Recently, I tested the rather fantastic Predator Apollo DDR4 memory, which delivered great performance and RGB thrills. However, the new ACER Predator Talos that I’ll be testing today come with no RGB and a monochrome style that’s sure to appeal to those who want a more slick and stylish aesthetic. However, it’s not all just about style, as these kits are designed for high-performance thanks to their ultra-low timing configurations.
The modules are available with presets up to 4800MHz while the voltage is always below 1.4 volts to ensure stable and reliable operation. The Talos memory modules are available from 8GB up to 32GB per single module and the frequency range is from 2666MHz up to 4800 MHz. However, with timings of CL14 / CL16 / CL17 / CL18 / CL19 / CL22, you’re sure to find the performance that suits your needs. I have the CL18 kit in for review, but the fact they have a CL14 option is encouraging.
Features & Specifications
For in-depth features and specifications, please visit the official product page here.
Predator and BIWIN Storage Technology
Predator branded storage products are designed and manufactured by BIWIN Storage Technology company, a leading maker of quality flash memory, DRAM memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). Founded in 2010, BIWIN focuses on providing global customers with high-quality storage products and specializes in the research, development, manufacturing and sales of memory chip application products.
“Delivering premium products for serious gamers and overclocking enthusiasts looking for the ultimate experience, our mission is to provide best-in-class memory modules and solid-state drives that enhance overall system performance and gameplay. Defined by faster speeds and gaming-inspired design, these Predator storage products are built to be the Number One choice for gamers worldwide.”
The box is very nicely designed, with a matte black background and a hi-gloss image of the RAM floating in the middle. It looks to be 1:1 scale too, so it gives you a good impression of the design.
As you can see, it’s the 32GB (2 x 16GB) 3200MHz kit, so certainly far from the fastest, but opting for a larger capacity instead.
Around the back, a little bit of warranty blurb, as well as a quick rundown of the main features; AMD and Intel support, XMP 2.0, etc.
On the interior, everything is nicely packaged in a durable protective case, and really, the box feels much more robust overall than what I usually see with RAM kits.
Overall, these should get to you in perfect condition, no concerns here.
A Closer Look
First impressions are important, and wow, does this make a great first impression or what!? The design is simply stunning, and it makes me think of Storm Troopers, Transformers, and a whole bunch of other awesome stuff.
The monochrome black on white is a smart choice, and honestly, the steady shift away from RGB on everything is a breath of fresh air. You don’t need RGB on this RAM, it looks great as is.
Of course, it’s likely you will have RGB in your system, and if you do, the brilliant matte white finish here will capture the light from your case/fans very well.
The logo in the centre is stunning, a very cool design and the subtle reflective finish gives off a nice premium quality vibe.
Of course, the PCB is a nice matte black, but then again, I can’t recall the last time I saw a brown, green or blue PCB on RAM. As ACER says “…reinforced 8-layer PCB board beats the industry standard with a stronger oxidation resistance which also reduces signal weakening. A more stable signal transmission lets the player concentrate on the game.” and who am I to argue with that.
The heat spreaders are a custom zinc-alloy, rather than just straight-up aluminium. They have a nice light texture to them, but there’s where the “light” part ends. They’re 80 grams each, which is a lot more material than we usually see on high-end RAM.
All that extra material is going to help pull a lot of heat out of the modules though, and that general oversized design gives it more surface area to dissipate the heat too.
Overall though, it’s a really nice design, and they feel reassuringly overbuilt. Super robust, brutally tough almost, but they look as slick a supercar at the same time.
How We Test
Here at eTeknix, we endeavour to disclose vital information regarding the benchmarking process so that readers can quantify the results and attempt to replicate them using their hardware. When it comes to our benchmarks in our reviews, the benchmarks are pretty self-explanatory although there are a few exceptions. Remember that your choice of graphics card, CPU, the silicon lottery, and other factors can yield different numbers, and there’s always a margin for error when using any software. Therefore, your experience may vary.
Testing Your Own System
Links are provided below, as well as the settings we use. We encourage you to not just look at how one product compares to any other, but how it compares to your own. If you’re looking to build a new system, you should benchmark your current PC using our benchmarks and settings where possible. You should then look at the percentage improvement from your current hardware to the hardware we tested to give you a ballpark figure of how much an upgrade this will provide you with.
- Motherboard – Gigabyte Aorus Pro Z390
- Processor – Intel Core i9-9900K @ Stock
- CPU Cooler – Noctua NH-D15S
- Power Supply – Be Quiet Power Zone 1000W
- Main Storage Drive – Toshiba OCZ VX500 500GB
- Operating System – Windows 10 64-bit
- CineBench R15 (download)
- AIDA 64 Engineer (download)
- WPrime (download)
- 3DMark Fire Strike Physics (download)
- PCMark 10 Productivity (download)
- HWMonitor (download)
- CPU-Z (download)
In our RAM reviews, we keep things relatively simple. We put the RAM kit that is being tested into our test system and benchmark it at its first XMP profile using a variety of benchmarks and tests. Once complete, we apply a reasonable overclock where possible and benchmark the same software with the overclocked values. The CPU clock speed is set to default for both runs.
3DMark Fire Strike
PCMark 10 Productivity