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G.Skill RipjawsX F3-1600C9Q-32GXM

The RipjawsX series appeared in G.Skill’s product range along with the introduction of Intel’s second-generation Core processors, so it was designed for Sandy Bridge CPUs and platforms in the first place. This positioning has changed by now, so today the RipjawsX series includes just high-quality modules for midrange computers. For example, the RipjawsX F3-1600C9Q-32GXM kit we’ve got for our tests has not only LGA2011 and LGA1155 in various modifications but even Socket AM3/AM3+/FM1/FM2 listed as its target platforms.

The packaging is again a dual-sided blister wrap. There’s a colorful paper insert inside, but you can’t read it until you remove the wrap. Well, it doesn’t have anything particularly exciting to tell you, actually. Included with the modules is a small sticker with G.Skill logo.

Every module of the G.Skill RipjawsX series features memorable design thanks to their special heatsinks. Originally shaped and efficient, the heatsinks are easy to manufacture and not very large. These figured bars of aluminum only increase the height of the memory modules to 40 mm. The azure-colored anodizing and the colorful stickers with logos make them look pretty whereas their heat dissipation efficiency is improved by means of the intricate shape of their top part. They are secured on the chips with a gluey thermal interface.

The G.Skill RipjawsX F3-1600C9Q-32GXM kit consists of four 8GB modules, so they take all of the mainboard’s memory slots with but tiny gaps in between. That's why the notches in the top edge of the heatsinks are so important: the air flows through them, cooling the memory chips. The height of the heatsinks makes them compatible with most air coolers for CPUs. They are going to fit under the cooler into the nearest memory slots, even though barely.

Like the Ares F3-1333C9Q-32GAO, the RipjawsX F3-1600C9Q-32GXM modules are rather hot. Their heatsinks had a temperature of up to 58°C during our tests. So, the heatsinks seem to be an important component of this memory kit, especially as the top temperature is somewhat lower than with the Ares modules.

It is not surprising that the RipjawsX F3-1600C9Q-32GXM modules are so hot since they are based on almost the same chips as the above-discussed Ares. But here we have purebred Micron D9PQL chips which are rebranded (not quite successfully) as SpecTek. According to the official sources, such chips are rated for DDR3-1600 CL11 mode, but the modules are rated for CL9, so there must have been some process of selecting best chips. From this standpoint, the RipjawsX F3-1600C9Q-32GXM is a full-featured overclocker-friendly product that employs specially selected components. The same goes for the high-quality PCB from BrainPower.

The RipjawsX F3-1600C9Q-32GXM can’t boast extraordinary specs, however. It is a rather typical 32GB DDR3-1600 kit:

  • 32 GB Dual-channel kit consists of four memory modules, 8 GB each;
  • Nominal frequency: 1600 MHz;
  • Timings: 9-9-9-24-2T;
  • Supports XMP;
  • Voltage: 1.5 V.

These modules do have an XMP profile, so they are not so ordinary after all.

Like any other overclocker-friendly product, the RipjawsX F3-1600C9Q-32GXM kit comes with a lifetime warranty and undergoes presale testing at the manufacturer’s facilities. It claims to be compatible with a large number of mainboards based on Intel’s P67, Z68 and Z77 chipsets.

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