ADATA went a little different on the color of the heat spreader on this kit. At first I wasn’t sure about it, but in the end I really liked it. It’s just a different color, and I don’t have a problem with different. The design of the aluminum heat spreader was pleasing to the eye, so if you have a window on your case, these modules will look nice through it. Should you not want to go with the gold color, you can always pick up the tungsten grey kit, which will surely work well with just about everyone’s setup. Fortunately the heat spreader isn’t overly huge, so users with large CPU coolers or water cooling loops should not have any issue with these modules.
On the performance side of the house, I really liked how these modules performed on the stock XMP Profile 1 settings. Hitting 2400MHz on the stock profile, I was kind of hoping I’d be able to get higher yet on an overclock. Unfortunately I couldn’t find setting above 2600MHz where my Intel Core i7-4770 ‘Hawell’ system would POST. Bumping the voltage or the timings didn’t get me anywhere, so I had to settle with the 2600MHz clock. I have a feeling this memory has more give in it, but I need a motherboard that can dish it out.
The cost of the AX3U2400W4G11-DGV kit is definitely on the higher side of comparable speed and sized kits. This kit will run you $94.99 shipped on Amazon and is backed by ADATA’s lifetime warranty. The other kits in the same class even have tighter timings, which makes me hope this kit comes down in cost because it is quite nice.
Legit Bottom Line: ADATA’s XPG V2 DRAM is aesthetically pleasing and delivers on the stock XMP Profile 1 setting, but we couldn’t find much room to overclock. The price also feels a bit high when compared to other similar speed and sized kits.