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Apacer Performance RAM Roundup

By on April 18, 2012
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A new challenger for the memory space.

Good: Great performance, good heatsink design, nice LED placement, XMP compatible.
Bad: Overclocking (beyond rated speeds) hard on some modules.
Price: AED 180 - 280
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Apacer is a brand that’s been around for a while, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of them before. They’re a company focused solely on storage products, which encompasses memory modules (desktop and laptop), USB and flash storage as well as SSDs. Today, though, we’ll be looking at three of their memory modules recently introduced into the market.

 

First off we have the Apacer Giant II Series Dual Channel 8GB kit. The  two 4GB DDR3 modules run at 1600MHz (PC3 12800) with CAS Latency of 9-9-9-27 @1.65v. The only module in this roundup with a huge heatspreader, the Giant II features “air-fall” vents that apparently help in better heat dissipation.

 

Next we have the Black Panther series 8GB kit; again with two 4GB DDR3 modules running at 1600MHz (PC3 12800) with CAS Latency of 9-9-9-27 @1.65v. The heatspreaders on the Black panther are small and thin, making their low profile ideal for people with large CPU heatsinks.

Both the Giant II and Black Panther have thoroughly tested memory modules that will run at the rated speeds and also come with lifetime warranty from Apacer. Running in dual channel mode, both Black panther and Giant II support Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) for easy overclocking.

Lastly we have a pair of non-overclocking (UDIMM) memory modules, which utilize two 4GB DDR3 modules running at 1600MHz (PC3 12800) with CAS Latency of 9-9-9-27 @1.5v. The unique thing about this pair is that it has a white colored PCB with 16 white LEDs on the top. Sadly these LEDs are always lit up, and don’t show the resource usage in real-time.

I obviously wasn’t expecting the last pair to overclock, and they didn’t, but I was surprised to see that the Giant II didn’t go beyond the rated speeds of 1600MHz. Pushing it to 1866Mhz with voltage increases didn’t help at all. That said, the Black Panther overclocked very nicely to 1866MHz at the rated 1.65v.

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