G.Skill on Friday officially introduced its Ripjaws 4 DDR4 memory modules designed for performance enthusiasts. The Ripjaws 4 product line will include multiple modules with clock-rates ranging from 2133MHz to 3200MHz.
G.Skill’s Ripjaws 4 quad-channel DDR4 memory kits will consist of 4GB or 8GB memory modules that work at 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz, 2800MHz, 3000MHz or 3200MHz effective data-rates with CL16 16-16-36 or CL15 15-15-35 timings. Ripjaws 4 modules feature 1.2V voltage for kits with frequencies below 2800MHz and 1.35V voltage for 3000MHz/3200MHz solutions.
The Ripjaws 4 memory modules with clock-rates over 2400MHz support Intel XMP 2.0 for automatic and trouble-free tuning. According to G.Skill, the modules have been validated for compatibility with “most upcoming X99 motherboards” with a series of rigorous tests in quad-channel mode.
As reported, the Ripjaws 4 DDR4 modules are equipped with all-new heat-spreaders painted in red, blue or black. The height of the memory modules is 40mm, which means that they should be compatible with the majority of high-end CPU coolers.
So far only G.Skill and Avexir have announced DDR4 memory modules with effective clock-rates higher than 3.0GHz. G.Skill will likely ship its 3.20GHz DDR4 modules in the coming weeks, whereas Avexir is expected to supply its 3.40GHz DDR4 modules in the coming months.
The first-generation DDR4 memory modules will be aimed at Intel Corp.’s Core i7 5800-/5900-series “Haswell-E” high-end desktop (HEDT) platforms featuring quad-channel memory sub-systems. Intel will official launch its new Core i7 Extreme processors as well as the X99 platform on the 29th of August, 2014.
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KitGuru Says: With the formal announcement of 3.20GHz DDR4 memory modules, it becomes clear that the first-gen DDR4 solutions will clearly beat DDR3 in terms of effective data-rates. But what about actual performance in real-world applications?