Quick! Take a look around, do you see any tech that is top of the line but over five years old? Yeah, I didn’t think so. That is because ever since the discovery of fire and the wheel, technology has fed its own development in such a way as to become exponentially progressing at ever increasing rates. Every new development leads to numerous other new developments and new technology feeds its own demise. Few things in the tech world have any staying power. Even our “smart phones” don’t stay current as long as our contracts (doesn’t seem so “smart” anymore, does it?) Yet, one item has reigned supreme for quite a while. Go ahead, guess, I’ll wait.
DDR3 has been the go to RAM format for many generations and iterations of processors. DDR3 was introduced in 2007. Of course, it has come a long way since then but the mere fact that it is still DDR3 is pretty impressive. The speeds that companies are getting from the DDR3 format are hard to believe, at least when you factor in stability. To give this some perspective, when DDR3 took the stage Intel was still piddling about with dual core processors (the “bearlake" chipset) and AMD was just introducing its quad core Phenom. Feel old yet? I do. In the tech world, DDR3 is downright archaic, but it has matured beautifully.
ADATA’s newest RAM, the XPG V2 2400MHz DDR3 is certainly evidence of the beauty that RAM can take on. The XPG V2 PC3-19200 2400MHz RAM is a fairly unique looking memory module. The large fins (heat spreaders) that span the top of each module really make it a striking part of your rig. ADATA uses an extruded heat sink and a 2oz. double copper PCB. The heat spreaders remain within the bounds of the RAM module itself, so length is no issue. The modules are 1.5 inches at their tallest point, but angle down toward the center. I use water cooling, but for users that prefer air cooling, I feel this profile will accommodate most air coolers. ADATA’s XPG line encompasses a variety of speeds from 1600MHz all the way up to 3100MHz (XMP profile). Each memory kit comes in the striking gold color or a more subtle tungsten grey. ADATA developed this RAM with Intel’s newest chipset, Haswell, in mind, and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.