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Adata’s liquid-cooled XPG Spectrix D80 RGB memory hits the 5,531MHz mark

By Koh Wanzi - on 7 Jun 2018, 3:33am

Adata’s liquid-cooled XPG Spectrix D80 RGB memory hits the 5,531MHz mark

Adata XPG Spectrix D80 DDR4 RGB

Adata has released some new memory modules that feature a hybrid air and liquid-based cooling system, along with RGB lighting.

The XPG Spectrix D80 DDR4 RGB modules utilize the company’s Jellyfish concept that was first revealed at CES 2018. This originally involved sealing the memory chips in a clear plastic case and filling it with a non-conductive liquid.

However, the XPG Spectrix D80 features a less aggressive form of this, and only part of the PCB is cooled by liquid.

The new modules are rated for DDR4-2666 to DDR4-3600 and are targeted at both AMD Ryzen and Intel Core systems. In addition, they use hand-picked memory chips and a 10-layer PCB with thermally conductive materials. Adata also went with 8Gb DRAM ICs from SK Hynix.

The cooling system features aluminum heat spreaders attached to the memory chips, along with a tube-like structure at the top that holds the non-conductive liquid.

Adata Spectrix D80

The liquid changes state to gas, or at least changes in viscosity, when heated and turns back to liquid when cooled. This state change can absorb a considerable amount of thermal energy, and thus effectively conducts heat away from the PCB and memory chips.

The light from the RGB LEDs is then filtered through the liquid, which creates quite an interesting effect. The lighting can also be controlled using software from motherboard manufacturers like ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI.

With such a cooling system for these RAM modules, the obvious focus is overclocking, and Adata says the D80 has rather high overclocking potential.

At Computex 2018, Adata showed just how high this was with a record of 5,531MHz. Of course, this was achieved using liquid nitrogen, and was part of a joint effort between ADATA’s XPG team and MSI’s OC team.

If you’re looking to pick up a kit for yourself, a 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2666 kit starts at US$199, while a 32GB quad-channel DDR4-3000 kit will set you back US$419