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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-4GBXM
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Maybe none :(!

Cons: I wrote a review for this memory yesterday saying this:
"Took a lot of trials, but finally appears stable at 1833 on my ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ main board (Prime95 and Live Streaming HD viewing). Had to set the DRAM voltage to the max available, 1.74V instead of the normal 1.55V. Tried the advanced timing settings but they actually hurt, best results being with auto timing. I also had to raise the A6-5400K core voltage from normal 1.400V to 1.525V (max memory spec 1866), presumably to achieve memory controller compatibility with the voltage boosted DRAM -- definitely not needed in order to raise cpu core speed, it'll run stabler 4400GHz at 1.400V."

I've two corrections to make.
1) The CPU core voltage had to be raised to 1.4125V from 1.4000V, not to 1.525 -- huge difference, sorry about that!
2) The darned thing blue screened again during the second to last end of a tight Olympic curling match.

This memory just seems to be unreliable, works great at 1600. Am trying the advanced timing setting once again but that's just my desperation since both available settings have previously failed.

Other Thoughts: This memory should not have been sold as DDR3 1866 -- maybe I was just unlucky?

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-4GBXM
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Took a lot of trials, but finally appears stable at 1833 on my ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ main board (Prime95 and Live Streaming HD viewing). Had to set the DRAM voltage to the max available, 1.74V instead of the normal 1.55V. Tried the advanced timing settings but they actually hurt, best results being with auto timing. I also had to raise the A6-5400K core voltage from normal 1.400V to 1.525V (max memory spec 1866), presumably to achieve memory controller compatibility with the voltage boosted DRAM -- definitely not needed in order to raise cpu core speed, it'll run stabler 4400GHz at 1.400V.

Cons: Yes, it'll run at 1866, but without any voltage margin. G.Skill 1600 always works fine at 1.55V, just glad this Ripjaws seems to be OK at 1.74V. Need more time really to make sure -- just got it working seeming stable yesterday.

Other Thoughts: I just don't expect memory to be near the very edge of its capability when operated at its frequency spec. If I were pushing an o/c sure, but this is a spec application!

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WD WD Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Installed two of three so far, no problems yet. Boots pretty quick with Win7. Runs quiet, smooth, seems like a good drive.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: Bought one as a D: drive for a friends gamer rebuild five months ago (C: largely full, but had to keep original Win7 and apps. Can install new apps to D: helping preserve remaining C: space). Bought another for my recent HTPC build and I've no complaints. Have another on hand to go into a new gamer I haven't built yet, so can't comment on that one, though my luck's been fine so far.

The Newegg rating has dropped recently and am wondering why. Is it handling (during shipping or after)? Hard to believe WD refurb quality has dived on the very same drive and my HTPC drive was bought 11/23 -- little over a month ago. All mine arrived wrapped in bubble wrap and were well packaged. Seems odd!

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Display Name: Trevor S.

Date Joined: 12/04/02

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  • First Review: 04/26/13
  • Last Review: 02/15/14
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