Intel’s latest LGA1151 chipset has brought DDR4 memory into the mainstream market and is no longer exclusive to the expensive X99 platform. This means, it’s possible to acquire extremely fast and large capacity kits at a very reasonable price point. As a result, DDR3 memory is slowly being phased out but this is obviously going to take some time until consumers make the switch and upgrade their hardware. In the last couple of years, memory companies have created a number of ostentatious designs to compliment a system’s colour scheme. This can involve pulsating LEDs, unusual heatspreaders and more! The first company to really open my eyes to this new design philosophy is Avexir with the gorgeous Sabranco DIMMs featuring a white PCB.
Today, another leading memory company, Apacer, unveiled their latest DDR4 series which utilizes a striking design. The BLADE FIRE DDR4 kits sport a heartbeat LED pulsing at 44 beats per minute. Additionally, clock speeds will go up to 32GB 3200MHz with a low voltage rating of 1.35V and timings of 16-16-18-38. I’m quite fond of the memory’s style and it should fit perfectly alongside a wide range of custom builds. Sadly, there’s no information yet regarding the pricing or availability. Although, I’m presuming this should be revealed extremely soon.
Hopefully, we should be able to receive a sample and analyse the memory’s overclocking prowess! As with any DDR4 kit, consumers tend to fixate on either memory speed or just choose a kit which suits their personal taste. The BLADE FIRE is certainly one of the nicest designs I’ve seen and I’m sure it looks even better in person. It’s also great to see a black PCB as it contrasts so well with the black heatspreaders.
While some users prefer a more subtle styling, other consumers really enjoy extravagant designs which act as a talking point.
DDR4 memory kits are steadily superseding DDR3 DIMMs due to competitive pricing and the advent of Intel’s LGA1151 chipset which supports speeds in excess of 3200MHz. Furthermore, DDR4 modules require less voltage to remain stable despite the typical increase in memory bandwidth. Recently, professional overclocker Shamino set an astounding world record and overclocked the G.Skill Ripjaws 4 to 4255MHz using a mere 1.3 volts. Clearly, this is an extreme case and the majority of DDR4 kits available to consumers range between 2400MHz and 4000MHz. Plus, the performance difference in gaming tasks primarily revolves around your system’s graphics card, and CPU. Nevertheless, it’s still important to select high-quality DIMMs to keep your PC perfectly stable and compliment the other components.
The Patriot Viper series is synonymous for offering excellent memory speeds at an affordable price point. Here’s a brief description of the product directly from the manufacturer:
“Patriot Memory’s Viper 4 Series memory modules are designed with true performance in mind. Built for the latest Intel® Skylake processor utilizing the 100 series platform, the Viper 4 series provides the best performance and stability for the most demanding computer environments.
The Viper 4 series utilizes a custom designed high performance heat shield for superior heat dissipation to ensure rock solid performance even when using the most taxing applications. Built from the highest quality Build of Materials, Patriot Memory’s Viper 4 Series memory modules are hand tested and validated for system compatibility.
Available in dual kits, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB kits, Patriot Memory’s Viper 4 Series will be offered at speeds from 2400MHz up to 3600MHz and XMP 2.0 ready. Hand tested for quality assurance the Viper 4 series is backed by a lifetime warranty.”
As you can see, the latest version of the Viper range comes in a variety of capacities and memory speeds to suit a wide range of user requirements. Given the impressive 3200MHz speed, 16-16-16 timings and respectable voltage, I expect to see some superb numbers which legitimately rival the best dual channel kits we’ve tested!
Packaging and Accessories
Patriot have adopted a clean, bold design to the memory’s packaging which makes it easy to read the key specifications while admiring the DIMM’s colour scheme. Here we can see a visual run down of the memory’s speed, capacity, XMP version and other essential statistics. Many kits on the market utilize pretty plain blister packs which don’t enthuse a luxury feel. In this case, the packaging draws you in and leaves a very positive initial impression.
On the rear section, there’s information about Patriot’s lifetime warranty, a brief synopsis of the product, and links to the company’s presence across various social media platforms.
A Closer Look
From an aesthetics standpoint, the DIMMs have a rather understated look and targets the mainstream gaming audience. Any red and black heatspreader combination is going to become a popular choice, and the different shades combine quite nicely. Another striking touch is the contrast between the textured black finish and matte section towards the PCB. I’m also quite fond of the sophisticated Viper logo and small gap between the main heatspreader which creates an impressive visual effect. Sadly, the green PCB is difficult to overlook and detracts from the attractive design. If a black PCB was used instead, the memory would be the perfect choice for a high-end build. Despite these qualms, once the RAM is installed, you’re not going to notice the PCB colour in an enclosed chassis.
G.Skill memory kits have become a popular choice among enthusiasts, and professional overclockers due to the high quality ICs and impressive speeds. Various world records revolve around G.Skill DIMMs which showcases their performance in extreme usage scenarios. Today, the company unveiled a new memory kit designed for video editing, rendering and other memory intensive tasks. This latest kit has a capacity of 128GB and opts for eight 16GB modules. Additionally, the DIMMs feature an impressive stock memory speed of 3200MHz which is a significant boost from the standard DDR4-2133MHz figure. Not only that, the memory kit offers a low latency of CL14-14-14-34 and uses an XMP profile with 1.35V. This is very impressive because the standard 2133MHz latency is actually higher with a rating of CL15-15-15-35.
As a result, there’s room for manual overclocking, and you should be able to attain some very impressive results. Here we can see a screenshot of the memory being completely stable under stress with the entire capacity and 3200MHz XMP 2.0 profile. As always, G.Skill is very serious about their testing procedure, and the DIMMs were stressed for a total of 42 hours. This gives an indication of the module’s stability and should be very reliable in any task you throw at it. In terms of pricing, the 128GB kit is quite a costly endeavour, but that’s expected given the huge capacity at your disposal. According to G.Skill, the starting price will be $1096, and should be available by the end of February.
While this might seem like a lot of money, you have to remember that it’s a tiny amount of people who require a capacity even exceeding 16GB. The majority of games run perfectly fine with 8GB, although I’d still recommend 16GB to be on the safe side. When you’re looking into 128GB kits, it’s designed for heavy editing, computational tasks or running virtual machines.
G.Skill has once again increased both the performance and capacity of their impressive DDR4 memory lineup by introducing the new 3200MHz DDR4 kits with a still impressive CL14 rating and 64GB capacity thanks to the use of 16GB modules.
The new DDR4 memory kits are built with selected Samsung ICs to provide these fast and large modules. These flagship DDR4 memory kits with 3200MHz CL14 64GB (4x16GB) provide enthusiasts with the perfect combination of higher capacity and faster frequency. With an incredible CL14-14-14-35 low CAS Latency these memory kits represent the fastest DDR4 64GB memory kits by far.
The new high-performance and high-capacity DDR4 kits from G.Skill will be available in both the TridentZ and Ripjaws V families, allowing you to pick the heatsink design that will fit your overall system build the best. You don’t have to wait long for these new modules either as they should be available at global authorized distribution partners before Christmas.
What are your criteria when you select memory modules? Does the colour and heatsink design matter to you or is it purely the specifications that count? Do you buy budget or go all out to get the best of the best available on the market? Let us know in the comments. Also, do you have any preferred memory manufacturer or do you decide on a need-to basis?
G.Skill is one of the most respected memory vendors in the technology industry and synonymous for selecting premium ICs to set world records. For example, back in August, Chi-Kui Lam overclocked G.Skill’s Ripjaws 4 memory made from Samsung ICs to attain an astonishing world record of 4795.8MHz. Additionally, the data from HWBOT in August shows 7 Skylake world records were set on Ripjaws 4 memory kits. This exemplifies the overclocking potential of G.Skill modules and strict binning process. In most scenarios, consumers simply enable Intel’s Extreme Memory Profile and avoid manual overclocks to maximize compatibility. Additionally, in gaming tasks, the difference between 2400MHz and higher frequencies is minimal. Nevertheless, if the price difference between 2400MHz and 3000MHz+ is small, there’s no reason not to pay the extra for higher bandwidth modules out of the box.
The G.Skill TridentZ series is available in a number of configurations from 2800MHz all the way up to 4000MHz. As you can see, this is an extraordinarily high specification and designed for consumers wanting the ultimate in memory speeds. Today, we’re taking a look at the 3200MHz kit which utilizes 1.35v, and 16-18-18 timings. It’s quite important to note that G.Skill have conducted thorough testing on Intel’s Z170 platform to check compatibility and stability with XMP. Unfortunately, our testing procedure revolves around X99, and every other DDR4 memory review has been conducted via the professional platform. Theoretically, we could have reviewed this particular memory kit on a Z170 motherboard but there wouldn’t be any fair comparison to previous reviews and too many variables. This is why the X99 test bench is still being used for DDR4 reviews.
Despite this lengthy clarification, I expect the TridentZ kit to perform superbly given G.Skill’s heritage and commitment to providing the fastest memory on the planet!
Packaging and Accessories
The memory kit comes in a visually appealing box which creates a sense of luxury and outlines the product’s magnificent aesthetic design.
On the opposite side, there is a brief synopsis about the TridentZ series and G.Skill’s lifetime support service.
A Closer Look
Here we can see the gorgeous memory in all its glory and I honestly believe this is some of the best-looking RAM I’ve ever seen. The metallic silver finish, and dynamic edges contrast in a beautiful manner. Furthermore, the G.Skill and TridentZ logos are positioned perfectly and it enhances the aesthetic design without being too overbearing. Additionally, the red strip on the top looks fantastic and really stands out compared to the silver heat spreader and white lettering. On another note, the black PCB accentuates the memory’s sharp, sophisticated tone.
Even more astounding, G.Skill utilized a dark brushed metallic finish on the reverse side to proficiently suit red and black gaming motherboards. From this angle, it’s evidently clear how much time has been taken designing the memory which makes each module look very expensive.
DDR4 memory started out for some consumers with the Intel X99 chipset, but it wasn’t until the new Intel 100 series chipsets and mainly the Z170, hit the market that DDR4 memory made its big entry in the consumer market. Since then, manufacturers of memory modules have been battling to have the best modules for this platform and it is no different at Patriot Memory. We’ve already seen the Viper DDR4 modules and now they just announced the Viper Elite DDR4 modules for the Intel 100 series platforms and with speeds up to 3200MHz.
The new Patriot Viper Elite series is available in red, blue and grey. It comes in two module 16GB and 8GB Kits as well as a 64GB kit consisting of four 16GB modules. There is also a grey only 64 and 32GB kit with 16GB modules. The power consumption is between 1.2 and 1.35 volts depending on which models you pick. The series is available from 2400MHz and all the way up to 3200MHz.
All modules are hand tested for quality assurance and the Viper Elite series is backed by a lifetime warranty.
“Patriot strives to deliver excellent price per performance when launching a new product,” said Les Henry, VP of Engineering at Patriot. “The Viper Elite dual kit is no exception. We want to enable our customers to have the latest and greatest technology at an affordable price and we’ve done that here; top speeds at an excellent market price.”
The new Patriot Viper Elite kits with 2400MHz to 3200MHz speeds will be available worldwide starting November 18 for an MSRP between $52.99 – $499.00.
G.SKILL is releasing the Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GB x4) with CL16 timings and the Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (4GB x4) memory kit with a CL15 timings. These new high-end memory kits also come bundled with the awesome Turbulence III memory fans.
The new Ripjaws 4 DDR4 memory kits are made from hand-picked IC and G.SKILL’s highly-selective binning process. The memory has been fully tested to work with some of the best X99 motherboards on the market as seen in the screenshots below (Click for larger image, external link).
Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) on Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion
Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) on ASUS Rampage V Extreme
Availability should be now or soon and some retailers already have them listed starting around €415.00.
Thanks to G.Skill for providing us with this information
Apacer has recently launched their brand new generation of Commando DDR4 Overclocking Memory Modules with the newly designed weapon-styled assault rifle heat spreader to display the aggressive speeds. The new series is tailored for the latest Intel X99 chipset and Haswell-E processors and the whole series supports the latest Intel XMP 2.0 standards for maximum compatibility.
All but one model in the new series run with 16-16-16-36 timings while the frequency ranges from 2400MHz to 3200MHz. The 2400, 2666 and 2800′ modules consume the default 1.2 volt while the 3000 and 3200MHz models consume a little more: 1.35 volts. The series adopts Quad-Channel packaging and supports different capacity combination of 16GB (4GB x4) and 32GB (8GB x4)
Apacer’s design team pointed out that they adopts“maximized capacity and flexible tactics” as the design philosophy of Commando Series DDR4 Overclocking MemoryModule, and have balanced maximized heat dissipation effect and brilliant appearance. Hence, this series provides stable and excellent efficiency for long-standing e-sports battles as well as an amazing visual effect of e-sports equipment platform.
No word on pricing or availability yet.
Thanks to Apacer for providing us with this information
G.SKILL are one of the leading names in the industry for high performance memory products; something the company has been keen to demonstrate at this years IDF exhibition, where they are pushing the limits of two extremely high-end DDR4 kits.
G.SKILL are demonstrating their flagship 3333MHz 32GB (4GB x 8) and 3200MHz 32GB (8GB x 4) memory kits at the Intel Developer Forum 2014 (IDF 2014). The demo rigs are equipped with equally high-end components, including the newest Intel i7-5960X CPU and ASUS Rampage V Extreme X99 and X99-Deluxe motherboards.
“It’s very exciting to show the world what we can do with the new DDR4 memory standard for the latest Intel X99 platform. There is no doubt that breaking the 3000MHz memory barrier with ease is the next big thing in desktop performance, effectively doubling bandwidth throughput compared to the previous DDR3 memory standard,” says Frank Hung, Product Marketing at G.SKILL.
DDR4 is already making big waves in the industry and these new kits certainly are looking impressive. After G.SKILL’s demonstration, we’re certain more people are going to want to get their hands on a set of their new DDR4 Ripjaws 4 series. If you are eager to get your hands on a kit, you can head over to Overclockers who have a range of G.SKILL DDR4 kits to order.
Thank you G.SKILL for providing us with this information.