ADATA, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, gaming products, and mobile accessories, is finally launching its full series of PC components in Pakistan. Where the market has high to low end memory modules, XPG’s gaming added with RGB not only delivers brilliantly but garnered huge recognition from local gaming community. Most importantly, the priceless designs and equally consistent performance never disappointed users. The RGB featured SPECTRIX D41 got attention of PC community a while back. Not to mention the idea of liquid cooled SPECTRIX D80 turned out as record breaking overlocking RAM (OC 5531MHz) being rivaling with industry’s top brand.

ADATA XPG has recently launched many other PC components for gamers and enthusiasts, XPG’s latest in action is the XPG SEPCTRIX D60G RGB series memory module. The D60G series is available in Pakistan in capacity 8GB, 16GB and 32GB with speed reaches up-to 4133 MHz.  

Today, I am looking at the XPG SPECTRIX D60G RGB SPECTRIX D60G PC4-25600 RGB Memory module came in 16GB dual channel with model AX4U3200716G16A-ST60. This memory module runs at 3200 MHz frequency at Ultra low latency CL 16-18-18-38 2T. The D60G series mainly offers RGB design with mesmerizing RGB lighting equates to 60% of module area. The series basically offers wide range of frequencies i.e 3000 ~4133MHz with voltage: 1.35V ~ 1.45V. The D60G brings support for all DDR4 INTEL and AMD platforms ensures maximum compatibility and one click overclocking with Intel XMP 2.0 ready programming. The memory module has dimensions (L x W x H): 133.35 x 45.93 x 8.4mm (±1mm).  Backed by lifetime manufacturer warranty, the modules are available in Tungsten Grey and White for users choice. Let’s take a look at the specification.

Technical Specifications

BrandADATA XPG
ModelAX4U320038G16A-DT60
Capacity16 GB (2x 8GB)
SpeedDDR4-3200
Timings16-20-20-38 2T
Voltage1.35V
Form Factor288-pin DIMM
Warranty2 Years Limited (Pakistan)
Price (In PKR)Rs. 15,600/-

Features

  • Mesmerizing RGB lighting – supports software from major motherboard makers, fully customizable and programmable.
  • More RGB per mm2 -That equates to over 60% of the module’s surface area.
  • Supports the new Intel X299 platform and implements baseline 2666MHz (via SPD settings).
  • Fast clock speeds up to 4133MHz.
  • Intel XMP 2.0 – more accessible overclocking.

Unboxing and Closer Look

The memory modules come in a paper box packaging with black and red theme. The XPG logo can be seen on bottom area and Extreme Performance logo on the top. You can also see the technical details regarding modules like the capacity of drive, model and tech; RGB and other features overall on front.

Flipping it over, you get to see is the detailed feature regarding the product. Dividing the multilingual Desktop U-DIMM on left and window display for RAMs on the right. At the bottom, the barcode sticker and warranty label attached.

Inside the box, we found memory modules firmly packed in a plastic container. We do not see any manual or sticker. All you got is the memory module, plastic container and XPG branded box.

Looking at the module, a diamond-inspired design on the shroud is acts as a RGB diffuser and is key for its dominance on this kit. While holding in my hands, the diffuser, I can feel the weight is far less than my Gskill module. The Diffuser is a good, hard plastic. The middle area has the Aluminum metal-based surface goes with grey color strip design having brush pattern adds a good finishing look. The Extreme Performance logo is built right in the middle and it has been scaled up for high quality work.

Flipping it over, we see is the continuation of diffuser. Can’t ignore the sticker, which is located at one corner. The sticker explains the module’s model, offering type, barcode, certification, and warranty void printed on it.

While witnessing from the top, the XPG logo is more in grey color tone being appeared on one end of the diffuser’s top. Regardless of design formality, the catch is the theme mode in this whole design that is so different; unlike the past trend where black and red has been XPG’s flagship theme. However, this time XPG went with light theme based on white-greyish flagship offered in SPECTRIX D60G.

The diffuser is made of plastic. Considering the built quality, it’s no surprise that it falls on the lighter end at 49 g, and on other end, it also adds up a great deal of height revealing nearly at 45mm. The equipped white diffuser act as a RGB supporter. The tech offers wide variety of RGB lighting as the most demanding feature these days. On top, modules while glowing inside PC give a priceless look. According to XPG, the SPECTRIX D60G supports more RGB lighting per mm2 than any other memory module out there, 9,497mm2 to be exact. That equates to over 60% of the module’s surface area. A demonstration will be given in the later section.

The XPG SPECTRIX D60G stick is black with golden pins and is single sided 8-layer PCB. The D60G offers Samsung C-die chip with Die Density 8 Gb C-die (Pascal / 18 nm) / 1 die. Fairly an OK for scaling.

XPG RGB Sync Beta App

After installing the memory modules, I quickly downloaded the RGB Beta App from the XPG website, which was available on XPG website. The Installation of software didn’t take long to be ready to use. Opening the program exposed the Red and black theme software interface having selectable RGB Modes on left panel and color options with speed bar on the main work area. The On/OFF buttons located on top right corner. There are three buttons: Default, UNDO and Apply located at bottom area. So, this beta App seems to build entirely for user-friendly environment. No complexity or diversion with response time just an average fast.

The procedure for operating RGB lighting is very simple. You need to select RGB mode or lighting effects from Left panel in software and click on Apply, Voila! It changes the scheme accordingly. By default, module support Rainbow effect., which honestly, treat to watch. Interestingly, XPG beta App also provide option to set the color scheme manually on modules with both multi-color and single color on single stick. However, capturing a whopping 60% surface being glowing apparently consumes in depth settings of camera. Therefore, I tried to capture all the RGB effects using the combination of room light and some sneak peak of natural light, which did improve the overall quality noticeably yet not the one that I have always been inspired of.

RGB lighting Effects

The SPECTRIX D60G modules offers vibrant yet multiple effects at the same time. The above picture displays a beautiful modules with RGB mode, Rainbow.

Manual color grading on the modules were the most interesting part entire effects as it empower your choices. The software physically allowed to change or set the color schemes to the ones you preferred. Some of the manual tweaking as demonstrated above.

Scenario 1: Given the options, I manually added my choice of color on both modules being exaggerated with more brightness as shown in picture on left.
Scenario 2: I applied red color on stick one and turquoise on stick 2, revealed vibrant display.

I captured the B-ROLL footage from my smartphone device; subsequently, transferred these video files into PC and edited/rendered them in Adobe Premiere Pro for best possible experience. Below is the final output for you.

Test Setup and Procedure

  • Gigabyte Z370 8th Gen Motherboard
  • Intel Core i5 8600K @4.5GHz
  • XPG SPECTRIX D60G 16GB (2x8GB) 3200 MHz CL16 RAM Kit (Sample)
  • Sapphire RX580 8GB
  • XPG S40G 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • SilverStone 700W Titanium PSU
  • Scythe Mugen 5 Rev B
  • Corsair 750D Chassis

Comparison Modules

  • XPG SPECTRIX D60G RGB 16GB (2x8GB) 3200 MHz CL 16-20-20-38 2T (Tweaked at CL 16-18-18-38 2T)
  • XPG SPECTRIX D41 RGB 16GB (2x8GB) 3000 MHz CL 16-18-18-38 2T
  • GSKILL Trident Z 16GB (2x8GB) 3200 MHz CL 16-18-38 2T

I will test the RAM through different stress and speed benchmarks to measure the overall performance of module. In the first phase, I will try to probe using default frequency. System boot gives us Profile1 on XMP 2.0 which offer 3200 MHz operates at 1.35V. The timing is pre-defined at CL 16-20-20-38 2T, however, In order to make it a fair competition, I tweaked back it at CL 16-18-18-38 2T. The second phase will be the Overclocking, which will reveal the capability of these modules to provide more juice within the safe parameters.

Results

AIDA64 Memory & Cache Benchmark

This benchmark tells about the speed bandwidth of a module. Using read, write and copy spectrum, it displays the result in MB/s. It also gives the latency rate in ns, which is access time in nanosecond.

Results are quite satisfactory if you ask me. The SPECTRIX D60G reproduced good speed in MB/s, however, marginally behind to Gskill Trident Z.

The latency rate to be measured in ns is fall behind with marginal difference of 1.10 ns.

CineBench R20

A popular yet old benchmark, released in a new version with new image to be rendered and fundamentals are same. The tool renders an image using combination of CPU cores and memory unit. The rendered time depends on the processing of component; the faster the frequency/processing, better score will be. The CPU score shows in points.

Resulted in a better CPU score, the SPECTRIX D60G definitely helped CPU to finished the renderingtask faster, hence scoring 2733 beats Gskill Trident Z module by 32 points.

Winrar Benchmark Tool

“Benchmark” command you may compare performance of RAR compression algorithm on different computers.

In the above chart, the file compression test under default (preset) settings. With SPECTRIX D60G the resulted speed is 10809 KB/s, however, with Gskill Trident Z the processing was a bit faster achieving the same task at 10864 KB/s.

3DMARK TimeSpy

Instead of trying to figure out the performance in games, I opted to 3DMARK benchmark, which utilizes the resources of system, mainly CPU, GPU and Memory unit and output precise as well as detailed results. The benchmark resulted in a CPU score at 6355 for SPECTRIX D60G beating the GSKILL Trident Z module.

HandBrake

An Encoding program, a realistic test that offers encoding of MP4, MKV file system. It converts any file to target extension in fastest time with user friendly interface. A very flexible program supports MP4, MKV and AV. It uses both CPU and memory to perform the function.

For the purpose, a prebuilt 1440p Adobe After Effects video file was being dropped into HandBrake. The video file was MP4 @1440p resolution and tasked HandBrake to convert that into MKV 1080p30 on container h.264. The average fps was taken as a desired result. With SPECTRIX D60G, the task finished achieving in average 62.4 FPS, while GSKILL did the same at 62.1 and SPECTRIX D41 at 58.9 FPS.

Overclocking Analysis

XPG gaming memory modules are sometime being loved for good overclocking ability. Being underrated for quite some time, I must say. However, the brand has been high in overclocking since time of XPG V3. With DDR4 has been staged, the tweaking and options have been improved greatly. The XPG’s top tier model, SPECTRIX D80 DDR4 already trending as one of the strongest units in the world overclocking arena. Though the module in question, SPECTRIX D60G, is all set to reveal its overclocking ability. Basically, good overclocking depends on die model. Samsung B-die is considered very good with scaling. In my case, the given sample is based on Samsung C-die. Let’s find out achievable overclocking.

I simply tweaked the multiplier settings in Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 5 (the checker-name option might be with different name on other motherboard) at 33x with timings being CL 16-18-18-38 2T (unchanged). A 3333 MHz overclock booted to desktop and benchmarked successfully. Cycled the process again and achieved 34x multiplier with no needed tweaking and issues. At this point, I hoped for an easy 3500 MHz, which it did deliver but with a slight hiccup as system was not accepting it without being changing the voltage and the timings to be able to post the boot. The voltage was then set at 1.40V and new timings at 16-19-19-38 2T having sacrificed latency/access time yet gained a good speed bandwidth with the increment of 300 MHz resulted 3500 MHz overclocked.

The closing goal was to go beyond 3500 MHz, which apparently seemed possible with loosen timings may be CL18 or CL19 but this subsequently would affect the bandwidth and latency, negatively. So, I stayed at 35x or 3500 MHz for my final benchmark, which showed a good 8-9% performance gain at 3500 MHz over the results being manufactured on default frequency, 3200 MHz.  

Compatibility and Tolerance:

The SPECTRIX D60G is a standard module, but has a heighted, RGB diffuser that makes the module reaches up-to 45mm high approx. So, after installing the module, I did measure the distance between air cooler fan and ram, resulted in 11mm, technically, an OK; reveals zero interference as under scenario in above picture. However, this distance would be mitigated if any bigger or dual tower cooler get installed. Similarly, due to high diffuser, the tolerance level for standard installation is zero no room for even for 120mm fan. Pushing up the fan would be only option for Tower air coolers, not a big deal though. For the AIO users, clearance and tolerance doesn’t even a question.  

Final Words and Conclusion

That is a whole lot of illumination for memory module having being glowing inside the heighted, white diffuser. Is it bad for looks? No, I don’t think so, as the matter of fact, the offering still is RGB lighting but in a special way. Every new trend bounds to happen and UNIQUENESS never fails to dominate. XPG with D60G has a serious potential to be champ. Some of you might not be agree with me, and could pass over this beauty but point being remained as being standout in the competition, which XPG delivered brilliantly while being offering good attention to detail for enthusiasts and PC builders.

Mesmerizing RGB lighting covers 60% of module surface, evidently, a true claim. Inside the diffuser, the intensity of lighting is carefully tuned up as to balance the highs and lows efficiently. Therefore, exaggeration is not a concern here; the levels have already been configured precisely for best user experience. I believe XPG outshine the competition with these RGB modules and them perfectly made for RGB lovers.

Personally, I like Rainbow and Color Cycle effects as they have been quite consistent and balanced unlike the others which were either flashy or taking unnecessary attention. But it has always been personal choices. You do love to mod, aren’t you? The freedom of choice rocks when you have your own set of modding schemes, and that XPG brought to you as “manual tweaking” on each stick. This I believe is the best part for me and especially for those who loves to mod and build watercool rigs. All of this being offered in RGB beta App, which was way simple to use. Overall, I found the software optimized and less complicated with easy to use interface.

Does this exponential RGB lighting in module effects the performance and stability? The modules have been in my testing rig for a week now and honestly, I did not feel/notice a single instability issue while running, overclocking, benching and playing games. In fact, it was totally in controlled or just say it was normal just as stable as the Gskill Trident Z and SPECTRIX D41 modules. Well, the performance of SEPCTRIX D60G is quite optimal and in comparison, it stayed well closed to Gskill in a couple of benchmarks and better in other benchmarks. I did not test the module in games because the difference is more likely marginal or the FPS improvement cannot be identifiable without using a specialized tool. The sneakiest difference could be due to any interference either a component or software. Realistically speaking, a naked stick can give same level of performance measured in FPS as any premium looking RAM would do. I, however, run 3DMARK Time Spy for determining performance in possible gaming scenario resulted in CPU score sit at 6355 while Gskill at 6334. Also, during encoding a 1440p video file, it did output better fps to Gskill, marginally though. Overall, SPECTRIX D60G performed extremely optimal, and is paced up well with the industry’s top brand . Overclocking, on the other end, was moderate, however, we didn’t try hard for maximum achievement yet it still has limitations. Nonetheless, a fine piece of overclocking unit with moderate ability to scale with timings.

Selling at Rs. 16,500/- in Pakistan, the RGB ready memory module with number of RGB effects is surely the most innovative and best-looking module in the market. Backed by limited 2 years warranty, company provides a limited support on these modules. Most aesthetics and undisturbed speed bandwidth with closest latency rate in the competition is entire satisfactory. In consideration of performance, you can get any 3200 MHz memory unit but until RGB and/or aesthetics in question, especially if you are following the trend, XPG SPECTRIX D60G would be a supercool RGB upgrade. Available in Tungsten Grey and White, the sample modules are highly recommended for your next gaming build.

Good:

+Innovative RGB design
+Aesthetically beautiful looking Module
+Uncompromised performance
+Moderate overclock
+XPG Beta App offer manual RGB settings
+Available in Pakistan

Bad
-I didn’t find any so far