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After the solid-state drives started to gain popularity, many traditional suppliers of high-speed memory modules started to put much more attention on advancing SSDs rather than on making the best  memory solutions. But G.Skill, a popular supplier of advanced DRAM modules, continues to design interesting memory products. This week the company unveiled ultra-high-speed sticks with low latencies.

At CeBIT 2011 trade-show, G.Skill introduced two new dual-channel 4GB memory kits that can operate at 2133MHz with CL6 latency setting and at 2300MHz with CL7 latency setting. Power requirements of the high-end memory modules are not known at present. While 2.13GHz and 2.30GHz memory modules are available from numerous manufacturers nowadays, G.Skill is the first company in the world to introduce such high-speed memory modules with CL6 and CL7 timings, which are aggressive even for speeds like 1.60GHz.

The new RipjawsX ultra high-speed memory kits with aggressive latencies are designed for Intel Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" platforms with Intel P67 core-logic. The modules will naturally require high-end mainboards in order to demonstrate their potential completely.

G.Skill did not announce when the new dual-channel 4GB memory kits are available. Pricing of the new RipjawsX modules is also unknown.

Tags: G.Skill, DDR3, RipjawsX


Comments currently: 3
Discussion started: 03/03/11 02:03:54 PM
Latest comment: 03/07/11 01:14:36 PM


Has anyone seen a review of Sandy Bridge where they test an OC'd 2500K or 2600K with several different memory speeds & timings. In other words do systems with 2100MHz DDR3 CL9 function the same as 1600MHz DDR3 CL6? Things like that would inform if this new RAM is really worth the money.

P.S. I know this new RAM will be faster, but how much faster.
0 0 [Posted by: ilnot1  | Date: 03/03/11 02:03:54 PM]

Sure. Here is one such review:

In the real world, 2000mhz DDR3 CL7 brings almost no performance increase. You are better off spending that "memory premium" on a larger/faster SSD, better graphics card, faster processor, a dedicated sound card, etc. Unless you are benchmarking for a living, then anything beyond DDR3-1600 CL9 is just for e-peen.

Just think about it. Does triple-channel DDR3 bring any tangible performance benefits to LGA1366 users over 1156? No, it doesn't (unless you are running 32M SuperPi benches). So clearly, Socket 1366, 1155, 1156 are not memory bandwidth starved in consumer applications. Memory bandwidth is far more important in server environments.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 03/06/11 03:36:07 PM]

Thanks BestJinjo. The article you pointed to is exactly what I was looking for except it is 15 months old and for the original Core i7 platform. I was wondering if there has been a change with Sandy Bridge (though I don't think there has). I suspect the price premium is not worth it.
0 0 [Posted by: ilnot1  | Date: 03/07/11 11:52:43 AM]


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