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G.Skill RipjawsX (F3-1600C9Q-32GXM) 1600MHz 32GB (4x 8GB) Memory Kit Review

The G.Skill RipjawsX (F3-1600C9Q-32GXM) 1600MHz 32GB memory kit is a rock-solid product that has an excellent amount of overclocking headroom.

We would call the out-of-the-box performance average due to the fact that 1600MHz is the baseline for today’s performance memory kits, even those with high-capacity DIMMS. The 1600MHz RipjawsX modules are no different to any other 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 sticks.

Overclocking the kit past its 1,600MHz rated frequency was simple. We had no problems adjusting the frequency up to 1,866MHz with just a slight reduction in the timings and safe increase in voltage.

Additional tweaking may lead to even higher frequencies or tighter timings, but 1,866MHz from a mid-range, high-capacity memory kit is respectable.

Appearance is one of the main selling points for G.Skill’s Ripjaws product line. The blue RipjawsX heatsink used on today’s kit is no different – it’s very attractive and will look excellent in most, if not all, systems. While the heatsink can’t be faulted for its aesthetic appeal, its 40mm height has the potential to interfere with large CPU coolers.

Currently available for £140 from Ebuyer, G.Skill’s RipjawsX (F3-1600C9Q-32GXM) 1600MHz 32GB memory kit is priced very competitively. It is actually one of the cheapest 4x 8GB kits on the market, with many of the slightly more affordable options offering looser timings.

Pros:

  • Respectable amount of overclocking headroom.
  • Priced competitively.
  • Attractive design.
  • Tight timings in the default configuration.

Cons:

  • 40mm heatspreaders may cause some interference issues.

KitGuru says: A rock-solid memory kit that offers a respectable amount of overclocking headroom and is set apart by its competitive retail price.


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Rating: 8.5.

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