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    8GB G-Skill RipjawsX F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL Review

    8GB G-Skill RipjawsX F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL Review




    Introduction

    G-Skill, founded in 1989 are a memory manufacturer catering to just about every memory related need you may have focusing on solutions for PC gamers, Enthusiasts, and workstations. Wanting to set themselves apart from the rest G-Skill are a company who consistently want to offer the very best in memory technology available while offering unrivalled reliability with excellent performance and compatibility. Today we will be looking at the 8GB kit of F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL. Priced at just £33.60 can the kit bring anything different to the playing field? Let’s have a look.


    Packaging & Modules



    Nothing out of the ordinary in regards to the packaging, your simple easy-open blister type packing. While I have no complaints about it the packaging certainly doesn’t offer much in way of protection to the product within which is of some concern as items such as this are usually only put into jiffy bags for posting which in themselves don’t offer a whole lot of protection.




    Here we have the modules themselves. At first glance they don’t appear all that different to any other memory kit you might pick up, but it has to be said the heatspreaders on these modules don’t just look gorgeous but actually look like they are designed to be effective and not just “bling” although I still think honeycomb design heatspreaders offer the best functionality as the design not only allows for heat to spread out more evenly but also allows for maximum airflow. A touch which is bound to be welcomed is the black PCB of the modules, granted you can’t really see the PCB under the heatspreaders but the black PCB makes the overall appearance so much nicer to look at compared to a nasty ugly green PCB.


    Test Setup

    You should all know the standard test setup by now;

    Asrock Z68 Extreme4, UEFI 1.7
    I5 2500k
    2x4GB PC12800 G-Skill RipjawsX CL9
    GTX 460 1GB 900 / 4300
    640GB Western Digital Caviar Black
    Xonar DX 7.1 PCI-E
    Corsair 850w HX PSU

    It is well worth noting that upon installing these modules the system booted right up with the memory running @ 1600, although timings still had to be adjusted from 11-11-11-28 to their stock timings of 9-9-9-24.


    Stock Performance

    Firing up Aida64, here are the sorts of numbers you can expect with stock 9-9-9-24 timings;



    Everything is as to be expected here with nothing out of the ordinary, moving on.



    Nothing out of the ordinary here either.


    Overclocking

    So, how well do these sticks overclock I hear you all asking. To test that out we will compare the G-Skill F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL kit against the Corsair Vengeance (Rev 8.16) 8GB 1866C9 kit in a “apples to apples” comparison to start with and all tests will be done using 1.6v vDIMM. Anywhere results show “0” on the below chart signifies the kit failed and the system would not POST.

    Note these results are with JUST the memory overclocked and not the entire system.



    This is certainly disappointing and makes for one very empty chart. I had hoped the G-Skill kit would be capable of 8-8-8-25 @ 1600 but it wasn’t meant to be. The G-Skill kit did manage 9-8-8-25 though, perhaps some UEFI refinement for high capacity modules from Asrock would help in this regard.

    Now the "apples to apples" test is done, lets experiment with the G-Skill kit properly.

    For these G-Skill specific tests we will use a vDIMM of 1.6v as well. I did try 1.65v but it made no difference to Overclocking. Once again ONLY the memory was overclocked for these results, not the whole system.



    As can be seen from these results, with a small bump to vDIMM the kit of 1600MHz G-Skill Ripjaws are happy to run the same speed as the Vengeance 1866 kit albeit with slightly different timings. These results were verified stable by running 4hrs of HCI Memtest. I have a sneaky suspicion if I had more time for testing these results would of even proved to be stable with less than 1.6v.


    Conclusion

    Ok, so we have looked at another kit of memory for budget minded enthusiasts and I would think its fair to say in terms of price, looks and Overclocking the G-Skill kit has those in the bag considering the stupidly cheap price of £33.60. 1866MHz @ 1.6v is certainly nothing to sniff at for that money. On the downside the G-Skill kit couldn’t handle 1600 8-8-8-25 at stock settings which is disappointing. Perhaps some UEFI refinement from Asrock for high capacity modules could improve this though. Overall the G-Skill kit does a good job of making a standing for itself, cheap, pleasing to the eye, and can actually overclock unlike the Vengeance memory kit. If you are looking for a cheap 8GB kit of memory that looks great and has decent headroom in the Overclocking department the G-Skill Ripjaws are worth considering.

    The Good

    + 2x4GB for £33!
    + Great Looks
    + Overclocks well for such cheap memory
    + Fairly efficient heatspreaders

    The Bad

    - Can’t do 8-8-8 @ 1600
    - Trying any Overclocking with a CAS latency lower than 9 is a fruitless endeavour.

    The Ugly

    - G-Skill packaging does not do a good job of protecting the product within

    Stay tuned readers for the next instalment of memory being put through its paces, the G-Skill F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM!

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    Thank you for the review Ket. Very nice job gSkills has got something for every occasion.
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    Indeed G-Skill do I was pleasently surprised the kit can do 1866 @ 10-9-9-25 timings considering the kit defaulted to 11-11-11-28. Its nice to see G-Skill aren't dropping the ball unlike some other manufacturers

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    Nice Review, but next time dont buy RED G-skill sticks, they are not meant to OC.

    Instead buy Black or Blue :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter CS View Post
    Nice Review, but next time dont buy RED G-skill sticks, they are not meant to OC.

    Instead buy Black or Blue :P
    the 16GB are Red and oc very nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter CS View Post
    Nice Review, but next time dont buy RED G-skill sticks, they are not meant to OC.

    Instead buy Black or Blue :P
    the 16GB are Red and oc very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter CS View Post
    Nice Review, but next time dont buy RED G-skill sticks, they are not meant to OC.

    Instead buy Black or Blue :P
    I'm compiling a list of all the best memory at varying price points. Only way to do that is start at the bottom and work my way up

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    So which value 33-40Ł 8GB KIT is best for ocing?
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    Isn't the Asrock bios holding you back somehow Ket ?
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    Judging by the timings/Volts you reached and the black pcb it probably have Micron D9MGJ ics under the hood, same used on Patriot Sector 5 and other affordable 8Gb kits.
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    nice review, just bought a few sets of these for budget builds and the price cannot be beaten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeghoofd View Post
    Isn't the Asrock bios holding you back somehow Ket ?
    Not really. If the UEFI is holding anything back at all it would just be where some refinement for high density modules might allow the kit to manage 8-8-8-25 timings @ 1600 instead of 9-8-8-25 timings. Given the retail price of the kit, this isn't a dealbreaker in any form. The kit might even do better on the P67 Extreme4 as that is the board this kit has been tested with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeghoofd View Post
    Isn't the Asrock bios holding you back somehow Ket ?
    Not really. If the UEFI is holding anything back at all it would just be where some refinement for high density modules might allow the kit to manage 8-8-8-25 timings @ 1600 instead of 9-8-8-25 timings. Given the retail price of the kit, this isn't a dealbreaker in any form. The kit might even do better on the P67 Extreme4 as that is the board this kit has been tested with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter CS View Post
    Nice Review, but next time dont buy RED G-skill sticks, they are not meant to OC.

    Instead buy Black or Blue :P
    Go for the black...

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