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High-end High-gloss DDR4 on the edge | ADATA XPG Spectrix D50 Xtreme DDR4-4800 CL19 kit review

With the Xtreme SKUs, ADATA XPG expands the existing Spectrix D50 RAM portfolio with two products in the high-end segment with actually extreme XMP clock rates of 4800 and 5000 MT/s. And to spoil a little in advance, for once not Samsung B-Die, but SK Hynix DJR serves as the basis for this flagship RAM. We will take a close look at whether this can really work out for daily use in today’s test.

Datasheet_XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme DDR4 RGB DRAM_v1.0.1

 

Packaging and design

Even the packaging wants to attract attention, with a shiny red box and advertising for compatibility with all common RGB softwares. Today we look at the variant with DDR4-4800 respectively PC4-38400, consisting of two 8 GB modules. Double-sided variants of the Xtreme modules are not available, but this is to be expected with such high clock rates and thus demands on the CPU memory controller.

The kit has the product number AX4U480038G19K-DGM50X and XMP specifications of 4800 MT/s with timings 19-26-26-46 at 1.5 V. The QR code links to the manufacturer’s website with applicable warranty terms by country of sale. In the EU a “Limited Lifetime Warranty” applies, as it is commendably standard for many RAM products these days.

Behind the glossy surface is a plain black cardboard box with product slogan. Fancy, but nothing out of the ordinary, as many RAM manufacturers in the Asian region use the same OEM for packaging in a similar design.

Inside, you just find the two modules in a soft foam holding frame and a microfiber cleaning cloth. The latter is also urgently necessary, because the modules will turn out to be real fingerprint magnets in the course of the test. So thanks to ADATA that an immediate remedy is appropriately supplied.

To protect the modules from dust, scratches or other potential damage during shipping, a protective plastic film is also applied. The packaging therefore leaves nothing to be desired and ensures that the modules arrive safely in customers’ hands.

Once the modules have been peeled out of their protective layer, the high-gloss heat spreaders made of chrome-plated aluminium with their simple geometric accents catch the eye at first glance, and at second glance every last speck of dust on their surface. But as the saying goes – if you want to be beautiful, you have to suffer. The white acrylic RGB element at the top and the white XPG lettering in the lower corners also integrate seamlessly into the clean design of the modules. Only the sticker with the specifications, which is attached crookedly and over the grooves of the heatspreader, looks a bit out of place.

However, the sticker shouldn’t be visible when the modules areinstalled and if it bothers you, you can easily remove it and ignore the “warranty void if removed” with a clear conscience. On the top there is another XPG logo, this time in black on the background of the white acrylic elements, which are elegantly framed in the aluminium side panels.

Only if you look at the ends of the modules, you can see a small imperfection where the aluminum elements were probably fixed during the chrome plating. But even this small flaw can be overlooked, as they would probably never be noticed when installed. Speaking of installation, from the upper edge of the DIMM slot the modules are 40 mm tall.

If you look at the modules from the direction of the DIMM slot, you can clearly see the one-sided assembly of the PCB. On the bare back side, the gap was filled with black foam so that the heatspreaders are the same distance from the board on both sides. The overall design of the modules appears well thought-out and of high quality.

Overall, I really like the simple yet sophisticated design of the Spectrix D50 Xtreme’s. Eye-catching high gloss doesn’t always have to mean tacky plastic, as with some competing products.