When putting together a gaming PC, please, for the love of candy, don’t get sucked into believing that you absolutely have to ensure that your RAM has the highest possible frequency rating, or else you’ll somehow be missing out on a meaningful performance boost.
I hear so many people suggesting that it’s necessary to spend ludicrous amounts of money to bag memory kits running at an ultra-high frequency if you want to get the most out of your gaming machine. The reality is, even though there are some benefits to having high-frequency RAM, you’ll barely notice those benefits in the context of gaming performance.
RAM type and stock frequency: DDR4 3,000MHz
Architecture: x8 FBGA DRAM chip
Intel XMP 2.0: Yes
Warranty: Three years
Benchmark scores and general performance
PassMark overall score: 2,983
Database operations: 105
Memory read unchached: 17,345
Available RAM: 13,408
Memory threaded: 29,374
Memory read cached: 28,040
Memory write: 12,770
Memory latency: 22
Price and supplier information
Supplier: Kaira Distribution / Esquire Technologies Website: www.apacer.com RRP: R2,820
I recently got the chance to put Apacer’s BLADE FIRE DDR4 3,000MHz RAM to the test, and this kit is proof of the above. Even though the kit’s rated at “only” 3,000MHz, the performance it offers is excellent, and it’d be a worthy addition to any monstrous gaming PC.
The tighter latencies that go hand-in-hand with lower-frequency RAM often equate to more stable performance. They also boast lower power consumption, which translates to lower heat, which in turn means it will a) last longer, and b) be better at overclocking. These Apacer modules are truly stunning to look at (thanks to the LED lighting in particular), but how do they perform? I used PassMark to put this dual-channel memory kit through its paces, and it yielded the following results:
You may be interested to know that the above results were recorded after applying software fixes related to the Meltdown and Spectre security bugs that’ve seen loads of controversy lately. I originally tested the BLADE FIRE kit back in December, pre-Spectre/Meltdown, and back then I consistently achieved marginally better results than the above. Normally I wouldn’t bother mentioning it, but with all the reports on how these bug fixes have a direct impact on the performance of many computers on the planet, I thought it’d be interesting to note the difference between the scores this RAM achieved in December versus the scores it pulls today.
In December, our test rig running the Apacer BLADE FIRE DDR4 modules consistently yielded an average PassMark score of 3,029 across multiple tests. Running those same tests (again, multiple times), the highest score I recorded was 2,983. Still, the new score is seriously impressive, and high enough to place our test rig’s memory score in the top 96% of computers worldwide. Obviously, the minor performance drop between then and now may have absolutely nothing to do with Spectre and Meltdown – I’m just speculating.
Apacer’s BLADE FIRE memory modules are available in frequencies from 2,800MHz up to 3,200MHz, support Intel XMP 2.0, offer a three-year warranty, and are available in dual- and single-channel offerings. The next time you’re hunting for a new RAM kit, these are definitely worth considering.
Eye-catching aesthetic, especially with the LED heartbeat
Only three-year warranty
8Apacer checks all the boxes with their BLADE FIRE DDR4 kits. These are great-looking RAM modules that perform brilliantly.