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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3200Mhz Review

Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro - Stunning RGB....Striking Speed!


Corsair has been around the corner with its wide and ever growing and ever evolving range of peripherals and other PC components for well over time that I can remember. Over the time I've reviewed a lot of Corsair products and the best part about them is that they keep on revamping them which mostly if not all the time leads to improvements over the predecessor. Today is well no different as we plan to look at a yet another product which though is new but technically it can be dubbed as an improvement over its past iteration, today we look at the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro Memory Kit!
The Vengeance RGB Pro is the latest memory kit in the newly launched Pro lineup of components from Corsair which is only second to the Platinum series that only has the legendary Dominator series of kits and no other so the Vengeance RGB Pro is your best bet now if you want performance and RGB in a single pack. Since it is the Vengeance series my expectation are a bit high from this kit since so far this series of kit be itt the LPX or the RGB hasn't really disappointed me or anyone else out there.

Priced in at $150 or ₹17,000 in India the kit is a bit higher on the price spectrum but since its equipped with a Samsung-B die and offers compatibility with Intel aswell as AMD Ryzen and Threadripper platforms, finally, the price can somewhat be justified. The kit comes with a Life Time warranty on all of its variants and is available in two colors namely as White and Black that go from as low as 2666Mhz all the way up to a jaw dropping 4700Mhz kit that are available in dual and quad channel configurations!

What's in the Box!?


Corsair brings their Vengeance RGB Pro in their somewhat signature memory packaging style this time aswell which mainly has the color theme of black and yellow that they use for their gaming line of products. We can see the image of the product in the center which is very crisp and attractive along with the Corsair logo and memory kit specifications on the top corners. At the bottom we have the product name and a nice RGB colored strip which adds a nice touch but strangely Corsair only puts their iCUE software compatibility sticker in the front even though the kit is compatible with others too.

At the back we have two slit windows so that one can take a peek at the actual product itself which is resting securely inside. If you look near the bottom left corner you will see that its mentioned that the kit is compatible with Corsair's own iCUE utility and also in tiny prints are mentioned Gigabyte Fusion and MSI Mystic LEDs which I'm sure is a way to promote iCUE over others but then wider compatibility is an added bonus for the kit in terms of wider buyer base then why to take that risk anyways.

Inside the thing cardboard box pack you will find the memory sticks resting inside a transparent clam-shell packaging which holds the sticks securely and is good enough to protect the product during transit.

A Closer Look!


Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro takes a more minimalist approach to styling with an all matte powder coated finish. Ours is a black kit and the matte finish can be seen in a more prominent fashion which looks extremely elegant and also helps in avoiding finger prints or fading away of the paint over time due to wear and tear or simple heat.
We just have the product name on the front is small fonts while the anodized aluminum heat spreaders are slightly embossed and angled to give a subtle design element to the kit.


On the back side we have the same design and pattern going on as in the front with an all matte black finish and a sticker with all the vital details in the center, obviously if you remove this sticker then you'll be voiding the warranty so take extra care of that. Our kit has a serial number of CMW16GX4M2C3200C16 which means that its a 16GB Corsair kit with a rated frequency of 3600Mhz at CL16 timing.


Standing in at roughly 51mm the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro is a bit tall but definitely compatible with even most of the air cooler out there including the Noctua NH-D15 in a single fan configuration. Also the light bar on the top is quite thin but enough and with the small perforations along the sides of the bar is unique and should give this kit an edge when its all lit up and functional. One more thing noticeable here is that there is no logo or brand name on the LED bar on top which means the lights would be clean and seamless without any obstructions in between giving it a distinguished look over others.


Benchmarks and Overclocking 


Due to the classy and elegant looks of the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro in matte black it gels in well with most of the builds today which uses the color combination of black, grey and shades of gunmetal such as that on the MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC over here. Also as for the lighting the RGB looks different and will catch anyone's eye immediately for that outlandish colors that it produces through the clear acrylic plate with horizontal textured lines on top along with the perforation patterns on the side and the overall looks with the animations turned on. Best part is that its widely compatible with almost all the various RGB lighting control utilities by various motherboard manufacturers including Asus Aura Sync on the Asus X370 Crosshair VI Hero which isn't licensed by Corsair, yet, while at the same time doesn't only rely upon Corsair iCUE utility to function properly hence making it swift and easy for the end user.




With all that being said let's get to the benchmarks and testing of this unique memory kit. For the benchmarks we used the following test setup configuration --

CPU: Intel Core i5 9600K
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz
Cooler: Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 1070 Ti Gaming X 8G
Storage: Corsair Neutron GTX 480 480GB
Secondary Storage: Kingston A1000 240GB
Power Supply: Corsair CX750 750W
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
GPU Driver: ForceWare 416.94
BIOS: A.20

A few noteworthy points about the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro is that it uses Samsung-B die which not only makes it a potentially good overclocking memory but also it solidifies the fact that it will run rock stable on AMD Ryzen and Threadripper systems since they tend to favor Samsung-B die over Hynix and Micron. Also the kit is rated at 3200Mhz at 16-18-18-36-2T with 1.35v using the XMP profile it comes with so I'm sure we can extract some extra juice out of this kit since these kits go all the way upto 4700Mhz. Great part is that the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro comes with an onboard thermal sensor so you can monitor the temperatures on these RAMs via a simple utility which makes it extremely useful especially when overclocking. In my results the maximum I hit was 36°C under full load when overclocked for a straight one hour of gaming followed by synthetic benchmarks which is quite impressive and well within the safe range.

With the system running flawlessly on the rated 3200Mhz CL16-18-18-36-2T I went ahead to overclock this kit and with some tinkering round it was easy for me to attain a stable 4000Mhz with 17-19-19-39-2T at 1.4v which is tighter than Corsair's own Vengeance RGB Pro 4000Mhz kit which comes at 19-23-23-45 working on 1.35v. Now this can be a silicon lottery as this is a retail sample and not an engineering sample but the bright side is that most of the buyers out there considering they have a good CPU with a competent motherboard and IMC can expect to hit more than decent overclocking numbers on this kit which imparts a ton of value to this particular product.

AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark


AIDA64 implements a set of 64-bit benchmarks to measure how fast the computer performs various data processing tasks and mathematical calculations. Memory and cache benchmarks are available to analyze system RAM bandwidth and latency.

7-zip


This suite allows you to measure the performance of your computer. The benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reaches 100, the score is taken. Higher the score better is the computer's overall performance.

SuperPi Mod 1.5


SuperPi is a simple program that utilizes the processing power and memory speed of the system to calculate the value of Pi upto 1 Million or 32 Million decimal point depending upon what you choose. The time is calculated in minutes and seconds, we'll take them both in seconds, so lower the score faster is your computer.  

Cinebench R15


Cinebench uses Maxon's Cinema 4D engine to render a photo-realistic scene of some shiny balls and weird things (we miss the motorbike). The scene is highly complex, with reflections, ambient occlusion and procedural shaders so it gives a CPU a tough workout.
As Cinema 4D is a real-world application - used on films such as Spider-Man and Star Wars - Cinebench can be viewed as a real-world benchmark.

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra & Time Spy


Fire Strike by 3D Mark is a test suit that plays a cinematic scene to determine the FPS, GPU temperature and CPU temperature scaling everything via a cumulative score. It is a great tool to benchmark your GPU aswell as Memory since the render is GPU dependent and is highly sesnitive to RAM timings and frequency giving accurate measure as to how the components will perform in real life during graphics intensive tasks.

Rise of the Tomb Raider


Its old but still extremely effective to benchmark and one of my personal favorites. Using DX12 the settings are set to Very High preset at 1080p resolution with the graphics card set to stock with no additional tweaks be it manual or through the provided utility.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey


The latest installation of Assassin's Creed is set in Greece and the toll that it takes on the graphical engine and CPU is heavy in fact its strong enough to brings down most of the modern rigs on their knees. The quality is set at Ultra High preset at 1080p.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider  


The latest installation in the Tomb Raider series with Lara Croft and the game obviously looking better than ever before. Its a DX12 only title which makes it both graphics intensive and taxing on the graphics card and the CPU alike. Benchmarks are done using the built in utility for homogeneity and settings are set Highest on 1080p

Far Cry 5 


Far Cry 5 was developed by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto. The developers built this open-world action/adventure first-person shooter using the company's own Dunia Engine, originally derived from Crytek's CryEngine and first introduced alongside Far Cry 2 back in 2008. Naturally, continuous improvement makes it far more advanced now than it was a decade ago. Settings here are at Ultra presets with no customization at all running at 1080p.

GTA V


Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. If you like open world adventure then this is something that you don't wanna miss with great graphics, catchy story line and unlimited potential for mods that keep coming in and out every now and then on the web. Our settings are as follows with very high quality, 16xAF, 2xMSAA and FXAA enabled.

My Verdict 

Corsair always brings something impressive to the table and the Vengeance RGB Pro is no different. The memory kit has not only been impressive in terms of raw performance but also in terms of the overall experience and ecosystem that Corsair has offered with it. Its compatibility with third party RGB utilities is a welcome move considering Corsair's own iCUE is right now a well established software courtesy to its ever popular and competitive gaming peripheral lineup.
Out of the box we get great performance in every possible task and thanks to the use of Samsung-B die overclocking it is not only easy but also fun at the same time, both on Intel and AMD platforms alike. Another big plus here is its full support for AMD Ryzen and Threadripper platforms which is a step in the right direction due to the momentum train that AMD is riding upon right now due to all good reasons.
I personally love the choice of matte color for both black and white color ways & also the way RGB lighting has been implemented here with a translucent monolithic bar with no additional elements to hinder the glow of the diffused RGB light including the brand logo itself! Also the small yet noticeable perforations along the sides of the stick are subtle and give the kit a unique cosmetic approach towards styling.
With all that said the kit is certainly on the expensive side of the spectrum and even though it delivers great performance and overall experience it might not be enough to convince a gamer on budget to go that extra mile.
"The Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro is a winner in every aspect and impeccably balances between great looks and to the point performance both out of the box and when overclocked. If price tag is not an issue and you adore or already own a bunch of Corsair products then this is the memory kit that should definitely be on the top of your shopping list!"
Pros - 

  • Brilliant RGB implementation
  • Compatible with iCUE and other RGB utilities
  • Overclocking friendly
  • Elegant looks
  • Solid Build Quality
  • Life Time warranty 
Cons -
  • A bit pricey
I give it a 9/10 earning our Gold Award!

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Nvidia's Titan RTX doubles down on extreme pricing

Nvidia's Titan RTX costs as much as SLI RTX 2080 Ti.

On Saturday, some early 'leaks' hinted that Titan RTX would be announced soon. While it's not on sale yet, the official Titan RTX product page is now live at Nvidia. If you thought the RTX 20-series prices were off-putting, the Titan RTX is going to be a bitter pill. But Titan cards have never been about value.

Specs are much as expected. Titan RTX gets the full TU102 treatment. That's 4,608 CUDA cores, 72 RT cores, and 576 Tensor cores. It also gets the full 384-bit memory interface, and in a bit of a surprise it doubles the memory capacity to 24GB. The base clock is 1350MHz, with a boost clock of 1770MHz. In effect, it's a lot like a Quadro RTX 6000, but without the Quadro drivers and with the GDDR6 clocked at the full 14 GT/s, and a slightly higher boost clock.

Titan RTX also marks a return of SLI (NVLink) support to the Titan line, after it was missing in the Titan V. Like the 2080 Ti, it uses the full 100GB/s NVLink connection if you pair up a couple of Titan RTX cards. And there's a gold NVLink connector to match the Titan RTX gold color scheme.

Not surprisingly, the price is high. Nvidia effectively doubles down on the RTX 2080 Ti pricing, with the Titan RTX selling for $2,499. It will start shipping later this month, and as with previous Titan cards, it will only be available direct from Nvidia or from one of Nvidia's SI partners. For the same price, you could buy two RTX 2080 Ti cards plus the NVLink connector, and still have $20 left for lunch.

In terms of performance, based on raw specs, the Titan RTX has 6 percent more CUDA cores, RT cores, and Tensor cores than the RTX 2080 Ti. That's the biggest advantage a Titan card has ever held over the same generation Ti model. Even more interesting, while the base clock is the same 1350MHz for the Titan and 2080 Ti, the boost clock is 8 percent higher than the 2080 Ti FE, and 15 percent higher than the reference 2080 Ti clocks. The TDP is also 280W vs. 250W/260W on the 2080 Ti cards. In theory that's up to a 21 percent performance advantage. And you still get twice the GDDR6.

By comparison, the original Titan was up to 16 percent faster than the GTX 780, while the Titan Black was only 4 percent faster than the 780 Ti. Likewise, the Maxwell Titan X was only about 3 percent faster than a GTX 980 Ti, and the Titan Xp was also around 3 percent higher.

Regardless of the larger than normal performance bump for a Titan card, Nvidia generally doesn't push Titan cards as gaming-focused solutions. The diminishing returns going from the top consumer cards to the Titan options have always been poor, and the cards are more of a status symbol than something we would recommend buying. Buy hey, at least it's $500 cheaper than the Titan V.

Seagate’s 16TB hard drive makes your Steam library seem puny

This is the world's largest-capacity hard drive.

Seagate just laid the HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording) down in the storage space by unveiling the world's first formatted and fully functioning 16-terabyte hard drive, the highest-capacity HDD ever produced.

Built for the enterprise market, the new 16TB model conforms to the standard 3.5-inch HDD form factor and, in theory, should work just fine in any modern desktop. It's part of the company's Exos family and will presumably ship with the same SATA 6Gbps and 12Gbps SAS interface options that other Exos drives do.

While not intended for the consumer market, it's only a matter of time before Seagate (and others) bring 16TB to home users. After all, Seagate already offers a 14TB model as part of its Barracuda Pro line for consumers.

The new 16TB model isn't just more capacious, though, it uses a different type of recording technology—HAMR instead of PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording). Here's a short video that breaks it down in plain English:

Seagate views HAMR technology as being key to enabling increasingly higher capacity HDDs. The company says it's on track to exceed 20TB in 2020, and could even reach 100TB within the next 5-7 years.

In an blog post from last year, Seagate defended the need for bigger HDDs, citing a recent IDC report predicting worldwide data creation will grow to 163 zettabytes by 2025. That's a tenfold increase in the amount of data that was produced in 2017.

As for the 16TB HDD that Seagate just announced, to put that kind of storage space into perspective, it could hold over 100 installations of Final Fantasy XV with the optional 4K high-resolution pack.

Friday, 30 November 2018

ADATA XPG Spectrix D80 16GB 3600Mhz Review

ADATA XPG Spectrix D80 - Is this really liquid cooled?


Most of you might remember that lately ADATA has been trying to push its new line of products that are liquid cooled out of the box such as a M.2 SSD or a RAM kit all of which were labelled under "Project Jellyfish", the M.2 SSD is yet to see the day light but the Spectrix D80 RAM kits which used a hybrid air-liquid cooling solution are out in the market. Considering all the hype that these sticks have build up over I had to take a look at them and thanks to ADATA India I have a kit on the table for review right now!
The kit under the lens today is ADATA XPG Spectrix D80 16GB 3600Mhz memory kit which is a kit of two 8GB sticks and is rated to work with both AMD Ryzen and Intel Platforms. Available in two colors of red and black these kits come under the Extreme Performance Gaming of the ADATA XPG category making them high end kits that are aimed to delivery blazing fast performance with that signature XPG branding and color theme.

Priced in at $219 or ₹18,500 the ADATA XPG Spectrix D80 16GB 3600Mhz kit finds itself on the upper end of the price spectrum making it one of the more expensive 3600Mhz RGB kits out there that are covered by a Life Time Warranty period. The memory comes in various frequencies from as low as 3000Mhz going all the way upto 4133Mhz with either single stick or in a kit of two, sadly no quad channel kit is available so one has to opt for two kits of two to work on quad channel platforms.

What's in the Box!?


ADATA brings the Spectirx D80 in the conventional XPG packing style and color scheme with black and red predominating the box. The XPG logo is big and chunky and we get the image of the D80 right in the center with the RGB LEDs illuminated giving the whole pack a nice touch of vibrant colors. At the bottom side you will see a long list of various Motherboard RGB utilities that the Spectrix D80 is compatible with and to put it straight the memory is compatible with each and every utility ion the market right now which is a very big advantage and selling point for this product.

At the back side we don't have much going around but just the same line in different languages, a QR code, product specification label and the Life Time Warranty batch.

The box comes with a front flap that gives you a peek inside the box and onto the actual product that rests securely inside in a clear clam-shell packaging which offers more than enough protection to these modules during transit. On the flap you get bulletins of the key features such as Oceanic Lighting effects, Hybrid Cooling etc. Overall its a decent packaging and justifies the stature of the product in hand.

A Closer Look!



In flesh (figuratively) the ADATA XPG Spectrix D80 is a very light weight probably only 40gm or 50gm in hand, made out of aluminum head spreaders on each side which are cherry red in color abiding by the XPG color theme and have the new shiny XPG logo right in the center which to me looks more like a modified Ninja Dragon Star or Bagh Nakh but does give the modules a nice outlandish appeal.


On the back side we have the same design as that on the front but with a product specification label stuck at the bottom corner that also will void the warranty if removed. Our kit has a model number AX4U360038G17-DR80 which means that it is a 3600Mhz kit with CL17 timings and are red in color belonging to the D80 product category. For 3600Mhz with a 17-18-18-38 2T timing the kit needs 1.35v which is pretty standard XMP 2.0 voltage requirements. Since its a 3600Mhz kit I'm hoping it to be a Samsung-B die here and if its so then decent overclocking can be easily seen too.

On the top side where the aluminum heat spreaders end we have a layer of what appears to be plexiglass that houses the 'liquid coolant' and has the RGB LEDs at the bottom and the XPG logo on top to complete the whole external look. This whole arrangement on top has a solid translucent base which causes the RGB lights from the bottom to diffuse and looks bright and evenly saturated something which we'll take a better look later in the review.

Talking about the much hyped liquid cooling here it is actually a 3M Novac 7500 fluid and not distilled water or anything which is a non-conductive liquid substance used to cool down electrical components without causing any short circuits. It is enclosed inside a neat plexiglass tube which is hermetically sealed that ensures it’s completely airtight so there is no risk of leaks or evaporation later down the road.
Now the actual facts, this whole arrangement is infact just for aesthetics and has no actual relationship with the cooling of these modules since this fluid neither makes direct contact with the memory chips on the PCB nor does the heat spreaders make any contact with the fluid for it to conduct the heat in any possible manner, its just sealed off in a tube on top for you to admire and have fun with while moving around the air bubble inside! The Spectrix D80 is like any other normal RAM with heat spreaders with a fancy liquid on top for sheer aesthetics to put it mildly.

Benchmarks and Overclocking 


Due to the impeccable red and black color combination that the XPG Spectrix D80 comes with they look great when paired with any motherboard or system that has the black and red or any other dark color theme as its center piece such as the MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard that we've used above. Also as for the lighting the Oceanic RGB lighting that ADATA likes to call it indeed looks different and will catch anyone's eye immediately for that outlandish colors that it produces through the fluid on top and the overall looks with the animations turned on. Best part is that its widely compatible with all the various RGB lighting control utilities by various motherboard manufacturers while at the same time doesn't rely upon ADATA's own utility to function properly hence making it swift and easy for the end user.




With all that being said let's get to the benchmarks and testing of this unique memory kit. For the benchmarks we used the following test setup configuration --

CPU: Intel Core i5 9600K
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC
RAM: ADATA XPG Spectrix D80 16GB DDR4 3600Mhz
Cooler: Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 1070 Ti Gaming X 8G
Storage: Corsair Neutron GTX 480 480GB
Secondary Storage: Kingston A1000 240GB
Power Supply: Corsair CX750 750W
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
GPU Driver: ForceWare 416.94
BIOS: A.20 

First of all the Spectrix D80 uses Samsung B die which is what it should considering the asking price and what this translates to is that this kit will not only work great on Intel and AMD alike but also should provide a decent headroom for overclocking. Also the kit comes with two XMP 2.0 profiles build into it with 2666Mhz and 3600Mhz working at CL16 and CL17 respectively, for our testing here today I will be using 3600Mhz and whatever I manage to extract out of it via overclocking since 2666Mhz is something that I'm sure no one would be using after paying for a 3600Mhz kit!
One more thing to note here is that this kit doesn't have an onboard thermal sensor which considering its whole hybrid cooling agenda should've been a must as then it would've been more than easy to monitor its temperatures once the system would've been running especially under load. 

With the system running flawlessly at the rated 3600Mhz CL 17-18-18-38 2T with 1.35v I went ahead to overclock the Spectrix D80 and with a little playing around it wasn't hard for me to hit 4166Mhz CL 18-19-19-40-2T with 1.4v which happens to be a bit tighter & higher than ADATA's own XPG Spectrix D80 4133Mhz rated models. Now this can be a silicon lottery as this is a retail sample and not an engineering sample but the bright side is that most of the buyers out there considering they have a good CPU with a competent motherboard and IMC can expect to hit more than decent overclocking numbers on this kit which imparts a ton of value to this particular product.

AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark 


AIDA64 implements a set of 64-bit benchmarks to measure how fast the computer performs various data processing tasks and mathematical calculations. Memory and cache benchmarks are available to analyze system RAM bandwidth and latency.

7-zip

This suite allows you to measure the performance of your computer. The benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reaches 100, the score is taken. Higher the score better is the computer's overall performance.

SuperPi Mod 1.5

SuperPi is a simple program that utilizes the processing power and memory speed of the system to calculate the value of Pi upto 1 Million or 32 Million decimal point depending upon what you choose. The time is calculated in minutes and seconds, we'll take them both in seconds, so lower the score faster is your computer.

Cinebench R15

Cinebench uses Maxon's Cinema 4D engine to render a photo-realistic scene of some shiny balls and weird things (we miss the motorbike). The scene is highly complex, with reflections, ambient occlusion and procedural shaders so it gives a CPU a tough workout.
As Cinema 4D is a real-world application - used on films such as Spider-Man and Star Wars - Cinebench can be viewed as a real-world benchmark.

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra and Time Spy 


Fire Strike by 3D Mark is a test suit that plays a cinematic scene to determine the FPS, GPU temperature and CPU temperature scaling everything via a cumulative score. It is a great tool to benchmark your GPU aswell as Memory since the render is GPU dependent and is highly sesnitive to RAM timings and frequency giving accurate measure as to how the components will perform in real life during graphics intensive tasks.

Rise of the Tomb Raider 

Its old but still extremely effective to benchmark and one of my personal favorites. Using DX12 the settings are set to Very High preset at 1080p resolution with the graphics card set to stock with no additional tweaks be it manual or through the provided utility.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 

The latest installation of Assassin's Creed is set in Greece and the toll that it takes on the graphical engine and CPU is heavy in fact its strong enough to brings down most of the modern rigs on their knees. The quality is set at Ultra High preset at 1080p.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider 

The latest installation in the Tomb Raider series with Lara Croft and the game obviously looking better than ever before. Its a DX12 only title which makes it both graphics intensive and taxing on the graphics card and the CPU alike. Benchmarks are done using the built in utility for homogeneity and settings are set Highest on 1080p

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 was developed by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto. The developers built this open-world action/adventure first-person shooter using the company's own Dunia Engine, originally derived from Crytek's CryEngine and first introduced alongside Far Cry 2 back in 2008. Naturally, continuous improvement makes it far more advanced now than it was a decade ago. Settings here are at Ultra presets with no customization at all running at 1080p.

GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. If you like open world adventure then this is something that you don't wanna miss with great graphics, catchy story line and unlimited potential for mods that keep coming in and out every now and then on the web. Our settings are as follows with very high quality, 16xAF, 2xMSAA and FXAA enabled.

My Verdict 

ADATA memories never really disappoint when it comes to performance and so is the case with the latest Spectrix D80 that we tested today. It has a great rather one of a kind RGB lighting and implementation that is widely compatible with the various RGB lighting utilities out there something that is rare in its own rights.
Performance wise its no less than what I expect from a 3600Mhz rated kit and when it comes to overclocking it is no slouch at that too and our kit did hit a 4133Mhz frequency which is just brilliant and considering the over all package can make anyone droll over it. But the story is not all nice and dandy here since I do have some gripe with this kit and sadly for the first time its related to the aesthetics rather than performance, the whole liquid cooling marketing is hollow to its core and the Novac fluid makes no difference in cooling whatsoever due to the way its been used. The only good use of the fluid is to diffuse the RGB lights in an unprecedented fashion where one color infuses into another creating a prismatic glow but that's all she wrote for the benefits of 'liquid cooling' here. If you are looking to buy this kit for its brilliant RGB and performance and don't mind the steep price you pay for it then go ahead but if you are looking at it for improved liquid cooling then please stop and look otherwise as its simply not present in reality!
"ADATA has done a commendable job with the XPG Spectrix D80 in almost every department including product integrity proving a holistic appeal to the kit. Its performance is right where it should be and it overclocks beautifully but the steep price tag and the whole no go liquid cooling gimmick is something to look out for carefully before you circle down upon one of these"
Pros - 
  • Brilliant RGB implementation
  • Wide compatibility with various RGB utilities 
  • Overclocking friendly
  • Striking looks
  • Solid Build Quality
  • Life Time warranty 
Cons -
  • Liquid Cooling doesn't actually work
  • Price is quite high
  • Limited Availability
I give it a 7/10 earning our Silver Award!