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G.Skill Ripjaws PC3-12800 (1600MHz) 8GB Kit - Total Value Rating (TVR) & Final Thoughts

We check out a fresh Ripjaws kit from G.Skill on our new testbed setup. This time it's a meatier 8GB one. Let's find out how it goes in our testbed.

| DDR-3 Memory in RAM | Posted: Sep 30, 2010 4:09 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: G.Skill

Total Value Rating

 

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TVR numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number; 100.3 will be 100; 100.8 will be 101 and 100.5 will be rounded down to 100.

 

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Due to the benchmarks not making real use of that extra memory, we see with the price increase the overall value from a benchmarking/performance perspective is quite poor. Of course, it should be mentioned that you don't buy 4GB modules for benchmarking.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Priced at just under $200 US ($199.99 to be exact), the G.Skill Ripjaws kit is a really nice kit for the P55 user that's looking for more memory than the norm. The timings aren't great and the fact that it's a 2T kit versus 1T one means that when it comes to looking at raw memory performance, it's not as strong. What you don't see here, though, is the faster loading times that are associated with an 8GB kit versus a 4GB one.

 

We've been impressed with the Ripjaws kits in the past and this is another great addition to the series. It's not super high speed, nor are the timings as aggressive as other kits; but it's well priced and being a kit of two 4GB modules means it serves a purpose outside of benchmarking.

 

This is a nice kit for users who don't want to fill up all the banks on their P55 motherboard and don't need the aggressive timings associated with high end 4GB ones. For most an 8GB CL9 kit is going to offer a better computing experience than a 4GB CL7 one.

 

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