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Adata launches 1.35V DDR3 modules for overclockers

More headroom, less green
Thu Mar 01 2012, 17:39

MEMORY VENDOR Adata has released an 8GB DDR3 1600MHz memory module running at 1.35V.

Adata might not be as well known as Corsair, Kingston or Crucial, however the firm is one of the biggest DRAM and NAND vendors around and is starting to push further into the performance DRAM market. Its latest product, a 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 module, is part of the firm's XPG Overclocking brand and claims to provide headroom by running at 1.35V.

Both Crucial and Kingston have memory that runs at 1.35V to promote energy efficiency, however Adata's units are being marketed in the same way that TDP-binned chips are often spun by retailers as having more overclocking headroom. Typically DDR3 modules run at 1.5V.

Alex Wu, DRAM project manager in Adata's Product Planning Department said, "The new XPG Gaming V 2.0 1600G 8GB single and 16GB dual kit memory modules use voltage of only 1.35V, with 9-11-9-27 timing, and are compatible with the latest [Intel] X79 four-channel platform. They provide gamers with the opportunity to significantly upgrade their RAM all the way to 64GB, in order to experience faster operation and performance of desktop computers."

Adata mounted the memory chips on an eight-layer PCB and slapped on a lifetime warranty for everyone except those who live in Germany, France and Austria. Those punters get only a 10 year warranty. µ


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