PNY XLR8 DDR4-3200 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review (Page 3)

| Jun 17, 2020 at 9:44 am CDT
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: PNYModel: MD32GK2D4320016XR

Test System Details


To obtain the AMD CPU-Z screenshots, you will see directly following this image, and this is the system we used to do it, as well as in attaining the results seen in the following pages. Thanks go out to Corsair, ASUS, and GIGABYTE for supporting this venture. For detailed specifications of the system, those can be found below.

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With our AMD system running the PNY XLR8, we enabled DOCP, and it results in what you see in the screenshot. The kit is running at 3200MHz with the stated 16-18-18-36, and the command rate changed to 1 for us. There is nothing out of the ordinary to discuss.

Even though we tried to lower the timing, we tried all things that resulted in various POST codes or failures in testing. The lowest stable timings are what you get with DOCP on our system. We also tried to overclock the speed of the XLR8 kit and came up empty again. We were able to see 3266MHz in Windows, but could not pass testing. Anything beyond that is not worth trying.

Chad's AMD DDR4 Dual-Channel Test System Specifications

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To obtain the following CPU-Z images as well as the performance seen in the charts, we are using this Intel system to do so. For this system, we were helped by Corsair, and are using the same card from GIGABYTE seen in the AMD rig. Shout outs go to them for supporting us here as well!

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Enabling the XMP profile delivered us to what we were shown we would get; 3200MHz of speed with 16-18-18-38 2T timings, using 1.35VDIMM to run. Our VCCIO was set at 1.20V and the VCCSA at 1.35V, done automatically by our ASRock motherboard.

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Our Intel setup reacted to the Hynix ICs differently, and while the secondary timings would not move a single tick, we were able to get CAS14 stable with 1.45VDIMM applied.

Sadly, no matter what we tried, if we raised the RAM speed, our XLR8 sticks would not allow the system to boot, as we could not pass the POST stage.

Chad's Intel DDR4 Dual-Channel Test System Specifications

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After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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