G.Skill RipJaws PC3-12800 CL7 4GB Kit
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Since 2 out of our 3 test rigs are currently based on the Intel X58 chipset we have been focusing in reviewing triple channel kits targeted towards hardcore gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers. Our 3rd system is based on the AMD 890GX chipset and so up until today that was our one and only choice for use with dual/quad channel memory modules. However since we do happen to have an Intel Core i7-860 CPU in our hands (which we never actually used before) for quite some time now and also because MSI provided their P55 flagship model the Big Bang Fuzion (review soon) we decided to perform all the tests in this review with a new system configuration.
G. SKILL", established in 1989 by enthusiasts, is a leading memory module Manufacturer based in Taipei, Taiwan. With traditional strengths, we have built an excellent reputation by meeting market demand and fostering business competitiveness both locally and internationally with our dedications to provide competitive prices, On-Time Delivery, Assured Quality, Customer-Oriented Services and Diversity of Products. At G. SKILL, we apply a top priority to quality standards. All of its products are put through a series of rigorous tests and strict quality control procedures. In addition to commissioning qualified IC testing houses to test our products, they are hand test 100% twice in factory and office, to ensure the highest product yield and quality. G. SKILL strives to achieve the highest and most advanced quality from the initial design, through manufacturing solder-paste printing, through surface mounting, to on-line visual inspection, system compatibility testing, packaging and finally to safely and reliably shipping our products to customers.
The RipJaws PC3-12800 (1600MHz) CL7 kit is not the GSkill flagship and certainly not the fastest kit in the market since many companies, GSkill included, have released kits with speeds of up to 2500MHz (PC3-20000). However most people purchase 1600MHz kits not only because they are considerably cheaper than the top end ones but also because you can easily push them to 1800MHz if you feel the need to. To make this review more interesting we also used our reference OCZ Black Edition DDR3 1600MHz CL8 kit to see if there are any differences between a CL7 GSkill kit and a CL8 OCZ kit both with the same speeds.