Avexir Raiden Series DDR3 2133MHz 8GB Kit Review
Ever since the Avexir Raiden promo video was posted in the pcG Facebook page timeline, I’ve wanted to get my hands on a set. Guess what, the gaming hardware gods must have been listening, as here in my hands is a nice 8Gb Avexir Raiden memory kit!
The Avexir Raiden Series memory modules come in various speeds ranging from 1600MHz to 2400MHz, and come in capacities of 4GB and 8GB. The memory can be purchased in dual channel and quad channel kits. The kit I have been provided for review comprises of 2x4GB DIMMs with a native speed of 2133MHz, latency timings of 9-11-10-27, and not to be forgotten, those rather cool looking plasma tubes installed across the top!
These have got to look great in my rig, but let’s take a closer look before getting them installed!
The Avexir Raiden series memory comes in a sturdy box that although difficult to see in the photos is a lovely textured almost pearlescent cream colour. The front of the box simply indicates that the packaging contains Raiden Series memory.
On the back of the box we can see a description of the memory along with the Avexir tag line of “What we believe is how we behave.”. A second paragraph explains the testing processes the memory goes through. Below this we see six pictures and feature text for “Lifetime Warranty”, “Made in Taiwan”, “100% Burn in Test”, “World Wide Service”, 101% Service” and “World Wide Warranty”. There is also a QR code (that can be scanned that leads you to the Avexir Warranty details), the companies address and telephone numbers, and a label indicating which memory kit you have in your hands.
The box front can be opened to see the memory modules inside, the cover is held closed by velcro. Once open the modules can be seen (and very nice they look too). There is room in the internal packaging for 4 memory modules, although there were only two in my kit, as Avexir also offer four module kits. The packaging for the modules themselves is very sturdy and secure and I can’t see the memory being damaged in transport if the box isn’t crushed in some way.
At the time of review, the Avexir Raiden Series 2133MHz 8GB Kit (AVD3U21330904G-2RD) is available from Overclockers UK for £99.95 and come equipped with a lifetime warranty.
courtesy of Avexir
|Row Cycle Time (tRCmin)||54ns (min.)|
Command Time (tRFCmin)
|RowActive Time (tRASmin)||27ns (min.)|
|Power||1.800 W (operating per module)|
|ULRating||94 V – 0|
|Operating Temperature||0℃ to 85℃|
|Storage Temperature||-55℃ to +100℃|
Avexir Raiden Series Memory
Features and benefits
- Exclusive patented technology of plasma tubes to mimic lightening effect
- 8 layers performance optimized design printed circuit board
- Exquisite packaging
- Support XMP
- Hand picked AIST(AVEXIR IC Sorting Technology)
- Golden Finger Protector
These high quality memory modules are built for your confidence which passed 16 hand picked AIST (Avexir Ic Sorting Technology) processes and 14 memory module functional, burn in, and compatibility tests for Intel chipset 7, 8, and 9 series motherboards. AVEXIR built top level specification of Raiden series by using 8 layers performance optimized design printed circuit board and industrial grade resistors and capacitors. It is also featuring Intel XMP technology, you could easily setup Raiden series memory modules to rated speed with zero hassle factor.
Avexir strictly adheres to quality standards set by JEDEC (the Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council) and ISO9001.
With 100% hand-tested extensively in multiple PC major-brand motherboard environments at its rated speed, Avexir makes sure that both stability and performance of every memory module reach the highest quality criteria.
My first impressions of the Avexir Raiden Series memory is that it’s big and very white, which isn’t really a colour that would normally be seen gracing the inside of my rig. The modules are stylish though with nice heatspreaders that feature blue and black sections and have the Avexir logo pressed into them. At the bottom of the plastic covers you can see the aluminium heat sinks that are grooved.
The modules come with a protector on the connector and a label on one side indicating the speed of the memory that you have. It’s at the top of the modules where things get interesting as this is where that awesome plasma tube is located. The tube itself held in place by being embedded in the heatspreader covers at each end, with one end of the cover showing the Avexir logo picked out in white on blue.
Installing the Avexir Raiden memory is as simple as installing most memory modules. Line up the slot in the connector to the motherboard DIMM slot and gently push into place.
A point to note here is that these modules are very tall and I mean VERY TALL with a height dimension of 65mm. Most of the modules I’ve seen have been low enough to fit under the fan on my Raijintek Themis CPU Cooler, but these definitely don’t. If your fan/cooler combination encroaches over your memory slots be wary of buying these modules.
- Test Rig Setup
|Case||Cooler Master HAF XB||Power Supply||Corsair AX760i|
|Motherboard||ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer||CPU||Intel Core i5-4690K CPU|
|CPU Cooler||Rajintek Themis||RAM||Avexir Raiden Series 8GB 2133MHz Kit|
|Graphics Card||XFX R9 290X Black DD Edition||SSD||HyperX FURY 120GB SSD|
I had no issue booting my Test Rig and everything worked a treat out the box. After an initial boot I went and checked the DRAM settings in my ASROCK UEFI BOS and made sure that the “XMP 1.3 Profile 1” was selected and that the timings of 9-11-10-27 lined up with the DIMMs specified timings. All good here, so let’s get on with some testing.
Of course the first thing that catches your attention when powering on your rig with these modules installed is the plasma tubes.
They light up a with a pale blue glow and the lightning can be seen arcing down the tubes. The effect is very impressive and has to be seen running in the machine to be believed. I used to own a plasma ball in the past and knew that if you touched the ball when it was running the lightning would jump to your fingers. I can confirm that the same is true for these memory modules as well, with the tubes lighting up brighter as you touch them (although of course I don’t condone sticking your fingers inside a powered up machine!).
I took a quick video of the plasma tubes in action. It gives an impression of how the tubes look, but probably doesn’t do them total justice. They do look very cool!
The Avexir Raiden 8GB Kit was tested on our standard Test Rig, using Windows 7 64Bit (Service Pack 1) with all relevant Drivers installed. Prime95 (Blend) was used to test stability and the following benchmarks were also used.
|HyperX Savage DDR3 2400MHz 8GB @ 11-13-14-32||33409||34811||29523||48.9 ns|
|Avexir Raiden Series DDR3 2133MHz 8GB Kit @ 9-11-10-27||30478||31445||28178||48.9 ns|
Some interesting results from AIDA here with our test figures showing that the Avexir Raiden Series are running at 91% the speed of the HyperX Savage, which is interesting based on the Avexir MHz ratings being approx 88% of the HyperX, tighter timings on the Avexir Raiden memory is probably the reason.
To give us some idea of the effect of Speed over Timings on actual Gaming, we’ve run the benchmarks below on both the Avexir Raiden Series and our HyperX Savage test memory. The Avexir Raiden Series was run at its full rated speed of 2133MHz (via its XMP Profile), whilst our DDR3 test RAM, the Kingston HyperX Savage kit was run using their 2400MHz XMP profile. Let’s see how they compare!
TEST SYSTEM: ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer/ Intel Core i5-4690K/ XFX R9 290X Black DD Edition
|Memory||3DMark (FireStrike)||Batman Arkham Origins||Tomb Raider||Unigine Heaven||Metro Last Light|
|HyperX Savage DDR3 2400MHz 8GB||9593||178||87.9||1422||81|
|Avexir Raiden Series DDR3 2133MHz 8GB||9625||179||89.6||1423||81|
As can be seen from these results faster RAM doesn’t necessarily mean faster Gaming. The Avexir memory actually pips the HyperX memory to the post on most of the tests and matches it on the other. Again I think the tighter memory timings are stepping in here and giving that performance boost.
Bling! That’s the first word that came to mind when I saw the Avexir Raiden RAM modules. They’ve been designed to appeal to the gamers/enthusiasts out there and deliver on their promise with those rather cool plasma tubes. One might expect that these modules are designed to just look flashy, but in fact they also punch above their weight in performance as well!
The Avexir Raiden Series 8GB kit arrived to me in a very well protected and stylish box. I looks like Avexir haven’t just stopped at making their memory modules beautiful but have also applied some of that design and styling to the packaging. You know you are getting something a bit special when you look at this box.
The memory modules themselves are very well presented. They are picked out in an interesting set of colours when you consider that most motherboards are Red, Blue or Green, but the White, Blue, Black and Silver on the modules grew on me over time and I didn’t see the colour as being too much of an issue. This might not be the case for all gamers though and people who have a base colour theme going might bypass this memory simply due to the colour.
The memory timings contributed to some good gaming benchmark results, with the Avexir Raiden beating the HyperX memory in four out of five of our Gaming tests and matching it in the other one. These modules are certainly no slouches and certainly don’t sacrifice performance for design.
From a gaming point of view there really was no discernible difference between the two kits though, which re-affirms my personal view that speed isn’t everything and that timings are also key to note. It seems a standard that the faster the modules the looser the timings, so what you gain in one you lose in the other, and that when it comes down to it, buying slightly slower speed memory, with tighter timings, usually gives a good balance of cost against performance.
With a retail price of £99.95, the Avexir Raiden Series 8GB Kit is a little higher priced than similar speed memory kits, but take into account how cool the plasma tubes are and those nice tight timings, and you can see that if you want good looking memory to finish of your cool rig build, then the Avexir Raiden is definitely worth the extra pounds.
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Many thanks to Avexir for providing this sample for review