Author: Bob Buskirk
Like I said in the introduction of this review I have been hearing about Avexir for months and for good reason. These modules look awesome, with the black PCB to match the heatspreader and in our case the stripes that match up with the Z77 MPower motherboards. The heatspreader has a very cool Avexir cut out in it as well. Without the lights this would look awesome, but Avexir made it better by adding the light bar at the top of the modules. Avexir actually has a few different colors, but the ones on the kit we reviewed were blue, which no one can really complain about. These lights pulsate and change patterns every minute or so. It makes for a good show and something that will bring some attention to your case if you have a window. Although you cannot control the LED’s or turn them off.
Another thing Avexir did right was not make these modules too large. This memory is targeted at enthusiasts and gamers. They will most likely have large cooling setups that may get in the way of memory with high heatspreaders so as far as clearance goes you shouldn’t have a problem with these modules. It seems like Avexir pays attention to detail as well, the fact that the modules come with dust covers ensures quality and that the modules will be completely protected up until you install them in your system.
The kit we reviewed was the AVD3U16000904G-4CI kit. This a 16GB DDR3-1600 quad channel kit with timings of 9-9-9-24 at 1.5v. Those are pretty good timings for 1600 MHz, but of course I pushed the memory. To my disappointment I was only able to bring the memory up to DDR3-1866 with timings of 10-10-10-28 at 1.65v. I really thought I could get the memory up to 2133 MHz, just because all of the other memory I have reviewed that was 1600 MHz I was able to bring up to that speed if not higher. This memory is being marketed to enthusiasts and gamers and they are most likely going to want to overclock the memory. Looking at other reviews of the Core Series it does not look like anyone has really been able to push this memory much further than the stock settings.
In Avexir’s defense they do offer both quad and dual channel kits of the Core Series in speeds up to DDR3-2800, so I guess if you are looking at getting this memory get the highest speed available that your motherboard will support. The kit that we reviewed today is selling at my favorite online retailer for $74.99 at my favorite online retailer. Avexir is also backing these modules with a lifetime warranty. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Avexir Core Series DDR3-1600 16GB Memory Kit an 8 out of 10 score.
- Look great
- They light up!
- Lifetime warranty
- Packaged with dust covers
- Weak overclocking potentional
- Cannot control or turn off LED’s