Adata Gets Serious With Spectrix D50 Xtreme: 5,000 MHz RAM at 1.6V

Adata Spectrix D50 Xtreme (Image credit: Adata)

Adata is ready to play with the big boys. The company this week launched the Spectrix D50 Xtreme series of RAM that are only available as DDR4-4800 and DDR4-5000 kits.

The Spectrix D50 Xtreme memory modules compete with the best RAM with a revamped exterior to differentiate from the vanilla ones. The aluminium heat spreader flaunts a polished, mirror-like finish. The triangular RGB diffuser is still present to give the memory module a bit of bling.

Considering the extreme frequencies, it's no surprise that Adata only commercializes the Spectrix D50 Xtreme in dual-channel flavors with a maximum capacity of 16GB. It becomes harder and more expensive to bin memory chips at frequencies like DDR4-4800 and DDR5-5000, which is why memory vendors don't typically offer densities beyond 8GB per module.

Adata XPG Spectrix D50 Xtreme Specifications

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Part NumberFrequencyCapacityTimingsOperating Voltage (V)
AX4U500038G19M-DGM50XDDR4-50002 x 8GB19-28-281.60
AX4U480038G19K-DGM50XDDR4-40002 x 8GB19-26-261.50

The DDR4-5000 memory kit arrives with the timings tweaked to 19-28-28. The timings look normal for a kit of this caliber, but the required DRAM voltage certainly raises an alarm. Adata's Spectrix D50 Xtreme memory modules needs 1.6V to run at DDR4-5000, while similar offerings and even Crucial's DDR4-5100 memory only pull 1.5V. On the contrary, the DDR4-4800 version of the Spectrix D50 Xtreme operates at 1.5V.  Adata configured the timings for this memory kit to 19-26-26.

Like Adata's other memory products, the Spectrix D50 Xtreme comes with full support for Intel XMP 2.0, which seems odd , at least for the DDR4-5000 kit. WHen it comes to Intel XMP, 1.5V is the maximum voltage allowed. Still, it shouldn't matter much, since at frequencies like DDR4-4800 and above, some manual tweaking will likely be required. You might not be able to get away with just enabling XMP unless you have a processor with an exceptional integrated memory controller (IMC).

Adata didn't reveal the pricing or availability of the Spectrix D50 Xtreme memory kits. The cheapest DDR4-4800 memory kit on the market right now retails at $38, so that should give you an idea of what to expect from the Spectrix D50 Xtreme.

Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a news editor and memory reviewer at Tom’s Hardware. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • perseco
    Typo in the last sentence... lowest market price is currently $380, not $38.
  • TheHughMan
    5,000 MHz would be nice for GPU GDDRX6. Or 5,000 MHz HBM3 System DRAM.
  • InvalidError
    TheHughMan said:
    5,000 MHz would be nice for GPU GDDRX6.
    Well, 5000 "MHz" on DDR4 actually stands for 5000 MT/s with a 2500MHz clock and GDDR6X already operates at ~10GT/s using 4-PAM signaling for ~20Gbps per data pin. That's ~4X as much bandwidth per data pin as this 5000MT/s DDR4.