By: Jonathan Kwan
April 22, 2016
Recently, I was talking to some of my friends, and we were talking about what kind of cars I would like sitting our garages -- if I was not on a poor graduate student budget, of course. Personally, I would take a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 sedan for the fire-breathing anger and screamingly lunatic naturally aspirated V8, 2016 BMW M3 for the technical perfection in delivering speed and agility for a luxury sports compact, and the new Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S, because who does not want 577hp in an AWD SUV to get around in the winter? Now, as I get around in my peasant 2013 Honda Accord Touring 6MT sedan with a little 2.4L 185hp naturally aspirated engine that brings 60mph in a pedestrian 6.6 seconds, the relative disparity between what I want and what I actually drive begs one question: How much money does one actually need? I think the answer is always "more". As we crave for materialistic goods, we are entering a rat race to continue to crave for even more, in a never ending cycle, that one can never be satisfied by materialistic goods alone. Of course, while our insatiable craving for more is a heart issue, our dissatisfaction with the current state may not always be a negative thing. It pushes us to innovate. It pushes us to do more. It pushes us to make things better. If we do not do so, we will still be using computers with 640K of RAM from the 1980s. Speaking of RAM, how much does one actually need? If you ask me, the answer is no different than when it comes to money: "More". Every now and then, we see a doubling of memory chip density. And today, we witness the first of many kits to come here at APH Networks that comes in a whopping 16GB per module. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you the G.Skill Ripjaws V F4-2400C15D-32GVR 2x16GB set. Yes, you can buy two of them to get 64GB in your PC.
Our review unit of the G.Skill Ripjaws V F4-2400C15D-32GVR 2x16GB came in a white padded FedEx envelope from the company's headquarters in Taiwan. As always, everything arrived quickly and in excellent condition via FedEx International Priority after traveling across the Pacific Ocean from Taipei to us here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We have included comparison test results of this memory kit in our Patriot Viper Elite PC4-24000 2x8GB earlier this month, but we will shift our focus onto this high density set in our review today.
G.Skill uses a familiar form of retail packaging for their Ripjaws VF4-2400C15D-32GVR dual channel memory kit. Unsurprisingly, it is identical to the Ripjaws V F4-3000C15D-16GVR 2x8GB I reviewed last year. The clamshell package is simple and held closed together at the top by two friction buttons; no blister pack techniques were used in this case -- which is, as usual, truly excellent in my opinion. I found this quite appropriate for a mainstream performance product. A black colored insert with G.Skill's logo and Ripjaws V product line branding are placed at the top, with a futuristic blue and white pattern in the middle give it a more intense feel, as shown in our photo above. The company made extra effort to ensure the customer understands this is designed for people on the Intel Skylake platform. Both memory modules can be seen through its clear plastic exterior placed vertically next to each other, where differentiating features of similar memory kits can be found on the warranty and specification label placed on each heatspreader. At the back are miscellaneous company, warranty, and specifications information.
Before we move on, let us take a look at the specifications of G.Skill's Ripjaws V F4-2400C15D-32GVR 2x16GB, as obtained from the manufacturer's website:
Series: Ripjaws V
Memory Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32GB (16GBx2)
Multi-Channel Kit: Dual Channel Kit
Tested Speed: 2400MHz
Tested Latency: 15-15-15-35-2N
Tested Voltage: 1.20v
Error Checking: Non-ECC
SPD Speed: 2133MHz
SPD Voltage: 1.20v
Fan lncluded: No
Height: 42 mm / 1.65 inch
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
Features: Intel XMP 2.0 (Extreme Memory Profile) Ready
A screenshot of the memory tab in CPU-Z with G.Skill's Ripjaws V F4-2400C15D-32GVR 2x16GB installed. The SPD timings table in CPU-Z reads standard JEDEC specifications programmed into the memory, as well as Intel XMP data for running the memory at various speeds. Using the latest BIOS revision, our Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 motherboard used for testing had no issues detecting and working with the G.Skill RAM right out of the box. The G.Skill Ripjaws V F4-2400C15D-32GVR 2x16GB retails for approximately $130 at press time.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 CPU
4. Benchmark: AIDA64 FPU
5. Benchmark: AIDA64 Memory
6. Benchmark: PCMark 8
7. Benchmark: 3DMark
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R15
10. Overclocking and Conclusion