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Although we’ve only tested products from G.Skill in this review, we can make a far more general conclusion. We’ve made sure that today’s dual-channel memory controllers integrated into Ivy Bridge CPUs can easily work with four-module DDR3 SDRAM configurations, with two modules per channel. There are no performance or compatibility issues. You can use four modules in the same operation mode as you would use two.

So, high-capacity 4-piece DDR3 SDRAM memory kits designed for Ivy Bridge platforms are highly attractive for enthusiasts. On the one hand, it’s good to have more memory, especially when it comes at such a low price as today. Therefore, if you desire to have an advanced PC configuration, you may want to seriously consider a 32 GB memory kit of four 8 GB modules.

As for G.Skill specifically, this memory maker currently offers the broadest selection of such kits of all (for platforms with four DIMM slots). Most of the available G.Skill kits have highly attractive specs. And I am not only talking about frequencies and timings, which may vary in a wide range and go as high as DDR3-2400. G.Skill also offers high-quality chips and PCBs with good pedigree.

Talking about the specific products we’ve tested today, we want to single out two of them. First of all, it is the G.Skill RipjawsX F3-1600C9Q-32GXM kit which is rated for DDR3-1600 but has an impressively high overclocking potential. Most importantly, it is one of the most inexpensive 32 GB memory kits available today.

And secondly, the G.Skill TridentX F3-2400C10Q-32GTX has excellent nominal specifications and can work as DDR3-2400 with CAS Latency = 10. However, its key feature is the unique design of its heat-spreaders, which can be either tall and pretty or may be quickly transformed into low-profile ones to ensure compatibility with any CPU cooler.

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