Gone are the days of being on the cutting edge of memory with DDR3 running at 2133MHz! These days running 2133MHz memory is pretty much considered the norm for a high end gaming rig. If you’re looking to be on the bleeding edge of memory speeds you’re going to be limited to only one or two kits. Today we have one of the fastest kits available on the market to put through the paces, the ADATA XPG V3 DDR3 3100MHz 8GB memory kit. The ADATA XPG 3100MHz 8GB DDR3 memory kit is sold under part number AX3U3100W4G12-DBV-RG and is definitely for those building a killer rig without budget concerns as the XPG 3100MHz memory kit is currently retailing for only $869.99.
Aside from the ADATA XPG memory kit running at 3100MHz, there are a number of different technologies that go into the XPG V3 product line. Though the most important feature of the kit on hand is the fact that it is one of the few that hit speeds as high as 3100MHz with timings of only 12-14-14-36.
The ADATA XPG V3 3100MHz memory kit I was able to get my hands on has both of the available colors included. All of the specific heat dissipation properties are the same aside from the color, this allows for the best color match to your system. In addition to adding a unique look to the memory modules, the ADATA XPG V3 memory kit heat spreaders are designed and built with high quality Aluminum to dissipate the heat generated when running at the high speeds that the XPG kits are capable of!
While the heatsinks on the ADATA XPG V3 memory kits are top knotch, the PCB’s are also designed to aid in the heat dissipation. Each of the PCB’s are built using Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT) and a 2 ounce Copper PCB featuring 8 layers. ADATA is pushing the envelope of speed with the XPG V3 memory modules so they are taking great care to make sure heat isn’t an issue!
|ADATA XPG V3 Memory Kit Specifications|
|DDR3 Dual Channel Series|
|DDR3-3100||PC3-24800||4GB x 2||CL12-14-14-36||1.65V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-3000||PC3-24000||4GB x 2||CL12-14-14-36||1.65V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-2933||PC3-23400||4GB x 2||CL12-14-14-36||1.65V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-2800||PC3-22400||8GB x 2||CL12-14-14-36||1.65V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-2800||PC3-22400||4GB x 2||CL12-14-14-36||1.65V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-2600||PC3-20800||8GB x 2||CL11-13-13-35||1.65V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-2600||PC3-20800||4GB x 2||CL11-13-13-35||1.65V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-2400||PC3-19200||8GB x 2||CL11-13-13-35||1.65V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-2400||PC3-19200||4GB x 2||CL11-13-13-35||1.65V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-2133||PC3-17000||8GB x 2||CL10-11-11-30||1.65V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-2133||PC3-17000||4GB x 2||CL10-11-11-30||1.65V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-1866||PC3-14900||8GB x 2||CL10-11-11-30||1.5V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-1866||PC3-14900||4GB x 2||CL10-11-11-30||1.5V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-1600||PC3-12800||8GB x 2||CL9-9-9-24||1.5V||Black (Red+Gold)|
|DDR3-1600||PC3-12800||4GB x 2||CL9-9-9-24||1.5V||Black (Red+Gold)|
Looking at the chart above, the ADATA XPG V3 memory kits comes in a variety of memory speeds and sizes. At the top of the stack we have the XPG V3 3100MHz memory kit that we have on hand today, the slowest edition of the XPG V3 kit is the 1600MHz kit in either 16GB (8GBx2) or 8GB (4GBx2). Only the top four kits which include the 3100Mhz, 3000MHz, 2933MHz, and 2800MHz memory kits are available as 8GB kits (4GB x 2) while all of the remaining kits are also available as 16GB (8GB x 2).
Firing up CPUz, with the XMP profile enabled shows us the ADATA XPG V3 3100MHz memory kit running at 3100MHz with 12-14-14-36-2T timings.
In order to hit 3100MHz with the ADATA XPG V3 3100MHz memory kit, the Bclk was increased to 129.11MHz and the CPU Multiplier was dropped to x32. The XMP profile making these changes brought our Intel Core i7-4770K to 4131MHz which is a little over 600MHz overclock. It’s no secret that retail Intel Core i7-4770K’s don’t overclock as well as the engineering samples do, but this should be able to handled by just about all of the 4770K’s out there.
Let’s take a quick look at the system we are going to use to test the ADATA XPG V3 3100MHz memory kit, as well as the settings that we are going to be using. Once we get that out of the way, we can get right to the good stuff!