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 |
|Error Checking:||Non-ECC |
|Form Factor:||288-pin DIMM |
The HP V8 3600 MHz packaging is a sleek black cardboard box with a window to show the stick inside.
The memory sticks are held firmly and kept quite safe from all but the most careless handling.
A Closer Look
The HP V8 3600 MHz sticks feature a stamped heat spreader that maintains a minimalist profile without sacrificing any detail.
The HP V8 3600 MHz has a black aluminium heat spreader with a combination of a matte and brushed finish.
"DDR4" is printed in white on the left, and "V8" is printed on the right.
The specifications on the HP V8 3600 MHz are a 3600 MHz XMP profile at 18-20-20-40 timings and 1.35 V, which is decent and achievable on almost any system. The center of each stick features a brushed silver "HP" logo.
This HP V8 3600 MHz is single-sided.
I like to weigh a stick from each kit I get as the difference in mass can be pretty drastic between kits. Mass is not the best indicator of cooling efficiency because material can matter, and of course, heat dissipation is reliant on surface area, not volume or mass. That said, it is still interesting to compare.
The HP V8 3600 MHz comes in at 52.05 g on my scale. For height, the HP V8 3600 MHz comes in at 40.00 mm with my calipers, well below the average 45–50 mm range.