Updated 26th March 2016
Since Zion has changed the entire DDR3 lineup of Xtreme Gaming Series RAM with a completely new design and a slightly tweaked PCB we are updating this review to keep you abreast up to date.
Zion has recently launched its Xtreme Series Gaming RAM in India. This is Zions first ever RAM series targeted at gaming and other graphic intensive tasks like video editing etc.
So today I happen to have their 8GB RAM kit for review on my desk and I must tell you it looks quite impressive by its first look!
The special feature about the Zion RAM is that its fully made in India in collaboration with Apacer Technologies who is the PCB manufacturer for this module and hence its the first ever of its type so that's a reason for all the Indians to celebrate.
The specifications of the Zion Xtreme Series Gaming RAM 8GB kit (4GBx2) are as follows:
- Product Name : DDR3-1600
- Capacity : 8GB Kit [4GBx2]
- Memory Architecture : x8 FBGA DRAM chip
- Voltage : 1.5V
- Height : 1U
- Frequency : 1600Mhz
- Intel XMP 2.0 : Supported
- PIN : 240-pin
- CAS Latency : 9-9-9-27
- JEDEC Standard : Yes
- RoHS Compliant : Yes
- Warranty : 3 Years CARRY IN
This shows that the manufacturers have not at all compromised on quality and kept the RAM at par with the many international brands.
Benchmarks and Load TestAs explained earlier the RAM is meant to work with Intel platforms at 1600Mhz with timings as 9-9-9-27 but since we have an AMD system with us it would be interesting to see how the Zion Xtreme Gaming 8GB Memory kit fairs out.
The test bench for this test was as follows:
CPU: AMD FX 8350 3.5Ghz Octa-Core processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD7900
Memory: Zion Xtreme Gaming 8GB DDR3 RAM
Cooler: Corsair H100iGTX 240mm CPU Liquid Cooler
Storage: Corsair Neutron GTX 480GB SSD
Power Supply: Corsair AX860i 860W 80+ Platinum
The RAM was easy to install and the system booted up without any issues. CPU Z shows that the Xtreme Gaming RAM works at 1600Mhz at 11-11-11-27 by default which is a respectable frequency for a gaming RAM straight out of the box but the latency sure is surely on the higher side.
Since I keep my FX 8350 at 4.7Ghz or more it was a walk in the park to bring down the timings on this kit to 9-9-9-27 without any voltage increase. Anything lower than this was impossible so we didn't go any further. It did hit 2100Mhz at 1.5v but the timings were too loose at 13-13-13-32 so we stuck with 1600Mhz at 9-9-9-27 for our testing.
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