Eight gigabytes per DIMM has become de rigueur for high-end builds, even though you get the best data rates and latencies from lower-density modules. We test five 32 GB products to see if it's still possible to squeeze out enthusiast-class performance.
Although Adata’s two $570 dual-DIMM kits didn’t exactly align with our original 32 GB round-up announcement, again, we eventually decided that combining 16 GB packages was a completely valid way to achieve 32 GB of memory capacity, and we'd get some good information out of the exercise. After all, these kits feature tighter secondary and tertiary timings compared to some of our four-DIMM sets, and we’d really like to see how that might benefit performance and/or limit overclocking.
Detected as DDR3-1333 CAS 9 via SPD, Adata’s AX3U2800W8G12 kits are easily configured to rated DDR3-2800 at 12-14-14-36 timings by using the motherboard’s XMP setting. That overclocking profile also instructs the board to switch from 1.50 V defaults to 1.65 V.
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- Our Search For The Ultimate DRAM
- Test System Configuration
- Adata XPG AX3U2800W8G12 DDR3-2800
- Corsair Vengeance Pro CMY32GX3M4A2800C12R
- G.Skill RipjawsX F3-2400C11Q-32GXM
- Kingston HyperX Beast-Series KHX24C11T3K4/32X
- Patriot Viper 3 PV332G240C1QK
- Optimizing Latencies
- Overclocking And Bandwidth
- Gaming Performance
- Non-Gaming Application Performance
- Which 32 GB Memory Kit Should You Buy?