Apacer wasn’t at Computex’s exhibition halls this year, but that doesn’t mean the well-known memory and storage company didn’t have anything to show us at this year’s show.
Of particular interest to gamers and enthusiasts alike was the NOX DDR4 SO-DIMMs, which are not only used in the GIGABYTE BRIX VR, but in several other high-end notebooks as well, including the ASUS ROG GX800 gaming notebook. Apacer makes some of the fastest SO-DIMMs money can buy with DRAM frequencies of up to 3,000MHz, and even if you don’t have a notebook or system that came pre-installed with these, they can be bought at retail like any other DRAM module. It’s probably the easiest performance upgrade you could apply to your gaming notebook.
Sticking with memory modules, Apacer showed us their new Panther line of DDR4 modules, which feature full LED lighting, a reflective aluminium heatsink and capacities ranging from 4GB all the way to 16GB per DIMM at varying latencies. No information was available pertaining to which ICs the DRAM modules were using, but 3,000MHz should be more than enough for the average gamer looking for performance modules at a relatively low price.
As is the case with a number of memory vendors, DRAM isn’t the only game in town and PCI Express-based storage solutions – particularly M.2 storage – is where Apacer leverages their strengths to stay ahead of the competition.
The Commando PT920 is a PCI Express-based solution that largely acts as a heatsink for the drive contained within. It’s rather elaborate, but the point is that it manages to keep the drive as cool as possible, meaning that performance never degrades and your storage will consistently perform at the highest possible levels.
This isn’t just a heatsink, but an actual drive meant primarily for high-end machines. It’s NVMe 1.2 compliant and features some mighty performance figures, especially given the modest 240GB and 480GB capacities. That’s not large at all by today’s standards, but with sequential read performance as high as 2,500MB/s and writes of up to 1,350MB/s, it’s right up there alongside the best drives money can buy. Add a three-year warranty to the mix and you have a high-performance drive which should hopefully reach our shores sometime soon, if it’s not already available.
Last but not least is the AC730 portable hard drive. It’s an external drive with a highly robust housing that quite possibly makes it the most reliable – or at the very least the most resilient – drive around. Apacer tells us the AC730 has passed military-grade testing, including the ability to withstand 1,500kg of pressure. It’s water- and dust-resistant (IP68), features anti-vibration suspension technology, and can withstand direct falls from heights of up to 1.2m. It’s a USB 3.1 Gen 1 / USB 3.0 drive as well, so not only does it not need external power, but its performance will not be limited at all by the interface. It’s probably the easiest way to protect your data against environmental hazards. Available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, these drives are already available in South Africa.
Overall, Apacer is continuing to evolve its storage solutions, offering ever-increasing performance in both their drives and DRAM modules. Hopefully we’ll get to examine all of these products in more detail in the coming months, and we’re looking forward to seeing these in person again at rAge 2017.