The GoodRAM trademark of the Polish company Wilk Elektronik has long been known on the domestic market, primarily to enthusiasts, thanks to the memory of the once popular Pro series. Also under this brand, there has recently been an attempt to capture the hearts of modding enthusiasts through the LedLight line, which is distinguished by the presence of LED backlighting. But with the transition to the already mass standard DDR4, the company’s asset has thinned out and now GoodRAM offers solutions only from the Play series and IRDM introduced this spring.
The Polish company associates the release of the latest innovations with the rebranding of the Iridium line, which until recently included Iridium Pro solid-state drives, which, according to the manufacturer, should become a powerful international brand for gamers and demanding users. The company promises to release IRDM Pro and IRDM Ultimate modules soon. In the meantime, we will get acquainted with the usual and accessible representative of IRDM.
GoodRAM IRDM IR-2400D464L15S/16GDC
|Model||GoodRAM IRDM IR-2400D464L15S/16GDC|
|Official product page||goodram.com|
|Volume, GB||16 (2×8 GB)|
|Operating voltage, V||1,2|
|Height with radiator, mm||31,3|
|Retail price, $||~134|
The IR-2400D464L15S/16GDC kit is supplied in a separate blister for each bar, pasted over with a common sticker, which indicates the volume, operating frequency and main timings.
The modules in their simplicity are somewhat reminiscent of the products of the Play series, but the plate-radiators have become more complex in shape.
If earlier the radiators were solid and had hooks in the upper part, now the plates have become more beautiful, and they also have slots that should help improve ventilation. We got a black kit with red «inserts» for testing, there are also kits with white, blue and red radiators, but they are already monophonic. In any case, on a black textolite, any radiators look great and users can easily assemble a themed PC of any style.
Plates with a thickness of about 0.5 mm are glued with thermal stickies to the chips on one side of the printed circuit board and to the foam pad on the other.
Memory chips are used by Micron with the marking D9TZV-075E, eight pieces on one side of the bar, designed for a frequency of 2666 MHz with delays of 18-18-18. On top of each chip is an additional SpecTek logo.
The label on each stick lists the memory standard, capacity, bandwidth, and kit model.
When the system starts, the frequency of 2400 MHz is immediately set and the user does not have to carry out additional manipulations to configure the system. In general, memory at this frequency is designed to work with timings of 15-15-15-39-2T and a voltage of 1.2 V, which is quite standard for the current generation of DDR4 chips.
The dump is attached.
The memory was overclocked on a system with the following configuration:
- processor: Intel Core i7-6700K (4.0 GHz);
- motherboard: ASUS Maximus VIII Formula (Intel Z170);
- video card: Gigabyte GV-N770OC-2GD (GeForce GTX 770);
- Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems;
- storage: Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB (480GB, SATA 6Gb/s);
- power supply: Seasonic X-650 (650 W).
Testing was carried out in the Windows 10 x64 environment. To check the stability of overclocking modules for 15 minutes, the LinX 0.6.5 program was used, the amount of memory in which was set at 4096 MB.
The overclocking potential was found out with timings 15-16-16-39 and 16-17-17-39, selected empirically, the Command Rate was always equal to 1T. The maximum possible mode of memory operation was determined.
This is perhaps the first memory kit that could not conquer the 3000 MHz mark. The maximum mode we managed to achieve from the new GoodRAM is 2800 MHz. Above this value, it was not possible to obtain. Neither the timings nor the increase in voltage led to anything. Even the eight-layer fiberglass used in the production of printed circuit boards did not help.
In addition to finding out the frequency potential, it was decided to add testing in the synthetic benchmark Cache & Memory benchmark of the AIDA64 utility to the memory review, which will allow us to evaluate the positive or negative side of overclocking. The frequency of the processor and its cache was 4 GHz.
Owners of this memory will be able to slightly increase system performance by increasing the frequency of the kit and raising tRCD and tRP by one unit.
The GoodRAM IR-2400D464L15S/16GDC kit from the new IRDM series from a Polish company can be called a quite good solution for building an entry-level and mid-level gaming system. Due to its spectacular appearance, it will fit into PCs with “gaming” motherboards made in red and black style, and other products of the IRDM line will have a place in such machines. Fans of free megahertz will also be satisfied due to the possibility of overclocking memory up to 2800 MHz. But demanding users may not appreciate the novelty, since the memory potential leaves much to be desired against the background of some competitive solutions, and even more expensive models. Perhaps the most interesting manufacturer has stocked up for the IRDM Pro and IRDM Ultimate series. Whether this is so, we will try to find out soon.