ADATA XPG DDR3 2133MHz 8GB Memory Review
Sean Gibson / Apr 2nd, 2013 No Comments
The ADATA XPG line of memory has quickly become a player in the peripheral market for PC enthusiasts thanks to quality products, reasonable prices and positive testimonials from consumers. The XPG line in particular is built by ADATA specifically with gamers and hardcore enthusiasts in mind, coupled with a competitive price point as they look to make a foothold in the industry. The ADATA XPG DDR3 2133MHz 8GB memory kit sports two 4GB memory sticks designed for desktop performance.
Here are the official specs for the ADATA XPG DDR3 2133MHz 8GB set of RAM:
- Model: DDR3-2133X
- Rating: PC3-17000
- Capacity: 4GB x 2
- Timing: 10-11-11-30
- Voltage: 1.65V
- Color: Red
- Warranty: Lifetime
There are two elements that really stand out with these specs. The first is the voltage, which is at 1.65V, a tad higher than what other memory sticks use that run at 2133MHz. To compare, we grabbed a pair of Patriot modules that run at 2133MHz and only require 1.5V of juice. In the greater scheme of life, it’s on the side of trivial but worth noting for those that are most concerned with energy consumption or pushing the envelope with custom overclocking. The second element that stands out is the warranty at a whopping “lifetime” rating. Ideally, a lifetime warranty is a long time for most gamers and represents the best-possible warranty conceivable. Kudos to ADATA for seriously standing behind their product.
Installing the ADATA XPG DDR3 2133MHz 8GB kit was extremely easy and identical to any other memory kit on the market. Simply double check with your motherboard’s manufacturer beforehand to find out if it will handle this memory as well as the ideal slots for this dual-channel kit. The RAM is extremely easy to handle and popping them into place took mere seconds. Thanks to modern motherboard BIOS technology, tweaking the timing settings, as well as the voltage (1.65V in this case) is as easy as enabling the X.M.P. settings often found in the ‘Advanced’ tab of most systems once booted to the BIOS. The ADATA memory responded perfectly and was immediately set for 2133MHz frequency. Total installation time was less than five minutes.
Performance – MaxxMEM
MaxxMEM is a freeware utility that does a pretty accurate diagnostic and benchmark for memory modules. This represents a test that anyone can do at a moments notice to see how well their RAM performs. Here is how the ADATA XPG DDR3 2133MHZ 8GB Kit fared:
Comparing it to a kit of Patriot Memory running at 2133MHz, the ADATA memory did beat the Memory Read score and was less than 3% behind for Memory Copy and less than 1% behind in Memory Write. In terms of overall performance using MaxxMEM, the ADATA proved it can hang with the big boys.
Performance – AIDA64
AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a commercial software program aimed at PC tech geeks and provides an entire suite of diagnostic and benchmarking tools. For the purpose of this review, the “Cache and Memory” benchmark was leveraged to test each module’s read, write and copy bandwidth as well as to test the latency.
Once again the ADATA 2133MHz RAM does just as well (within 1-3%), if not better, than the Patriot memory it was compared to during diagnostics. The ADATA outperformed the competitor in the Memory Read (21654 vs 21420) and Latency (35.3ns vs 37.7ns) and was within less than one-percent of the Write and Copy numbers. What the AIDA64 benchmarks say is that the ADATA modules are just as good than the higher-priced competitor.
The ADATA XPG DDR3 2133MHz 8GB memory module kit performed extremely well and definitely impresses in all categories. The RAM is extremely well manufactured with quality parts, from the metal casing to keep it cool to the module boards themselves. They are just plainly well made and once they are handled, that fact is very obvious. The installation was extremely simple, as all PC owners will have to do is just pop them in, turn on the X.M.P. profile (or just manually tweak the timings and voltage) in the BIOS and it’s done with. In terms of performance, this product brought the goods and either out-performed one of the “leading brands” or was within 1-3% (and in most cases less than 1%) in every single category it was tested in.
After spending two solid weeks throttling these modules with various benchmarks, stress tests and some of the most demanding games for PC including Skyrim and Sleeping Dogs, it can be safely concluded that this product nothing short of impressive. For those that are in the market to upgrade their memory and see a deal on the ADATA XPG line, there’s little doubt that between the quality of the build, amazing performance and ridiculous warranty (lifetime!) it represents one of the better deals going in the peripheral market.
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