Benchmark Results & Final Analysis
In addition to standard XMP testing, we’ve picked a spread of frequencies for manual timing adjustment, to see how far the performance of each kit could be pushed. The Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 didn’t reach our highest step, but we really didn’t expect it to. We were still able to push its latency down from the stock 16-18-18 timings to 15-16-16 at its rated data rate, and were even able to cut it to straight CAS 13 timings by clocking down to DDR4-2666.
Lowest Stable Timings at 1.35V (Max) on MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming (BIOS A.30)
G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB
G.Skill Trident Z 16GB
Super Talent 16GB
T-FORCE Dark ROG 16GB
Since the test board can’t push memory above DDR4-4200, we chose a latency limit of 19-21-21-42 cycles for our overclocking test. The extra latency didn’t help the Ripjaws V much, as it only scaled to DDR4-3400 without crashing.
The Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 nearly matches the Super Talent DDR4-3200 kit in Sandra Bandwidth, and the Ripjaws V has far better availability.
Comparing good timings to great, we can see that the Ripjaws V is slightly behind the same-speed Super Talent kit.
When equipped with a monster CPU and graphics, F1 2015 leans hard on memory. Dual-rank beats everything, though the G.Skill DDR4-3200 nearly matches its same-speed rival.
Typical of most other games, Metro noticeably penalizes abnormally slow memory configurations. The Redline DDR4-2666 isn’t abnormally slow, so it’s FPS falls only slightly behind that of the fastest modules. Being in the middle on specs, G.Skill’s Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 is also in the middle of that tight performance race.
Blender likewise punishes only the worst memory configurations, with poor encoding time. All of the modules in the chart were sufficient to make the CPU the program’s limitation.
Ripjaws V is a dead match for its DDR4-3200 rival in 7-Zip, at XMP settings. For those willing and capable of playing with the timings, the competing RAM tuned up a little better.
The biggest problem in the value chart is that the black modules we tested still haven’t come down in price from their peak last year. G.Skill sells a gray set with identical specs, which has come down. And if we’d tested the gray instead of the black, it could have edged out its DDR4-3200 rival. So, as of today, our recommendation would be to go gray!
You may be wondering why we’re not shouting a recommendation for last year’s Dark ROG RAM, since its dual-rank configuration boosted it through most of our tests. The problem is that very little of the stuff is available, and if we were to push just a little, it could be gone before most of the people reading this article could get it. And there’s nothing more disappointing than recommending something that no longer exists. It’s easier to recommend 32GB kits to those who want the performance advantage of four total ranks of RAM.
The Super Talent kit is also in short supply, though the single DIMMs it’s made of (P/N F3200UA8G) are still widely available. A pair of those would only set you back just under $200, which is the same price the G.Skill modules cost in gray.
All of the midfield results mean we don’t have a good reason to recommend for or against the gray version of the tested memory kit. But we tested it in black. And even though it’s the same memory, it costs more. If you were to go for it (and it's solid enough memory) we'd recommend going with the cheaper hue.
MORE: Best Memory
MORE: All Memory Content