Adata, the leading high-performance gaming brand in global PC market, has been around for years and providing high-quality products worldwide. Adata has a major product line comprises of Solid State Drive, RAM and portable Hard drive. The company providing products having blazing performance coupled with extremely enriched designs. Being popular for enriching designs and maximum compatibility, Adata XPG has won Good Design Award from Japan and Taiwan’s Excellence GOLD Award. The year 2002, the XPG was introduced, a sub-brand of Adata and since then all the gaming products, generally incorporating gaming RAMs and NVMe SSDs, showcasing under the brand name, XPG. With DDR4, XPG has taken a lead with aesthetically beautiful designs and that too, without losing in speedy performance. SPECTRIX D41, in particular, is XPG’s proven excellence, offers competitive performance by reaching up to 5000 MHz, has set a new standard of aesthetics and numbers at the same time.
Today, we are taking a look at the beautifully designed, SPECTRIX D41 16GB DDR4 RGB RAM kit. The kit comes in various frequencies, but our sample offers 3000 MHz – PC4 24000. Having timing set at CL 16-18-18-36, the RAM operates at voltage 1.35V, which is maximum out of the box, in addition with allowance to increase at a safe 1.40V due for extreme overclocking. Spectrix D41 officially comes in 2666 MHz and continues up to 4133 MHz containing voltage ranges from 1.20v to 1.40V. Having a variety of speed collection, the RAM supports Intel® X299 2666MHz and AMD AM4 / Ryzen platforms. Full support for Easy overclocking with Intel® XMP 2.0.
You can choose Spectrix D41 in various capacity kits; 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and even 64 GB whereas the frequency range from 2666 MHz to 4133 MHz.
The package and the Content:
The RAM shipped in a dedicated packaging contains a typical cardboard box. Instead of premium packaging as seen in other reviews, we got the standard box that’s possibly due to the region difference. There is nothing wrong in this either.
The front side of the box is colourful yet plain black in the background. The RAM is pictured in the middle. The XPG logo and model detail in the bottom area. While we see the XPG logo at the bottom, the box features a newly designed brand symbol (a visual representation of extreme performance) dedicatedly displays on the box. If you want to know the background of this symbol, you may visit XPG.com/About for formal understanding. It is recently adapted by the Adata XPG, and every single product has now packaged with this logo.
On the back, a couple of see-through windows can be noticed, the RAMs are resting inside the box. A barcoded sticker at bottom and safety certifications right next to it.
Opening the box reveals the Spectrix D41 RAM Kit nicely encased in a plastic blister pack. This blister set is for safety, which secures the product from being damaged during shipment. No, this is definitely not the best-shocked proof pack, but let’s be honest, almost every company is using the same blister packs. Reducing the cost, the blister pack is simple and opens by taking off the top portion, so no cutting required. In the box, we got a plastic tray and RAM units. That’s all! Nothing fancy on part of the accessory.
A Closer Look
The Spectrix D41 comes in red, grey and black heatspreader. What we got here is Crimson Red, one of the stylish red you will find in the market. A kind of fancy looks, the Crimson Red, featuring shining red with the white diffuser on top. Aside from the red theme, the company is also offering the same kit in Tungsten (Titanium) Grey. Both the Red and Grey heatspreaders are two different poles of collaboration. Besides, Spectrix D41 is available in black, too, which is TUF Gaming Alliance variant. TUF Gaming Alliance is the marque of collaboration between ASUS and major PC-component manufacturers including XPG, Gskill and others.
Typically, the red heat spreaders are considered fancy, and when the motherboard widely contains components in red, you will love that. In today’s scenario, everything turned into a theme with a darker look, which helping colour schemes having black, grey to outshine others. Which is why Titanium grey and black sits perfectly. Besides these theme collaboration, it really doesn’t matter if you’re general users/gamer, but heavily noticeable for PC modders. We requested the Titanium Grey heatspreader RAM kit, but we received the Crimson Red based sample.
Spectrix D41 has significantly stood out in heatspreader’s design, which is an inspiration of ‘armour’, reveals high endurance of heat hence thermally controlled. Spectrix D41 has a decent dimension. It’s about 45mm high, including the heatspreader and white bar on top. The breakdown demonstrates the PCB itself is 29mm, while the red heatspreader is 32mm keeping everything normal. In our rough estimation, RAM will expose 43mm above the DIMM slot.
The red heatsink detailing the design and following with another layer, a black, diamond-shaped area in the middle. This actually reveals silver, a shining symbol designed on it, from my understanding, it probably tells something sharp and high impact on the outcome. This symbol is basically dedicated to Spectrix D41 series only.
Moving to the edges, the heatsink is a bit shorter and curvy up on the PCB, while keeping the design pattern unchanged. The A2 8-layer black PCB maintaining standard and delivering neat finishing without losing the shine. Down the block is the gold-plated connector with a curved shape made for base contact on DIMMs, looks fresh and perfectly made. Unlike the decade-old green PCB, the company focused on modern standard i.e. black PCB, represents pure gaming looks. We find the black PCB a perfect notch for gaming builds. It’s evidently become a new standard for gaming RAMs. Today, almost every manufacturer using the black PCB for RAM kits. We also noticed the upside-down triangular cut at top corners of the heatsink with white diffuser inside out that actually glows when the system is running.
On the backside, the much is same except the presence of XPG branded sticker being located on one end. The sticker displays memory specification and can be found on every XPG product. Mainly tells about the RAM speed, runs at 3000 MHz, latency 16-18-18-36 CR 2T, operating voltage 1.35V and the model: AX4U300038G16-D41. The barcode is also printed on the sticker.
It is discovered that heat spreader on the unit is attached on PCB by using a combination of glue to the diffuser and thermal pads on the memory chips. We found the armour design heat spreader not only looks different but produces a fantastic outlook.
The entire top of the memory module is one solid, plastic light diffuser with RGB LEDs underneath. XPG logo appears on top adds a good notch to the final look. It’s a great example of an aggressive yet sleek design. I must add, the white diffuser is a good concept plus, it is probably the best way to uncover the mesmerizing RGB effects on DRAMs. XPG being the gaming brand, consistently providing the phenomenal design with the best aesthetics ever witnessed in the category. In my opinion, Adata XPG has proved its excellence by the brilliance of ideas and their implementation, hence becoming one of the few leading brands that ensured the top aesthetics experience to the customer with undisturbed performance. The PC hardware industry; never short of ideas!
The Spectrix D41 RAM kit is built to perform at an optimized level. Come in various models with capacity 4GB, 8GB and 16GB at various frequencies starting from 2666 MHz to 4133 MHz out of the box. For overclockers, D41 offers CL16 out of the box, however, climbed up to CL19 when the goal is to have 4133 MHz module. Typically, DDR4 memory units are very power efficient, with 1.2V it has endorsed the lowest and the most power-efficient product till to date. The high-frequency RAMs correspond at 1.35V with more headroom for power cranks up to 1.40 voltage for overclocking purpose, even 1.45V is possible but sells as a risky move.
Spectrix D41 RGB – Software Control:
The last thing you want with your RGB hardware is the CONTROL. Thanks to the developer, Spectrix D41 comes with software support that summarizes the RGB functions brilliantly. First, we never had experienced the RGB modules from XPG, second, the D41 comes with a handy software that has made work easier and enhances the manoeuvring across the DIMMs. So it never gets complex to control the RGB effects via software, however, a buggy program can ruin the sparkles. Here, XPG RGB Sync Beta utility offers a platform having an optimized interface and a wide range of RGB effects. We launched the program right after Installation, which appeared as an interface with a dark theme, and apparently, it is following the XPG theme. The software is quite responsive and as good as any RGB program with a few future improvements of course.
While we were at the configurations, we captured a couple of screens and highlighted the sections with colours. The left panel and highlighted in red provides a wide range of functions, specifically the RGB effects. You can use them to enable one function at a time as well as modifies with it whatever you like. By clicking on the effects, the RGB effects changes on RAMs installed on the motherboard. Every new effect produces bright and divergent colour patterns; one could be of your taste and others might not. The area highlighted in yellow offers the selection of colour schemes with respect to individual modules. We were able to set multiple colour ranges on a single RAM stick. Personally, I fancy the Rainbow and Color Cycle effects among all the available effects. Similarly, each stick can be given a different colour combination individually. You can rather add up to 6 different colours on a single stick that’s what made it a special.
The RGB program lets you turn OFF and ON the RGB function. The indicator in orange shows the ON/OFF switch located at the left corner. The deviation of the user’s mode decides the theme, in case you’re off-mode, you can simply turn OFF the RGB by clicking on the OFF button.
Spectrix D41 RGB Looks
Spectrix D41 RGB Effects – Video
- Gigabyte Z370X Gaming 5
- Intel Core i5 8600K 3.6 GHz (OC 4.5GHz)
- Adata XPG D41 8GB*4 DDR4 3000 MHz CL16 RAM Kit (Reviewing sample)
- Sapphire RX 580 8GB GPU
- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD
- Adata XPG SX8000 NVMe M.2 SSD
- SilverStone ST 650W Platinum PSU
- Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B CPU Cooler
- Noctua NF-F12 3000 RPM (front intake)
- Corsair Obsidian 750D Full-Tower Case
Synthetic Tests Real-world benchmarks:
- AIDA64 Extreme 5.97v – Cache & Memory Benchmark
- Asus REAL BENCH 2.43v
- WinRAR 5.50v
- Cinebench R15
- Firestrike 1.0v
- In-Game Benchmark
Every DDR4 Memory module boot up with the factory preset motherboard’s frequency, i.e. 2133 MHz or 2400 MHz. To start with, we first set the frequency at XMP 2.0 profile1 that gives 3000 MHz to ensure proper settings are enabled. In our testing methodology, we are using the applications that are directly/indirectly connected to RAM performance. All the applications used in the testing are run at default settings and without any manual settings. First, our test comprises of AIDA64 Cache and Memory benchmark, which tells the RAM performance by displaying read/write/copy speed. The other tests include Asus RealBench, WinRAR ver. 5.50v and Cinebench. All these benchmarks are close to the real-world output. Also, we have taken into account a few gaming benchmarks incorporate Firestrike, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Far Cry 5.
Aida64 Cache & Memory Benchmark:
Asus RealBench 2.43v
WinRAR Ver. 5.50v
We tested the RAMs in games using in-game/built-in benchmarks which provide a fair amount of results when proper gameplay. So we picked two of the most anticipated games that already been available to play. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, high resource consumption title that consumes high memory accompanied with rest of the components. We ran the benchmark resulted in 62 average FPS. In addition, Far Cry 5 has a benchmark tool too, which gave 76 average FPS. Of course, this doesn’t tell memory own performance, in particular, however, we didn’t go in-depth analysis of memory impact in these games as we find little to no difference while switching from 2666 MHz to 3000 MHz frequency. Apparently, to improve the gaming performance, you rather need a bigger density, but make sure you don’t fall back in tasks related to rendering, editing and streaming because of low speed. I believe 3000 MHz is a sweet spot for all-around tasks. 3600 MHz would cost some dollars more.
Adata XPG memory kits are well-known for having good overclocking potential. Whether it was DDR3 or DDR4 platform, the XPG memory kits offer substantial overclocking capability. Read somewhere about XPG has achieved a 5000 MHz on Spectrix D41 module, so it does have overclocking potential. We never had problems running the D41 kit at XMP 2.0 allowing 3000 MHz speed and perform optimally great in any benchmark you test it. let’s take a deep down look to the overclocking capability practically.
To begin the task, we go into bios and make sure everything set at default values. Boot the rig to desktop to ensure positive behaviour. Into the bios again, we disabled profile1 of XMP 2.0 to avoid any conflict between new frequency and old profile. In order to achieve the best-optimized outcome, it is advised to increase the frequency step by step (100 MHz) with a little tweaking on timings when needed. We followed the same pattern and increase the RAM frequency by 100 MHz (formed 3100 MHz). Subsequently, we tried and successfully gained 3200 MHz, while the timings and voltage stayed the same. It didn’t disappoint us at this point because the 3200 MHz is felt like a piece of cake.
Some memory kits really do not offer much in the overclocking segment when push them beyond 3200 MHz. A 3333 MHz frequency is definitely achievable, but with good properties, it does need tweaking. Spectrix D41 turned out a lovely overclocking module as it allowed to be pushed at 3333 MHz without any serious effort, I mean, no timings tweak, no voltage increase; Just overclocked on the fly. The CPUz showed 1666 x2 (3333 MHz) and timings were untouched at 16-18-18-36-2T. In AIDA64 – Memory and Cache Benchmark, the read/write/copy resulted in a healthy 47382/47186/41255 MB/s coupled with a huge improvement in latency, 50.0 ns. It is noteworthy that read/write speed increased with frequency increment and also noted that the latency only improved with an unchanged timing, CL16.
Subsequently, our new goal was 3466 MHz, but it gave us no-post followed with debug loop hence reset bios. Instead of tweaking voltage straight away, we opted to set the timings first, which formed a new configuration i.e. Latency 17-18-18-36; voltage was still un-changed. This allowed us to reach the desktop without any slowness/error in the booting process. Hence, 3466 MHz overclock achieved. Honestly, we were expecting some overclocking, but 3466 MHz is a very good overclock if you ask me. We did not try to go beyond this because no-post was at the high-possibility range, ultimately, ranked 3466 MHz at 17-18-18-36 our max achieved overclock. Spectrix D41 gained 466 MHz over 3000 MHz is truly remarkable.
Price: $79.99 (16GB Kit)
- Awesome Looks
- Brilliant Design
- Optimally good in performance
- XMP 2.0 Support
- Great Overclocking capability
- RGB Lighting with Software Control
- Very Good Price
- I don’t find any.
In recent years, XPG has improved in numerous way. When you talk about design and build, the products especially DRAMs offers enriched designs with great aesthetics in a very competitive price range. Not only the outlook XPG is offering, but the high-frequency modules in Spectrix D41 series also range from 2666 MHz to 4133 MHz with a good overclocking capability on the fly. Our Sample modules have offered 3000 MHz frequency that surely will cover maximum of our need. Spectrix D41 run at a rated speed of 3000 MHz, consumed 1.35V and timings at sweet 16-18-18-36 command rate at 2T. Supports Intel® X299 2666MHz and AMD AM4 / Ryzen platforms, the D41 worked like a charm when enables XMP 2.0 – Supports XMP 2.0, Spectrix D41 has all the standard configurations and profiling, which can be done from BIOS. The Spectrix D41 has Hynix M-die chip on PCB and ranked better after Samsung B-die platform.
The market trend of product-looks has been revamped, which subsequently introduced the concept of LED and RGB stuff. Now memory modules get the upgrade as well. With Spectrix D41, XPG has registered its status in RGB category by providing great looking DRAMs that incredibly taking even more attention than ever. Our sample has a combination of custom-build red heatspreader and white frosted diffuser on top looks perfect. Some may not be a fan of red heatspreader, but it sure looks great when installed in the system. Alternatively, users still have a choice of Tungsten (Titanium) Grey, being designed for all-around collaboration. We really liked the RGB lighting on the RAM. The fully customization and mesmerizing RGB lighting enhances the outlook of PC.
Well, the RGB effects are in number and you can go through all of them by using programmable software. We went through the combinations and found, Rainbow effect was the fanciest one as it has covered all the colours that RGB could offer. The Comet is quite flashier and overreacting in our opinion, while you can stick to Static for a constant single-colour look. You can set up patterns, pulse speed, lighting intensity and more at your will and mode. It might have gotten ugly, if we had only filled a single slot, luckily, we received the RAM in 4 sets of 8GB, which filled all four DIMM slots and naturally, this combination has the best aesthetics. The diffuser allowed through RGB produced some beautiful effects, added to that, we customized a few colours for an enhanced look. A free to install app was quite easy to work on, a simple 2 click steps to activate/change the RGB lighting according to the mode.
The performance was our least concern as the gaming scenarios hardly takes the benefit of high frequency or it hardly gets noticed in real-world gaming, but sure has an impact on benchmarks. The stock performance of Spectrix D14 using XMP 2.0 running at 3000 MHz is optimal, re-produced read speed 42676 MB/s and write speed 45701 MB/s at a latency rate of 55.2 ns. When overclocked at 3466 MHz, the read speed registered as 47382/47186/41255 MB/s (r/w/c), which turned out a massive improvement. Increasing the timing to CL17 gave us a good spot of 3466 MHz, which sure did improve the read and write speed and not to mention the latency rate at 50 ns was much better than stock settings.
Selling at $79.99 (16GB dual-channel) coupled with a lifetime warranty is worth even more than what you’re paying. Spectrix D41 is a beautiful product with a pile of options in RGB. The Crimson Red and Tungsten Grey are two mainstream themes offered by XPG, but Black Tuff Gaming Alliance is another option consumer can go with. Crimson Red is nice, but personally, I would grab Tungsten Grey any day. Aside from this, the performance of the RAM is perfectly optimal. Note that, the price of memory kits has been dropping for a few months, so now it gets easy on the pocket to grab a premium RGB RAM kit. All-in-all, Spectrix D41 is a beautiful RAM kit with blazing performance and comes with a lifetime warranty, everything in a damn reasonable price range. Therefore, if you’re looking for aesthetics, and performance with lifetime warranty intact, look no further to it because XPG Spectrix D41 fulfills most of your demands.
Thanks to Adata XPG for providing this sample for review