What you need to know
- G.SKILL announced the launch of a new Ripjaws DDR5 So-DIMM family of RAM for compact desktop and notebook PCs.
- G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR5 SO-DIMM memory speeds manage to top out at 5200MT/s with a maximum capacity of 64GB.
- Availability commences in May with pricing yet to be confirmed.
G.SKILL announced the launch of new Ripsaws RAM kits specifically designed for small form-factor desktop PCs and notebooks. SO-DIMM modules are roughly half the physical size of a regular DIMM used in regular motherboard DIMM slots. If you've ever opened up a laptop, you will have encountered SO-DIMM memory.
We've looked at some of G.SKILL's desktop-class DIMM modules and it's great to see the company move into the notebook segment for those who want to check out Intel Alder Lake in portable PCs. These new SO-DIMM kits are capable of hitting speeds of up to 5200MT/s and top out at 64GB (32GB per module).
Like other kits from G.SKILL, one can expect high performance and endurance for reliable PC builds, much like its best DDR5 RAM. Installing aftermarket modules such as these inside a DDR5-capable notebook, you'll be improving system performance.
As part of this move, G.SKILL is launching low-latency specifications with the Ripjaws DDR5 SO-DIMM range, including DDR5-4800 (CL34-34-34-76) and DDR5-5200 (CL38-38-38-83). The latter specification can only be bought as a 32GB kit at launch, but the DDR5-4800 specification is great for those who need 64GB of system memory.
G.SKILL expects its new Ripjaws series of SO-DIMM modules to be available sometime in May. There's no word on pricing just yet. Should you be purchasing a laptop with Intel's 12th Gen mobile processors, you'll want to check out DDR5 kits such as these for giving your system a small boost.
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