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G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR3-1600

Posted October 23, 2009 by Jake in RAM







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LGA1156 & Specifications

Since the advent of the Intel LGA1366 socket, the memory controller for Intel chips has been directly connected to the processor, allowing a huge bandwidth leap in triple-channel setups. The new LGA1156 socket chips, both Core i7 and i5, run in dual-channel DDR3 mode though, not tri-channel. While we know this won’t result in such eye-watering performance numbers, we do realize as a result that the 1156 platform has brought "affordability" to Intel’s mainstream performance platform, at least at the lower end of the product spectrum, and certainly in comparison to the 1366 platform.

So while the 1366 motherboards take tri-channel memory modules in a 3 or 6-slot configuration, the new 1156 socket makes the move (back?) to 2 and 4-slot dual channel configurations. Most people are probably very familiar with this setup, though the primary difference now is that DDR3 is the new de facto standard, not DDR2. Onward must we push, feeding the bottomless technology beast as it were.

There is a caution, however, with the 1156-capable DDR3 modules: you absolutely MUST have DDR3 sticks that can run at 1.65V or less. Do not be confused with other DDR3 products that run at 1.9V or higher, for example. Be sure to read the specs very carefully before you order to ensure you get the right ones! This is because Intel has set a maximum voltage limit of 1.65 volts on the memory modules, due to the Integrated Memory Controller which is located on-die in the CPU itself. While there are exceptions in exceeding the 1.65 voltage limit, if you go higher then you run the risk of damaging your lovely i7 or i5 CPU. Pushing beyond that limit can be done somewhat safely under special circumstances, but we do not recommend that for novices, so be forewarned.

G.Skill’s F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM features the following (from G.Skill):

G.Skill low-voltage DDR3 kits are designed specifically for the Intel® P55 Chipset and subsequent Intel® Core™ i7, i5, and i3 (Socket 1156) processors. Configured for dual channel mode, these ultra-compatible 4GB kits ensure optimal performance with an ideal combination of low power requirements at 1866MHz.

Developed for cost-conscious enthusiasts and gamers, these new G.Skill modules were engineered with the same affordability and performance standards as the new Lynnfield platform. By using sophisticated IC screening methods and qualifying on a variety of motherboards, G.Skill low-voltage kits are the perfect complement for the P55 Chipset and choice CPU to deliver the maximum stability. Together, P55 and G.Skill memory are the premium option for the midrange desktops.

G.Skill DDR3 PC3-15000 Ripjaws Low Voltage Dual Channel Kits are 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and feature propriety XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders for the most effective heat dissipation. Furthermore, each G.Skill memory kit is backed by the industry-leading G.Skill Lifetime Warranty and technical support for unparalleled peace of mind.

Here are the specifications of the G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR3-1600 Low Voltage Dual Channel:

  • Model: F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM
  • Module Size: 4GB kit (2GB x 2)
  • Package: 240-pin DIMM
  • DDR3-1600

  • 8-8-8 Timings
  • 1.65V
  • 256MB x 64
  • Ripjaws Aluminum Heatspreader
  • Lifetime Warranty

It is worth noting that G.Skill’s memory modules are covered under a lifetime warranty.

Let’s take a closer look at these Ripjaws modules.

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