Review: ADATA XPG Xtreme Series 2x8GB DDR3-2133MHz CL10

Published by Christian Ney on 14.11.12
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Closer Look

The package consists of a plastic blister that seems to be designed for exposure of the memory kit. Before opening it we liked it, after we didn't. We at ocaholic like to unbox and box memory over and over again and this one, once opened, can't be closed anymore since you have to cut the package to pull out the modules.

The design and heatspreaders makes me think about those old school memory kits back in the DDR1 days. Too bad it's not a sabertooth-zombie-unicorn-like heatspreader, I like sabertooth-zombie-unicorn-like heatspreaders... Lets be serious again! The heatspreaders are clean, the quality is good and they're low profile. Not everybody will like the design but those modules will be put into a case and forgotten in there so that shouldn't be the biggest issue. On the other hand I like that the design is dual sidded, some manufacturers only print one side of the module and the other side stays empty.

Removing the heatspreaders wasn't easy, ADATA used some very good quality thermal glue pads to keep the heatspreaders on the ICs. Though we did know which memory chips have been used for this memory kit due to the specs we like to have a look at them. Below you find a shot of one Hynix MFR-PBC memory chip that powers those ADATA modules.

The SPD reading tells us more about the memory itself like the capacity, the name of the manufacturer, the JEDEC profiles stored which are in 5 accompanied with one XMP profile and the week of production. No Part number, pity.
The SPD has been well recognized by the BIOS of our motherboard as well as by CPU-Z.

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