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Can anyone tell me the difference between these kits?

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231429

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231497

EDIT: Hell, there's even the "standard" Ripjaws here for a bit more:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315

The X and Z series seem identical except slightly different heat spreader styles, and one claims to be designed for P67/Z68 whereas the other claims X79. "Standard" Ripjaws claims nothing at all.
What is the _actual_ difference? Does that mean the Z Series is slightly better, or is there truth to this "designed for" and I should pick the one for my chipset?
It just sounds like marketing BS is all, I just want the best 16GB DDR3-1600 kit for the money.

Thanks for any help.
Edited by Ranguvar - 2/22/12 at 2:38pm
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Quad Channel Marketing!!! Thats the only reason. They are essentially the same sticks. Like you said, Just different heat-spreaders.
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^^^ this, its a gimmic and its basically the same RAM just marketed as quad channel. DDR3 is DDR3, channeling is more to do with how you place your sticks, how many you have and if the mobo supports it as well as density
http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-011965.htm thumb.gif
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