The first consumer platform to support DDR4 memory was Intel's Skylake Z170 family & the respective Z170 motherboards. The memory initially came with native speeds of 2133 MHz but since then, AMD and Intel, have modified their platforms to not only support faster native clock speeds but also allow for higher clocked DIMMs to be supported by XMP profiles that have been tuned specifically by the motherboard manufacturers to support a large range of memory kits with clock speeds beyond the native design.
With the launch of Intel's 12th Generation Desktop CPUs, we got to see the brand new Alder Lake-S Z690 platform which features improved I/O and support for fast DDR4 memory up to speeds of 5000 MHz. Today, I will be taking a look at how well the performance of DDR4 scales against DDR5 on the Alder Lake platform.
V-Color PRISM Pro RGB Golden ARMIS 32 GB DDR4 Memory Kit Specifications
Many of our US readers may not have heard of V-Color but the company was established in 2006 by a team of experts, specializing in DRAM module testing. V-Color's primary based on operations is situated in Taipei, Taiwan but their products are available across the globe. The company has a primary focus in the DRAM and Flash product markets, with their lead products more often being memory kits and SSDs.
While V-Color offers several DD4 memory kits, their flagship product for 2019 was the PRISM II RGB series which is an upgrade to their original PRISM RGB series modules. The company has moved to a more aggressively priced solution that is pitted against other RGB kits but at a much better value proposition. For 2022, V-Color has introduced their latest PRISM PRO series which offers premium aesthetics with faster clocks and tighter timings thanks to higher binned DRAM ICs. They sent me their latest DDR4-5066 memory kit for review, the PRISM PRO RGB GOLDEN ARMIS.
The V-Color PRISM PRO RGB GOLDEN ARMIS 32 GB DDR4 memory kit is designed to offer great aesthetics with great value and as such, this RGB emblazed kit can be found for $88.99 US which is comparatively cheaper to other RGB DDR4 kits in the market. The kit we received is optimized at a clock speed of 3600 MHz. The memory kit consists of dual 8 GB DIMMs which make up a total of 32 GB in capacity. Some main features of the V-Color PRISM II RGB DDR4 series are listed below:
- Brand new design with spectacular texture.
- Full customization of colors on the Light Bar.
- Each Overclocking IC is selected under rigorous testing techniques with auto sorting equipment designed by v-color.
- PRISM II is compatible with both INTEL and AMD platforms, XMP 2.0 supports automatic overclocking.
- V-color PRISM II RGB Series will Synchronize across ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, ASRock boards.
- Features speed of 5066 Mbps
- Lifetime Warranty
The memory kit has a tested latency spec of CL20 and the timings are 20-30-30-50 for this specific kit. The voltage set at reference is 1.6V and the memory kit comes in an unbuffered package with a non-ECC (Error Correction) design. The memory kit is fully compliant with Intel's XMP 2.0 and can be easily set to its rated clock speeds through the BIOS shipped on the latest Intel motherboards.
- Module Type: PRISM PRO RGB Golden ARMIS U-DIMM
- Memory Type: DDR4 288 Pin Unbuffered DIMM Non-ECC
- Capacity: 8GBx2
- Frequency: 5066 Mbps
- Latency: CL20-30-30-50
- Tested Voltage: 1.6V
- Heat Spreader: Aluminum heat spreader
The memory kit is fully compliant with Intel's XMP 2.0 and can be easily set to its rated clock speeds through the BIOS shipped on the latest Intel motherboards. Memory compatibility differs from motherboard to motherboard so make sure that your board is high-end and rated to support high clock speed memory sticks.
Teamgroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB 32 GB DDR4 Memory Kit Specifications
TeamGroup is the creator of some of the most high-quality memory products for the PC industry. They have come a long way since their inception in 1997 and went on to become one of the fastest-growing product manufacturers and a leading brand around the globe.
Since the arrival of DDR4 memory in the mainstream market, Teamgroup started a separate line of DIMM kits under their new T-Force brand. The T-Force brand is the more enthusiast and gamer aimed memory series with a sheer focus on quality and performance. For this review, I will be taking a look at Teamgroup's latest T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 series memory.
The Teamgroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB 32 GB DDR4 memory kit is one of the most interesting design choices I have seen on a DDR4 module. The kit I received is optimized at a clock speed of 4000 MHz (PC4-28800). The memory kit consists of two 16 GB DIMMs which make up a total of 32 GB DRAM of capacity. Some main features of the T-Force Xtreem ARGB series are listed below:
- Full mirror light penetration
- Latest ARGB technology
- Aluminum alloy heat sink with high performance
- Supports Intel & AMD motherboards
- Selected high-quality IC
- OC profile support
- Energy-saving with ultra-low working voltage
- Taiwan Utility PATENT (number: M584969)
The memory kit has a tested latency spec of CL15 and the timings are 15-15-15-35 for this specific kit. The voltage set at reference is 1.5V and the memory kit comes in an unbuffered package with a non-ECC (Error Correction) design. The memory kit is fully compliant with Intel's XMP 2.0 and can be easily set to its rated clock speeds through the BIOS shipped on the latest Intel motherboards.
V-Color PRISM Pro RGB Golden ARMIS 32 GB DDR4 Memory Kit Unboxing and Close Up
The V-Color PRISM II RGB series memory kit comes in a box cardboard package. The box is colored black but the text is in different colors which is part of the whole V-Color aesthetic Front of the box lists down the V-Color and PRISM PRO RGB brandings along with 16 GB & 'Golden ARMIS' logo.
The back of the box lists down brief specifications of the PRISM PRO RGB DDR4 memory kit along with the detailed procedure of how the modules are tested and selected by V-Color for this particular kit. The package also includes a fiber cloth that you can use to clean the reflective surface of the heatsink which can easily catch fingerprints.
Inside the box, both modules are held firmly between a plastic container that has the marketing logos featured on it too. The memory modules are featured adjacent to one another.
The first thing that catches your eye is the slight metallic pink color that both memory DIMMs have to offer. It is not shiny like the PRISM II series but one thing that V-Color did right with its PRISM Pro series is that it comes with a white-colored diffuser whereas the PRISM II featured contrasty color schemes which didn't look appealing.
Both memory modules feature a copper-alloy heat spreader with a minimalistic design. V-Color went with a metallic finish on each module which features a large "V" in the middle that represents the V-Color brand. The V-Color logo and specs are also etched on the metallic heatsink.
There are 5 LEDs featured on the PCB that light up the diffuser. The memory kit makes use of 8Gb Hynix CJR/CFR (C-Die) memory dies which are pretty decent & allow for good overclocking which I will show in the performance tests in a bit. The specific part number for these dies is TL8G50820D-E6PGAWK and operates at 1.6V with DDR5-5066 Mbps speeds and CL20-20-30-30-50 timings.
The frame of the memory DIMMs is of a high-class design that uses polished aluminum heat spreaders of either gold or silver color (silver in our case).
The memory modules are bulky and pack a solid heatsink that delivers optimal thermal performance.
The memory sure looks spectacular but beware that it can easily catch fingerprints and requires you to clean them with the cloth provided in the package or use gloves when installing them on your PC.
Teamgroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB 32 GB DDR4 Memory Kit Unboxing and Close Up
The T-Force Xtreem ARGB series comes in a small cardboard package. It has red and black accents all over it. The front of the package has the name and specifications sticker along with the marketing logos for T-Force and Xtreem ARGB brands.
The back of the box lists down a brief overview of the T-Force brand along with detailed features of the T-Force Xtreem ARGB series memory. The package also includes a warranty paper & a T-Force logo sticker.
Out of the box, I can note that the Xtreem ARGB from T-Force rocks a very premium look with a glossy front face and the use of silver and blue accents on the heatsink shroud.
The T-Force Xtreem ARGB series memory modules feature a large diffuser that is embedded across both sides. The diffuser lights up the reflective shroud which delivers a stunning look on the DIMM.
The other side of the memory modules has a matte black finish on the lower half. The reason for this is that the other side won't be as exposed as the front side of the memory when installed on a PC.
The dual-tone looks fantastic and the ARGB lighting makes this memory kit look great with almost all kinds of build.
The large diffuser does make the modules stand out a bit taller which might cause an issue in terms of heatsink clearance if you're running an air cooler. Otherwise, the memory is one phenomenal piece of work by T-Force.
Teamgroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB 32 GB DDR4 Memory Kit - RGB Lighting Showcase
As stated above, one of the main features of the T-Force Xtreem ARGB series is its unique design and that has mostly do with the stunning all-body RGB diffuser that is placed on the heatsink. The ARGB features of this memory kit are fully supported by major motherboard vendors through their own RGB technologies.
The memory kit supports ASUS's Aura Sync, Gigabyte's RGB Fusion 2.0, MSI's Mystic Light, and ASRock's Polychrome Sync software.
For testing, I used the latest Intel Core i9 12900K processor along with the ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4 motherboard which can support higher frequencies memory without any issues. The XMP profile for each respective ram kit was enabled. That's DDR4-4000 MHz CL20 for the TeamGroup and DDR4-5066 CL20 for the V-Color kit.
DDR5 Memory Test Platform:
|Processor||Intel Core i9-12900K @3.2 GHz (Stock) (DDR5/DDR4 Memory)|
|Motherboard:||Gigabyte Z690 AORUS Master (DDR5)
ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-A (DDR4)
|Power Supply:||ASUS ROG THOR 1200W PSU|
|Solid State Drive:||Samsung SSD 980 PRO M.2 (1 TB)|
|Memory:||TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB 32 GB (16 GB x 2) DDR5-6000 CL40
G.Skill Trident Z5 32 GB (16 GB x 2) DDR5-6000 CL36
G.Skill Trident Z Royal 16 GB (8 GB x 2) DDR4-4400 CL18
TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB 32 GB (16 GB x2) DDR4-4000 CL15
V-Color PRISM PRO RGB Golden ARMIS 32 GB (16 GB x4) DDR4-5066 CL20
|Case:||Cooler Master C700M|
|Video Cards:||MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X|
|Cooling Solutions:||MSI MEG S360 AIO|
|OS:||Windows 11 64-bit|
The TeamGroup memory kits comprise 2 DIMMs while the V-Color kits come with 4 DIMMs (two per kit) that operate in dual channel mode. Since we were running a Z690 platform, the memory was operating in dual channel mode. Additionally, I managed to get an overclock of DDR4-4400 with the T-Force kit while retaining the CL15 (15-15-15-35) timings at 1.5V. The V-Color kit was hard to push but the 1.6V voltage did allow for DDR4-5200 speeds with the same CL20 timings so it would be nice to see how this kit performs against the DDR5 options.
DDR4 Memory Kit Performance Tests With Intel Core i9-12900K
I have separated the performance tests into two sections. The first section consists of pure synthetic and general workload tests while the second section would be focusing on gaming performance and how different games are affected by higher clocked memory sticks.
AIDA64 Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
For AIDA64 memory tests, I ran the kits at both stock and overclocked speeds. The stock speed was configured at the XMP 3.0 profile of 6000 Mbps CL36 for the Trident Z5 memory kit.
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Gaming Performance Tests
Gaming applications generally don't see huge gains with different memory kits but DDR4 has enabled a huge gain in memory frequency which can impact gaming performance. Moving from the stock 3200 MHz to 3600 MHz and beyond 4000 MHz can have a slight effect on performance and the improved CAS timings on some of the high-end SKUs can result in better overall FPS and system responsiveness.
Furthermore, while 8 GB has become the standard for gaming PCs, modern applications such as editing software and multi-tasking users can benefit hugely from 16 GB and 32 GB kits which have become more common in the gaming market over the last couple of years.
The duo of memory kits I tested today shows that Intel still offers problem-free support for the majority of memory kits available in the market. I had no problem running the memory kits at default and overclocked configurations. Both memory kits provided by V-Color and Teamgroup feature solid design and good ICs which are designed to be overclocked so it all boils down to consumer choice.
Both memory kits feature good overclocking capabilities though the performance you get out of them isn't that noticeable and for V-Color specifically, the memory is already running at really high speeds so the headroom is little. TeamGroup's T-Force Xtreem offers slightly more headroom.
Design choices for both kits are very unique with V-Color going for a more metallic look with a rigid RGB diffuser which looks great on its own while T-Force's effort is great in itself with a mirror finish with a full-body diffuser to show off those RGB effects. Both kits are compatible with lighting RGB software from major board vendors. To sum it up, both memory kits offer a very premium look and feel that only a few other manufacturers could match when it comes to the RGB memory landscape.
Pricing is a whole other story with the V-Color DDR4-5066 (CL20) kit going for $259.99 US while the T-Force Xtreem ARGB 32 GB DDR4-4000 (CL15) kit going for $299.99 US. These are high prices even for DDR4 memory but considering these are meant to be that way owing to their premium nature, we compare some high-end kits from the DDR5 segment and found out that most of the new kits retail for over $350-$400 US. Given the minute performance difference between DDR5 and DDR4 in real-world applications and especially gaming, I would say that users should save their money and invest in a DDR4 Z690 motherboard which should offer similar and in some cases, even better than DDR5-performance.
With that said, both of these kits are superb options built for their specific audiences who want a taste of premium components within their PCs. If you're not a fan of RGB or premium designs, then there are several memory kits available for much cheaper prices in the retail market. Both memory kits receive an Editor's Choice Award from me!
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By: Hassan Mujtaba
Title: V-Color PRISM Pro RGB Golden ARMIS 32 GB DDR4-5066 & TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB 32 GB DDR4-4000 Memory Kit Review
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Published Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 20:03:28 +0000