GSkill Ripjaws IV 3000MHz DDR4 Memory

Our first look at DDR4 Memory!

GSkill Ripjaws IV 3000MHz DDR4 Memory

Introduction

DDR3 RAM has been the standard in computing for many years now. It first started hitting the shelves in 2007, and although prices were a little high to really justify upgrading from DDR2 back then, as soon as production fully engaged and DDR2 started to disappear, the prices of DDR3 fell rapidly which was great news for consumers. Even though the interface of DDR3 RAM has been the same for seven years or so, the technology and specifications has actually changed quite a bit. We first started only really seeing 1333MHz and 1600MHz kits on the DDR3 interface as that's pretty much all the older memory controllers in motherboards and processors could handle. But, as the IMC technology improved, so did the memory speeds, and recently we've become used to seeing 2400MHz kits in high end systems and certain companies are even producing memory with speeds of up to 3000MHz, although the high cost here again doesn't really justify the marginally higher performance.

Recently this year, we've heard a number of rumours regarding DDR4 memory, and we do think it is about time for the new interface. We've got our hands on some GSkill Ripjaws IV 3000MHz 16GB DDR4 memory and we're able to give you a very quick first look, along with some ideas about what to expect over the coming months and years with DDR4.

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Conclusion

In terms of aesthetics, there isn't really much to say in terms of differences between this and its DDR3 counterpart. The Ripjaws use a very similar designed heatsink to the older RipjawsZ DDR3 kit. It's small enough to fit under the majority of processor heatsinks and from the top looks just as you'd expect high end RAM to look.

The Ripjaws IV is only 1.35v so temperatures should be lower than the high end DDR3 kits of this speed which were mostly pushing 1.65v. This also should mean there's less strain on memory controllers in the processors for DDR4 systems.

With higher speeds, we're used to expecting higher timings. The Ripjaws have timings of 15-15-15-35. This is a little higher than we've come to expect with memory kits on the DDR3 interface, but since this is new technology, we're confident that future iterations will be able to get the timings down a little.

As previously mentioned, the Ripjaws IV is 3000MHz and if this is the base speed for DDR4, we're expecting some big numbers in the future. Again, DDR3 started on just 1333MHz and finished at 3000MHz so only time will tell if DDR4 can head in the same direction.

The Ripjaws IV was actually the RAM that Asus ROG have used in developing the Rampage V Extreme on the X99 platform which has been rumoured to be released around the end of this month.

As far as pricing goes, this 16GB kit comes in at £380 @ OCUK, and while we understand you may think that's high, the 3000MHz kits of DDR3 are around £320 for just 8GB. However, since DDR4 is to be a whole new standard, we're confident all these prices will fall considerably when there's more competition in the market, and when X99 has been fully released.

Thanks to GSkill for providing the Ripjaws IV. You can discuss your thoughts on the OC3D Forums.

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20-08-2014, 10:48:32

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...103713411l.JPG

We take our first look at the new DDR4 RAM, and with a base speed of 3000MHz, we're expecting big things in the future.


Read more about the GSkill Ripjaws IV 3000MHz DDR4 Memory here
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20-08-2014, 10:49:21

MadShadow
Did you lose your "W" key? Quote

20-08-2014, 11:03:35

TPC
The contacts are in the middle bigger than on the side, anyone knows why?Quote

20-08-2014, 11:18:38

WYP
I'm getting very excited now about X99, even though I'll not get the chance to play with it.

Goodness, Tom's "loft of dreams" must be worth a lot these days. That kit alone is near worth £400.Quote

20-08-2014, 11:20:35

MadShadow
I cant help but notice that horrid blue PCB...Quote

20-08-2014, 11:23:07

Wraith
Quote:
Originally Posted by TPC View Post
The contacts are in the middle bigger than on the side, anyone knows why?
It's the way the new Dimm slots are designed, the new Dominators are exactly the same.

X99 = Exciting times ahead.

EDIT: Madden it's black it's just the way the light is reflecting.Quote

20-08-2014, 11:25:26

Big Boss
5930k, Rampage V Extreme, 3000Mhz DDR4, happy daysQuote

20-08-2014, 11:34:09

Hellgador
Shame that early adapter prices always are sky-high. Like the looks of them and can't wait to see some actual reviews Quote

20-08-2014, 11:36:44

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Big Boss View Post
5930k, Rampage V Extreme, 3000Mhz DDR4, happy days

Yep all that, and the 5960X.... and the Asus Deluxe, two MSI boards blah blah blah Quote

20-08-2014, 11:37:31

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Yep all that, and the 5960X.... and the Asus Deluxe, two MSI boards blah blah blah
So thats the one thats going in Orca? Quote

20-08-2014, 11:41:03

RamboOC
Quote:
Originally Posted by TPC View Post
The contacts are in the middle bigger than on the side, anyone knows why?
maybe its due to most of the voltage being passed through the middle?Quote

20-08-2014, 11:48:40

Big Boss
Oh I wish I could hug you Tom, I really do.

Considering the 5960X, need to see some performance reviewsQuote

20-08-2014, 11:54:04

Xrqute
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
So thats the one thats going in Orca?
I'm also extremely curious about the one you said is going to be finding a home in Orca.

I'm assuming it'll be something like the R4BE equivalent for X99.

I'm also assuming Asus are waiting till i52 to do all their unveiling as we've seen a fair bit from MSI and Gigabyte but not a thing from Asus yet.Quote

20-08-2014, 13:36:24

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xrqute View Post
I'm also extremely curious about the one you said is going to be finding a home in Orca.

I'm assuming it'll be something like the R4BE equivalent for X99.

I'm also assuming Asus are waiting till i52 to do all their unveiling as we've seen a fair bit from MSI and Gigabyte but not a thing from Asus yet.

They have something epic that they wanted to keep quietQuote

20-08-2014, 13:39:16

truesilax
dose this mean bigger bit os?Quote

20-08-2014, 14:18:34

shambles1980
15-15-15-35
almost twice the latency at less than twice the hertz
they really do need to figure out this latency issue.
if they could drop that down to 10-10-10-30 i bet it would be a huge difference. (although i guess 15-15-15 isnt that bad. but im not a huge fan of "35")
but that is a lot of hertz lol.
just wondering when amd will jump on this. id imagine they should make some FM2+ chips ddr4 compatible, as id imagine they would benefit the most from the extra speed, and they have no plans of moving away from that socket.
Wonder if they will move the memory controller on to the mother board for compatibility and cost effectiveness.Quote

20-08-2014, 14:27:33

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by shambles1980 View Post
15-15-15-35
almost twice the latency at less than twice the hertz
they really do need to figure out this latency issue.
if they could drop that down to 10-10-10-30 i bet it would be a huge difference. (although i guess 15-15-15 isnt that bad. but im not a huge fan of "35")
but that is a lot of hertz lol.
just wondering when amd will jump on this. id imagine they should make some FM2+ chips ddr4 compatible, as id imagine they would benefit the most from the extra speed, and they have no plans of moving away from that socket.
Wonder if they will move the memory controller on to the mother board for compatibility and cost effectiveness.

Spoken like a true n0000b that doesnt know timings are not important - BANDWIDTH is king

Timings have not really mattered since 1366 SocketQuote

20-08-2014, 14:28:55

TPC
Quote:
Originally Posted by shambles1980 View Post
just wondering when amd will jump on this. id imagine they should make some FM2+ chips ddr4 compatible, as id imagine they would benefit the most from the extra speed, and they have no plans of moving away from that socket.
Wonder if they will move the memory controller on to the mother board for compatibility and cost effectiveness.
Why not Socket AM4 with DDR4? sounds good n'or?Quote

20-08-2014, 14:50:48

shambles1980
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Spoken like a true n0000b that doesnt know timings are not important - BANDWIDTH is king

Timings have not really mattered since 1366 Socket
always been a fan of low latency to be honest.
but il admit ddr2>ddr3 was the same but ddr3 is still much faster.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TPC View Post
Why not Socket AM4 with DDR4? sounds good n'or?
wasnt to sure if they were going ahead with am4.
I think am3+ is about done with. but i wasnt sure if they were just going to concentrate mostly on the fm2+ as they said they will be keeping it.Quote

20-08-2014, 22:35:33

Xrqute
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
They have something epic that they wanted to keep quiet
Sick!

You'll have to get your side kick to run a live announcements thread (assuming you'll be to busy to do such yourself) so those of us that live on the otherside of the world or those who just can't make it can still be part of the action and being able to discuss announcements as they come through.

And if things are as good from Asus as you say I dare say I'll be sporting X99 before the year is out.Quote

20-08-2014, 23:40:22

Wraith
Quote:
Originally Posted by shambles1980 View Post
wasnt to sure if they were going ahead with am4.
I think am3+ is about done with. but i wasnt sure if they were just going to concentrate mostly on the fm2+ as they said they will be keeping it.
With everything we already know, i.e Roadmaps, Press releases and even AMD camp fire rumours..

AM3+ is dead now and slowly vanishing into the distance, FM2+ is their main socket of choice for the foreseeable future also the AM1 socket for the lower power APU market. I doubt we'll see a good enthusiast chip from AMD for a while now, their only now recouping their losses in the market after the whole Intel scandal, by releasing new RAM, SSDs ect ect. Still they have a ways yet before they can match or out perform Intel.Quote

21-08-2014, 00:37:18

NeverBackDown
IMO the next big "performance" chip from AMD will come once we they have achieved a serious node drop down along with new innovative tech inside the CPU that will yield them performance increases in every catergory along with far better power efficiency. Until then nada, i give it 3-4 years before any serious step up is released.Quote

21-08-2014, 02:43:18

Lonestar166
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
I cant help but notice that horrid blue PCB...
They do come in red, black blue, etc

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Big Boss View Post
5930k, Rampage V Extreme, 3000Mhz DDR4, happy days
I hear ya loud and clear. Bring it on.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Yep all that, and the 5960X.... and the Asus Deluxe, two MSI boards blah blah blah
and three MSI boards blah blah blah

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Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
They have something epic that they wanted to keep quiet
I like epic......I'm waiting.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Spoken like a true n0000b that doesnt know timings are not important - BANDWIDTH is king

Timings have not really mattered since 1366 Socket
OUCH...lol ....lolQuote

21-08-2014, 03:25:14

MadShadow
Holy penta-post. Dude, you want to edit your post instead of double/penta-posting.Quote

21-08-2014, 03:31:12

Excalabur50
Will be interesting to see what everyone brings to the table some exciting times ahead me thinksQuote

21-08-2014, 04:22:39

RizeAllard
Can't wait for the test results... My hands are shaking to get every bits of info about the new x99 platform. I had to make a decision which brand and which item i should get....Quote

21-08-2014, 04:23:23

Xrqute
@lonestar166 PLEASE EDIT YOUR POST'S AND CONDENCE FROM 5 TO 1

Double posting let alone penta-posting is a cardinal sin within these walls.Quote

21-08-2014, 11:56:58

Master&Puppet
Looking forward to the performance reviews of x99 and DDR4 but £380 for 16GB is truly ridiculous!Quote

21-08-2014, 12:43:51

Lonestar166
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Holy penta-post. Dude, you want to edit your post instead of double/penta-posting.
My most humble apology MaddenShadow. I was having my morning cuppa java, and had no ide I would be making that many posts. Point taken.Quote

21-08-2014, 12:50:26

Xrqute
Quote:
Originally Posted by Master&Puppet View Post
Looking forward to the performance reviews of x99 and DDR4 but £380 for 16GB is truly ridiculous!
Corsair CMD16GX4M4A2800C16 16GB 4x4GB 2800MHz DDR4, 16-18-18-36, 1.2V.
$629.00 ETA: 29/08/14

Corsair Dominator Platinum CMD16GX4M4A2666C15 16GB 4x4GB DDR4
Corsair CMD16GX4M4A2666C15 16GB 4x4GB 2666MHz DDR4, 15-17-17-35, 1.2V.
$559.00 ETA: 29/08/14

Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M4A2800C16R 16GB 4x4GB 2800MHz DDR4, 16-18-18 36, 1.2V
$469.00 ETA: 29/08/14

"Welcome to the land Downunder!"Quote

21-08-2014, 12:53:11

RamboOC
Quote:
Originally Posted by TPC View Post
Why not Socket AM4 with DDR4? sounds good n'or?
More like socket FM3 with DDR4

Amd is abandoning the performance cpus without igpu (FX). I think that amd will just make APU's now which are ram speed hungryQuote

21-08-2014, 12:57:28

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lonestar166 View Post
My most humble apology MaddenShadow. I was having my morning cuppa java, and had no ide I would be making that many posts. Point taken.
Its cool, its not really that I care, the mods do Quote

22-08-2014, 13:43:04

Haysleyez
I wish you didn't have to mortgage the house to buy ram Quote

24-08-2014, 07:26:12

TMarchev
I want this ram ))Quote
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