ADATA XPG v1.0 Black DDR3-1600 CL9 Memory
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 11-25-2013
Provided by: ADATA
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Specifications

Years ago it may have been common to find lower capacity 1-2GB modules that sported 8-8-8 timings with higher 1.65v-1.8v voltage, but most DDR3-1600 available today in 4-8GB sizes call for 9-9-9 at a much lower 1.5v which is actually the JEDEC voltage specification for DDR3. The Black modules represent a middle of the road position between the slower CL11 Blue series also in DDR3-1600 and the faster DDR3-1866 and 2133 speeds of the CL10 Red series. All three are available in either 2 x 4GB or 2 x 8GB capacities and share the same black PCB with only the aluminum heatspreader differing in color.



In comparison, the XPG v2 and Gaming modules offer extended height heatspreaders and 2oz copper 8-layer PCB. In addition to those 1600, 1866 and 2133 speeds shared with the v1, they are also available in faster 2400 and 2600, and in the case of XPG v2, 2800, 2933, 3000 and 3100 speeds. Price-wise, there does not seem to be much variation between the different ratings, at least until getting above the standard 2133 DDR3 ceiling. Stepping up to 2400 or 2600 requires laying out roughly 10-30 percent more, while going above that commands an exponential increase in cost. But staying within the limits of the XPG v1 range they are all about equal in price so the choice comes down to what speed your system supports.

Let's get the ADATA XPG v1.0 Black memory kit installed and see how it performs.


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