A-Data Vitesta DDR2-800+ Extreme Edition
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-19-2008
Provided by: A-Data
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A-Data has a separate section of their website just for their Extreme Edition modules, of which they offer three different series, the X, G and + line. The X series is touted for Xtreme overclocking, using Micron ICs to deliver outstanding performance. The G series is for gamers and those more interested in higher capacity at the cost of some timings. The + series is the set we will be testing today, and are advertised for the "mainstream desktop user wanting performance with reliability, quality and low price." This seems kind of contradictory to me. Why give these modules an "Extreme Edition" label and then claim they are for mainstream desktop users? Isn't that what the standard Vitesta lineup is for?


The memory modules have aluminum heat spreaders attached, giving some cooling benefit without adding much weight. Anyone used to the extra heft that copper heat spreaders add to DIMMs will be surprised at how light the Vitesta modules feel. They are finished in an off-red color that may appear almost pink in certain light, and the A-Data name and Extreme Edition logo are printed in a contrasting white lettering. There is a swoosh symbol machined into the surface of the spreaders, which along with the checkered flag print denote these as the Extreme Edition series and separate them from the standard Vitesta line.


Despite the "mainstream" designation, these DDR2-800+ series of EE modules are rated for a very low 4-4-4-12 at 1.9-2.1 volts. The holographic warranty sticker indicates support for EPP or Enhanced Performance Profile, a collaborative memory specification standard developed in part by nVidia and leading memory manufacturers to provide better memory performance when used with compatible chipset motherboards. EPP should allow the modules to boot at the advertised timings and voltage without requiring any manual adjustment. Of course, for those of us using non-compatible boards, timings set to automatic SPD settings from JEDEC specification must be manually changed in order to get them to run at the lower values.


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