Prepare for Overwatch | Build it Yourself: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series


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Personally, I went with the G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series. If you are confused on which RAM to use for your new ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING Motherboard then this article might come handy. The confusion mainly comes from the Intel Core i5-6600K specs page which says “Supports 2133Mhz Dual-Channel DDR4 RAM” in contrast with the ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING specs page which says “Supports DDR4 3200Mhz.” Conflicting specs. Who to listen to: The CPU or the Motherboard specs?

There are many RAM brands in the market like G.SKILL, CORSAIR, Patriot, HyperX, Crucial and Mushkin — to name a few.

However, when you run a search for RAM in Newegg or Amazon supporting 3200Mhz for the ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING motherboard, you will only find a variety of G.SKILL, and CORSAIR kits dominating the pages.

I reached out to a G.SKILL representative via chat and he confirmed what I knew. Need RAM for your Z170 motherboard? Go with the G.SKILL Ripjaw V Series. However, he did clear up the confusion with the Intel Core 15-6600K spec statement that says “Supports 2133Mhz DDR4.” He said that what Intel reports there is the standard speed, but you can use anything that the ASUS Z170’s specs says the motherboard supports. So there you go. Ignore what the CPU manufacturer says and go with what your motherboard manufacturer says it supports. They built the motherboard for that CPU and know better.

The G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series DDR4 8GB (2 x 4GB) is in the $48 range, so if you want to fill all 4 slots with 16GB RAM it will cost you $48 x 2 ($96). Or the G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) — but that goes up to $138. Just a matter of what your budget is plus your plans to upgrade at a later date. If you wish to upgrade to 32GB later in the future, then it might be best to go with a 16GB (2 kits of 8GB each) so that the other two slots in your motherboard are available later when you decide to upgrade to 32GB. If you have no plans to upgrade, then fill up all 4 memory slots with two orders of the 8GB (2 x 4GB) kit.

Browse through all the available Z170 platform-compatible G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series memory here ranging from as low as $45. Just make sure to buy Dual-Channel DDR4 kits and that the kit mentions support for Z170, and there is no way you go wrong with your choice — whether based on speed or budget.

Here is the original press release announcing the new Z170 Platform-friendly G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series DDR4 RAM kits — which can help you see the different speeds available.



Wait… No Corsair? Why?!

I understand you might be a Corsair fan, but taking a look at their DDR4 series — the Dominator Platinum — starts at $99 for a 8GB DDR4 (2 x 4GB) kit. I’d rather recommend another great brand that offers budget-friendly options. GSKILL on the other hand has 11 kits under $99. So I apologize, but in the budget-minded department … Corsair got dominated.


Hands-On Screenshots

I don’t just suggest the G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series for the sake of it. These are specifically manufactured by G.SKILL for the Intel 100 Series chips (the ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING Motherboard among them). That’s the motherboard I purchased, and so went ahead and ordered the memory compatible with it. These are my photos.



Some plastic packages are so tight and hard to open you need scissors and a lot of strength to pull the thing apart. The G.SKILL plastic package opens very easily. Just insert your nail at the top to find the separation between both layers of plastic, and pull. It snaps out of the two holed-depressions that keep both layers together. Takes no more than 5 seconds to open with barely any effort on your end.



The back of the package says the following:

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series

Designed for the 6th Generation Intel Core Processor. Feel the Rush of DDR4 performance.

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series is the latest dual-channel DDR4 memory designed for maximum compatibility and performance with the 6th Generation Intel Core (Skylake) processor family. Along with an all new heatspreader design and multiple color options, this memory kit is the perfect choice for a wide variety of applications, ranging from simple memory upgrades to constructing a new gaming rig or a high performance workstation. Each Ripjaws V memory kit is manufactured with hand-screened ICs and rigorously tested under G.SKILL’s extensive suite of testing software to ensure complete reliability and stability in your DDR4 system.

All G.SKILL memory products come with lifetime warranty and the G.SKILL technical team is always ready to provide complete technical support via online forum, Facebook, telephone, and email.


Order the G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series now for your ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING Motherboard.


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