Given that the supposed release date of DDR4, according to a pre-order listing which suggests it is almost three weeks away, DRAM module manufacturers are slowly initiating press releases to tie in with which products they will be releasing. This is good news for the rest of us, as we will get to see what timings and pricings to expect when the full release happens. Today it is ADATA launching some of its higher performance kits under the XPG Z1 branding. If you followed our Computex coverage, you will notice a striking similarity to the modules we saw on display at ADATA’s booth.

Aside from the regular quotes about reducing the voltage from DDR3’s 1.5 volts to 1.2 volts, ADATA is stating that its XPG Z1 range will offer speeds up to 2800 MHz with timings of CL 17-17-17, all within the 1.2 volts standard. The press release would also seem to suggest that ADATA is equipping these modules with a plug and play system, by stating ‘the SPD of XPG Z1 allows direct application without changing settings in the BIOS’. I am going to follow up with ADATA to find out what they mean by this, whether it will be plug and play or they are just referring to JEDEC.

The XPG Z1 design uses the angular heatsink tapering to a point, which underneath uses a 10-layer PCB with 2-oz copper layers. The heatsink is in direct contact with the ICs, and if the past serves me correctly this is mostly likely via an epoxy that is hard to remove.

The full list of kit capabilities is listed at ADATA’s website. Kits will be available in dual (2x4/2x8) and quad (4x4/4x8) channel variants, all in red to begin with, using the following speeds:

  • DDR4-2133 15-15-15 (CAS/CL = 142)
  • DDR4-2133 13-13-13 (CAS/CL = 164)
  • DDR4-2400 16-16-16 (CAS/CL = 150)
  • DDR4-2800 17-17-17 (CAS/CL = 165)

No pricing information as of yet, but given ADATA’s previous press releases, we usually get it around two weeks after the kit being announced.

Source: ADATA

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  • SodaAnt - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    That heatsink seems like its going to cause a lot of clearance issues for no reason at all other than to look special. Reply
  • ZeDestructor - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    I think you misspelt ugly there. Reply
  • nathanddrews - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    +1

    Consider this an upvote on any other comment system.
    Reply
  • Samus - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    This is ADATA we're talking about here. The very definition of crap, top to bottom. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    No more so than the rest of the tacky look-at-me-sinks tarting up a large fraction of performance memory on the market today. Reply
  • ZeDestructor - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    Interesting timings.. looks like Crucial got the better bins out of their fabs (last I checked Micron still manufactured RAM...) Reply
  • Bobs_Your_Uncle - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    In photos from the gallery, the image displaying the back of the packaging declares that there's something that's "FREE", but I can't get the detail to resolve. Oh goodness ... whatever could it be???

    free ; \
    Reply
  • jwcalla - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    "Register for ADATA warranty and download FREE software."

    There is a link to their website where their "free software" may be downloaded.
    Reply
  • jb14 - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    +1 on the ugly call Reply
  • horsebadorties - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    Pardon my ignorance, but what are the advantages of DDR4 over DDR3? And is DDR4 compatible with Z97 mobos? Reply

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