High performance memory kits have evolved over the last few years, both in styling and technology. Styling has shifted to heavier heat sinks, LED light bars, and fancy RGB control software. The technology has done what it inevitably will by producing greater speeds and densities at generally lower cost as DDR4 has matured. While some would bemoan the current design trends, I believe they are beneficial in general, providing greater build flexibility and putting more control in the hands of the user. There are, of course, always exceptions.
When talking about high performance memory, HP may not be a name that is on your radar. While HP is a massive system integrator with a long history, the brand has rarely dabbled in the DIY market. It was a surprise when HP unveiled the design for the V6 and V8, its new high performance memory lines, last year. The HP V6 and V8 line-up is actually produced by HP business partner BIWIN Storage, a large Chinese OEM with 25 years of experience in the storage and microelectronics business. HP has granted them authorization to produce memory kits in their name.
The HP V8 kit I have for testing today is one of their mid-spec kits: 8 GB (1x 8 GB) 3600 MHz at 18-20-20-40 timings and 1.35 V. 3600 MHz has become the new gold standard for Ryzen builds, driving new focus into memory kits targeting a previously obscure specification. Let's see how the HP V8 holds up in this ultra-competitive segment!
|Tested Capacity:||8 GB (8 GB x1)|
|Tested Voltage:||1.35 V|
|PCB Type:||8 layers|
|Form Factor:||288-pin DIMM|