GSKill Ripjaws 4 Memory Overview
Ripjaws modules have always featured semi-tall heatspreaders which are constructed from stamped aluminum. This is a change from some of the other modules you can buy that might be cast or machined aluminum and built up from a variety of different parts. The ornate design is then accented with an anodized coating and decorated with a sticker.
The heatspreaders are then bonded to the memory module and work surprisingly well at removing excess heat and looking good in the process.
Module height has always been a concern when it comes to system builds since heatsink manufactures often build their designs based on JEDEC module standards. This is great when using vanilla memory modules but, once you switch to performance memory your cooling method can becomes a concern.
In terms of overall height the module measures a little over 1.5 inches tall making them much shorter than many performance modules such as the Corsair Dominator and HyperX Predator.
Under the heatspreader (if I had removed it) you will find a standard height memory PCB with an array of BGA memory chips soldered across. Unlike some of the other modules we have reviewed the PCB doesn’t come with any special cooling features, lights or extra connectors.
Just high speed memory on a high speed board