Back in November, we reviewed ADATA XPG Lancer DDR5-5200 memory, but today we’re upping things with DDR5-6000 RGB support. Coming to market at $519.99 at the time of this writing, does the extra speed justify the higher price?
- Current price: $519.99 (Amazon)
- Memory Type: DDR5
- Form Factor: U-DIMM
- Capacity: 16GB
- Speed: 5200, 6000MT/s
- CAS latency: 38, 40
- Operating voltage: 1.25V, 1.35V
- Operating Temperature: 0°C to 85°C
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 133.35 x 40 x 8mm
- Weight: 74g
- Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty
ADATA XPG Lancer: DDR4 vs DDR5
Leading up to this review, it’s worth diving into understanding the differences between DDR4 and DDR5. Because I wrote a lot about it in Initial evaluation, I’ll cover the basics here with minor updates.
Before diving into the performance of this kit, it would be beneficial to spend some time looking at DDR4 and DDR5 as a whole to see what this latest generation has to offer. The title improvement is clearly a speed boost. We’ve seen promises of DDR5 kits running at 7000MHz in our future, although the minimum standard is 4800MHz, so the new kits shouldn’t go any lower than that. These higher speeds come with increased latency. Standard latency would be CL40. In either case we’ll see variations from this and many launch kits factory overclocked to 5200MHz or higher.
Another interesting change is the way memory banks are structured. On DDR4, each stick is limited to single channel, so dual channel activation requires at least two memory cards. Running a single memory card results in a significant performance drop. Each bar now contains two channels, so single, dual, or dual-bar, four-channel configurations are now possible.
The potential density of each die has also doubled compared to the previous generation, 16Gb to 32Gb per die. This means we may see higher capacity DIMMs compared to DDR4. It is important to note that this is part of the DDR5 specification but modules are still being developed to incorporate this.
DDR5 brings some other changes with it. All memory now fixes bugs, a capability previously limited to server-side storage, which increases memory reliability. Power management is also now handled directly on the chip with an integrated controller. However, this generates a small amount of additional heat, so we may see this affect higher speeds or poorly designed kits in the future. In general, these chips also use less power, can be overclocked to 1.1v . standard
Another thing to know is that DDR5 is very expensive right now. The kit we’re looking at today retails for $519 for two 16GB sticks. If you’re willing to sacrifice RGB, you can pick up a set for “low” like $449. A quick search on Newegg shows you can buy double the capacity of DDR4 at 4400MHz for $130 off ($90 off if you want an RGB set). It would therefore have to provide a significant performance gain to justify the extra cost.
ADATA XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 – Kit Overview
The kit we’re looking at today is one of ADATA’s top picks for gamers and is part of the company’s XPG product line. It has two 16GB memory cards with factory overclocking via XMP at 6000MHz. That is obviously extremely fast but is somewhat limited by the high CL40 latency. Like the previous ADATA Lancer kit we reviewed, these DIMMs use Micron ICs.
Unlike the last set we reviewed, this version is RGB-enabled with a thick, eye-catching RGB diffuser along its top edge. RGB functionality is compatible with all major motherboard manufacturers’ lighting systems: MSI, ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte and MSI. At 40mm, these sticks are tall enough to get in the way of some large air coolers like the Noctua NH-D15. Given the high temperatures of Intel 12000-series CPUs, they are probably best suited for efficient liquid coolers (or at least air coolers with central or rear exhaust fans).
ADATA XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 – Benchmark Results
Intel Test System #1: Intel Core i9-12900K, WiFi Carbon MSI Z690 MPG, Corsair iCUE Elite LCD 360mm, ADATA XPG Lancer DDR5-5200MHz, Nvidia RTX 3090, Samsung 970 Pro NVMe 1TB, Corsair HX-1050 1050 Power Supply Watt, Windows 11 (fully updated).
Intel Test System #2: Intel Core i9-11900K, ASUS Z490 Maximus XII Extreme, Corsair iCUE Elite LCD 360mm, G.Skill TridentZ Royal DDR4-3600MHz 32GB DRAM Kit, Nvidia RTX 3090, Samsung 970 Pro NVMe 1TB, Corsair HX -1050 1050 Watt Power Supply, (fully updated).
Given the current component shortage and the relatively early state of the generation, our comparative testing is relatively limited. Taking a recommendation from one of our readers (h/t Quizzical), we decided to add a factory speed of 4800MHz to our test spin. This will help illustrate the benefits of the extra speed and help you decide if it’s worth your investment instead of opting for a slower set with improved latency. A second set, the DDR4-3600 set, is included to show the potential for increased performance when migrating to a new platform, but because a different processor is used, this is of course not a 1:1 comparison. .
After conducting this test, a few things became clear. First, it’s that DDR5 is still high-end enthusiast territory. Given the high prices, buying now means further investment without the expected return (though objectively very good). For casual gamers, it’s not worth spending that much when other components, like the graphics card, are significantly more demanding than they used to be. Second, it’s that much of the speed benefit you might expect has been eaten away by the increased latency. There is a benefit here, but will you feel it? Probably not, at least in most use cases. Therefore, while the kit is good, our recommendation is to buy a slower kit with improved latency or pause and buy the much cheaper DDR4 until the DDR5 kits are of high quality. More reasonably low latency is available.
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