ADATA Technology is Taiwanese Storage & Memory Manufacturers. It was established in May 2001. ADATA mainly manufactures DRAM Modules, Hard Drives, Solid State Drives & USB Storage Devices. ADATA sells PC Gaming hardware & accessories under the flag of their sub-brand named XPG.
Today I am going to review one of the best gaming DDR4 DRAM modules out there in the market right now. I was told that I’d receive a 16GB Kit for review purposes but unfortunately for some reason, I was provided with only 1x 8GB Single Ram Module. ADATA’s XPG D41 was shipped to me a few weeks back. It is 3000Mhz RAM and it came with the branding of TUF Gaming Alliance. That means that ADATA has partnered with ASUS’s sub-brand TUF for the promotion of these ram modules. ADATA also sells XPG D41 without this branding in RED & Black so if it’s under your plan to go with ASUS’s TUF Motherboard in your build, it would be just an amazing addition to get this RAM for the looks & branding.
At First Glance, XPG D41 looks like a neatly built RAM. It has the good build quality and cooling coupled with amazing Lighting features that would go together with your planned build. It has support for ASUS AURA Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI MYSTIC LIGHT SYNC, ASROCK RGB LED. So I would say you won’t be wrong to go with this RAM with almost any major motherboard brand.
• Capacity: 8GB (1 x 8GB)
• Base Frequency: PC4-17000 (2133MHz)
• Base Timings: 15-15-15-36
• Tested Frequency: PC4-24000 (3000MHz)
• Tested Timings: 16-18-18-36
• Voltage: 1.35V
• Format: NON-ECC Unbuffered DIMM
• Pin Out: 288-Pin
It also comes in different options and colors readily available on stores.
The ADATA XPG D41 DDR4 3000Mhz RAM comes in beautiful packaging. On the front of the box, You can see that RGB feature for this RAM is supported for almost every brand’s RGB lighting Synchronization. You can also see the branding for XPG x TUF GAMING ALLIANCE right on the RAM’s RGB lighting. Basic specification state that the XPG D41 RAM is PC4-24000-3000Mhz.
Back of the box states that the XPG D41 Ram has ADATA Branding & lifetime warranty, which is great for long-term use. While the rest of the writing says DESKTOP U-DIMM RAM in different languages.
By lifting up the box covering, You can see the ram inside and some more information regarding the RAM. Except for the usual information of module, it also states that this module supports Intel XMP 2.0. Which is a great RAM Overclocking feature on Intel Motherboards.
Now let’s open the box to see the XPG D41 in its glory.
XPG D41 RAM Module comes with a very sturdy and beautiful black heatshield with shiny XPG logo in silver color. On one side It has branding of XPG logo and there are 3 yellow bars on the right side, Probably because of ASUS advertises TUF Brand with yellow colored products. On the other side, Its just the same but with a sticker that states the XPG D41’s product number, basic specifications, warranty warning & some other standard information.
Test Rig & Methodology:
I am going to test ADATA XPG D41 RGB DDR4 3000Mhz RAM on a Ryzen platform. I am not going to compare the result with any other RAM for now as it would not be feasible to compare 8GB kit with 16GB kits. It would be just an unfair advantage to other RAM kits. Here are the Specifications for the TEST RIG.
|Motherboard||ASUS Crosshair VI|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 1700|
|RAM||ADATA XPG D41 8GB 3000Mhz|
|Cooler||DEEPCOOL CASTLE 280 | Corsair h115i|
|GPU||Gigabyte GTX 1080|
|Power supply||Thermaltake iRGB PLUS 1250W Titanium|
|Drive||Samsung 960 Evo 500GB|
I’ll be testing the modules on the following benchmarks, applications, and games:
- PerformanceTest 9.0 (Memory Mark)
- Superposition Benchmark
- 3D Mark Fire Strike
- Deus Ex Mankind
- Rise of The Tomb Raider
- Cinebench R15
- Shadow Of War
I would say that Overclocking DRAM nowadays with such modern BIOS Interfaces & Options is fairly easy. I started overclocking from 2933Mhz incrementally increasing the frequency and voltage & testing the stability every time.
I easily managed to OC the RAM to stable 3333Mhz @ 1.38volts. I tried to push it further to 3400Mhz both at 1.38 & 1.4 volts, but I could not get it to be stable with my Ryzen 1700. I am sure it would push even further on Intel platform as it has support for Intel XMP 2.0.
Here are the stock and raw benchmarks compared with the overclocked modules of the ADATA XPG D41 RGB DDR4 3000Mhz RAM:
In the benchmarks of AIDA 64, I observed that overclocked module gained performance in all 3 departments when compared to the stock frequencies, that is very much satisfying.
On Stock, XPG D41 configuration had a latency of 97.8 nanoseconds while overclocking this module improved this by 16%.
On stock settings, XPG D41 RAM module performed SuperPI 32M calculations in 12.91 minutes. I observed overclocking improved RAM’s performance by 19% and calculated it in 10.38 minutes
PerformanceTest 9.0 (Memory Mark):
Testing on Performance Test 9.0 Memory Mark showed some similar results. ADATA XPG D41 gained 13% of improvements in Memory mark. Memory mark is purely RAM test, So this difference can also be observed in most memory demanding applications.
In Geekbench 4, XPG D41 also showed improved results when compared with stock frequencies.
In Superposition, I observed only little performance gain in overclocked configurations as its purely GPU benchmark rather than a memory benchmark. But overclocking RAM can surely improve the results in all departments in computer processing.
3D Mark Fire Strike:
In 3D Mark Fire Strike, I can see a slight improvement over the stock configuration.
XPG D41 exhibited almost 7% gain over the stock frequency in Cinebench R15 benchmark.
Deus Ex Mankind:
In the benchmark tests of Deus Ex Mankind divided, XPG D41 in overclocked settings gained 1.4FPS over the stock frequency.
Rise of the Tomb Raider:
Rise of the tomb raider’s benchmark crashed due to insufficient RAM. Graphics settings for Rise of tomb raider are all set to ultra 1080p.
Shadow Of War:
XPG D41 exhibited 2FPS gain in overclocked frequencies in Shadow Of War.
Now let’s conclude the review. To be honest It probably would have been a more than 9/10 review only if ADATA would have sent the 16GB kit. I don’t understand the need of getting only one 8GB module of high end and pricey RAM. I would suggest anybody to target more ram within the budget instead of spending the hard earned cash on fancy features.
XPG D41 8GB performed really great under load on both stock & overclocked configurations & looks even prettier. But still, I will not suggest one single 8GB stick to anybody as most software programs & games require a high amount of memory nowadays. I would, however, suggest getting 16GB kit or more of XPG D41 RAM if you are into performance and RGB features.
RGB lighting effects on XPG D41 RAM is one of the most elegant looking one, ram overclocked well and showed great performance. ADATA XPG is going on the right path by introducing great devices, that perform well & look amazing. However now that I got my hands on the XPG D41, I am planning to test XPG D80 that is their best RAM out there right now.
If you’re interested in buying the ADATA XPG D41 RBG DDR4 3000Mhz RAM its available for $150 on amazon for 16GB(2x8GB).