Adata, one of the world’s largest independent suppliers of memory modules, on Thursday introduced its first family of DDR4 memory solutions aimed at enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the Adata XPG Z1 DDR4 memory will not be faster than the top-of-the-range DDR3 memory modules from other makers, yet, it will still allow to overclock memory sub-systems of the upcoming code-named “Haswell-E” chips.
The Adata XPG Z1 DDR4 solutions will be available as 4GB and 8GB modules with 1.2V voltage setting in dual-channel and quad-channel kits. The XPG Z1 DDR4 solutions are rated to run at 2133MHz with CL15 15-15 or CL13 13-13timings, 2400MHz with CL16 16-16 latency settings as well as at 2800MHz with CL17 17-17 settings. The modules are based on advanced 10-layer printed-circuit boards with 2oz copper that are designed for extreme clock-rates.
All the XPG Z1 DDR4 memory solutions utilize brand-new cooling systems, which feature a jet wing-inspired design with carbon texture used for race cars, symbolizing the pursuit of extreme performance.
It is noteworthy that for some reason Adata decided not to push its first-generation DDR4 modules for enthusiasts higher than to 2.80GHz. Modern DDR3 modules can function at 3.0GHz and upwards. Some other makers of enthusiast-class memory plan to offer 3.0GHz and even 3.20GHz DDR4 modules this year.
The Adata XPG Z1 DDR4 memory modules will be available starting next month and will be covered by a lifetime warranty.
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KitGuru Says: It is completely unclear why Adata decided to play-it-safe and limit its DDR4 modules with 2.80GHz clock-rate. Obviously, we do not know how well the Core i7-5000-series “Haswell-E” chips overclock memory in quad-channel mode, but Adata’s decision is still somewhat surprising.