Silicon Power Xpower Zenith DDR4-3200 C16 Review: Intel And AMD’s Best Friend – Tom’s Hardware
Silicon Power has been around since 2003 and has a diverse portfolio of storage and memory products. The company may not be the first vendor that comes to mind when you speak of memory space, but there’s no denying that the brand has a ton of experience under its belt. Like any other hardware vendor, Silicon Power also created a separate gaming division that caters to gamers and enthusiasts. Xpower, as the sub-brand is called, recently added two new additions to the memory portfolio: the Zenith and Zenith RGB series.
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The Xpower Zenith checks in with an iron-grey aluminum heat spreader. It’s a simple and compact design, which many will value. The storage measures 38. 5mm (1. 52 inches) tall and the rectangular design sports a nice brushed finish. The particular Xpower logo is imprinted on both sides of the heat spreader as well as on the top.
This particular Xpower Zenith memory kit comes with 2 8GB single-rank memory modules. Silicon Power produced the particular memory modules with an eight-layer PCB and Hynix integrated circuits (ICs). Thaiphoon Burner failed to pinpoint the exact model of the ICs (H5AN8G8N? FR-VKC), but these could be C-die, judging by the nature of the primary memory timings.
The memory modules boot up at DDR4-2666 with 19-19-19-43 timings. The kit runs at DDR4-3200 when XMP is active, plus the timings drop to 16-18-18-38 with a DRAM voltage of 1. 35V. For more on timings and frequency considerations, see our PC Memory 101 feature, as well as our How to Shop for RAM story.
|Memory Kit||Part Number||Capacity||Data Rate||Primary Timings||Voltage||Warranty|
|Team Group T-Force Xtreem ARGB||TF10D416G3600HC14CDC01||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||14-15-15-35 (2T)||1. 45 Volts||Lifetime|
|Silicon Strength Xpower Zenith||SP016GXLZU320BDC||two x 8GB||DDR4-3200 (XMP)||16-18-18-38 (2T)||1. 35 Volts||Lifetime|
|PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB||MD16GK2D4320016XRGB||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3200 (XMP)||16-18-18-38 (2T)||1. 35 Volts||Lifetime|
|Lexar DDR4-2666||LD4AU008G-R2666U x 2||2 x 8GB||DDR4-2666||19-19-19-43 (2T)||1. 20 Volts||Lifetime|
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The Intel system is comprised of the Intel Core i9-10900K and Asus ROG Maximus XII Apex (0901 firmware), while the AMD system utilizes the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero (3501 firmware). The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Trio takes care of the particular graphics-intensive RAM MEMORY benchmarks , including all the gaming tests.
|Intel System||AMD System|
|Processor||Intel Core i9-10900K||AMD Ryzen 9 5900X|
|Motherboard||Asus ROG Maximus XII Apex||Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero|
|Graphics Card||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio|
|Storage||Crucial MX500 500GB, 2TB||Crucial MX500 500GB, 2TB|
|Cooling||Corsair Hydro H115i Pro||Corsair Hydro H115i Pro|
|Power Supply||Corsair RM650x 650W||Corsair RM650x 650W|
|Case||Streacom BC1||Streacom BC1|
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The Xpower Zenith memory kit performed very nicely in the Microsoft Office benchmark. An 8. 1% margin separated it from the slowest memory package in our tests. The particular Xpower Zenith was also the fastest memory kit in LuxMark, although the margin was negligible.
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The Xpower Zenith memory kit didn’t stand out in any particular workload on the particular AMD platform as it ranked third place in both the application and gaming cumulative charts.
Overclocking and Latency Tuning
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The Xpower Zenith showed similar overclocking potential as the other DDR4-3200 memory package in our tests. The memory space kit reached DDR4-3600 without problems. We got there by loosening the timings to 17-18-18-38 and increasing the DRAM voltage in order to 1. 45V.
Lowest Stable Timings
|Memory Kit||DDR4-2666 (1. 45V)||DDR4-3200 (1. 45V)||DDR4-3600 (1. 45V)||DDR4-3600 (1. 46V)||DDR4-3900 (1. 45V)||DDR4-4200 (1. 45V)|
|TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4-3600 C14||N/A||N/A||N/A||13-14-14-35 (2T)||N/A||19-19-19-39 (2T)|
|Lexar DDR4-2666 C19||16-21-21-41 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A||17-22-22-42 (2T)||N/A|
|Silicon Power Xpower Zenith DDR4-3200 C16||N/A||14-16-16-36 (2T)||17-18-18-38 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB DDR4-3200 C16||N/A||15-18-18-38 (2T)||20-20-20-40 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Our optimization efforts produced very good results on the particular Xpower Zenith. By upping the DRAM voltage to 1. 45V, we had headroom to lower the timings from the 16-18-18-38 down to 14-16-16-36. It did not hit Samsung B-die standards, but it was close enough.
It’s important in order to establish just what kind of memory the Xpower Zenith DDR4-3200 C16 is. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that Xpower isn’t looking to compete with the particular high-end memory kits, like the T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4-3600 C14 . Instead, Silicon Power’s memory kit targets a specific segment of consumers who value the plug-n-play experience. Both Intel and AMD’s latest processors natively support DDR4-3200, meaning consumers can install the kit, enable XMP, and then forget about it.
The Xpower Zenith DDR4-3200 C16 currently retails for $54. 97 (opens within new tab) , falling in line along with the other DDR4-3200 storage kits on the market. But, of course, you will have to live without RGB lighting. If you can’t, the XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB DDR4-3200 C16 has RGB plus offers a similar level of performance but comes with a steeper price tag due to the RGB tax.