Perhaps more widely known for its array of NVIDIA based graphics cards, American based company PNY has announced its latest product, the XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB DDR4 memory. Built upon the same lineage as its XLR8 graphics cards, the Epic-X RGB will be available in three capacities ranging from 8 GB to 32 GB kits, with speeds of DDR4-3200.

The PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X has been designed around support for X.M.P 2.0 compatible profiles, with speeds of DDR4-3200 and CAS latencies of CL 16. It has an operating voltage of 1.35 V and is available in four different kits. This includes a separately available single 8 GB and 16 GB modules, or in kits of 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) and 32 GB (2 x 16 GB). 

Focusing on the design, the XLR8 Epic-X RGB includes a V-shaped LED bar along the top of the primarily black heatsink, which includes a red and white XLR8 logo in the middle. The RGB LEDs themselves are certified to work with motherboard vendors RGB software for user-friendly control and customization. This includes ASRock's Polychrome RGB, MSI's Mystic Light, GIGABYTE's RGB Fusion, and the ASUS Aura RGB ecosystems. PNY mentions each kit is using preselected memory chips, but it doesn't specify the type it is using. 

The PNY XLR8 Epic-X RGB memory will be available to buy from the 20th July at Amazon and Best Buy, while customers can also purchase them directly from the PNY online store. The 8 GB single-channel module has an MSRP of $40, the single 16 GB module for $70, while the 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) kit costs $80 and the biggest kit, the 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) will be available for $135.

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  • ahtoh - Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - link

    I wonder who are these people who buys this RGB bullshit and why
    Windowed cases also
  • TheyCallMeDanger - Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - link

    Well... me for one. I got the Trident Z Royal 3200 C14 for my latest build. The problem is that CPUs simply are NOT getting any faster. My old and moldy 7yr old machine still does just fine. The only real solution is to make the machines *look* faster... So yeah, once I realized that the CPU hardware had not improved to any significant extent, I went full bling, because well, why not? Now at least my machine *looks* awesome! If you haven't seen the Trident Z Royals running "Starry Night", then you ain't seen bling!
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - link

    What looks good is something that is somewhat subjective so there will be variance in opinions regarding whether or not RGB lighting is a good idea. From a functional perspective, we all realize it adds no value, but does tend to increase cost to the buyer as manufacturers use the addition of RGB and a few other largely superficial features like motherboard cladding or case windows at relatively low cost to them as a means to push final sale prices higher and increase profits. One can hardly blame businesses for seeking to increase margins by appealing to halo and fringe buyers through bling despite the lack of significant performance core performance differences, but it does have the side effect of allowing a price lift of less visually-oriented products as well. It's harder, for instance, to find a cheap but functional power supply wrapped in unpainted crappy metal or to buy a vanilla boring-as-it-gets case because non-premium parts are more costly (and to an extent generally less available as desktop PCs trudge through their waning years - which has an influence as well, of course as volume declines rapidly in the face of laptop and cell phone sales).
  • catavalon21 - Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - link

    I guess it's the PC version of spinning chrome 26's. It's for those who like it, obviously.
  • ahtoh - Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - link

    How often do you look at these RGB lights through that windowed case? Are you placing the case in front of you instead of the monitor and just stare at these lights or what?
  • Hxx - Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - link

    Well there is a difference between building an aesthetically pleasing PC, an RGB vomit with parts that dont match aesthetically, and then a momputer that u shove in a corner. So its not so much RGB lights as its how it fits with the rest of your setup. Take this kit for example (which i think its ugly) BUT in a all black with red accents build, it will look great. If thats not you then u have tons of options if you shove you PC in a corner never to be seen again
  • drexnx - Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - link

    All the time. It's next to one of my monitors.

    I enjoy the multicolor light show, personally.
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - link

    I like the light show on the screen rather than the one inside the box. Usually it has more interesting things happening on it.
  • drexnx - Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - link

    sometimes you're in a loading screen, sometimes you're waiting for a round to start, etc.

    usually != always.
  • MrVibrato - Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - link

    I imagine you have Bee Gee's "You Should be Dancing" playing in the background. All the time.. ;-P

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