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|Review: Adata XPG DDR3-2200 4Gb Gaming Memory Kits|
|Posted by Will Smith|
|Monday, 09 August 2010 00:43|
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I still remember the first time I reviewed memory modules, from Adata a few years ago. At that time, Adata was a relatively small company which produced affordable memory modules, but mostly for the Asian market. When they finally hit the US and UK market, I naively thought to myself ... well here's another foreign company producing cheap memory modules for the masses. How will they compete against the big boys like Crucial, Corsair and OCZ in terms of quality and performance? However, to my surprise those particular Adata memory modules I tested, proved to be extremely good. Since then, I've been choosing my words carefully when dealing with new or small companies, and not to jump into conclusions to early.
Several years have past since my first encounter with Adata, and things are looking promising for them. In fact, they've been growing from strength to strength, producing not only memory modules but also USB flash drives and now SSDs. And more recently, Adata have been aggressively attacking the high-performance and enthusiast maket, producing faster memory that's extremely overclockable. For those who are not too familiar with Adata, here's a little blurb taken from their website.
With computer systems getting more and more powerful these days, you'll also need decent memory modules to match. To take advantage of this market, Adata have released several product lines including their XPG series (Xtreme Performance Gear) designed for performance users, enthusiasts and gamers. Here's a quick list of their XGP line up:
In this review, we'll be taking a look at the Adata XPG DDR3-2200 (v2.0) Dual Channel 4Gb gaming memory kits. They're rated at DDR3-2200, that's PC3-17600 spec with memory timings of 9-9-9-24, and supports XMP (for motherboards that have this option in the BIOS). Adata's Gaming series (V2.0) are aimed and targeted at the higher-end user and extreme enthusiasts, and uses high quality 2oz copper 8 layers PCB. They also come with some mean-looking aluminum heatspreaders, which are great heat dissipation.
We'll be installing these into our test rig, which consist of the following ... Intel Core i5 - 650 (LGA 1156), Gigabyte P55 USB3 motherboard (with XMP support), Geforce GTX 460, Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler, and a Silverpower 650W PSU.
So what can we expect in terms of performance from these Adata memory modules? Well, I hoping they can produced some good scores during benchmarks. They should easily match, if not better the recently reviewed Crucial Ballistix Tracer modules. The support for XMP (when enabled in the motherboard BIOS), should also give us a boost in memory performance.
OK, let's take a closer look at the specifications of these XPG DDR3-2200 (v2.0) Dual Channel 4Gb gaming memory kits from Adata (boy, that was a mouthful ... lol!)