RAM Review: Zion Xtreme 8 GB 1600 MHz gaming RAM

We recently got testing a new product from Zion, makers of dynamic RAM for PCs, laptops, Macs and servers. The product we are reviewing is an 8 GB desktop module clocked at 1600 MHz.

Zion Xtreme 8 GB 1600 MHz

RAMs upwards of 4 GB are getting quite common these days, with people doing a lot more on their computers at home than ever before, propelling the use of 64-bit versions of operating systems as well. Zion’s 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM was tested by us, but before you see the benchmarks, here are the specs of the memory.

  • VDD=1.5V +/- 0.075V
  • VDDQ=1.5V +/- 0.075V
  • VDDSPD=3.0V to 3.6V
  • 8 internal banks
  • Data transfer rate: PC3-12800
  • Bi-directional Differential Data Strobe
  • 8 bit pre-fetch
  • Burst Length (BL) switch on-the-fly: BL 8 or BC (Burst Chop) 4
  • Supports ECC error correction and detection
  • On Die Termination (ODT) supported
  • Temperature sensor with integrated SPD (Serial Presence Detect) EEPROM
  • This product is in compliance with the RoHS directive.

We tested the 8 GB RAM module with a 64-bit version of Windows 8.1, with an Intel Core i3 4150 processor, Asus H81-M CS motherboard and a 22 inch HD display.

For most of the users, 4 GB memory would suffice. But if you are a gamer, or a serious multitasker, 4 GB can be a bit suffocating. Zion’s 8 GB 1600 MHz module tries to address users who need more memory for different purposes including gaming.

We’ll let the benchmarks do the talking now.

NovaBench 3

NovaBench 3

PassMark

PassMark 1

PassMark 2

Conclusion

With the advent of modern processors and graphics cards, having more memory is not as big of a requirement as it was before. Even so, if you want a snippy fast system that can handle many programs at the same time and provide a great gaming experience, we recommend Zion’s 8 GB 1600 MHz desktop module. It offers a great bang for the buck with a really decent price of around Rs. 5,200. A wide range of memory modules and other gaming products are available on the company’s website here.