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Gskill Ares Tom's hardware posts blaming and doubts about to buy it

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New Member
Jan 16, 2020
Hi guys.

This is my first post so first of all I'm glad to be new member here :).

I would like to ask you several question:

Are gskill ares ddr3 ram giving some troubles with voltages and xmp or increasing frequency manually? I found several posts of same user where it blames this gskill ram Ares because of voltages and cpu degrading:
User: jaquith
Post #4: https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/g-skill-ripjaws-x-vs-g-skill-ares.401445/
User: jaquith
Post #8: https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/ripjaw-a-lot-better-or-ares-just-as-good.393036/

After the second link, gskill support stops answering.

2) I already have 4 gskill ares running not overclock
Row: 0 - 8192 MB PC3-19200 DDR3 SDRAM G Skill F3-2400C11-8GAB
Row: 1 - 2048 MB PC3-16000 DDR3 SDRAM G Skill F3-16000CL9-2GBRM
Row: 2 - 8192 MB PC3-19200 DDR3 SDRAM G Skill F3-2400C11-8GAB
Row: 3 - 2048 MB PC3-16000 DDR3 SDRAM G Skill F3-16000CL9-2GBRM

I'm planning to remove rows 1 and 3 modules (2gb ram each one) and buy gskill ares ddr3 2133 2x8GB PC3-17000 but the 8GB modules I have can run at 2400MHz.

Will they work together? at what frequency? will I be able to run xmp or overclock manually? what voltages should I set?

My computer specifications are:

Motherboard Model:

Motherboard Chipset:
Intel Z77 (Panther Point DH)

Processor Name:
Intel Core i5-3570K

Original Processor Frequency:
3400.0 MHz

CPU Brand Name:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz

CPU Code Name:
Ivy Bridge-DT

Thanks for your answers.
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Gulper Nozzle Co-Owner
Dec 15, 2008
I think that user probably left things on auto which tends to overvolt in favor of stability. If the system sets that high of voltage, lower it.

Ideally, you should be running matched sticks. If I was you, I would match the 8GB sticks instead of taking a chance on mismatched sticks. All sticks would have to run at 2133 if you went that route. You will likely have to set things manually, but try XMP of the both sets and see what works. It will be trial and error.


New Member
Jan 16, 2020
Thanks for your answer. I will look then for another 4 ram modules because of voltage issues with ares.

Any advice of model or brand ddr3 I should use?