G.Skill Ripjaws F3-16000CL9D-8GBRM 2x4GB Memory Review
Date: January 11, 2011
Product Name: G.Skill Ripjaws PC3-16000 2x4GB
Part Number: F3-16000CL9D-8GBRM
Hardware Canucks has just rung in the new year, and how fitting to do so with a 2x4GB kit of memory from G.Skill specified for the Intel P55 platform. Towards the end of 2010, memory manufacturers put on their density hats and made huge leaps and bounds in the high performance/high density DDR3 segment of the market. PC3-16000 kits of memory that run at DDR3-2000 with 2GB modules are quite common, and now 4GB modules able to run at these high frequencies are everywhere.
Hardware Canucks have done all kinds of investigative testing into high frequency memory performance on overall system speed, and have found that there just isn’t a huge benefit to going with high clocks. There is also a pretty decisive limit in how high memory clocks can even go on a 24/7 system. This limit was seen more so with Bloomfield Intel CPU’s due to memory controller limitations, but even with P55 CPU’s that can handle higher memory clocks, there are still limits. It only makes sense then to increase density, as there is really no other place to go with DDR3 memory at this point.
What this realization has led to is a massive drop in price in high density DDR3 memory that can still run high frequency. Today we look at an extremely well priced, and well spec’d 2x4GB kit of DDR3 memory from the G.Skill Ripjaws family. Rated at DDR3-2000 with 9-10-9 timings, this kit is not ground breaking in the sense of the typical marketing number game. Instead, this kit offers high density and high speed at a very reasonable price. Add in the stock 1.55v voltage rating and we have ourselves a decent little kit of memory in the G.Skill F3-16000CL9D-8GBRM.