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G.Skill RipJaws-Z 16GB review

Intel X79-compatible memory kit boasting a whopping 16GB of RAM

Our Verdict

A well executed quad-channel kit. We're just not sure you need quad-channel on the desktop.

For

  • Impeccable stability in testing
  • Supports XMP 1.3

Against

  • You don't actually need four channels
  • 16GB of RAM is unnecessary

Is Intel's new X79 PC platform a true desktop solution? Or is it a thinly disguised server platform? The answer to that question could be critical when mulling over the latest X79-compatible memory kits, such as the new G.Skill Ripjaws-Z 1,600MHz 16GB RAM.

There are two key issues at stake. The first is raw memory bandwidth. In standard trim, Intel's outgoing X58 platform sported three channels of relatively lowly clocked DDR3 memory.

If anything, it still pumped out more memory bandwidth than was strictly necessary.

In that context, the X79 and its quad-channel controller fed by higher clocked DDR3 DIMMs looks borderline ludicrous.

The reason it exists, of course, is to ensure Intel's closely related server systems have the bandwidth they need.

Meanwhile, arguably the best thing about the new Sandy Bridge E processors that slot into the X79 platform is their immense oveclockability. Making the most of that requires decent memory.

With all that in mind, what should you make of the G.Skill Ripjaws Z series 1,600MHz 16GB kit?

Tech Specs

Product TypeRAM Module
Product FamilyRipjawsX
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
CAS LatencyCL9
Memory Size16 GB
Brand NameG.SKILL
Form FactorDIMM
Memory Speed1600 MHz
Error CheckingNon-ECC
Number of Pins240-pin
Signal ProcessingUnbuffered
Width40.1 mm
Product SeriesRipjawsX
Compatibility
  • ECS P67H2-A Motherboard

ASUS Motherboards:

  • P8Z68 DELUXE
  • P8Z68-V PRO
  • P8Z68-V
  • Maximus IV Extreme
  • SABERTOOTH P67
  • P8P67 DELUXE
  • P8P67 EVO
  • P8P67 PRO
  • P8P67-M PRO
  • P8P67-M
  • P8P67 LE
  • P8P67

Gigabyte Motherboards:

  • GA-Z68X-UD7-B3
  • GA-Z68X-UD5-B3
  • GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
  • GA-Z68X-UD3-B3
  • GA-P67A-UD7
  • GA-P67A-UD5
  • GA-P67A-UD4
  • GA-P67A-UD3P
  • GA-P67A-UD3R
  • GA-P67A-UD3

ASRock Motherboards:

  • Fatal1ty Z68 Professional
  • Z68 Extreme4
  • Z68 Pro3
  • Z68 Pro3-M
  • Fatal1ty P67 Professional
  • P67 Extreme 6
  • P67 Extreme 4

MSI Motherboards:

  • Z68A-GD80
  • Z68MA-ED55
  • P67A-GD80
  • P67A-GD65
  • P67A-GD55
  • P67A-GD53

Biostar Motherboards:

  • TP67XE
  • TZ68A+
ManufacturerGSkill International Enterprise
Product ModelF312800CL9Q-16GBXL
Product NameRipjawsX 16GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part NumberF312800CL9Q-16GBXL
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.gskill.com
Number of Modules4 x 4 GB
Limited WarrantyLifetime