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ADATA's latest XPG V2 RAM modules outperform the competition at 3,100 MHz

ADATA’s latest XPG V2 RAM modules outperform the competition at 3,100 MHz

ADATA’s latest XPG V2 RAM modules outperform the competition at 3,100 MHz

Big numbers are sure to make headlines, and the new RAM kits in the ADATA XPG V2 series have some of the largest in the system memory space. Their new DDR3 modules are rated at 3,100MHz – that’s 100MHz faster than the RAM rivals G.Skill has managed to date. But how important is RAM in modern gear? Are all these hertz necessary? Let’s talk more numbers.

These new Gundam-style memory modules are built with the new Haswell Z87 chipset in mind, and have created all the pain of overclocking without hitting those headline speeds. The Intel Extreme Memory Profile will allow you to simply select the 3,100MHz profile from the motherboard’s BIOS (yes, you’ll have to dive into that murky world). Reboot later and you’ll be flying with a lot of memory bandwidth.

At top speeds like this, you’ll unfortunately run into some incredibly high CAS latencies (the time it takes your memory controller to call and retrieve data from your memory stick). Without affecting your BIOS and XMP settings, when the modules are running at 1,333MHz, their timings are CL9-9-9-24. Push them to a nosebleed 3,100MHz, though, and those times soar to CL12-14-14-36.

I told you there will be more numbers.

Of course, high frequencies with low latency are ideal. I’ll have to wait until I get the stick in my test rig to see if the high clock/high latency RAM speed beats the lower clock/low latency stick when gaming. I foresee a lot of memory benchmarks in the future. If I had to guess, I’d go for lower latency for my gaming PC instead of Mhz.

Thanks to the new kit released for Haswell, memory matters again, not as much as you might expect. AMD and their APUs really benefit from high performance system memory.

There’s also a lot to be said for large amounts of RAM when you’re running your system from a solid-state drive. Tom’s Hardware recently conducted an experiment to learn more about the impact of system memory on SSD workloads. The whole point of TL:DR is that with more RAM, your intensive applications write less to the SSD, extending its operating life. If you’re running an AMD setup with an SSD, fast RAM might be a worthwhile investment.

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