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ADATA XPG V2 3100MHz 8GB Memory Kit Review

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The ADATA XPG V2 3100MHz memory sticks are shipped in a basic clamshell package. Kit capacity and speed is outlined on the packaging’s front side, but not the timings – you’ll need to read the specifications sticker for those.

Unlike G.Skill’s 2933MHz TridentX memory, ADATA’s XPG V2 3100MHz kit does not ship with a fan. Given that the ADATA’s kit’s target audience is likely to be using extreme cooling, a RAM fan isn’t entirely necessary, but it would have been convenient to users testing air overclocking performance.

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A more detailed specifications sticker is placed on the packaging’s rear side. The plastic clamshell also utilises an ‘easy-open’ design which relies on simply pulling a section of the top-left corner, not having to going crazy with a pair of scissors.

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Note: As the sticks are identical in all respects, except for their operating frequencies, the following written analysis has been taken from our review of the 2800MHz version of ADATA’s XPG V2 kit and re-used.

The ADATA XPG V2 memory modules are covered by a uniquely-shaped, gold heatsink that is designed to transfer heat away from the memory chips, and add an attractive touch to the modules. With Asus’ range of Z87 motherboards utilising gold heatsinks, matching the XPG V2 memory with other components is a possibility.

Giving a capacity of four gigabytes per DIMM for our 8GB kit, eight memory chips are situated on one side of the PCB, with a spacer occupying the other.

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Measuring in at a maximum of 43mm-tall, the gold heatsink of ADATA’s XPG V2 memory modules features a finned design that is intended to distribute heat away from the PCB and chips. The heatsink is made of two separate parts which are then united by virtue of their mounting locations and a small clip.

As well as the gold kit that we received, ADATA’s XPG V2 memory is also available with a tungsten grey-coloured heatsink.

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ADATA puts its brand name and the XPG product logo on either side of the memory modules’ black PCBs. The XPG V2 memory kit on show today is one of the fastest sets in the world. It operates at a DRAM frequency of 3100MHz with timings of 12-14-14-36.

If required, each heatsink can be removed with relative ease, allowing the black PCB to exist in a less-interfering form factor.

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