Not that long ago we took a long hard look at the Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB series and walked away very impressed not only with the sheer adaptability they offer (adding LEDs to RAM really is a potential game-changer for custom PC builders) but also for the fact it was not just a one trick pony. Instead, the LEDS were simply the finishing touch for a set of RAM that offered great performance, good overclocking abilities, and great value. Other manufacturers obviously have taken note and today we are going to look at another offering that may just give Ballistix a run for their money. To be precise we will be putting the new Silicon Power XPower Turbine RGB (2x8GB kit) under the microscope.
Much like the Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB, the Silicon Power XPower Turbine RGB series makes use of numerous RGB LEDs and a nice diffuser integrated into the top of the heatsink. With baked in support for all major manufactures LED controller technology (ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Lighting Sync, ASRock Polychrome Sync) we have little doubts about its customization abilities.
Also, like its predecessor the Power XPower Turbine, the XPower Turbine RGB series makes use of very good quality Samsung B-Die RAM ICs that (in this instance) are rated for DDR4-3200 at CL16. Equally impressive is they come clad in a very nice heat spreader design. In fact, the Power XPower Turbine RGB heat spreader may actually be even more advanced than the one Ballistix uses. Simply put, the diffuser has been integrated directly into the top of the heat spreader and does not add all that much additional height to the overall height of this new LED enabled RAM – something the Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB cannot boast.
Mix in a very competitive asking price of 165 USD (for the 16GB, 2x8GB kit) and the all new Power XPower Turbine RGB series may just indeed become the ‘go to’ series for knowledgeable consumers when they want to add a dash of elegance to a system without any added headaches. So, let’s take a good long look and see if the new XPower Turbine RGB series can indeed impress us as much in the real-world as they do on paper.