Packaging and PNY XLR8
Our PNY XLR8 showed up to our door in this clear plastic packaging that snugly held the RAM in place. Across the top of it, we find the XLR8 name, and to the right of it is the type, speed, density, latency, and voltage. Between the sticks are the speeds this kit can run, and at the bottom is PNY's name.
On the back of the cardboard insert, we see the PNY name to the left of the bar code, which contains the model number. The list of features and specifications are next, the same as what we showed earlier in the review. We then run into the lifetime warranty information, how to get support, and where to contact PNY.
From what we know of the XLR8 line in the past, these are the most aggressive looking heat spreaders we have seen on them. We are not sure of the design's concept, but to us, it looks like eagle wings with the trailing feathers at the top. We like the contrast of matte black with the bold red in the center of the top edge, as well as the accents in the stickers.
Flipping either of the sticks over, on the left end of the stick, you will find the product sticker. The part number refers to the individual stick and not the kit, but we do see the density, speed, full timings, and voltage of the XMP 2.0 profile. Otherwise, both sides of these sticks are identical.
Looking at the top of the XLR8 sticks, we see that the black heat spreader is split down the middle and adhered to the ICs and PCBs. The red accent is a separate component that clips over the top, which also aids in ensuring the heat spreader does not open up over time.
As we do, we fired up Thaiphoon Burner and had a look at what sort of ICs we have under the hood. We find that we are running Hynix ICs, but some of the model numbers are blanked out. We see that these are H5AN8G8N??R-UHC, but we are guessing these are AFR-UHC chips.
While we don't have any red accents in our AMD system, you can see just how well the red pops against the sea of black. We do not mind the design and styling of this kit in the slightest, although you do need to keep in mind that they are 43.5mm tall.
While we do not advise that gamers run out and buy 64GB worth of RAM, we do like the look of these sticks placed next to each other, and with a four-DIMM motherboard, all slots populated would look best. We also like that even though PNY used large product stickers, they placed it on the proper side as not to detract from the appeal of the overall design.