Avexir Blitz 1.1 Original DDR3 Memory Review – Performance and Eye Candy Meets
When it comes to high performance and good looking memory modules, usually brand names like Kingston, G.Skill or Corsair are the usual brands that come first into our mind. Today we are going to look at and review Avexir’s high performance DDR3 memory module – the Avexir Blitz 1.1 Original series. The new Blitz 1.1 series DDR3 memory module is not only built for performance, but it also features LED lighting effect and cool looking heatsink design. If you are tired of your plain looking memory, but at the same time do not want to sacrifice performance, check out my Avexir Blitz 1.1 review below and find out if this would be your next upgrade.
Avexir Blitz 1.1 DDR3 Memory Review
The specific model that I got is the Avexir Blitz 1.1 Original 4GBx4 DDR3 Quad Channel memory module (AVD3U16000904G-4BZ1). It has a clock speed of 1600MHz with a 9-9-9-24 memory timing. The Blitz 1.1 was basically designed for gamers and overclockers alike and features a unique and flashy looking head spreader as well as LED lighting effect.
Aside from the Original design, that matches Asus ROG motherboards, the Blitz 1.1 series also comes in various heat spread design to match certain types of motherboards from various manufacturers. The Blitz 1.1 also has the following: Gaming Dragon theme for MSI Gaming motherboards, MPOWER theme for MSI OC series motherboards, Gaming Series theme for Gigabyte Gaming motherboards, and L337 Gold and Red theme for ECS motherboards.
The Blitz 1.1 is also available in dual channel kits, but quad channel kits looks much better with the LED lighting effects on. You can’t actually control how the LED lighting behaves, but they do random lighting effects which is pleasing to the eyes.
The Avexir Blitz 1.1 is compatible with both Intel and AMD Chipset motherboard and it supports Intel XMP profile. According to the company, each memory is 100% tested on PC motherboard environment, features high performance voltage stabilizing generator, and every single IC is examined by the Avexir IC Sorting Technology.
Aside from the cool looking head spreader, the company uses an 8-layer PCB with double copper for maximum thermal conduction and to maximize overclocking ability. Avexir’s memories are JEDEC standard compliant and the model AVD3U16000904G-4BZ1 has a factory setting of DDR3-1600K CL11-11-11-28 at 1.5v out of the box. If you are using an Intel motherboard, choose the XMP profile from the BIOS to configure the memory to run at DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 at 1.5v.
Below are more features of the Avexir Blitz 1.1 DDR3 Memory:
- JEDEC standard 1.5V± 0.075VPowerSupply
- VDDQ = 1.5V ± 0.075V
- 800MHz fCKfor 1600Mb/sec/pin
- 8 independent internal bank
- Programmable CASLatency: 7,8,9,10,11
- Posted CAS
- ProgrammableAdditive Latency: 0, CL – 2, or CL – 1 clock
- Programmable CAS Write Latency(CWL) = 8 (DDR3-1600K)
- 8-bit pre-fetch
- Burst Length: 8 (Interleave)without any limit, sequential with starting address “000” only), 4 with tCCD = 4 which does not allow seamless read or write [either on the fly usingA12 or MRS]
- Bi-directional Differential Data Strobe
- Internal(self) calibration : Internal self calibration through ZQ pin (RZQ: 240 ohm ± 1%)
- On Die Termination using ODT pin
- Average Refresh Period 7.8us at lower than TCASE 85℃, 3.9us at 85℃ < TCASE ≤ 95℃
- Asynchronous Reset
- PCB: Height 1.180-inch (30.00mm), double sided component
Avexir Blitz 1.1 DDR3 Specifications
|Row Cycle Time (tRCmin)||36ns (min.)|
Command Time (tRFCmin)
|RowActive Time (tRASmin)||24ns (min.)|
|Power||1.800 W (operating per module)|
|ULRating||94 V - 0|
|Operating Temperature||0℃ to 85℃|
|Storage Temperature||-55℃ to +100℃|
A Closer Look on Blitz 1.1
The Blitz 1.1 comes in a very nice black box, very nice packaging and unlike any other memory modules sold. Some of the memory’s features are printed on the back of the box.
Above are photos of the Avexir Blitz 1.1 Original series. Notice that there are some hair line scratches on the heatsink. Those are just on the protective layer that can be removed by peeling it out, and reveal the fine finish. The markings on the heat spreader look so good in my opinion. By the way, there’s also a Yellow version of the Original series that would match the yellow or golden heatsink on some of ASRock’s Z97 motherboards.
The heat spreader can easily be removed simply by unscrewing two sets of screws located on each end. You might want to do this if you plan to install a heat spreader for custom water cooling, or if you plan to use LN2 cooling for extreme overclocking.
Avexir is using eight high performance Hynix H5TC4G83MFR memory chips on each stick. These are the kind of memory chips that you would want to see on an overclocking memory. The Hynix H5TC4G83MFR is a 4Gb low power Double Data Rate III (DDR3L) Synchronous DRAM, ideally suited for the main memory applications which requires large memory density, high bandwidth and low power operation at 1.35V.
There are also eight LED that are distributed evenly by twos and are located just above the memory chips. Below is a video I recorded while the Avexir Blitz 1.1 was installed on an Asus Maximus VII Formula motherboard. Sorry for the shaky hands by the way.
By the way, if you noticed from the video above, there are times when the effects seemed to be off-key or not displaying in an orderly manner. I tried putting the memory modules in different order but that doesn’t seem to correct the issue. Later I realized that it just corrects itself somehow. The pattern are not affected by the system’s load or temperature and they can’t be controlled either.
In testing the Avexir Blitz 1.1 16GB DDR3 1600MHz (AVD3U16000904G-4BZ1) memory, I paired it with a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell processor and both components are installed on a Gigabyte Z97X Gaming G1 WiFi Black Edition motherboard. The full specifications of the system I used are listed below:
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming G1 WiFi BK
Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H105
Memory: 16GB Quad Channel Avexir Blitz 1.1 DDR3 1600MHz (AVD3U16000904G-4BZ1)
Graphics card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Hard Drive: Kingston HyperX 3K SSD 120GB for the OS and WD RE 4TB for game files
Power Supply: Seasonic 750W X-Series 80 Plus Gold
Below is a screenshot from AIDA64’s SPD information.
Avexir Blitz 1.1 DDR3-1600MHz CL9 Benchmarks
Now let’s test how good the Blitz 1.1 DDR3 memory module is. I’ve already included in my charts below the overclocked benchmark results. I used the XMP profile for the 1600MHz clock speed and manual settings for the higher clock speeds.
Overclocking the Avexir Blitz 1.1 was actually very easy. I haven’t fine-tuned the timings, and I only changed the memory clock speeds steps higher. If you are an expert or a master when it comes to memory overclocking you can actually fine tune its settings to get better results. If you notice the timings below are quite loose, but they still show improvement when I overclocked the Blitz 1.1 to 2400MHz.
Based on the charts, overclocking the Blitz 1.1 from 1600MHz to 2400MHz yielded in a better result. Well there are time when clocked at the 2133MHz seemed to yield a tad better result, but generally the 2400MHz did returned the highest score.
I bet the Blitz 1.1 can still be pushed further than 2400MHz, but overclocking your components too much may shorten the life span of the memory chip, since you are already putting too much stress on it.
Price and Availability
The Avexir Blitz 1.1 is a great performing DDR3 memory module. However, availability might be one of its problems since it’s not widely available and I can’t find the specific model that I have with me on Amazon or Newegg (at the time I posted this review). I think the suggested retail price for the Blitz 1.1 starts at $129.99 USD or €99.90. You can check out what’s available on Newegg here.
Avexir Blitz 1.1 DDR3 Review: Conclusion
After using the Avexir Blitz 1.1 Original DDR3 for several weeks already, I was very much satisfied with its performance. I also like its looks and the LED lighting effects. I hope the next generation Blitz (probably Blitz 2.0), there’s a feature were we can control the LED effects already.
In terms of looks and aesthetics, the Original (red) version matches perfectly any Black-Red themed motherboard. The thick heat spreader does the job well too, but it’s basically designed to make your system look cool.
Another thing that I liked about the Avexir Blitz 1.1 is it’s built with high performance Hynix memory chips. I’ve tested several DDR3 memory module before and based on my experience, memory modules that have Hynix or SK Hynix memory chips performs and overclocks better. I was able to get 2400MHz stable easily. I’m sure it would have performed better if I had played with the memory timings.
When it comes to gaming, I think an 8GB or 16GB Blitz 1.1 clocked at 1600MHz is already enough to play any games on the market. Getting a memory with higher clock speeds, like 2400MHz and above, doesn’t really give a significant performance improvement or will result in a much higher frame per second results in games. I’m not saying that there is no improvement, I’m just saying that it’s not that significant and noticeable at all in real world scenarios. Usually it’s the multitasking or content creation benefits from memory with higher clock speeds.
I don’t have much to say any further about the Avexir Blitz 1.1. I’m really impressed with the company’s new memory and it has both the performance and looks. The only con that I see right now is the availability of the product. It’s either you can’t find the model that you are looking for, or probably it’s expensive because retailers are taking advantage of its very limited availability.
The Avexir Blitz 1.1 is a great memory specially if you are looking for a high performance DDR3 memory, and at the same time if you are looking for a memory with LED lighting effects. I think it’s worth your hard earned money and this product gets my recommendation. The Blitz 1.1 also got The PC Enthusiast’s Editor’s Choice award.
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