G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 CAS 9
Also available as single- and four-module 16GB devices, G.Skill’s Ripjaw 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL dual-channel kit joins an entire series of 4GB DDR3 modules available from the company at various speeds and timings.
The first manufacturer we saw to make the high-volume push for 4GB DDR3 DIMMs, G.Skill is also the only manufacturer to recommend the standard 1.50V for its 8GB DDR3-1600 kit. However, that doesn’t mean these are standard parts, since their rated speed and 9-9-9-24 timings are not among the listed SPD values.
An automatic-overclocking XMP-1600 value is included that allows manual configuration using fewer BIOS settings. We’re not certain why XMP was used rather than SPD, although a 2T command rate appears to be the most likely reason.
However my next build has almost been conceptualized (waiting for certain parts and prices), so DDR3 here I come.
Yeh, ouch, but can you imagine paying $800 for it last summer? Newegg still has one of those super-expensive kits.
Tom's Hardware has recently been getting very similar overclocking and timing results between AMD and Intel systems when using the same modules and DIMM voltage. That's why the high-end system for the last two System Builder Marathons used the same RAM both times.
Granted, however, it is server ECC memory, and was never designed to be in a desktop. (Would love a 2P rig running dual 4GHz sexacore Gulftowns with HT, with 9 DIMM's per socket, running (18 DIMMs x 16GB/DIMM) 288GB of RAM.)