PNY Unveils Anarchy X DDR4 Memory

Intel’s Skylake architecture and Z170 chipset have made DDR4 an affordable proposition and no longer exclusive to the enthusiast platform. As a result, high bandwidth, DDR4 pricing dropped quite significantly in recent months and legitimately rivaled the pricing of DDR3. The advantages of DDR4 includes higher frequencies and reduced voltage. Today, PNY announced the Anarchy X DDR4 modules which comes in a variety of capacities and speeds.

The DIMMs vary between 2400MHz to 2800MHz with a CAS latency of CL16 at 1.2V and utilize high-quality ICs. On another note, the XLR8 heat spreaders look fantastic and should accompany a red and black gaming theme extraordinarily well. In terms of pricing, the 16GB (4×4) configuration has a recommend retail price of £139 including VAT. This emphasizes how affordable high-capacity memory is becoming and it will be interesting to see the prices of DDR3 as more customers migrate to Skylake.

Unfortunately, Intel’s latest offering is currently quite poor value-for-money due to supply issues but CPUs should drop in price once sales reduce and stock increases. Additionally, AMD’s Zen architecture could apply pressure on Intel to offer more attractive pricing for consumers.

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Lightning Tube ‘Treatment’ given to Avexir RAIDEN DDR3 Memory Modules

The RAIDEN DDR3 memory module series is known for their high performance and apparently for their unique feature. The modules are using the world exclusive patented technology of plasma tubes in order to mimic the lightning effect for gamers seeking a more unique look and something to brag about when presenting their rigs to friends.

The high-performance memory modules are said to pass 16 Avexir Ic Sorting Technology processes and 14 memory module functional, burn-in and compatibility tests on Intel chipset 7, 8 and 9 series before shipping, adding a heavy layer of confidence for customers looking to buy reliable memory for their PCs.

Avexir also built the memory modules with 8 layers of performance optimized design-printed circuit board and industry grade resistors and capacitors, making the RAIDEN series one of the top-level specification modules. They also feature the Intel XMP technology, allowing users to tune the memory modules to the rated speed with ease.

While prices for the modules are still unknown, it is said that Avexir will ship the modules with speeds ranging from 1866 to 2400 MHz and 4 to 8 GB density.

Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information

G.Skill Ares 8GB 2400MHz Dual Channel Memory Kit Review

Introduction


 

Choosing the right memory kit for your system is a fairly mundane task, for most people it is just about getting the right amount of memory and at a good price. While price and capacity are important increasing attention has been paid to the frequency and aesthetics of memory kit designs in recent years. The frequency jump for DDR3 has reached its conclusion now that DDR4 is upon us and you could almost say that 1866MHz is the new mainstream speed while 2400MHz is no longer as “premium” as it used to be. Simply put high frequency DDR3 kits (2133 and upwards) have become very affordable to most consumers. We’ve also seen picky aesthetic characteristics like black PCBs and nicely designed heatspreaders become mainstreamed, great for system builders who like to keeps things tidy and colour-matched. Today we are looking at a memory kit which epitomizes the convergence of those two trends: the G.Skill Ares 8GB 2400MHz kit.

Offering 2400MHz at 1.65 volts with CL11 latencies this G.Skill kit is well suited for many current platforms like Intel’s LGA 1150 Haswell or AMD’s FM2+ Kaveri, particularly AMD’s FM2+ APU platform where faster memory means better integrated graphics performance. G.Skill are marketing this memory kit for Z97 users though and with the blue and black colour scheme this certainly makes sense: MSI and ASRock offer a number of blue and black motherboards such as the MSI Z97S SLI PLUS and the ASRock Z97 Extreme6. In true G.Skill fashion these memory kits also have the benefit of a lifetime warranty and competitive pricing so let’s take a closer look at the G.Skill Ares 8GB 2400MHz dual channel memory kit in this review.

 

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

Packaging for memory kits is never very exciting but at least G.Skill have been smart and made their packaging super easy to open. The front points out the orientation of this product: towards Intel Z97 platforms.

A Closer Look

The G.Skill ARES kit looks clean and the black PCB helps keep things tidy. I also like that the modules are “normal” height, e.g. they are the height of the PCB. I could call these “low profile” like some other vendors do but that would be misleading when you can get lower profile RAM modules such as Crucial’s Ballistix Sport. It’s a little sad that the warranty sticker covers up the design and cannot be removed without voiding the warranty but I guess it is what it is.

GeIL DRAGON RAM 8GB 1600MHz Memory Kit Review

Introduction


Today we are examining our second memory kit from GeIL after looking at their lovely EVO POTENZA kit. The DRAGON RAM series is where the kit we’re looking at today comes from and from the above picture it is quite easy to see how the DRAGON theme is working. This is the first time I’ve seen RAM without a heatspreader come with a patterned design, as you can see the pattern is sprayed onto the PCB and the memory chips are secured on top. The DRAGON RAM series offers more moderate speeds compared to the EVO POTENZA and is a bit more budget orientated but still comes with some good looks. The other standout feature is the addition of red LEDs on the module which we will show you on the next page. Looks aside this is a fairly basic CL11 1600MHz kit formed of two 4GB DIMMs, the product is backed by a lifetime warranty so you know you’re getting good quality too.

Packaging and Accessories

The packaging flaunts the DRAGON theme which isn’t surprising as I know the DRAGON theme has been popular on a lot of hardware, one of the main reasons MSI have stuck to it so adamantly on their motherboards.

As you might expect the packaging is fairly simple, the RAM comes in a clear plastic container with a caution notice that warns you to correctly configure the SPD and voltage settings of your RAM before you use it. As it supports XMP it is recommended you just enabled your XMP profile from within the motherboard BIOS if your motherboard supports this.

A Closer Look

The modules themselves are a tad strange. We have a full matte-black PCB but all the memory chips and the main pattern is only present on one side of the module. Let’s see how they look in some motherboards next.

GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB 2400MHz Memory Kit Review

Introduction


GeIL, or Golden Emperor International Limited, are certainly not a new player in the technology industry even if many people in the “West” have not heard of them. GeIL Memory are veterans of the DRAM industry having made memory products since 1993. GeIL as a broader company also make power supplies under the Thortech Power brand and they make peripherals under the EpicGear brand. Today we are looking at GeIL’s EVO POTENZA memory kit described as a product for “hardcore gamers”. More specifically we have the 16GB 2400MHz kit from GeIL which boasts a lifetime warranty, a beautiful white and black design and full native Intel Z77/Z87/Z97 support with XMP profiles. You can of course use the RAM with other platforms but with such a high frequency those platforms are recommended most.

Packaging and Accessories

The packaging is fairly simple and it can afford to be since this is just memory. The rugged design of the product is the main method of targeting this at gamers.

Included is merely the memory kit with a read me notice on how to configure the SPD and Voltage options. Most people should just enable XMP once you enter the BIOS.

A Closer Look

The modules themselves are fantastic looking pieces. They come with matte black PCBs and slightly raised up white heat spreaders. The black and white contrast is a fantastic look. The heat spreader is made from a textured metal finish, the overall height of the product is 48mm/4.8cm.

Avexir Blitz Series 1.1 4GB 1600MHz Memory Review

Introduction


Avexir may not be the biggest name in the world of performance desktop memory but they have certainly been gaining in popularity and reputation over the past year, and rightly so. Today we are taking a look at a variety of DDR3 modules from Avexir that form part of their new Blitz Series 1.1. Instead of just sending us a traditional kit Avexir have sent us one module from each of the different designs they offer in the Blitz Series 1.1. Avexir offer the following styles:

  • Original
  • MPower (Styled for MSI MPower motherboards)
  • Gaming Dragon (Styled for MSI Gaming Series motherboards)
  • OC Formula (Styled for ASRock OC Formula motherboards)
  • L337 Gold (Styled for ECS L337 Gaming Gold motherboards)
  • L337 Red (Styled for ECS L337 Gaming Red motherboards)
  • Ultra Durable Orange (Styled for Gigabyte Ultra Durable Orange motherboards)
  • Ultra Durable Green (Styled for Gigabyte G1 Killer Series motherboards)

We received all of the styles except the Gaming Dragon one, as presumably this wasn’t ready at the time we received these kits. Avexir also offer a wide variety of SKUs in the Blitz Series 1.1, they are as follows:

We received the 4GB DDR3 1600MHz memory modules with 9-9-9-24 (CL9) timings and a 1.5 voltage. The Avexir Blitz Series 1.1 RAM came nicely packaged inside this luxury black presentation box.

The packaging lists the key features of the Avexir Blitz Series 1.1. As we can see Avexir is targeting both overclockers and gamers with the Blitz Series 1.1. Key features include:

  • Intel XMP certification
  • Attractive heat spreader design
  • LED lighting effects
  • Detachable heat spreaders
  • 20z 8 layer copper PCB
  • High quality components

Patriot Viper 3 16GB 2400MHz Memory Kit Review

Introduction


Patriot are recognised as one of the industry giants in the production of DRAM kits for desktop PCs. Today we have with us a 16GB desktop DDR3 RAM kit from Patriot which runs with a rated frequency of PC3-19200, or 2400MHz. The memory kit we have forms part of their Viper 3 series and comes with a blue heat spreader and a lifetime warranty. With XMP certification and a really high frequency this kit is mainly aimed at Ivy Bridge, Ivy Bridge-E and Haswell systems but Piledriver and Richland systems should also work fine providing you manually dial in the frequency and timings of the XMP profile. Generally speaking 2400MHz isn’t likely to run on Llano, Bulldozer, Sandy Bridge, Sandy Bridge-E or older platforms. 2400MHz is rapidly becoming the new standard for enthusiast class memory kits along with 2133MHz. The drop in price of 2400MHz kits, even with quite volatile DRAM prices more broadly, has been quite impressive to watch.

Patriot’s Viper 3 16GB kit comes with two DIMMs at 8GB a piece each. They operate at an XMP of 2400MHz with 10-12-12-30-2T timings.

The blue colour is quite bold so you’re going to want to coordinate it with a blue motherboard – Gigabyte’s Z87X-UD3H seems like a sensible choice.

The top of the DIMMs have a darker strip on top with the Patriot branding in the middle. As you can see when looking down onto them the green PCB is less visible.

Team Group Vulcan 8GB 2400MHz C10 Memory Kit Review

Introduction


When high performance memory from gamers and overclockers is mentioned Team Group certainly isn’t the first name on my mind. However, today I’ve been provided with a kit that I hope will prove me to be wrong in not recognising Team Group as a top brand. The Vulcan 8GB 2400MHz kit Team Group have provided us with, or the TLAD38G2400HC10TDC01 to be exact, is a well priced 8GB memory kit that packs all the hallmarks of a solid memory kit: a lifetime warranty, a black PCB and the promise of overclocking potential, not to mention a variety of colours that are a bit unusual including Orange and Gold.

The aesthetics are certainly unique. The Orange heat spreader with a black PCB is perfect for something like a Gigabyte Z87X-OC or OC-Force. These kits do also come in 8GB DIMM densities, according to the Team Group website, if 4GB isn’t enough for you but for most people an 8GB (2 x 4GB) dual channel kit is perfectly adequate.

On our motherboard they actually match pretty well even though it is a red and black theme.

The dark nature of the orange means it is quite subtle and it certainly isn’t going to stand out from your rig even if your motherboard isn’t orange. The Gold model looks like a particularly exciting prospect too given the Gold theme ASUS have deployed on all their new Z87 motherboards.

Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 2400MHz 16GB Memory Kit Review

Introduction


Corsair recently expanded their series of RAM kits to offer something between the Vengeance and the Dominator series. This new series is known as the Vengeance Pro series and it has kits ranging from 1600MHz all the way up to 2400MHz but with plans to potentially go higher than that in future. Today we are looking at a top-of-the-range kit from Corsair, and more specifically their Vengeance Pro DDR3 2400MHz kit with a pair of 8GB modules. These modules are geared towards the extreme user and are designed for overclocking – for use with Intel’s Ivy Bridge and Haswell platforms as these are the only current platforms with the IMC to be able to run 2400MHz RAM without compatibility issues. Of course when Ivy Bridge-E hits the market this should also be able to run these kits. Sandy Bridge and Sandy Bridge-E may be able to run these but only chips with exceptional IMCs (integrated memory controllers).

The kit we have here today is formed from a pair of 8GB modules running at 2400MHz with 10-12-12-31-2T and 1.65 volts. They support Intel XMP 1.3 and come in four different colours – Gold, Blue, Red and Silver. We of course have the red version and end users will be pleased to know these kits come with a limited lifetime warranty.

The packaging is pretty plain and simple and indicates the colour of the kit, the size, the configuration and along the top of the box is the speed demarcations.

The back tells you that these DRAM modules are geared for overclocking on Intel’s Ivy Bridge and Haswell platforms.

Included is a limited lifetime warranty statement as well as the RAM kit itself.

Crucial Ballistix Sport XT DDR3 1866MHz 16GB Memory Kit Review

Introduction


Micron are on of the biggest DRAM vendors in the industry and Crucial is one of their main brands through which they channel their DRAM products. Today we are looking at Crucial’s revamped Ballistix Sport line which now comes with the XT moniker. These Crucial Ballistix Sport XT DDR3 modules we have come in a variety of capacities and speeds which you can see here. The key things to note are that they are available in either 4GB or 8GB modules and can have either 1600MHz or 1866MHz clock speeds. We have with us today the best dual channel kit of the Ballistix Sport XT series, more specifically we have the BLS2K8G3D18ADS3 kit which uses two 8GB DIMMs running at 1866MHz, CL10 latencies and 1.5 volts.

The packaging is pretty plain and simple and indicates all the key details about the kit on the sticker. The packaging is clear so you can get a clear glimpse at the memory kit.

The back is quite plain and tells you that this series is aimed at mainstream users and gamers. There is nothing included with this product other than the memory kit itself.

G.Skill Expands RipjawsZ DDR3 Range With 15 New Kits

G.Skill have revealed fifteen new quad channel memory kits designed specifically for use with Intel’s new Ivy Bridge-E processors on the X79 platform. These kits are available in 1866MHz to 2933MHz frequencies. They all use voltages between 1.5 and 1.65 volts kits are available in a variety of configurations with either 4GB or 8GB DIMMs. You can see the full specifications of the new kits below. Kits above 2400MHz require memory fans and so G.Skill provides one of its double fan RAM cooling solutions that clip onto the DIMM lanes.

While G.Skill are only selling kits up to 2933MHz they are claiming that you can overclock some of these kits, probably the 2933MHz kit, to 3000MHz. What’s worth noting is that despite the drastically improved memory controller of Ivy Bridge-E some CPUs will struggle to run those super high frequency kits. Compatibility up to 2400MHz for almost any CPU is pretty much guaranteed but 2666 and 2933MHz may challenge your CPU a fair bit. Of course these kits will come with full XMP profiles to make installation super-easy and there is a lifetime warranty too.

Image courtesy of G.Skill

Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866MHz 16GB Memory Kit Review

Introduction


Picking the right memory kit has never really been easier thanks to Intel’s XMP profiling and quite frankly your choice has probably never been wider either. Today we are looking at a kit from Corsair, and more specifically their Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866MHz kit with a pair of 8GB modules. These modules are geared towards the entry level of their brand new Vengeance Pro DRAM series and these modules are designed for overclocking, and for use with Intel’s Ivy Bridge and Haswell platforms.

The kit we have here today is formed from a pair of 8GB modules running at 1866MHz with 9-10-9-27 CR2 and 1.5 volts. They support Intel XMP 1.3 and come in four different colours – Gold, Blue, Red and Silver. We of course have the silver version and end users will be pleased to know these kits come with a limited lifetime warranty.

The packaging is pretty plain and simple and indicates the colour of the kit, the size, the configuration and along the top of the box is the speed demarcations.

The back tells you that these DRAM modules are geared for overclocking on Intel’s Ivy Bridge and Haswell platforms.

Included is a limited lifetime warranty statement as well as the memory kit itself.

Kingston NaVi Limited Edition DDR3 1600MHz 8GB Memory Kit Review

Introduction


Kingston are quite well known for their tendency to release limited edition products that are branded to celebrate certain events or partnerships and the NaVi series memory kits we have here today are no different. These NaVi series memory kits are essentially Kingston HyperX kits branded yellow to celebrate Kingston’s collaboration with the eSports Club Natus Vincere aka NaVi. Kingston says it is aiming these memory kits at gamers and enthusiasts, though I can see the appeal will most definitely be with gamers more than enthusiasts. That is because these kits only come with a 1600MHz speed in either 8GB or 16GB dual channel kits. They do of course come with the backing of Kingston’s quality standards and a lifetime warranty to support that. Part of the NaVi limited edition series also includes the NaVi HyperX 3K series SSD which will essentially be normal Hyper X 3K 120/240GB SSDs rebranded in the yellow NaVi pattern.

The packaging is simple and more or less identical to that of their packaging on other HyperX memory kits as it is essentially a HyperX kit.

The back details the information about why it is limited edition and the cooperation with NaVi.

Included is the memory kit and a warranty information document.

Avexir Reveal Core Gold Series Memory Modules

Everyone who has followed the launch of Z87 and Intel’s new Haswell platform will have seen the new ASUS motherboards that come with a Gold/Mustard Yellow colour scheme, such as the ASUS Z87-C motherboard we recently reviewed. Avexir is now launching a special series of RAM kits specifically for users looking to match up their system’s components.

The Avexir Gold Series includes a pair of 4GB RAM modules running at 2133MHz with CL9 latencies. These will support Intel’s XMP profiling and have timings 9-11-10-27. These RAM modules are designed to support both Intel and AMD systems but we can see they will pair up best with ASUS’ Z87 motherboards for Intel’s Haswell.

Each module comes with a specially designed Gold/Mustard Yellow heat spreader and a fully black PCB. Along the top there is an LED light bar which operates when the system is powered up.

The LEDs are Gold/Yellow and have a strobe lighting effect. Avexir is backing these modules with a lifetime warranty. You can buy the Avexir Gold Series memory modules from Caseking and Overclockers UK.

Images courtesy of Avexir

Patriot Viper 3 Mamba DDR3 2133MHz 16GB (2x8GB) Memory Kit Review

A few months ago I took a look at a Limited Edition kit from Patriot which was built specifically for the Intel Extreme Masters championships, andall in all, I was very impressed with what the kit had to offer, both in terms of styling, but more so on the performance side, with its bandwidth the opened right up with only the slightest of overclocks. The Viper kit that I’m looking at today is pretty much the same as the IEM kit that I saw previously, the only difference being its capacity and colour. Hopefully the increase in capacity, still allows for a large a mount of bandwidth to be opened up with only a slight overclock like previously seen.

The Viper kit comes in four colours, giving user the choice to match their systems colour scheme, namely Limited Edition blue, green, red and black as seen below. The styling of the kits is the same throughout the range, with a simple heat spreader design and a glossy surface to the Viper branding.

Test system:

  • Asus Maximus V Formula
  • Intel Core i7 3770k
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970
  • Corsair H100i
  • Corsair HX1050W
  • Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD
  • Lian Li T60
  • AOC E2795VH

Clocked at 2133MHz at stock through X.M.P. configuration, the Viper 16GB has near identical timings to the 8GB kits with a slightly slower cycle time of 30 with the remainder of the timings staying at 11-11-11 and a 3T command rate.

After CPU-Z had confirmed our settings had been applied, we fired up AIDA64 to check the stock performance of the memory on our Z77 motherboard.

One small detail that I will point out from within CPU-Z is the unusual use of a 3T command rate – typically kits with X.M.P are seen with a command rate of 1 or 2T.

In a similar fashion to the IEM kits, the 16GB Viper kit has a pretty good stock bandwidth with 19793MB/s read, 18519MB/s write and 22083MB/s copy with a latency of 39.2ns

Seeing how far the kit can stretch its legs out, the first step is to push the clocks as far as they go with the timings left at stock – 11-11-11-30. When pushing the kit further, the CPU is also overclocked to open up the memory controller and in turn give scope for higher clocks. Working on the dividers to start, the Viper kit easily jumps up to the 2200MHz divider although anything above this resulted in a no boot scenario. Moving over to the BCLK, we know these kits don’t have much extra leeway in them and consequently a final clock at stock timings of 2222MHz was achieved.

In a similar fashion to the IEM kits, the pure Viper kits see a good gain in bandwidth with a fixed timing overclock with the gains best seen on the write bandwidth, with a gain of 2129MB/s, whilst read and copy speeds saw a gain of 1847MB/s and 2071MB/s respectively.

Allowing the timings to run free a little, there is a bit more headroom for pushing this kit a little further, although we do know from past experience that this is only by a small amount and massive overclocks should not be expected.

Trying the next divider up from 2200MHz resulted in a no boot scenario, so overclocking on the BCLK is all that remains. Edging the BCLK forward bit by bit, it didn’t take long before the kit topped out and a no post situation was seen. Leaving the BCLK at 101.7MHz resulted in an overall memory speed of 2238MHz, an overclock of 105MHz.

Whilst the gains over the fixed timing overclock are not massive, the timings remain fairly close to stock, meaning that any gains that are had are still going to be a good improvement to overall system performance.

Having seen the Viper kit in the form of the Intel Extreme Master Limited Edition 8GB kit not too long ago, I did have an idea of what was in stock, but the crucial difference between the two kits is the capacity.

Whilst 8GB kits are pretty much the standard and just about perfect for most everyday tasks, the growing number of 16GB dual channel kits on the market are showing a slight shift in trends. SFF builds are becoming more an more popular amongst enthusiasts and whilst this is great news and the sales of mini-ITX boards for example are going up, until recently, there have been not-so-many kits to choose from to maximise the capacity of these boards two DIMM slots.

This is where kits like this one come in and more importantly to see that whilst the capacity has doubled, the performance is still just as good, even when given a slight overclock. Pricing at this region of the market is also very good with the 16GB near to 2x the price of the 8GB kit as we would expect at around £120.

eTeknix Says: These new 16GB dual channel kits are soon going to have more competition, but for the meantime, the ‘Black Mamba’ Viper kits have got the bite and venom to put the competition to rest, still making it one of my top choices.

Patriot Viper DDR3 2133MHz 16GB (2x8GB) Memory Kit Review

Computex: ADATA Showcase Quirky XPG “Chameleon” DDR3 RAM Kits

ADATA’s XPG series of DDR3 modules is becoming quite popular among gamers for the aggressive styling, attractive price points and wide choice of speeds, kit sizes and styles. Yet that hasn’t stopped ADATA of making something pretty quirky by anyone’s standards. ADATA have churned out some “Chameleon” style DDR3 XPG memory modules especially for Computex and I’ve got to admit they certainly put a smile on my face and look pretty nifty.

As far as the specs go they do nothing out of the ordinary with an Intel XMP profile of 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24 timings and 1.5 volts. They come in 8GB modules only. I’ve got to admit I love the whole “Chameleon” idea in concept in practice but I certainly wouldn’t want to put these into my system, maybe that’s just my personal phobia of green PCBs coming into play. What do you think about these ADATA Chameleon XPG modules?

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

G.Skill Unleash 32GB 3000MHz DDR3 Trident X RAM Kit

G. Skill are at it again releasing another series of RAM with stupidly high speeds. G.Skill have released, or should that be re-released, their Trident X series for Intel’s new Z87 platform. They are offering 2666MHz to 3000MHz kits with 8GB or 4GB DIMMs in sets of two or four.

The top kit runs at 3000MHz with timings of 12-14-14-35 (all other kits share the same timings) and it features four 8GB modules running at 1.65v to maintain stability at such high frequencies. In addition G.Skill tell us that all these kits come with XMP profiles for Z87 and other Intel XMP ready platforms that support these high speeds, aka Z77 Ivy Bridge.

As with all G.Skill memory products they are offering a lifetime warranty and comprehensive customer support. In addition G.Skill puts each of these kits through a rigorous Memtest Pro burn-in test to ensure stability for the end user.

G.Skill didn’t detail pricing but most of these kits are already available on Newegg as they were already available on the Ivy Bridge platform. You’ve certainly got to be loaded, and maybe slightly bonkers, to want to buy one of these kits as the 4 X 8 GB 2933MHz kit costs an eye watering $1699.99.

What are your thoughts on these Trident X kits for Haswell?

Images courtesy of G.Skill