G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB 2133MHz DDR3L SO-DIMM Memory
Jan 24,2014 0 Comments
G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB 2133MHz DDR3L SO-DIMM Memory. Earlier this month we took an in-depth look at the G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB 1866MHZ CL11 memory kit that is sold under part number F3-1866C11D-8GRSL for $82.99 shipped. We found that running faster DDR3L memory in newer systems powered by 4th Generation Intel Haswell processors to be very beneficial for those looking to get the most from their system.
Over the past few months we’ve spent a fair amount of time using the Intel NUC and Gigabyte BRIX PC Small Form Factor (SFF) systems that notebook use DDR3L SO-DIMM memory kits. One thing that we’ve discovered with the Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK powered by the 4th generation Intel Core i5-4250U ‘Haswell’ processor (2.6GHz) is that no 2133MHz DDR3L memory kit was able to work in dual-channel mode. While Legit Reviews was at CES 2014 we found that a number of companies were showing off their SO-DIMM memory, but all stopped at 1866MHz in the Intel NUC. Even on our test benches here at Legit Reviews we could not get any brands kit to run in the latest Haswell powered NUCs at 2133MHz.
This week our friends at G.SKILL overnight mailed us their latest RIPJAWS SO-DIMM F3-2133C11D-8GRSL memory kit straight from Taiwan. This is the kit that was announced in November 2013 and it is just now coming out. Just moments after receiving the kit, we popped it into the Intel NUC to see if it would work. We went into the BIOS and manually set the clock frequency to 2133MHz along with the proper CL11 timings and restarted the system. We weren’t expecting the system to post, but after several seconds we found ourselves on the desktop! After triple checking everything, we discovered that we were really running at 2133MHz! We were excited by this as neither Intel or G.SKILL have never been able to get 2133MHz memory working in dual-channel on the Haswell powered Intel NUC kits! So what changed? G.SKILL has moved to a 4Gb density module and that involves new SDRAM chips and PCB revision, so basically the whole module has been revamped.
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