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Pros: only minimal effort required to get these to work at their rated speed. been working fine for 3 years. very stable. not had any memory problems the whole time.
Cons: nothing specifically related to the ram itself. see other thoughts
Other Thoughts: it might be different now but when i got these most motherboards and processors would default to 1600 or lower for any higher speed ram, so i did have to manually set them up in the bios, both the frequency and timings. didn't have any trouble making them work at rated specs though; running dual channel at 1866MHz 9-10-9-28.
other relevant system specs:
gigabyte ga-970a-d3 (rev 1.4)
amd am3+ fx-4100 quad core; OC @ 4GHz
amd radeon hd 7790 1GB GDDR5
Pros: they look pretty cool
Cons: unable to reach rated speeds, even with very loose timings. system would not boot above 1600mhz and even then there was definitely system instability. I had all kind of weird behavior from these things while testing them. a couple of times the screen would stay dark and motherboard would issue a beep code indicating it couldnt find the graphics card. another time my bios disappeared altogether and the motherboard reinstalled from a built in backup! time is a fairly expensive commodity for me right now, so despite the incredible shell shocker price i got them at I decided to return for a refund since im not entirely sure it isnt a compatibility issue and dont have time to figure it out.
Other Thoughts: I currently have 2 sticks of identically spec'd sniper ram running at 1866 and with tighter than advertised timings. No problems whatsoever with those. I know its kinda hit or miss when combining different sticks but even alone the ripjaws sticks wouldnt reach their rated speed or timings. i couldnt find any solid info about my motherboard compatability with this ram but heres my system specs just in case.
gigabyte GA-970a-D3 am3+ (rev. 1.4)
amd fx-4100 3.6Ghz quadcore processor
amd radeon hd 7790 1 gb
8GB (2x4gb) gskill sniper PC3 14900 ddr3 1866mhz ram
Pros: love the modular cables and the sleeves on cables. has all the power i need for a medium range gaming machine. havent had any issues. its running strong 6 years later.
Cons: cant think of any.
Other Thoughts: got this in early 2007 with my first computer build. over the past 6 years it has run almost continuously with no issues whatsoever. recently updated that machine with a new motherboard, processor, ram, and gfx card to bring it up to speed but the psu is running fine.READ FULL REVIEW