ADATA XPG Gammix D10: Armed and toothed
Introduction and Features
Sustaining the hype
Back in July, barely a month after it showcased its latest offering at this year’s Computex, ADATA announced the arrival of the XPG Gammix D10 DDR4 memory modules. Carrying the XPG branding (which stands for Xtreme Performance Gear), the Gammix D10 belongs to ADATA’s line of memory modules intended for gamers, enthusiasts, and overclockers. In the case of the Gammix D10, ADATA intends it to be the ideal part of any platform based on the Intel X299 chipset which was revealed at Computex 2017.
The Gammix D10 comes available in the following kits: 8GB x 2, 16GB x 4, 16GB x 2, and 16GB x 4. Speeds range from 2666MHz to 3000MHz with heatsink colors available in black and red. For this review, ADATA provided us a 16GB kit (8GB x 2) rated at 2666MHz with red heatsinks.
A closer look at the labels of the memory modules, they indicate AX4U266638G16-DRG which refer to their designated model number. Other important details on the labels include RAM timings (CL 16-16-16) and voltage (1.2V), which are seemingly standard among all Gammix D10 kits. Compared to DDR3 memory modules (1.5V), Gammix D10 memory modules have lower operating voltage which makes them 20% less in terms of power draw and more energy efficient even when they are overclocked at 1.35V.
While the Gammix D10 memory modules do not boast RGB lighting as a feature, they still attempt to appear aesthetically appealing and functional for their target audience by adopting open-top, serrated heatsinks. The open-top design, along with 2oz copper, assists in dissipating heat. ADATA might not be explicit about it, but it seems that the serration acts in a similar way to fins, increasing the surface area of the heatsinks. Additionally, the memory modules’ black 10-layer printed circuit board (PCB) comes with additional copper for extra cooling according to ADATA.