Once again G.Skill gives us another quality memory kit. Starting with build quality and aesthetics the RipjawsZ kit looks great. The black heatspreaders are pretty heavy and give a pretty solid feel to the modules. They also look great and are not that big so you shouldn’t have an issue fitting these modules in with an aftermarket CPU cooler. This kit is available in both black and red flavors and that should fit most people who are trying to match things inside of their case.
This memory is extremely easy to setup since it has the XMP v1.3 profile for X79 platforms all you have to do is go into the BIOS and select the profile and you are good to go. G.Skill has also made sure that this kit was certified and pre-tested on most of the X79 motherboards available. So you can take a look at the list here.
The kit is set to run at 2133MHz, which is well above the normal 1600MHz we are seeing for many kits designed for the X79 platform. I was surprised that I was able to overclock the memory. Usually when you are dealing with memory at these speeds there is not much headroom to overclock. While my overclock is nothing to write home about I was glad to get a little more out of these modules. The only real downside to these modules is that they require 1.65V to run at 2133MHz, whereas many other modules can do this at 1.5V.
Right now this kit sells for $149 at my favorite online retailer. This is a good price for a solid kit that has overclocking potential. Add on the lifetime warranty and you are really getting a good deal! Overall ThinkComputers gives the G.Skill RipjawsZ DDR3-2133 16GB Quad Channel Memory Kit a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– Default speed of 2133MHz
– XMP v1.3 profile
– Lifetime warranty
– Small heatspreaders
– Overclocking headroom
– Requires 1.65V to operate at 2133MHz