Review | ADATA XPG Gammix D30 3000MHz DDR4 Memory Kit

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If the ADATA Premier is a value oriented no-frills kit, then suffice to say the XPG Gammix D30 is somewhat the opposite. The Gammix D30 has speeds ranging from 2666MHz to 4600MHz and supports Intel X299 and AMD AM4 platforms.

The ADATA XPG Gammix D30 we got is the 3000MHz variant in a 2x8GB kit package. This is a pretty kit yet it doesn’t feature RGB lighting. On this review, we’re going to check out how it will fair with the rest and if it could justify the $80 USD price point.

Technical Specifications

Memory
Compatibility Intel, AMD, XMP 2.0
Type DDR4
Capacity 16GB (8GBx2)
Frequency 3000MHz
Timings 16-18-18-36
Voltage 1.35v
Format NON-ECC, Unbuffered
Heatsink Material Aluminum
Dimensions
Length 133mm
Width 8.1mm
Height 44.7mm
Weight 110g

Packaging and Accessories

The ADATA XPG Gammix D30 comes inside your standard dual DIMM package. No decals and no extra paperworks. Just your typical packaging.

Design, Layout and Build Quality

The ADATA XPG Gammix D30 is a fancy looking kit. It is certainly built with gamers in mind, featuring an edgy yet still appealing design. It comes in two colorways, one being smoked black while ours is the smoked red. Both models shares the same heatsink material and color.

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Height is about 44.7mm, with a thickness of 8.1mm. This should fit in well with the majority of tower and down draft coolers in the market. Still, it is better to check out your cooler’s specifications when it comes to clearance, especially with those top edges.

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Each ADATA XPG Gammix D30 stick features a single rank module. ADATA said that these are built with high-quality chips selected through a strict filtering process.

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All memory kits on our review has been tested with MemTest86 prior to testing. The Gammix D30 passed with flying colors.

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Test Setup and Methodology

The performance of the system shall be evaluated by various benchmarking tools and applications. We are testing this system with the high-performance settings enabled at the OS, with the default UEFI configuration. Background processes such as anti-virus and third-party applications are disabled as well. Outlined below are the applications and benchmark tools for reference:

Test System Specifications
CPU Intel Core-i5 6600K
Motherboard ASUS Z170-A
Cooler Noctua NH-L9i
Memory ADATA Premier DDR4
GPU ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1060 OC
Storage Crucial BX200 480GB
Case Thermaltake Core P3
PSU CORSAIR RM850X
Display DELL U2715H
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

 

SYNTHETIC PERFORMANCE:

  • Super PI – 32M Calculations
  • wPrime – 32M and 1024M Calculations
  • AIDA64 Extreme Edition – Memory Benchmark

PRODUCTIVITY PERFORMANCE:

  • GIMP – 7 MB worth of image processing
  • HandBrake – 150 MB MP4 to H.264 video encoding
  • WinRAR – Internal benchmark tool

GAMING PERFORMANCE:

  • Battlefield 4 – Ultra Settings | V-SYNC off
  • DIRT: Rally – Ultra Settings | V-SYNC off
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Ultra Settings | HairWorks off | V-SYNC off

The Gammix D30 DDR4 memory kit we got has a JEDEC standard of 2666MHz with default timings at 20-19-19-43 under 1.20v. XMP is tighter at 16-18-18-36 at 1.35v.

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Zero stability issues here with our Z170 based test system, as expected from the JEDEC standard DIMMs.

Synthetic Performance

Super PI is a single-threaded program that calculates pi to a specified number of digits after the decimal point. It is a widely used benchmark within the industry.

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WPrime is a multi-threaded program that calculates a set number of square roots. It verifies the results by squaring them, then compares it with the original numbers.

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The AIDA64 Memory Benchmark measure the data transfer bandwidth and latency of the system memory.

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The ADATA XPG Gammix D30 is not fastest nor the slowest kit on our synthetic benchmarks. It slots right in the middle of our 2666MHz kit and the higher frequency 3200MHz models.

Productivity Performance

GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free and open-source image editing tool. A 7 MB worth of images is be processed and converted to gauge the system performance.

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HandBrake is a free video encoding tool that supports a wide variety of media codecs. A 150MB worth MP4 video is converted using the H.264 codec to gauge the system performance.

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WinRAR is a file archive utility that can create, view and unpack numerous archive file formats. The software’s built in benchmark tool is utilized to gauge the system performance.

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Our real world benchmarks reflects the Gammix’s capabilities on the synthetic benchmarks.

Gaming Performance

Battlefield 4 is Electronic Art’s popular First Person Shooter, running on the Frostbite 3 game engine developed by DICE. It utilizes the DirectX 11 and the Mantle API.

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DIRT: Rally is CODEMASTER’s take on the rally racing game genre. It utilizes the EGO game engine with support for the DirectX 11 API.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is CDProjekt RED’s award-winning Action Adventure RPG. The Witcher 3 utilizes the REDengine 3 with DirectX 11 support.

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Gaming performance is just where we expected it to be. Again, similar deal with the rest of the benchmarks.

Final Thoughts

The ADATA XPG Gammix D30 with 3000MHz frequency is a beautiful kit to look at, even without the RGB. This is one of its major strong points together with an accessible price point and a performance that is just right below the 3200MHz kits.

Now performance wise, what you see is what you get. 2666MHz is slower and 3000MHz is right in between the higher frequency kits. That doesn’t mean it can’t keep up with the 3200MHz kits tho. This one is just marginally slower at the titles tested.

Price wise, you are looking at n XMP memory kit with a price point of 2350 Pesos for a single 8GB stick locally. That’s about 4700 Pesos or $90 USD with the current exchange rates. Everywhere else, it’s around $80 USD. Nice price points locally and abroad to be honest.TechPorn Awards 2018 (1)

ADATA XPG Gammix D30 3000MHz DDR4 Memory Kit

  • Performance - 9/10

    9/10

  • Build Quality - 9/10

    9/10

  • Features - 7/10

    7/10

  • Design - 9/10

    9/10

  • Value - 8/10

    8/10

8.4/10

Summary

The ADATA XPG Gammix D30 with 3000MHz frequency is a beautiful kit to look at, even without the RGB. This is one of its major strong points together with an accessible price point and a performance that is just right below the 3200MHz kits.

Pros

  • Good overall performance
  • Excellent build quality
  • Competitive price point
  • Aesthetically pleasing design

Cons

  • Color options
  • Clearance

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Leo Bien Durana is the Owner and Chief Editor of TechPorn. A competitive PC gamer with a robust technical background. He usually breaks a lot of stuff though.
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