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ADATA XPG V1.0 DDR3 1600 Mhz Desktop Memory Review

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Introduction

Choosing desktop memory may be one of the best parts of the computer building process. No other computer component has the sheer number of options as RAM. Every speed, latency, heat spreader color, and style are out waiting to be explored. Dancing light, fans, and digital displays just add more awe to world that is RAM. All these choices are absolutely fantastic, but can also be daunting to even the most seasoned system builder. Even if you have narrowed it down to a specific specification, the number of kits out there might still be staggering. Sure, you could go with whatever kit everyone else is using. Perhaps you are a bit rebellious. You so not want what everyone else has. You want something different and that led you here.

ADATA may not be the first name you think of when it comes to quality desktop memory. Founded in May 2001, ADATA Technology Co., Ltd is mostly known for their flash memory cards. They do however, offer many other memory and storage related products. Today we will be taking a look at the ADATA XPG V1.0 series 8GB (2x 4GB) Black 1600 MHz CL9 desktop memory kit.

The ADATA XPG V1.0 series of RAM offers speeds from 1600-2133 MHz and are compatible with a wide variety of current Intel and AMD motherboards. The ADATA XPG V1.0 series are available with red, black, or blue medium profile aluminum heat spreaders. The heat spreader color is not an indication of speed or latency of the memory and is simply offered so builders can better match their system’s color scheme. Not all heat spreader colors are available in all speeds. Many of the ADATA XPG V1.0 series modules are available with black printed circuit boards. The rest of the series receive green printed circuit boards.

ADATA’s take on XPG V1.0

The reconfigured components of XPG V1.0 combine style and technology to create a newer and cooler approach to maintaining stability in demanding computer systems. The innovative engineering and unique appearance of the new XPG heat sinks make XPG V1.0 requisite gear for the most dedicated gamers and power users.

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Top-tier enthusiasts in all countries- from gamers, to power users, to system builders demand not only the best in heat dissipation and long term stability of DRAM, but they are increasingly looking for components that improve the overall appearance or attitude of their rigs. ADATA XPG V1.0 DRAM meets the demands of these groups, both technologically and aesthetically, and this improved heat sink is a strong step forward in this respect. With sleekly crafted lines reminiscent of the mechanical goliaths found on today’s electronic battlefields, the XPG V1.0 DRAM comes in colors of red, black, and blue, grouped higher to lower according to the respective module frequencies.

ADATA XPG V1.0 memory products are made in conformation with JEDEC regulations and DDR3-1333 standards at CL value of 9-9-9-24 . Each XPG V1.0 memory chip is selected through a strict filtering process, complete with high-quality PCBs (Printed Circuit Board) and an aluminum heat sink that effectively lowers module temperature, proven to reach a maximum speed of 2133MHz to make complete use of the computer’s power.

Packaging

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The memory kit is packaged in a standard blister pack. While blister packs offer decent product protection, they can be difficult to open. This particular blister pack was relatively easy to open with a decent set of scissors. I would prefer to see re-closable packaging used.

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On the back of the packaging, it explains that the product meets JEDEC standards and gives details on the lifetime warranty.

Specifications

  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Size: 8GB (2 x 4GB)
  • Performance Profile: XMP
  • Fan Included: No
  • Heat Spreader: Black Aluminum Memory
  • Configuration: Dual Channel Memory
  • Type: DDR3
  • Package – Memory Pin: 240
  • Package – Memory Format: DIMM
  • Tested Voltage: 1.65
  • SPD Voltage: 1.5
  • Speed Rating: PC3-12800 (1600MHz)
  • SPD Speed: 1333MHz
  • Tested Speed: 1600MHz
  • Tested Latency: 9-9-9-24
  • SPD Latency: 9-9-9-24 

Closer Look

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The memory market is mostly filled with flashy and bold designs. ADATA took a different approach and created a more subdued look. For those looking for a little more color, red and blue heat spreaders are available on certain models.

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The XPG V1.0 feature black brushed heat spreaders with machined accents. This particular model also comes with a black PCB.

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The machined accents add a touch of flair without being overbearing.

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The stock timings are average for 1600MHz memory. Most memory rated at 1600Mhz comes with similar timings.

Configuring the Bios

Configuring the RAM for my Intel based system was as simple as setting the XMP profile. Once selected, the bios automatically configured the RAM to exact timing specifications.

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System Configuration

Testing Hardware:

  • EVGA Z87 Stinger Motherboard
  • Intel Core i5 4670 Processor
  • ADATA XPG V1.0 series 8GB (2x 4GB) Black 1600 MHz CL9
  • ADATA XPG XS900 128GB Solid State Drive
  • Corsair H100 AIO CPU Cooler
  • EVGA Hadron Hydro Case
  • EVGA Hadron Integrated 500W Gold Power Supply
  • EVGA Nvidia GTX 760 Graphic Card 

Testing Software:

  • AIDA64 Extreme Edition
  • Super PI Modded 1.5
  • MaxxMEM 2

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Benchmarking:

AIDA64 Extreme Edition

“FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.

The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.”

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Super PI Modded 1.5

“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”

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MaxxMEM 2

“Is the *little brother of MaxxPI², it contains the same Memorybenchmark routine as MaxxPI² does. So your reaced results will be comparable to Memory / Latency benchmarks done by MaxxPI².”

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Overall, not to impressive of numbers. I would say about average for DDR3-1600 at 9-9-9 timings. Nothing looks out of place and it passed all tests.

Overclocking:

I started with a mild 1680MHz overclock at the stock voltage of 1.5. The test system refused to load Windows without BSOD. I kept lowering the clock by increments of 16MHz until I finally got down to 1648MHz. At this point the system loaded Windows and felt quite stable. I ran Super Pi at 32M and encountered no errors.

I was not feeling to confident about the overclocking potential of the ADATA at this point. I set the timings to auto, bumped up the voltage to 1.65 and set the clock to 1866MHz. The system booted into Windows without a hiccup and ran Super Pi with no issues. I tried 2000Mhz and happily received the same result again. I then tried 2133MHz and the system booted into Windows, but was not very stable. It failed Super Pi on Loop3. I loosened the timings slightly to 10-11-11 with a CMD of 1T and ran Super Pi again. It passed all loops.

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After re-running the benchmarks at the overclocked DDR3-2133 speed, there was a huge improvement in performance overall. Overclocking really wakes up this kit. The scores are by far better then at 1600 MHz.

Conclusion

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ADATA has clearing aimed the XPG V1.0 at those enthusiasts who maybe on a tighter budget. At $64 on sale and around $70 in Amazon, these are about as inexpensive as 1600Mhz CL9 desktop memory come. That price is also about half the price of the most expensive 1600 Mhz kits.

I really like the ADATA cosmetics. The brushed black finish with machined accents look great. They are not flashy or overly plain. Elegant is a word that often comes to mind when I look at them. The heat spreaders are on the shorter side. Very few coolers should interfere with them.

A combination of low price, good looks, and good overclocking potential make this kit worth a look. I would not hesitate to recommend the ADATA XPG V1.0 to anyone needing a high quality RAM kit at an affordable price.

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