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G.Skill RipjawsX PC17000 CL7 Memory Review
Author: Jim Manis
Today in the lab we have a 4GB kit of G.Skill Ripjaws CL7 Modules to run through our suite of tests. Previously we looked the G.Skill Ripjawsx CL9 kit, which is a Low Voltage 1.5V 2133mhz pair and we were very happy with the results. Given our enthusiast nature it is only natural to see what the CL7 kit was capable of and if they made any real differences.
We installed several coolers and found the Corsair A70 does clear the modules but still touches the heatspreaders with means the included fan could not be installed. Most enthusiasts keep fin height in mind when looking for RAM so as long as they are careful there shouldn't be any problem. Every stock Intel solution we had available installed with no issues and of course waterblock users should have no problem. In most cases waterblock and OEM heatsink users will be the ones needing the Turbulence II the most anyway.
Power for the Turbulence II fan comes from a black molex plug and neatly sleeved wiring. The use of the molex is to let the fan run at full speed instead of being throttled down when the board is running cool. The small blue LED fans produce approximately 8CFM of airflow which is enough to cool the DIMMS and surrounding components.