With memory prices falling, now is a great time to be looking for memory upgrades. Fall hardware releases are in full swing, there is competition from both Intel and AMD, and the Red brand has thoroughly fixed the memory issues of generations past. No longer do users have to worry about memory compatibility or shopping for expensive AMD-branded kits. With 3200 MHz natively supported on the new Ryzen platform, options for enthusiasts have never been more open.
The XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme shares a lot of DNA with the D60G. The D60G is a memory kit that has been designed from the ground up to be the ultimate RGB LED solution for the memory market. The D50 trades some of that fancy RGB for a hefty aluminium heat spreader, which results in both a more subdued look and better thermal performance. The XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme comes in speeds of up to 5000 MHz and capacities of up to 32 GB.
The XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme kit I have for testing today features two 8 GB sticks at a blistering 5000 MHz with 19-28-28-46 timings. So does the XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme live up to its extreme name?
|Tested Capacity:||16 GB (2x 8 GB)|
|Tested Voltage:||1.6 V|
|PCB Type:||8 layers|
|Form Factor:||288-pin DIMM|
The XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme features a metallic red box with a frontal shot of a D50 stick on front.
Inside the box, the sticks are held in high density foam. Along with the two sticks, you get a microfiber cloth for cleaning.
A Closer Look
These kits have a no nonsense rectangular profile that is spiced up with angular lines and a clean mirror-polished finish.
The SPECTRIX design is simple but memorable, with a triangular light bar at the top center and "XPG" in white on each side.
The top of the light bar also features "XPG" in black. This kit is rated for either a 5000 MHz or 4800 MHz XMP profile at 19-28-28-46 and 1.6 V.
Branding on the XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme is very minimalist, aside from the specification sticker, which I like.
The XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme sticks are single-sided and use SK Hynix D-die ICs on a PCB with eight layers.
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 XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme comes in at 73.34 g on my scale, which is on the high end. The aluminium heat spreader is thicker than most. For height, the XPG SPECTRIX D50 Xtreme comes in at almost 44.61 mm with my calipers, which is right at the average of 45–50 mm.
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