G.Skill Ripjaws V 3200 MHz 32 GB (2x 16 GB) Review 8

G.Skill Ripjaws V 3200 MHz 32 GB (2x 16 GB) Review

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Value & Conclusion

  • The 32 GB (2x 16 GB) G.Skill Ripjaws V F4-3200C16D-32GVK DDR4 kit retails for around US$180.
  • Decent performance
  • Relatively low cost
  • 32 GB in two sticks
  • Wide compatibility with modern Intel Z170-based motherboards
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Simple aesthetics that match pretty much any themed build
  • Large density 16 GB sticks do suffer from a slight performance deficit when compared to 8 GB or 4 GB sticks
  • Heatsink doesn't cover all of the memory chips fully
  • 32 GB is still more than most users need today
I'm personally what would be classified as a "power user." I do make use of 20-24 GB of memory on a daily basis with AutoCAD and rendering work on my PCs, which makes these sticks great for my own personal usage scenarios. Taking a look at such new CPU-focused tests as Cinebench, SuperPi, and wPrime, there is a clear benefit to high-speed, high-density RAM as compared to "reference" JEDEC 2133 MHz sticks or, say, the Crucial sticks I reviewed a short while ago. I am super happy that G.Skill has taken the time to test and release such RAM as these F4-3200C16D-32GVK sticks. Rendering 4K content is noticeably faster with these sticks in my system, at even "stock" CPU speeds. There's no need for me to mention my personal preference for G.Skill.

If you do not need as much RAM, you don't need this kit. There are plenty of 8 GB and 16 GB kits with higher speeds that will suit your system that much more if you're looking for the utmost in performance. It's as clear as a bright sunny day, looking at the benchmarks. Higher density RAM sticks still suffer from a slightly elevated latency hit when compared to smaller 8 GB and 4 GB modules, even at the same speeds.

I do not have any real negatives to cover with this kit, other than to say that it is not for everyone or those looking for the best in performance. Gamers only need 16 GB. If all you do is browse the Internet, 8 GB is plenty. But if you are like me, a "power user" who creates videos, a user who streams content while playing games, or one who conducts similar high-end multitasks, what are you waiting for? Buy these sticks! Sure, the heatsink doesn't cover all the chips, and it's a nice balmy 91.4 °F in my house right now while these sticks come in at 102 °F when rendering videos in their overclocked state. The uncovered ICs do not affect performance, just look a bit off. Bought a set and need some help setting it up? Let me know in the forums!!
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