PNY AnarchyX 2800MHz DDR4 16GB Memory Kit Review

Introduction


Prior to the release of Intel’s Z170 platform, DDR4 memory prices remained extremely high compared to DDR3 equivalents and required the use of other expensive components designed primarily for professionals. Thankfully, DDR4 prices have plummeted and usually cost the same as DDR3 capacities or slightly less in some cases. So why consider DDR4? Firstly, the latest standard in computer memory operates using lower voltages and capable of reaching frequencies in excess of 3200MHz. Granted, this doesn’t make a difference in most gaming tasks, but it’s useful for rendering, video editing and other workloads. Additionally, the price variation between 2400MHz and 3000MHz is still relatively small and well worth your consideration.

For the mainstream market, most consumers buy memory kits on the basis of aesthetics. One particular example which looks absolutely fantastic is the PNY AnarchyX series and comes in a variety of speeds from 2400MHz up to 2800MHz. Today, we’ve decided to take a look at their highest frequency model and compare it to other premium kits. From a technical standpoint, the sample we received operates at 1.2V, and CAS16 which makes it an excellent choice. Given the memory’s impressive visual design, and specification, I expect it to perform rather well during our rigorous benchmarking procedure.

Specifications


Packaging and Accessories

Unlike many RAM kits, the PNY AnarchyX doesn’t come in a relatively plain blister pack. The box contains an attractive render of the memory modules and outlines the key specifications. On another note, each module is sealed in an anti-static bag to eliminate any chance of electrical surges from occurring. This is a great addition which adds a premium feel.

The rear section is fairly plain and provides a more detailed look at the kit’s specifications. There’s also a number of images to inform the user of PNY’s entire product range.

A Closer Look

PNY have done a splendid job designing the heat spreaders which look unique without being too ostentatious. More specifically, the subtle PNY logo contrasts superbly with the domineering AnarchyX branding and makes for a wonderful finish. On another note, the vibrant edges and understated crossed pattern enhances the overall aesthetic design. I’m also really fond of the central red accent which adds a hint of colour to the modules. Once combined with the black PCB, this results in one of the best DDR4 visual designs I’ve seen to date!

G.SKILL Announces Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM

G.Skill announces the newest addition to their DDR4 RipJaws lineup with the DDR4 SO-DIMM Ripjaw series. The new modules come with great speeds of up to 2800MHz and in kit sizes up to 64GB. As all RipJaw memory modules, the new SO-DIMM series is also built with specially screened components, hand-picked from G.SKILL’s rigorous and highly selective binning process and tested to guaranteed maximum performance and reliability.

SO-DIMM modules are generally used in portable and small form factor system where power consumption is an issue, and DDR4 is a great thing for these systems. With the lower power consumption over DDR3 modules where they only consume 1.2V make them optimal for this scenario. The modules also feature auto-overclocking where the modules will be automatically overclocked when the memory modules are installed on qualified systems.

There are four different speeds in the new G.Skill RipJaws series and each speed is available in five different capacity kit sizes. With the increase in the kit speeds from 2133 to 2800MHz, the timings also change slightly as we can see in the chart below. Whether you choose 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB capacity in these new modules, they should be a solid choice for your SO-DIMM capable system.

G.Skill didn’t announce any pricing or availability at this time, but we’ll keep you updated on that in the near future when the information becomes available.

Apacer Releases 64GB 3000MHz NOX DDR4 SO-DIMM

The times where the best hardware was limited to desktop PCs is long over and we can get all that power in portable units today too, may it be high-end i7 CPUs or multiple graphics card solutions. All this raw power also needs some memory and Apacer’s latest offering might come in handy here. The newly released Apacer NOX DDR4 modules take all that goodness and brings it down to the smaller SO-DIMM form factor.

The new Apacer NOX DDR4 SO-DIMMs are available with an impressive capacity of 64GB and speeds of up to 3000MHz while only consuming 1.2V. This is so far the most impressive and highest capacity SO-DIMM on the market. The NOX DDR4 SO-DIMM series also comes in slower speeds for those who don’t need as much. Other options include 2400, 2666, and 2800MHz.

The modules have all undergone strict testing and have been built with handpicked DRAM IC to create the best possible product. Apacer did not reveal the pricing at this point, but that will follow at the end of this month. Whether the availability will be at the same time is anyone’s guess. We will just have to wait and see. Either way, this is a seriously impressive memory module.

G.SKILL Announced World’s Fastest DDR4 128GB Memory Kit at 2800MHz

G.Skill has introduced their newest memory modules and this time we get a new RipJaws4 kit. The new kit isn’t a small one as it comes with a total memory of 128GB distributed across eight 16GB modules. The new kit is the first DDR4 128GB kit with a speed of 2800MHz and it comes with CL16 timings. The memory modules use the latest 20nm fabrication process by Samsung and they’re said to take performance to a whole new level.

“During development of these DDR4 16GB modules, we see amazing future potential for 128GB (16GBx8) memory kits in extreme high capacity operation on upcoming platforms,” says Tequila Huang, Vice President of Research & Development, G.SKILL. “We will be witnessing the beginning of a new set of standards for extreme capacity and performance DDR4 memory kits on both current and future computing platforms. Needless to say, we are very excited for this release.”

16GB memory modules aren’t anything new as such, they have already been available in the server market. Now that capacity is paving its way to consumer memory modules, suitable for workstation level workloads where high capacity memory is vital. The new quad-channel kit has been validated on the latest ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard.

The new modules aren’t just available at large capacities and speed, you can also find smaller kits with less than 8 modules and frequencies ranging from DDR4-2133 MHz to the aforementioned DDR4-2800 MHz. The modules also come backed by G.Skill’s limited lifetime warranty.

Overclockers UK First to List the New ADATA DDR4 Memory

 

Some companies take new hardware releases very serious and want to offer their customers the entire range as soon as possible. Overclockers UK is one of them and they are now the first to list the new ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4 modules.

The ADATA XPG Z1 comes in a variety of speeds and sizes. The available sets range from 16GB to 32GB and are all 4 module quad channel kits. So it’s either four times 4GB or four times 8GB modules. They come in three speed categories, 2133MHz, 2400MHz and 2800MHz and with a CAS Latency of  15-15-15-35, 16-16-16-35 and 17-17-17-39.

Overclockers UK offers a direct Lifetime Warranty on the modules, showing the faith they have in them. They operate between 1.2 and 1.35 volt and otherwise comply to the DDR4 standard of 288-pin UDIMM and Haswell-E compatible.

When grabbing your wallet to check, it will need to have between £199.99 and £666.66 in it to be able to get these modules and you can check them all out right here.

Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Overclockers UK.