G.Skill Ripjaws X 16GB Kit Review

Conclusion

G.Skill Ripjaws X 16GB Kit Review

Conclusion

If you take the Ripjaws X 16GB kit purely as a speed monster then it's easy to come away a little disappointed. Despite the pretty reasonable timings available, and the 1.5v operating voltage, it's very middling when it comes to actual performance.

Certainly if all you're interested in is gaming then there isn't much here to hold your attention.

But looking solely at the performance is missing the point. Yes the performance is only average, but it's the amount of memory you've got available to you, at a good price, that is the real selling point of the 16GB variant of the Ripjaws X.

If you own a fairly modern digital camera that pops pictures out around the 8MB to 20MB it makes a huge difference if you can process them all in one go. Even having four or five open in Photoshop will quickly suck huge quantities of your available memory and so with 16GB available you can sort through your latest artistic outpourings and flick between them easily to decide the ones you want to keep.

What it really boils down to is that you're getting exactly what you expect.

By and large most of us have a love of computer components and the technical nerdiness behind it all. It's why we here at OC3D are so passionate about bringing you the best content we can without talking down to you all, because we understand that you must share our passion to be here. So when we say "this is a 1600MHz 16GB RAM Kit retailing for around £120" you know exactly what you're going to get. It's not blisteringly fast but what you trade off in speed you gain in capacity. Which is really all there is to say about the G.Skill Ripjaws X 16GB kit. You get an awful lot of memory at average speeds for an average amount of money.

If all you want from your memory is that it's at the leading edge of speeds, and you don't really do much image editing or video encoding, you're better looking elsewhere. If you're in the market for an awful lot of memory but haven't got a huge amount of money to spend, this would be exactly the kit you need to buy.

It, to quote a famous woodstain, does exactly what is says on the tin. No surprises whatsoever. It's not eye-openingly bad, nor is it a secret overclocking monster akin to a E6800. It's a hell of a lot of RAM, for not a lot of money and therefore deserving of our Silver Award.

   

Thanks to G.Skill for providing the Ripjaws X for review. Discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

15-08-2011, 05:29:54

tinytomlogan
With the ever increasing demand for memory we take a look at a 16GB kit from G.Skill, for the SandyBridge platform.



Continue Reading

15-08-2011, 05:50:30

Natashaful
Nice Amount of memory, Guess this would be handy for running a OC3D TF2 server

*First* for tom reply

15-08-2011, 06:12:51

dugdiamond
nice kit nice price too

15-08-2011, 06:25:15

AxJaWz
Brilliant kit.

15-08-2011, 06:46:31

V1Viper
Nice kit mate!

15-08-2011, 06:59:47

Anusha
exactly where i am at with my Vengeance 1600CL9 sticks. Cannot hit 1866 not CL8 with 1.65V, but does 9/9/9/24/1T at 1.5V.

15-08-2011, 07:21:39

GrahamC
Liked the review, like the way you point to solid gear for a proper price and that not being bleeding edge as some sort of failure.

15-08-2011, 09:05:28

badtaylorx
man.....its kinda hard to believe how cheap ram has got over the past cppl years.......12gigs in 2008??? what was it???? 4-5 hundred???

15-08-2011, 13:23:43

steve30x
Why would anybody need this much ram unless your running a server or some ram heavy programs. I think anything over 8GB ram is overkill.

15-08-2011, 13:56:12

SG12004
Quote:
Originally Posted by Natashaful View Post

Nice Amount of memory, Guess this would be handy for running a OC3D TF2 server

*First* for tom reply
how do you setup a TF2 server i am playing the game but would like to host it for all my frends not sure how

15-08-2011, 14:05:59

Lollipop
Quote:
Originally Posted by SG12004 View Post

how do you setup a TF2 server i am playing the game but would like to host it for all my frends not sure how
Use the provided software

15-08-2011, 17:03:17

UkGouki
very nice kit...

15-08-2011, 18:43:04

Natashaful
Quote:
Originally Posted by SG12004 View Post

how do you setup a TF2 server i am playing the game but would like to host it for all my frends not sure how
Yeah it's in the folder, You just have to look, Best to download a Pre setup pack or people will lag

15-08-2011, 18:55:51

SG12004
where do you get the Pre setup pack from

i have no idea where steam has installd this game cant find it
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