Apacer Adds DDR4-3600 CL17 and DDR4 3466 CL16 Memory to Commando Seriesby Joe Shields on February 26, 2018 1:30 PM EST
The new Apacer Commando series DDR4 comes in 16 GB (2x8GB) dual-channel kits with frequencies reaching up to DDR4-3466 CL16 and DDR4-3600 CL17. The sticks were announced late last year but with different, looser (CL18), timings. The new SKUs run at slightly tighter timings with the same voltage and same unique heat spreader from their Armory design which looks like the rail and iron sites on some assault rifles. The kits do not include RGB LEDs but rely on the unique design aesthetic of the heat spreader to set itself apart from the rest.
The Commando Series from Apacer uses a gun theme on these sticks with an AR body printed on the side of the heatsink. The heat spreader, outside of the gun impressed on it, is black with the Apacer and Commando names printed on the side in white and red respectively. The top rail and iron sites extend up just a bit over the memory’s black PCB and rest of the heatsink, but this design shouldn’t get in the way of too many CPU coolers. As always, check on the dimensions for proper fitment.
We are unsure what IC’s are exactly under the hood, however, judging from the timings/speed, as well as Apacer’s propensity to use SK Hynix in the past, that is where I am placing my bet. . As mentioned earlier, the new revision of the DDR4 3466 sticks hit the scene with tighter timings at 16-18-18-36 versus 18-18-18-42. The DDR4 3600 kit come in at 17-19-19-39 with both of the kits supporting XMP 2.0 profiles and running at 1.35V.
The new sticks should be a good fit for the latest Intel platforms as they are able to support these speeds, typically, by simply enabling the XMP profile. AMD’s AM4 platform has been maturing nicely over the past several months on many fronts, including memory compatibility, but kits this fast may be overkill for that platform and also require manual entry of speed and timings. Perhaps Zen+ will change that when it releases here in the coming months.
Both kits and the rest of the DDR4 Commando series are available now. We were unable to find the new kits here in the US, however. The DDR4 3466 CL16 sticks were priced at 254€ (~$312+) and the DDR4 3600 will cost 379€ (~$465+). Compared to other DDR4 3600 CL17 kits, these are priced on the high side as many at Newegg are around the $250 mark, some of which include RGB LEDs and have lower timings.
|Apacer Commando Series|
|*DDR4-3466||CL16 18-18-36||1.35 V||8GB / 16GB / 32GB|
|DDR4-2400 / DDR4-2666||CL16 16-16-36||1.2 V||8GB / 16GB / 32GB|
|DDR4-2800||CL17 17-17-36||1.2 V||8GB / 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
|DDR4-3466||CL18 18-18-42||1.35V||8GB / 16GB / 32GB|
* - Denotes new SKUs
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edzieba - Monday, February 26, 2018 - linkIf you're going to do something as utterly ridiculous as adding tiny Picatinny rails to your DIMMs, the least you could do is release a range of tiny Picatinny accessories to attach to said rails.
Hurr Durr - Monday, February 26, 2018 - linkRails are for cowards. Real memory producers put serrated blades there, in keeping with the Commando theme.
philehidiot - Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - linkFairbairn Sykes fighting knife heat spreaders are where it's at. Although you do have to be careful as coagulated blood can be a bugger to clean off the pins.
Seriously, what rubbish is this?! The extra expense making this just makes me cross and makes me feel like I'm wasting my money. The fact that, rather than thermal efficiency, R&D time is being spent making the RAM look like a minature G36 makes me wonder whether we even need heat spreaders in modern RAM.
RAM is expensive enough without this rubbish, take it away and bring it back sensible. That or have two product lines with the same boards - one with the silly spreader for people who care about aesthetics (I admit, there's a market and some people love to make a cool looking PC, fair enough) and one with a basic spreader for those of us who want performance but don't care about turning the inside of our PCs into a dolls house / armoury and don't want to pay for it.
edzieba - Friday, March 2, 2018 - link"makes me wonder whether we even need heat spreaders in modern RAM."
No. The only time heatsinks for DIMMs was EVER necessary was in the days of DDR2 FBDIMMs. For consumer devices, ramsinks have always been 100% cosmetic.
Eliadbu - Monday, February 26, 2018 - linkI still prefer my G. Skill trident Z 3200 MHZ at CL 14-14-14-34 , which I can push even further .
iter - Monday, February 26, 2018 - linkGreat touch that fancy design element on the top - ensuring poor cooler compatibility.
shabby - Monday, February 26, 2018 - linkLooks very tactical...
Eliadbu - Monday, February 26, 2018 - linkDo you mean Tacticool ?
RaistlinZ - Monday, February 26, 2018 - linkWhy are these timings so awful?
PeachNCream - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - linkThose heat spreaders look juvenile.