PNY XLR8 2x16GB DDR4-3200 Review: A Really Big Deal?

Any tech geek who’s been in a coma for the past decade would be excused for thinking of PNY as primarily a memory company, but its recent marketing efforts have focused primarily for storage and graphics cards. It’s not that the firm dropped out of PC memory, but that it appeared to be resting on its reputation as new kits were released. That’s about to change with its latest XLR8 modules.

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The snazzy new kit comes in plain packaging at a surprisingly low price: Available from several sellers for around $155, the firm’s online store recently dropped its price from $145 to $140. That makes it $10 cheaper than the least-expensive previous 32GB kit we’ve tested.

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Like every other DDR4-3200 kit we’ve tested, XLR8 part number MD32GK2D4320016XR uses Intel XMP overclocking technology to push mainstream DRAM ICs (memory chips) to its rated settings at 1.35V. Buyers who find that their board isn’t capable of XMP will find a highest non-XMP configuration of DDR4-2400, which is still a bit faster than the DDR4-2133 of most competitors. 

PNY XLR8 OLOy WarHawk RGB Patriot Viper Steel HyperX Predator RGB
Part No. MD32GK2D4320016XR MD4U163216BEDA PVS432G320C6K HX432C16PB3AK2/32
Capacity 32 GB (2x 16GB) 32 GB (2x 16GB) 32 GB (2x 16GB) 32 GB (2x 16GB)
Data Rate DDR4-3200 (XMP) DDR4-3200 (XMP) DDR4-3200 (XMP) DDR4-3200 (XMP)
Primary Timings 16-18-18-36 (2T) 16-18-18-36 (2T) 16-18-18-36 (2T) 16-18-18-36 (2T)
Voltage 1.35 Volts 1.35 Volts 1.35 Volts 1.35 Volts
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime
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