Tom's Hardware Verdict
The Ripjaws S5 DDR5-6000 C32 is a top-notch DDR5-6000 memory kit for Intel processors but not so much for AMD owners.
Good for Intel processors
Compact and alluring aesthetics
Reasonable price tag
Only optimized for Intel
Below average overclocker
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The Ripjaws S5 DDR5-6000 C32 comes from G.Skill's camp, so seeing how the memory kit stacks up against the best RAM will be intriguing. G.Skill is one of those brands always in the conversation regarding high-performance memory. The vendor has introduced a couple of new lineups over the years, but the Trident and Ripjaws series continues to be the favorite among enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. Rationally, G.Skill would bring the Ripjaws portfolio up to speed when DDR5 launched into the market. The renovated Ripjaws memory kits now carry the "S5" moniker, so you don't confuse them with past generations of DDR memory.
The Ripjaws 5 has an excellent low-profile design where the memory modules' overall height doesn't exceed 33mm (1.3 inches). The compact heat spreader is just a bit taller than the memory's PCB, enabling the memory to fit under gigantic large CPU air coolers and inside compact mini-ITX builds. There are two color options: matte black or matte white. Both look equally good.
G.Skill took a minimalistic approach with the Ripjaws S5. The heat spreader only carries the Ripjaws S5 logo in red, white, and grey, a combination that contrasts very well with the matte black background. There are many tiny holes on the right of the heat spreader that improve heat dissipation and give the memory a somewhat industrial look.
The memory modules feature a black PCB regardless of the heat spreader's color. The PCB's color may differ without notice, though. The Ripjaws S5 memory modules possess a capacity of 16GB and conform to your typical single-rank design. Popping off the heat spreader reveals eight SK hynix H5CG48AGBDX018 (A-die) integrated circuits (ICs), each 2GB in size. Meanwhile, the power management IC (PMIC) has the 0P=AB 9G4 model number and comes from Richtek. Richtek is one of G.Skill's favorite PMIC providers, as it's the most frequently used vendor in many of the memory kits we've reviewed.
Regarding the specifications, the Ripjaws S5 memory kit natively runs at DDR5-4800. The timings are set to 40-40-40-77 for maximum compatibility. Aimed at Intel processors, the memory modules have a single XMP 3.0 profile for DDR5-6000, which lowers the timings to 32-38-38-96 at 1.35V. See our PC Memory 101 feature and How to Shop for RAM story for more timings and frequency considerations.
|Memory Kit||Part Number||Capacity||Data Rate||Primary Timings||Voltage||Warranty|
|Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5||CMH32GX5M2B6000Z30||2 x 16GB||DDR5-6000 (EXPO)||30-36-36-76 (2T)||1.40||Lifetime|
|G.Skill Trident Z5 Neo RGB||F5-6000J3038F16GX2-TZ5NR||2 x 16GB||DDR5-6000 (EXPO)||30-38-38-96 (2T)||1.35||Lifetime|
|G.Skill Ripjaws S5||F5-6000J3238F16GX2-RS5K||2 x 16GB||DDR5-6000 (XMP)||32-38-38-96 (2T)||1.35||Lifetime|
|Lexar Ares RGB||LD5FU016G-R6000GDGA||2 x 16GB||DDR5-6000 (XMP & EXPO)||34-38-38-76 (2T)||1.30||Lifetime|
|G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB||F5-6000U3636E16GX2-TZ5RS||2 x 16GB||DDR5-6000 (XMP)||36-36-36-76 (2T)||1.30||Lifetime|
|Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5||CMH32GX5M2D6000C36||2 x 16GB||DDR5-6000 (XMP)||36-36-36-76 (2T)||1.35||Lifetime|
|TeamGroup T-Force Deltaα RGB||FF7D532G6000HC38ADC01||2 x 16GB||DDR5-6000 (EXPO)||38-38-38-78 (2T)||1.25||Lifetime|
|TeamGroup T-Force Vulcanα DDR5||FLABD532G6000HC38ADC01||2 x 16GB||DDR5-6000 (EXPO)||38-38-38-78 (2T)||1.25||Lifetime|
|Adata XPG Lancer RGB||AX5U6000C4016G-DCLARBK||2 x 16GB||DDR5-6000 (XMP & EXPO)||40-40-40-76 (2T)||1.35||Lifetime|
|TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB||FF3D516G6000HC40ABK||2 x 16GB||DDR5-6000 (XMP)||40-40-40-80 (2T)||1.35||Lifetime|
The Intel system runs the Core i9-13900K on the MSI MEG Z690 Unify-X with the 7D28vAA firmware. In contrast, the AMD system pairs the Ryzen 7 7700X with the MSI MPG X670E Carbon WiFi changed to the 7D70v176 firmware. The Corsair CUE H100i Elite LCD liquid cooler keeps our Raptor Lake and Zen 4 processor operating temperatures under check.
The MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB Gaming X Trio tackles the more graphics-intensive workloads, ensuring that there isn't a graphics bottleneck in our gaming RAM benchmarks. The Windows 11 installation, benchmarking software, and games reside on Crucial's MX500 SSDs. Meanwhile, the Corsair RM1000x Shift ATX 3.0 power supply provides our systems with clean and abundant power, directly feeding the GeForce RTX 4080 with a native 16-pin (12VHPWR) power cable. Lastly, the Streacom BC1 open-air test bench is vital to organizing our hardware.
|Component||Intel System||AMD System|
|Processor||Intel Core i9-13900K||AMD Ryzen 7 7700X|
|Motherboard||MSI MEG Z690 Unify-X||MSI MPG X670E Carbon WiFi|
|Graphics Card||MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB Gaming X Trio||MSI GeForce RTX 4080 16GB Gaming X Trio|
|Storage||Crucial MX500 500GB, 2TB||Crucial MX500 500GB, 2TB|
|Cooling||Corsair iCUE H100i Elite LCD||Corsair iCUE H100i Elite LCD|
|Power Supply||Corsair RM1000x Shift||Corsair RM1000x Shift|
|Case||Streacom BC1||Streacom BC1|
The Ripjaws S5 was the fastest DDR5-6000 memory kit on the Intel test system. The memory sustained a steady level of performance throughout the different benchmarks. Some of its shining moments included outperforming all the DDR5-6000 memory kits in the Adobe Photoshop, Corona, and 7-Zip decompression benchmarks.
The Ripjaws S5 looked like a different memory kit on the AMD platform. The memory kit dropped down the ranks to the antepenultimate position. It was even slower than some of the DDR5-6000 rivals that had inferior memory timings with CAS Latency (CL) timings of 36 and 40.
Overclocking and Latency Tuning
Overclocking wasn't the Ripjaws S5's strong point. The memory only got to DDR5-6400, which was almost at the base of the cylinder compared to the competition. However, the memory retained the exact timings (32-38-38-96) as DDR5-6000. It only required a small voltage bump up to 1.4V to achieve DDR5-6400.
Lowest Stable Timings
|Memory Kit||DDR5-6000 (1.4V)||DDR5-6200 (1.4V)||DDR5-6400 (1.4V)||DDR5-6600 (1.4V)|
|Adata XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 C40||34-34-34-74 (2T)||N/A||N/A||36-36-36-76 (2T)|
|Lexar Ares RGB DDR5-6000 C34||30-36-36-76 (2T)||N/A||N/A||34-40-40-76 (2T)|
|TeamGroup T-Force Deltaα DDR5-6000 C38||36-36-36-76 (2T)||N/A||N/A||38-38-38-78 (2T)|
|G.Skill Ripjaws S5 DDR5-6000 C32||28-34-34-74 (2T)||N/A||32-38-38-96 (2T)||N/A|
|Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5-6000 C36||34-34-34-74 (2T)||N/A||38-38-38-78 (2T)||N/A|
|TeamGroup T-Force Vulcanα DDR5-6000 C38||36-36-36-76 (2T)||N/A||38-38-38-78 (2T)||N/A|
|TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB DDR5-6000 C40||38-38-38-78 (2T)||N/A||40-40-40-82 (2T)||N/A|
|Trident Z5 Neo RGB DDR5-6000 C30||30-36-36-96 (2T)||30-38-38-96 (2T)||N/A||N/A|
|G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6000 C36||36-33-33-73 (2T)||36-36-36-76 (2T)||N/A||N/A|
By default, the Ripjaws S5 already had some of the tightest memory timings for a DDR5-6000 memory kit. If you're willing to run the memory at 1.4V, you can lower them further. We got the memory kit as far down as 28-34-34-74. It was a significant improvement over the advertised timings of 32-38-38-96.
The Ripjaws S5 DDR5-6000 C32 proves that a high-performance DDR5-6000 memory kit doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. The only caveat is the considerable performance disparity between the AMD and Intel platforms, which the memory kit aims at. It shows the importance of optimization and how a memory kit's performance can vary between platforms. Since the memory kit targets Intel processors, we can't hold a grudge against the Ripjaws S5 DDR5-6000 C32. But simultaneously, it loses out on potential sales because it doesn't offer the same level of performance when paired with AMD processors.
G.Skill prices the Ripjaws S5 DDR5-6000 C32 at $95.99, a justifiable price tag given the memory kit's top quality and performance. However, AMD processor owners may want to avoid the memory kit, not because it's bad but because there are better options. The TeamGroup T-Force Vulcanα DDR5-6000 C38, which retails at $86.99, or the Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5-6000 C30 at $118.79, provide better services for your money.
Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.
I went with the 16G x 4 Gskill Trident Z5 RGB 4800/6000 CL30.I figure it's a safe/safer OC than things higher.. My ram will run at a higher frequency than 6k. Idk how much higher exactly but I've taken it up to 6400 and it seemed fine but I only did that outa curiosity. I paid $189.99 each for my two packs of the two 16GB z5 Trident z5 modules. Now they're half that. And I waited through a few price Dr drops. But I'm happy with my Raptor Lake MT build. Gskill is a great company! Interesting about the performance drop using the Intel Gskill on AMD. I didn't think the Intel Gskill would work at all on AMD. I just remember reading the "Intel XMP" written on the side of the box for the Intel variant but then there is DDR5 that's compatible with AMD and Intel CPUs just not this. If I would have waited I could have gotten double the DDR5 for the same price now I paid 5-6 mo ago. I did wait through some price drops before I grabbed mine just not enough. 🤣 Happy though!Reply
Here's to hoping DDR6 is a ways away. I doubt DDR5 will stay the standard for as long as DDR4 did but I hope it sticks around at least a few years. 🙏🙏