AMD 8GB 1600 MHz Performance Edition Memory Kit ReviewFri, Aug 31, 2012 - 12:00 AM
AMD Performance Edition RAM 1600Mhz
AMD teams with Patriot, XFX and Visiontek for Performance Edition memory
Memory may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to what AMD manufactures. With Advanced Micro Devices you may think processors and graphics immediately. Now you can add memory to the umbrella of products labeled for AMD. Patriot claims on their landing page for the Performance Edition memory the following, “Designed and optimized specifically for AMD platforms, the AMD Performance Edition memory kits are the best solutions for those looking to build systems for gaming and content creation.” The memory comes in 1333Mhz 1.5v and 1600Mhz 1.65v out of the box. Currently the memory will come in 4GB and 8GB kits.
AMD just rolled out 32nm “Vishera” and “Trinity” APUs 2012 and have 28nm “Kaveri” APUs coming 2013. This looks to be a solid attempt for those to whom choose to build with AMD to have a viable choice of memory. Below we have a listing of what models are available at this time.
- AMD Performance Edition – 8GB 1600Mhz – AP38G1608U2K
- AMD Performance Edition – 8GB 1333Mhz – AP38G1338U2K
- AMD Performance Edition – 4GB 1600Mhz – AP34G1608U2K
- AMD Performance Edition – 4GB 1333Mhz – AP38G1338U2K
AMD clearly is trying to enhance it’s viability for PC enthusiasts and taking a look at the memory market is only logical. For AMD enthusiasts and those looking to build AMD systems this looks to be building block to consumers.
AMD sent us their Performance Edition 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz kit to try out for a spin and get the word out to the Legit Reviews readers. I will be testing the system at 1333Mhz, 1600Mhz after the memory timings are properly set and then conclude by seeing if any overclocking can be done.
Our Kit features part number AP38G1608U2K. AMD and Patriot have come up with a not so over bearing red heat spreader that bares the name of the product. Our timings by what is stated for the product is 8-9-8-28 at 1.65v. During testing we will use these suggested DRAM timings. I will be using the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 motherboard as the backbone of the testing system. The MSRP on this memory kit is $59.99 but can be found online for $53.24 shipped.
AMD Performance Edition Memory Features:
- Timings: 1333MHz – (8-8-8), 1600MHz – (8-9-8)
- 4GB Kit – Single Rank, 8GB Kit – Dual Rank
- Voltage: 1333MHz – 1.5V, 1600MHz – 1.65V
- Equipped with an extruded aluminum shield to provide improved cooling
- 100% Tested and Verified
- RoHS Compliant
- Compatible with Intel and AMD platforms