Memory is such an important component in our systems, but we rarely take the time to actually look further than the surface. By that I mean we usually get the memory based on the frequency it runs at, how it looks and can the RGB work with the rest of our system components.
But what about the deeper aspect to it? Who manufactured it and what type of RAM it is?
Now we haven’t done a lot of memory here on we do tech, but today we will take a look at the XPG Spectrix D50 modules and what they have to offer, above, and below the surface.
But first these sleek chips come in either white or gunmetal grey modules and are currently retailing for $95 for the 2x8GB 3600MHz kit like we have here.
There’s no funny angles or sharp Gaming styled edges, as we have seen most of the other offerings from XPG are very aggressive in the looks department, some even featuring water cooling for the memory.
The D50 has a very minimalist look, with some nice indented lines and a 5 LED RGB strip at the top, that features a very nice RGB diffuser. They are also not very tall, so most coolers will easily fit as they do give you good clearance.
Regarding the RGB they work with ASUS AURA sync, Gigabyte RGB fusion, MSI Mystic light Sync and ASrock Polychrome RGB LED. So it doesn’t really matter which motherboard you have, you can control all your RGB goodness directly from your motherboard and sync all your components together. So, you have multiple options for effects on the ram, you get static, pulse, flash, color cycle, the default rainbow effect and then also off. Each LED is individually addressable, which makes it very easy to incorporate the ram into your colour scheme. We did notice that the colours have a very pastel look to them, which might not be for everyone. For our tests we pair it up with an Aorus Z490 Master motherboard and their RGB Fusion software. The dedicated software from XPG to control the memories RGB did unfortunately not work with us as it didn’t pick up the ram.
But before we get into how these modules perform, we will not be overclocking them, as most average consumers do not know how, because it can get very complicated. Most people just do the plug and play thing. Keep in mind to at least go and switch on your XMP, otherwise they will most likely only run on 2133MHz. Which will be a bummer if you bought RAM with a 3600MHz frequency. XPG also offers quite a lot of different variances on the modules and frequencies, so you can pick and choose to your heart’s content. Like we mentioned before, the kit we have here is the dual 8GB 3600MHz modules, with timings of 18-20-20-42 running at 1.35 Volts. These are Samsung B-Die memory chips that were used for the D50’s. For those who don’t know what that means, simply put, B-Die just means it’s the best dies that you can get for memory. But let’s get into the benchmarks.
Now here we can see that they do perform very well against the corsair vengeance LED, but keep in mind that is also because of the 3600MHz on die XPG, where the corsairs were 3000Mhz with timing of 15-17-17-35. In AIDA we saw that the higher frequency rates showed better latency times and a higher bandwidth. In the Cinebench benchmarks, the Single core scores were pretty much the same, but it seems like timing plays a bigger role in multi-core scores as the corsair scored better in that.
So in conclusion these puppies look good, perform well, are friendly to your pocket and do a decent job. We looked under the surface, and it was good, we looked at the surface and it was very good. So all in all there is nothing to complain about. We are extremely happy about the performance and aesthetics. So we would definitely recommend these for anyone looking at some new memory that wants RGB and performance. The only drawback that we could see is the RGB that has the pastel colors, as not all of us here at the studio liked that, some people like their RGB to really POP.