Topower Black-X DDR3 1600Mhz Memory Review

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The Topower Black-X memory comes packaged in a black and amber colored box with the company name and very few details about the product inside. There are no specifications printed on the box in regards to voltage requirements, timings or even the speed of the memory. The sticker attached to the memory is visible through the two window cut outs and does give mention to it being an 8Gb kit and 1600Mhz. It would be nice to see a little more detail on the memory specifications either on the box or the applied sticker, or better yet on both.

The back of the box makes mention of the lifetime warranty, a support e-mail address and the physical company location address in Taiwan. Even though on Topower’s web site they call this memory “Black-X”, that name is nowhere to be found on the packaging or the memory itself, they simply call it “Black”.

Removing the product from the box finds the memory securely packaged in a plastic holder, thus ensuring the product will arrive to the end user in good condition,

The next few pictures are of the modules up close showing the black and gold themed heat spreaders applied to the memory. The heat spreaders have no fins and are no taller than the memory itself. The low profile of the heat spreaders should allow for easy installation and clearance regardless of the CPU cooler used. The stickers applied to the modules have the model number and reference to being DDR3 1600 but as mentioned above there is no mention of voltage values or rated timings.


Without much in the way of specifications provided with the product, we fired off an e-mail to Topower support to get what we could from them. Topower’s support was very timely in their response which was nice to see, we had a response within a few hours of the inquiry. From the information we received from Topower support and anything else we could drudge up, we compiled the following:

Topower BD316008GK16 Black DDR3-1600 Specifications

Timings at 1600Mhz 9-9-9-24-2T 1.65v
Timings at 1333Mhz 9-9-9-24-1T 1.5v
Speed DDR3 1600Mhz
Size 2X4Gbg Kit (8 Gb Total)
Voltage Range 1.5v ~ 1.65v
Type 240 Pin Non-ECC Un-Buffered
Warranty Lifetime

We were told by Topower support that the 1600Mhz speed may work at 1.5v (motherboard dependent) and to try that before raising to 1.65v, so as the testing process moves forward we will try that out.