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June 24, 2017

Apacer BLADE FIRE DDR4 Memory Kit Review

By: Low Chern Lin


Regardless of brands and its frequency, DRAM memory modules has always been one of the core components for a system to be able to function. As the trend is shifting towards the aesthetics of having all the fancy lightings in a PC, memory manufacturers has come up with different variety of memory modules that comes with different colors of LED to meet the end-user's demand. 

The Apacer BLADE FIRE DDR4 we have here today is the one of Apacer's gaming memory that comes with RED colored LED, based on its non-LED counterpart, the Blade DDR4. Other than the aesthetics offered, let's find out just what kind of performance this kit can deliver - will it be a yay or nay?

Specification

Capacity/PN
3200MHz8GB / 16GB
3000MHz
8GB / 16GB / 32GB
2800MHz
8GB / 16GB / 32GB
Voltage
3200MHz1.35V
3000MHz
1.35V
2800MHz
1.2V
Product name
BLADE FIRE DDR4
Memory Architecture
x8 FBGA DRAM chip
Height
4cm
Frequency
2800 / 3000 / 3200MHz
Intel XMP 2.0
YES
PIN
288 pin
Cas Latency
3200MHz16-18-18-38
3000MHz
16-18-18-38 / 16-16-16-36
2800MHz
17-17-17-36
JEDEC Standard
YES
RoHS Compliant
YES
Warranty
3 Years


Unboxing


At first glance, the BLADE FIRE DDR4 ships in a pretty attractive package with a flaming Blade DDR4 and a cutout window at the front for product showcase. 


There's nothing much interesting at the back of the package though. All you'll find here is some brief description of the memory kit, i.e high frequency, low voltage, LED lightings, etc.


Design wise, the BLADE FIRE DDR4 looks pretty much the same as the Blade DDR4. As its name suggests, we can see a blade like design on the saber-shaped heat spreader which Apacer boats of its excellent heat dissipation. 


The part that differentiate the BLADE FIRE DDR4 from its non-LED counterpart is the red translucent bar for the red LED lightings. The aluminum bar as seen on the Blade DDR4 has been replaced with the red translucent bar for the LED lightings. It's pretty obvious that it will definitely have an effect on the heat dissipation, but that's the sacrifice you'll have to make for sake of the aesthetics. 

LED Demonstration


As the LED on the BLADE FIRE DDR4 is red in color, it'll make a good match for those of you who has a system with red-black theme. 

System Setup

Test Rig Configuration
CPU Cooler
XSPC AX240 Ion Pro Water Cooling Kit
CPU
Intel Core i7 7700K @4.6GHz
Motherboard
MSI Z270 Gaming M7
Memory
Apacer BLADE FIRE DDR4 8GB
Primary Hard Drive
Apacer Armor AS681 480GB
Power Supply
Be Quiet! Straight Power 10 600W
Chassis
Cooler Master Test Bench V1.0


Synthethic Benchmark


Running the system without enabling the XMP profile doesn't land us on the 2133MHz that we're familiar with, but instead, a 2400MHz on default. Enabling the XMP will get you straight to 3000MHz without any adjustment to the memory timings and relevant voltage.
2400MHz
3000MHz
We have compared the performance via synthetic benchmark, Cinebench R15, there are noticeable improvement in the score with the memory frequency raised from 2400MHz to 3000MHz.


Other than Cinebench R15, the performance improvement can be seen via MaxxMEM as well. With memory-copy (22.22%) and memory-read (17.35%) showing the most significant result from that extra 600MHz boost on the memory frequency.


WinRAR is one of the most used data compression tool similar to WinZIP, 7zip. In case if some of you didn't notice this, WinRAR comes with a built-in benchmark tool for the enthusiasts to monitor their system performance. From 2400MHz to 3000MHz, we can notice that the the performancce score has improved by 15.5%. 

Games Benchmark

While there are reviews that shows higher frequency memory kit gives only a minimal impact to games, the numbers you're seeing there aren't actually telling the whole story. Not for what we've observed with DDR4 memory kit of course.

We ran a couple of tests on few selected titles to capture the data we need to show you how higher frequency memory kit affect your games:


While the result might not be showing a very big boost in terms of the average FPS, we can actually see that the Minimum FPS is doing better when the its running on 3000MHz. For games that requires you to move around and changing direction of your view in a fast pace, higher frequency memory definitely helps to reduce the FPS fluctuation to ensure smoother gameplay. 

Overclocking


Moving on with the overclocking, we manage to push the BLADE FIRE DDR4 to 3466MHz without adjusting any of the memory secondary timings. 3600MHz is possible, but due to the limitation of our CPU here, we weren't able to get it stable enough to survive through the benchmarks we've run for this review.






As we never raised the CPU frequency throughout the test, we can notice that the performance numbers started to increase in a slower pace even though we have been constantly raising the memory frequency. 

Final Thoughts

To be honest, we're a little skeptical when we first unboxed the BLADE FIRE DDR4 but turns out that we're wrong on that. 

The BLADE FIRE DDR4 managed to went beyond its 3000MHz as rated on its XMP to 3466MHz without requiring any adjustsments to its secondary timing. As mentioned earier, we managed to push it a little further to 3600MHz without any adjustments to the secondary timing, but it wasn't able to survive all of the test that we've done for this review due to the limitation of our CPU.

If you're looking for a good looking DDR4 memory kit that doesn't comes with just the appearance, the BLADE FIRE DDR4 will definitely not disappoint you with the performance it can deliver.

June 22, 2017

Western Digital Unveils Its First WD Portable SSD, Price Starts From RM579

By: Low Chern Lin


Western Digital Corporation today introduced its fastest WD® brand portable driveyet, the My Passport™ SSD. Featuring blazing-fast speeds and award-winning design, the new My Passport SSD compliments the company’s leading portfolio of My Passport palm-sized storage devices. Designed for content creators and tech enthusiasts, the new My Passport SSD combines exceptional speed and portability to manage massive files on the go. 

Lenovo Celebrates Its Best-Selling Yoga Series Products With “Yoga Your Way” Giveaway Campaign

By: Low Chern Lin


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Wiko Malaysia Launches Three New Smartphones; Price starts RM 499

By: John Diew



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June 20, 2017

Transcend Introduces DrivePro 230, Featuring Sony Exmor Sensor

By: Low Chern Lin


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Cooler Master Announces New MWE Series Power Supplies - Affordable Yet Uncompromised Performance

By: Low Chern Lin


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Logitech introduces Flow and new MX Mice for Multi-Computer Functionality

By: John Diew



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June 19, 2017

Smartphone Photography Manual Mode Cheat Sheet: featuring Huawei P10 Plus

By: John Diew



Have you ever wondered what it means by manual or semi-manual photography? As most of the smartphone nowadays comes with Manual mode supported, many users are still left dumbfounded by all the technical terms displayed on the screen.

In this article, I will provide you with a really simple crash course on how to get familiar with manual mode photography on your smartphone.

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