Gskill RipjawsX 4GB 17000 CL9D-4GBXMD Review

Memory by leeghoofd @ 2011-02-25

Gskill introduced their magical Flare ram kit at the same time as the release of AMD's Hexacore Thuban CPU. By using PSC ICs, better known as powerchips, achieving new ram speed heights on the AMD 890 platform. On the AMD front it has been quite calm lately, though Intel launched their new "ahum" mainstream Sandy Bridge CPU early this year. With a bucketload of available brand new ram dividers on the P67 motherboards, you can squeeze every drop of performance out this platform. When exploring the Sandy architecture we noticed a sweetspot of price/performance around the 1600mhz ram speed mark. Though for the enthousiasts every Mhz counts. Today we test the brand new 4gb 2133Mhz CL9 kit.  Quite an interesting kit as it's not the high end CL 7 kit, and thus less pricey. Though could we achieve similar speeds ?

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Short Intro on the company :

Established in 1989 by enthusiasts, G.Skill is a leading memory & Solid State Drive manufacturer based in Taipei, Taiwan. The company's top priority is Quality. All of our products undergo a series of the most rigorous tests and strict quality control processes. In addition to a committed, qualified IC testing house to examine our products, all G.Skill products are 100% tested to ensure the highest yield, reliability and quality

You can find all of their goodies at the Gskill website :

We are all aquainted with the previous generation of the Ripjaws series. Their looks were not for my personal taste But we have seen many Cas 9 kits do sweet Cas 7 speeds with a small bump in voltage. So who cares how they look, they performed admirably.



Gskill has refined the Ripjaws look and baptised them as the RipjawsX.


The RipjawsX kits are available in 3 different colours, not only to match ya current hardware. Speeds, timings are also recognisable by the colour. The BLACK edition being the highest specced. BLUE for the mainstream series and RED as sort of entry level kit. But for more detail I think the below list is far more clear :



Depending on which set you opt for, Gskill also bundles their Turbulence II fan with some sets.

Time to introduce the 17000CL9D 4GBXMD kit to the big crowd

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