The official release of DDR4 memory standard is only a few weeks away and manufacturers have already started rolling out press releases about their new DDR4 memory kits. A couple of days ago, ADATA announced their Premier series 2133 MHz DDR4 ‘value’ memory kits and now they are following with the XPG Z1 DDR4 memory kits which are destined for high-end systems and are designed for overclocking. The Premier series is limited to 2133 MHz only whereas the XPG Z1 goes up to 2800 MHz.
ADATA is offering the XPG Z1 DDR4 memory in dual channel and quad channel kits with 4GB and 8GB sticks resulting in total capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB per kit. These kits are being offered in speeds of 2133 MHz, 2400 MHz and 2800 MHz. All speeds are available in all capacities along with both dual channel and quad channel kits options.
The 2133 MHz kits come in variants in terms of latency. There are kits with CL 15-15-15 timings and slightly tighter CL 13-13-13 timings as well. The 2400 MHz kits come with CL 16-16-16 timings whereas the 2800 MHz kits come with CL 17-17-17 timings.
Apart from that, the XPG Z1 kits come with 1.2v among all kits which is a standard for the DDR4 memory. This provides 20% lower power consumption as compared to DDR3 and it also helps in keeping the memory chips cool.
In terms of aesthetics, the ZPG Z1 series come with a red and black heatsink which tapers in the center. The heatsink makes direct contact with the memory chips (they are sticked with epoxy). There are not thermal pads involved. We are not sure how this fairs up in terms of heat conduction but this implementation surely makes the heatsink removal very difficult and there is a good chance of ICs coming off as well.
ADATA has not announced the pricing of this new XPG Z1 memory kits but we are expecting more information in coming weeks. Visit the official product page for more information.