G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-3000 16GB Memory Review
The launch of the Haswell-E supporting X99 platform brought forth a highly anticipated new memory standard, the aptly named DDR4. With up to eight RAM slots per motherboard and a quad-channel memory interface, DDR4 is unquestionably a significant factor in this new enthusiast platform, both in terms of technological improvements and as part of the overall build cost of a new system.
With a DDR4 memory lineup that spans from JEDEC reference DDR4-2133 parts to an industry-leading DDR4-3333 memory kit, G.Skill's Ripjaws 4 series is incredibly comprehensive. In fact, not only are most speeds available in both 16GB (4x4GB) and 32GB (4x8GB) capacities but they have begun offering many of their memory kits in a choice of three colours: red, black, and blue. So on the consumers side what it really comes down to, is how much memory kit can you afford? Regrettably, like all new memory standards upon first release, DDR4 memory kits are expensive at the moment when compared to their DDR3 predecessors.
The Ripjaws 4 series features models ranging from as low as $240 all the way up to an eye-watering $800, but today we are going to be reviewing a model which - its hard to type these words - comes in at a comparatively modest $399 USD / $429 CAD. The F4-3000C15Q-16GRR is a quad-channel 16GB (4x4GB) memory kit rated at DDR4-3000 with timings of 15-15-15-35 at 1.35V. While these timings might seem incredibly loose when compared to what we are all familiar with on the DDR3 side, it is important to realize that secondary and tertiary memory timings have arguably become an increasingly more important part of memory performance due to improvements in the memory controller. When you combine this truth with the fact that DDR4 memory kits are able to run at more aggressive secondary and tertiary timings, the overall performance disadvantage (if any) is quite minimal.
In the coming pages we will be taking a close look at this impressive new memory kit, and we are going to find out how well it overclocks and see what the effect of tighter and looser timings is on overall system performance. Come check it out!
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