G.Skill Ripjaws X 16GB Kit Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

G.Skill Ripjaws X 16GB Kit Review


For a long while Memory was one of those things that you needed a certain amount, but once you passed 4GB there really wasn't a lot to be gained apart from a huge hole in your wallet.

Now as the latest smartphones can provide nearly everybody with HD video capabilities and we're all multi-tasking with a media-player running, a few tabs up in our browser, maybe a casual game, virus killer, the ever increasing amount of drivers running, the need for larger and larger capacity memory has become almost vital.

If you want to convert your smartphone video into a Youtube friendly format you'll definitely need as much as possible, and with this in mind we're taking a look at a whopping 16GB kit from G.Skill. The switch from 2GB density sticks to 4GB has meant that such a mammoth number is now a realistic proposition.

Coming in at about £130 it's surprisingly good value too. I remember paying £70 for a 512KB expansion. Tempora mutantur.

Technical Specifications

There are a few versions of the RipjawsX 16GB kit around at different speeds. With the 4GB density still being fairly new to the market you have to make a decision between blazing speed at slack timings, or slower MHz but with better timings. Today we're looking at the 1600MHz CAS9 version which is good value and so worthy of attention.

System TypeDDR3
M/B Chipset 


Intel Z68
Intel P67
Intel H67

Intel H61

CAS Latency9-9-9-24-2N

16GB (4GB x4)

SpeedDDR3-1600 (PC3  12800)
Test Voltage1.5 Volts
Height40 mm / 1.58 inch  
Error CheckingNon-ECC
Type240-pin DIMM


As always it's time to take a gander at the sticks themselves.

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Most Recent Comments

15-08-2011, 05:29:54

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

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15-08-2011, 05:50:30

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

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15-08-2011, 06:12:51

nice kit nice price too Quote

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