Joining the likes of Corsair and Kingston, G.Skill today announces their SO-DIMM DDR3 Ripjaws performance series, targeted at the enthusiast and performance laptop segment.
With the high expectations from enthusiasts, G.Skill ensured all of its SO-DIMM kits are 100 percent validated with its in-house torture test. As usual, all G.Skill memory carries a lifetime warranty.
The new Ripjaws comes in two frequency mode with fairly standard timings. The 1600 MHz kit has a CAS latency of 9-9-9-28 and the 1866 MHz kit has a CAS latency of 10-10-10-32. The capacity ranges from 1 GB to 16 GB for each frequency and all kits are operating at 1.35V.
Requiring only 1.35V to operate, the Ripjaws uses lower voltage than the SO-DIMM DDR3 standard of 1.5V. With this reduced voltage and a DDR3-standard frequency and timing, the new SO-DIMM Ripjaws claims to be able to deliver good performance without the cost of battery life and high temperature.
The new memory is tested to be compatible with laptop running Intel 3rd & 4th generation processors that support 1.35V DDR3 SO-DIMM memory.
The main competitors for the Ripjaws series are from the Vengeance series and HyperX series by Corsair and Kingston respectively. Taking the same 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB) 1866 MHz kit across all three manufacturers as comparison, the CAS latency of the Ripjaws matches the Vengeance and is faster than the HyperX. Furthermore, the Ripjaws only require a voltage of 1.35V for operation as oppose to 1.5V for the other two manufacturers. To sweeten the deal, the MSRP of the Ripjaws is currently the lowest of all three according to the price listed by Newegg.