Page 10 - Conclusion
When it comes to laptop memory, the Kingston HyperX PnP SODIMM has been some of my favorite laptop memory kits since I got my hand on my first set back in 2011. Why were they so awesome? Well, let me explain to you using an analogy. In February of this year, I bought a brand new 2013 Honda Accord. I wanted one with a six speed manual transmission, and I don't want to buy a base trim. Therefore, I was limited to one of two choices. It was a choice between the Sport model (Which is just above base), or the Touring model (Which is the top of line). To make a long story short, I went with the Touring model, simply because I wanted one feature the Sport model did not: Push button start. I mean, LED headlights, moonroof, leather, navigation, forward collision warning, and all those stuff are nice to have, but for me, it was really about the push button start. After months of driving my new car, I have to say, $5000 well spent. The same analogy applies to why I love the Kingston HyperX PnP SODIMM so much, and judging from what I have been reading online, I am not alone. The reason is it has a set of miniature heatspreaders, kind of like their desktop memory. No joke. Is anyone overclocking? No. Does the RAM overheat without it? No. Can you even see your memory modules after they were installed? Absolutely not. But who cares? It is awesome. Obviously, it is not all show and no go; the HyperX PnP SODIMMs are one of the highest performing laptop memory money can buy, too. For years, Kingston went without a whole lot of competition. But judging from what I am seeing in this review, this is no longer the case. The G.Skill Ripjaws F3-1600C9D-16GRSL 2x8GB has the name and the substance to rock the HyperX's boat. Admittedly, it does not have a fancy heatsink, but neither does the latest revision of the HyperX SODIMMs. What it does have is performance among the top, capacity at the maximum, and with the help of those fancy stickers, good looks to show off. Tack on its compliance with the latest DDR3L 1.35V specification, and we have a winner in our hands. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the G.Skill Ripjaws F3-1600C9D-16GRSL 2x8GB SODIMM kit.
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For about $160 at press time, the G.Skill Ripjaws F3-1600C9D-16GRSL 2x8GB is a fusion of speed and efficiency for the power user.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 CPU
4. Benchmark: AIDA64 FPU
5. Benchmark: AIDA64 Memory
6. Benchmark: PCMark 7
7. Benchmark: 3DMark 11
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0
9. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R11.5