Topower 8GB Black Edition 1333mhz Memory Review

Topower are a U.S. and Taiwan based manufacturer who will be launching a range of memory and power supply products over the coming weeks. They aim to target the system builder and enthusiast user with affordable, high performance products. Today we take a first look at their 1333mhz ‘Black Edition’ memory kit set to target the enthusiast user, on a strict budget.
As Topower are now targeting the UK market we felt an introduction to our audience was in order. After all we didn’t know who ‘Topower’ was either until a few days ago.
The company issued a press release which read:
“The country’s technocentric market of gamers and home builders caught Topower’s eye, having previously concentrated on its domestic markets. These high-quality and robust modules are set to compete with the likes of Corsair and Gskill and, if current testing is anything to go by, they may just do that.
Citing the UK’s national network of extremely experienced independent resellers, etailers and systems builders as the main influence on their decision to launch in the UK, Topower believe that they can address a much wider customer base through specialised outlets, rather than just online retailers.
With over 100 patents under their belt, Topower’s success has been due to a ‘no-scrimping on quality’ policy combined their ability to undercut competitor pricing on like-for-like memory, all featuring a full Lifetime Warranty as standard. The award-winning Gold Series of high-end gaming modules is even guaranteed when overvolting and overclocking.
Topower memory is available at independent retailers now, with their range of power supplies, featuring industry-leading 7-year warranties as standard.”
Bold claims indeed. Mentioning both Corsair and G.Skill in their first press release certainly would indicate they mean business.

We have several of their kits in for review, but we decided to focus on their sub £50 1333mhz ‘Black Edition’ kit first. It certainly doesn’t sound exciting, after all 1333mhz is included now in even the cheapest systems. We don’t aim to take it easy on the memory today, we want to see if 1,600mhz is possible. If not, we don’t think the Kitguru audience will be interested. I know I wouldn’t be.

The Topower memory arrives in a little black and red box with the product highlighted via a window on the front.

The Black Edition memory arrives in a black and gold heatspreader which we think looks rather nice. The company name is on both sides of the heatspreader.

There are no detailed timings listed on the product sticker, just 1333 8GB, indicating the memory size and speed.

Underneath the heatspreader the PCB is green, and each of the modules is marked D3EE2568E with the Topower name. We don’t know anything about the memory, and nothing is listed online.
On this page we present some super high resolution images of the product taken with the 24.5MP Nikon D3X camera and 24-70mm ED lens. These will take much longer to open due to the dimensions, especially on slower connections. If you use these pictures on another site or publication, please credit as the owner/source.

To test today, we decided to use our long term Asus P8P67 Deluxe motherboard which has been one of the most reliable boards within one of our long term review systems.

We overrode the manual speed, to set the Topower memory at 1600mhz, which didn’t cause a problem. The system posted first time. Auto settings showed 9-9-9-24 1T timings.

System validation at these speeds is available here.
Trying to push the memory further proved difficult, we did manage a post at 1866mhz, but the timings were so relaxed that performance was worse than the relatively tight 1,600mhz 9-9-9 timings.
Main system:
CPU: Intel Core i7 2700k
Cooler: Thermaltake Frio OCK
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Deluxe
Graphics: Sapphire HD6950 Flex Edition
Chassis: Thermaltake Level 10 GT
Operating System: Windows 7 64 bit Enterprise
Monitor: Dell U2410
NOTE: We haven’t tested many memory kits on the P67/Z68 platform in recent months, so we felt it would be worth including results from our high end Quad Channel X79 system featuring the 3960X EE processor. Obviously this shouldn’t be used as a direct comparison, but more to highlight a wider overview of performance levels between the various Intel platforms.
Comparison system:
Processor: Intel i7 3960X EE @ 4.4ghz
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
Cooler: Antec H20 920
Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX590
Power Supply: Enermax Platimax 1200W
Optical Drive: Asus BluRay Drive
Chassis: Lian Li PC-A77FR Aluminium Red Full Tower Case
Monitors: Dell U3011, 3x Ilyama ProLite E2472HDD
Boot Drive: Patriot WildFire 120GB
Secondary Drive: 1TB Samsung
Comparison memory:
Kingston HyperX 2400mhz
8GB Kingston HyperX 2,400mhz
16GB G.Skill 2400mhz
8GB Corsair Dominator GT 2400mhz
16GB GSkill Ripjaws Z 2133mhz
32GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
SiSoft Sandra
PcMark 7
3D Studio Max 2011
MaxxMem 2
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
Sandra is a (girl’s) name of Greek origin that means “defender”, “helper of mankind”. We think that’s quite fitting.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what’s really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
Native ports for all major operating systems are available:
  • Windows XP, 2003/R2, Vista, 7, 2008/R2 (x86)
  • Windows XP, 2003/R2, Vista, 7, 2008/R2 (x64)
  • Windows 2003/R2, 2008/R2* (IA64)
  • Windows Mobile 5.x (ARM CE 5.01)
  • Windows Mobile 6.x (ARM CE 5.02)
All major technologies are supported and taken advantage of:
  • SMP – Multi-Processor
  • MC – Multi-Core
  • SMT/HT – Hyper-Threading
  • MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE 4.1, SSE 4.2, AVX, FMA – Multi-Media instructions
  • GPGPU, DirectX, OpenGL – Graphics
  • NUMA – Non-Uniform Memory Access
  • AMD64/EM64T/x64 – 64-bit extensions to x86
  • IA64 – Intel* Itanium 64-bit

21GB/s is a decent result from a dual channel kit running at 1600mhz.
PCMark 7 includes 7 PC tests for Windows 7, combining more than 25 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming. Specifically designed to cover the full range of PC hardware from netbooks and tablets to notebooks and desktops, PCMark 7 offers complete PC performance testing for Windows 7 for home and business use.

A good result from the system, scoring 4,811 points.
V2011 is the first release of 3DStudio Max to fully support the Windows 7 operating system. This is a professional level tool that many people use for work purposes and our test will show any possible differences between board design today.
Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011 software offers compelling new techniques to help bring designs to life by aggregating data, iterating ideas, and presenting the results.
Streamlined, more intelligent data exchange workflows and innovative new modeling and visualization tools help significantly increase designers’ creativity and productivity, enabling them to better explore, validate, and communicate the stories behind their designs.
Major new features:
  • Slate: A node based material editor.
  • Quicksilver: Hardware renderer with multithreaded rendering engine that utilizes both CPU and GPU.
  • Extended Graphite Modeling Toolset
  • 3ds Max Composite: A HDRI-capable compositor based on Autodesk Toxik.
  • Viewport Canvas toolset for 3D and 2D texture painting directly in the viewport
  • Object Painting: use 3D geometry as ‘brushes’ on other geometry
  • Character Animation Toolkit (CAT): now integrated as part of the base package
  • Autodesk Material Library: Over 1200 new photometrically accurate shaders
  • Additional file format support: includes native support for Sketchup, Inventor
  • FBX file linking
  • Save to Previous Release (2010)
We created a new 8200×3200 scene and recorded the time for the hardware to finalise the render.

The system completed the render in 6 minutes and 45 seconds, which is a good result for a dual channel 2700k system.
MaxxMem2 PreView is a handy, free program to rate memory performance. It can be downloaded over here.

MaxxMem handles dual/tri and quad channel memory slightly differently. The dual channel 1600mhz memory scores well in the copy and write tests, but much lower in the read test.
Topower are a new name to the UK market, and availability right now seems limited to a few stores such as ILGS. This 8GB 1333mhz Black Edition kit isn’t listed yet however we have been informed it will be on sale for around £45 inc vat, which means it offers reasonably good value for money.
That said, we need to look at this in a little more detail.
Topower are facing fierce competition from companies such as G.Skill, who are currently offering the RipjawsX 8GB 1600mhz kit for £39.95 inc vat on Overclockers UK. You really don’t get more competitive pricing than some of the G.Skill memory in the UK right now.
Without question, performance of the 8GB 1333mhz Black Edition memory is strong, especially when factoring in that it overclocks to 1600mhz without any effort.
This raises a very important point however.
Why not release this Topower memory as a 1600mhz branded product targeting the enthusiast market? They do currently offer an 8GB 1600mhz kit which is priced at £56 inc vat, so perhaps the 1333mhz is the ‘bargain’ in the group. Topower don’t seem to list any timings, so the genuine 1600mhz kit might be CL7 rated, we don’t know.
If it wasn’t for this review today, many people will factor in the (unknown) name of the company and the rated ’1333mhz’ speed and dismiss the product immediately. I know I wouldn’t make a purchasing decision on a 1333mhz kit which costs £5 more than a highly regarded enthusiast grade 1600mhz G.Skill RipjawsX 8GB kit.
This marketing mess doesn’t however detract from the quality of the product, we managed to get the memory running at 1600mhz with 9-9-9-24 1T timings, which is just as good as the RipjawsX kit. We also like the appearance of the black and gold low profile heatspreaders which ensures complete compatibility with a variety of oversized CPU coolers, such as the Noctua NH D14.
If you are in the market for an inexpensive, high performance memory kit for the P67 or Z68 platform then the 1333mhz Black Edition memory offers good value for money, but the company are facing some stiff competition from other, higher profile companies. We aren’t sure a 1333mhz branded product which should have been released as a 1600mhz kit will be enough to generate huge sales, especially as G.Skill offer similar performance products for less money.
  • Nice heatspreaders
  • low profile.
  • overclocks to 1,600mhz without any effort.
  • no 1,600mhz XMP profile, meaning you need basic bios knowledge.
  • G.Skill RipjawsX 1600mhz is cheaper.
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