Final Words & Conclusion
Final Words & Conclusion
Over the years DDR3 memory has been evolving from dull green DIMM modules to extremely high frequency low voltage products. The market is extremely competitive, it drove down prices and actually quite a number of memory manufacturers went belly up due to this. So to be able to address the market and make a profit on it, you need to have something interesting, ADATA managed to do that however performance wise you need to seriously wonder if spending a lot of cash on enthusiast grade money is worth it.
Now there's DIMM memory for everybody, cheap, mid-range uber overclockable -- but the fact remains that there is an enthusiast segment in the market that want great performance with no hassle with that one variable, it must look great... something special. The new ADATA modules are exactly that. Honestly each time I look at them the one thing that pops into my mind is the word "Nice".
The DIMMs we tested today are fairly high-density 4GB DIMM modules and as such it is impressive to see that this kit can easily run a 2933 MHz frequency but does so with too high latency timings and a 1.65 Voltage. Obviously the kit tested today is targeted at the latest series 8 and 9 Intel motherboard solutions that allow 2933 MHz on that memory, and that's where this 8 GB kit is nice. Overclocking wise we fooled around with it a little and you will be limited alright, changing CL from 12 to 11 at 1.65V / 2933 results into crashes. In fact any other (lower) timing resulted in a no boot. Testing 3000 MHz also was a no-go. So if you are not an uber enthusiast pro-overclocker, your best bet is to simply use the XMP configured timings. Then again at the XMP default you can already run 2933 MHz. But sure, tweaking the memory ratio ot timings resulted in a non posting motherboard.
These DIMMs will be more expensive then your average memory modules alright. It depends greatly on your preferred memory frequency though, an 8 GB kit can go from as low as 100 EUR (1600 MHz DIMMs) towards 200~250 EUR for the kit as tested today at 2933 MHz. Personally I feel that a 16GB / 1600 or 1866 MHz kit with faster timings would be a great deal really. Then again if you want 2133 or even 2666 MHz, heck it's all possible, but you will pay a price premium of course.
Well, let me wrap it up. The new V3 XPG series DIMMs are a niche product series aimed at a very specific group of people, the people that want the uber fastest stuff at the high-end of the spectrum. The kit as tested today is for the guys and gals that want high numbers on everything in their system. The kit remains easy to configure and offers nice quality. From an aesthetic point of view the new V3 XPG kits honestly are great looking DIMMs. The performance is great, but slower clocked memory with faster timings will get you the very same results at often a far better price. This is the reality of this Enhusiast class 2933 MHz kit, the timings are just too high to make a big enough difference to set it apart from the mainstream to high-end class DIMMs, but it certainly does run nice at an amazing 2933 MHz.