Conclusion


The G.Skill RipjawsX 8GB DDR3 kit is a great performer no matter which class you fall into: novice, gamer or enthusiast. But please, do not just take our word for it; check out the benchmarks we ran. The need for 8 gigs of memory is rapidly growing and G.Skill recognizes this, providing the end user with awesome performing kits and at respectable prices.

Intel made the Sandy Bridge processor very easy to overclock, which in order to do so you only have real access to the CPU multiplier, and little in the way of BCLK. So we have to get all the performance we can with what we have. This leaves overclocking the RAM we were sent, and upgrading to a solid state drives (which G.Skill also manufacturer).

This particular kit was able to achieve 2133MHz with very little effort. A bump in voltage to 1.65v from the default 1.5v and loosening timings slightly to 9-11-10-28 was all that it took. Some may frown on looser timings, but if you look at the performance numbers you'll notice there is not much being sacrificed.

Another thing that we love about this kit is the heat spreaders which are cool (pun intended), and good looking. These kit would look great say on the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme. Better yet is their short height which offers up some nice clearance, and that leads to not having as many issues when mounting those large CPU coolers.

This kit goes for $64.99 at Newegg at the time of writing. Not a bad price with the way prices are downing on DDR3 kits.

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