The DDR3 Memory interface has been here for many years, but now when the DDR4 platform has taken hold of the rigs, it’s hard to think to go back to DDR3 for new PC builds. There is absolutely no question on DDR3 performance, but with the induction of 6th gen platform, PCs are encouraged to switch on DDR4 motherboards which ultimately demands DDR4 RAM. While it isn’t a huge development in the terms of performance, the major advantage has been observed in the frequencies out of the box. It starts from 2133mhz, continues to 3200mhz, while some brands even offers 3800mhz on XMP 2.0.
Now this is where DDR4 shines, instead of investing so much effort on overclocking and resulting in de-stabilizing your system, you‘ll get straight away 3000MHz+ by simply enabling XMP 2.0 from BIOS. This is one case scenario though, today consumer’s not only looking for high speed modules, but designs and stylish looks on their RAMs is another fate. To achieve that, different designers have been offering aesthetically beautiful and aggressive looking Memory modules.
XPG, a leading brand of Adata, is one of those brand that offers high-performance and extremely enriched designs. It has been here for years and serving its customer aggressively in terms of best offerings. Being popular for enriched designs and maximum compatibility, for which it has won Good Design Award from Japan and Taiwan’s Excellence GOLD Award. With DDR4, XPG has been becoming more in talks, because XPG’s following latest trend robotic designs heatsinks on its Memory Modules. DDR4 Z1 is one of the prominent example of XPG designs that not only fulfills the taste of consumers but making it affordable for all PC builders.
It’s no wonder XPG is selling its products worldwide, but interestingly, XPG’s DDR4 Gaming RAMs has been made available in Pakistan. Does it mean gamers and PC builders in Pakistan should consider XPG instead of other brands. No, not really though, rather the fact is most brands have more or less same performance level, it breakdowns to prices where XPG needs to focus. The only reason I would prefer XPG memory solution for my rig is build/looks and high speed at an competitive rates. I am at the impression that Adata willing expand it’s product lineup in Pakistan, but it would depends on the buyer’s response.
Recently, I received XPG Z1 DDR4 Memory Modules for the review, courtesy ADATA. Today I am taking a look at XPG Z1 DDR4 16GB 3200MHz RAM kit. It’s a dual channel kit with 2*8GB module sequence. With the rated speed of 3200 MHz, running on CL 16-16-16-35-2T and operating at voltage 1.25v, It offers maximum performance to gamers as well as Video renderers. The Modules are XMP 2.0 supported, allows users to let it shoot from 2133(default) to 3200 MHz (actual) without any fuss. Z1 DDR4 RAM modules comes in 3 different color schemes. White, Red and GOLD (the sample).
Let’s find out how it looks.
The Package and the Content
The RAMs are shipped in a dedicated plastic packaging with DRAM showoff at front. The similar packaging style has been seen on other XPG RAMs too. The major benefit of this packing is product showcase without being opened, not to mention it saves cost, too. The XPG branded pamphlet has the XPG logo on top right, while module capacity and speed right below to it.
The backside is filled with information. ADATA logo on top left, then company information below to it. The left side has barcoded sticker having serial number and PN on it.
After opening the packing I go through the pamphlet. It contains content related to correct installation of module, some warranty terms and conditions and additional remarks.
Unpacking the modules, I have a couple of GOLD memory modules and the XPG branded pamphlet card
A Closer Look
To be honest, the GOLD XPG z1 looks exquisite, but if you’re looking for theme collaboration them Red of course. Whatever suits you best. The heatsink design is very attractive, a jet wing inspired design having both the shoulders slopped downward from tip at middle. An XPG sticker on left which contains model number, capacity, speed and barcodes. The black V at middle having XPG printed on it, is a part of module design. The other side of module is absolutely same, but no sticker here.
The gold rail at bottom that go inside of DIMM slot has been changed. Unlike the DDR3 straighter ones, DDR4 has now a slope diverts from halfway.
The top of the heatsink has some mm gaps and not fully connected with each other. There is nothing wrong with that, it is just by design. The heatsink is designed for better performance, offers high overclocking at much less heat.
The PCB under the heatsink looks cool with GOLD heatsink. The PCB is completely black which looks cool unlike the green ones. Overall, these RAM modules are no less than a beauty.
The corner of the heat sink has mirror curved finishing, just additional designed factor.
The test for this testing is as follows:
- Asrock Z170 Gaming i7
- Intel Core i5 6600K at 3.5GHz (Skylake)
- Intel Graphics HD 530
- Kingston SSDnow 120GB SSD
- Reeven Okeanos RC-1402
- Enermax Revolution X’T II 650W GOLD PSU
For RAM testing, I have used DDR4 platform, of course. I used several Synthetic benchmark programs to get the output numbers rapidly, while closely looking at the latency behavior during the tests. The real world performance has been very unnoticeable no matter how far you go, the peak would be marginal difference which is why I have focused on benching programs only. In addition, I have used another Patriot VIPER DDR4 16GB 2666 MHz CL15 DRAM in dual channel for the sake of comparison.
- AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark
- WinRAR Benchmark
- WPrime 2.10v
- Asus RealBench 2.43v
AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark
This benchmark measures the bandwidth and latency of the CPU caches and the system memory. Lower the latency, better memory perforamnce wuld be. Memory with higher Read/Write/Copy would be better. In addition, the result of this benchmark may give you an idea how good you memory is. It can tell the performance factor, but not the perfect exhibition of how tested memory would perform in real world.
XPG Z1 DDR4 16GB 3200 MHz
Patriot Viper 16GB 2666 MHz
Winrar program put on the task to uncompress the 11GB ISO file. The results in KB/s shows the speed of the test taken on specific ram, while elapsed time tells how much time it has taken to uncompressed 11GB file.
XPG Z1 DDR4 16GB 3200 MHz
Patriot Viper DDR4 16GB 2666 MHz
WPrime Benchmark 2.10v
XPG Z1 DDR4 16GB 3200 MHz
Patriot Viper DDR4 16GB 2666 MHz
Realbench features several open source software’s with the latest CPU extensions, which each test a different part of the system:
GIMP Image Editing:
This focuses on single threaded CPU and memory performance, therefore CPU clock speed and memory efficiency (timings + frequency) are the keys to a good score. It uses up to SSE4.2 CPU extensions.
Handbrake h.264 video compression.
This focuses on multi-threaded CPU and cache performance, therefore the more CPU threads, cache and clock speed you have the better the score. It uses up to AVX CPU extensions.
Test uses a combination of the above tests to simulate a heavy multitasking scenario that loads the entire system.
- Amazing Looking design
- High Speed module
- Excellent Performance
- Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty
- A bit lower price would be make it more competitive
Aesthetically speaking, Z1 DDR4 has one of the best looking heat spreader on the board. I had an experience with XPG DRAM in the past as well, and I had the same feelings on that one too. However, the Gold edition is just an option for users, for those having different taste/preference, XPG is also offering Red-Black combination stack. As for the compatibility and settings, these modules are plug and play. The only action I needed was the XMP 2.0 enabling from within BIOS, after which module shoot up to 3200 MHz and worked like a charm. Therefore, besides looks and design, Z1 DDR4 is absolutely great on compatibility, too.
Coming to the performance, Z1 DDR4 perform greatly as expected from the 3200 MHz module kit. Ran on timing CL16 and has beaten its competitor in almost every benchmark. Of course, the speed difference has been effected the results, but this also gives an idea why high speed modules are better than lower ones; you will notice more performance in Video editing, transcoding, and rendering projects. In gaming, the difference may not be noticeable but for video editing and rendering, the impact would be hugely observed. I didn’t try to overclock further, as I am already getting the whopping 3200 MHz out of the box.
Price and Availability:
XPG Z1 DDR4 2*8GB 3200 MHz has an MSRP of $265, but retailing on online stores at around $207, 4x 4GB kit though. While there are other brands in the competition at comparatively lower price, XPG’s Z1 DDR4 pricing a bit on the higher side. however, a slight discrepency. Affordable without breaking the budget. To PC Builders who are looking for high speed modules and aesthetics, XPG Z1 DDR4 16GB 3200 MHz CL16 is, nevertheless, recommended.
The recent rise in price has been consistently growing and similar behavior is expected to be seen in 2018, too. Therefore, consumers who are building PCs and looking for high speed modules, now is the right time to bag in the RAM kits; the upcoming months could even be more worse.
Consumers now order Z1 DDR4 RAM kits on Amazon.com