Team Group recently launch its newest memory module line up to the market, its the T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB DDR4 Gaming. A new spoiled for choice for all gamers that loves RGB and performance. The kits features a full mirror reflection design concept with a combination of an ARGB lightning effect. It runs at a very fast clock at 3,600 MHz with a stock speed of 2,400 MHz. There is also another variant that runs up to 4,000 MHz.
Aside from its fancy ARGB and performance, the T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB DDR4 Gaming includes a lifetime warranty which is something convenient for all. It supports both Intel and AMD motherboards making this new product from T-Force widely available for all computer enthusiast and a like.
Table of Contents
- Look and Feel
- What’s in the Box
- Warranty and After-Sales
Today we will put this to test and see how it goes with our various benchmark programs. And since this is a memory review, we also have a chance to test out our very own AI powered benchmark that will fully utilized the memory limits of this DIMMs. Our benchmark results also covers the stock speed (2,400MHz) and the one-click overclock, XMP (3,400MHz).
Look and Feel
Once you started putting up just a single RGB in your rig setup, its hard to go back, right? Before, the only way to get an RGB in a rig is through the lights of either from a CPU fan or from an cheap LED lightning strip. Right now, from hard-drive, motherboard, cpu cooler, up to memory module, almost all of the computer component are now powered with a RGB. This is what we will be looking at how the T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB look exactly on first hand.
Consistent with their full mirror light effect, the packaging itself is also packed with a mirror like quality finished, making it a premium looking product when you see this on the store shelves.
The prints at the back displays all of the important features of the T-Force XTREEM ARGB, as well as the brief summary of Team Group.
Sliding off the packaging sleeves, will reveal another box sealed with tamper-proof sticker. Made from cardboard matte finished, the T-Force metallic logo on the front shines too! 🙂
The product itself, the full mirror glass finished are stunningly crystal clear with the all-black color and a combination of mirror silver strip at the center part. Since this is not made in tempered glass, be careful of using other cleaning cloth as it easily gets hair line scratch if not cleaned properly. Make sure to use the included cleaning cloth when wiping off the fingerprint marks and dusts.
At the back, the top part use the same full mirror glass making the ARGB effect viewable at any angle. The aluminum alloy at the bottom is part of the heat sink cooler responsible for the high-performance of the DIMMs.
After attaching the DIMMs in the motherboard and turning it on, the led lids will automatically play its dazzling color ARGB effect that changes to different colors depending on your RGB settings. You can also change the default RGB color using other 3rd party RGB sync tool.
The memory module supports ASUS Auro Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and Asrock-Polychrome Sync Software.
T-Force Xtreem ARGB on the other angle, showing both text and logo of T-Force.
Facing the right corner, we like how T-Force combined the black strip and the RGB lights that creates an gradient light effect from the center.
To tease you more, here are some of the photo.
We will be testing the performance of these DIMMs with the updated and fresh install of Windows 10, and GPU drivers. Meaning, no other application except for bench marking software and our AI powered benchmark that uses Python3, a general-purpose programming language.
The following are the list of application we used for this test.
- PassMark PerformanceTest
- Python 3.9
Here are the specs for the test system.
- CPU: Intel Core i7-8700 CPU @ 3.20GHz
- Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix Z390-F Gaming
- Graphics Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
- Storage: T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 M.2 NVMe 1TB SSD
We will also be using G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4 3,200 MHz 16GB (1 stick) for score comparison.
If you’ve never runs or idea about Extreme Memory Profile (XMP), it is a feature for a one click overclock, a profile settings that manufacturer can recommend for exact voltage, timing and speed of your ram to achieve its advertised speed.
When the XMP is not enabled, the default speed of the T-Force XTREEM ARGB is at 2,400 MHz, while if XMP is enabled it will run to its promised speed at 3,600 MHz. But for user who are not comfortable overclocking their rig, we will also provide a benchmarking result for the stock speed and the overclock speed (XMP).
Not all entry-level motherboard supports XMP, usually it is available to enthusiast-grade motherboard and this settings are just 1-click away from the BIOS settings. In ASUS ROG Strix Z390-F, the settings for XMP is located at the Ai Tweaker, from here you can choose the Ai Overclock Tuner from Auto to XMP I or II.
Just make sure that the motherboard supports atleast DDR4 3,600MHz to take advantage of the advertised speed.
AIDA64 Memory Benchmark
In our first test, we will be using AIDA64. A popular benchmark for testing memory performance and powerful tool for system diagnostic.
As you can see above (Higher is Better), there is a noticeable change in terms of speed when the XMP is enabled in our system, the read/write reaches at 50,000 MB/s mark easily with a fast latency of 46.7ns. While running at stock speed of 2,400 MHz it gets a read/write score of 35,000 MB/s beating the overclocked G.Skill Trident Z RGB @ 3,200 MHz which scores at 25,000 MB/s. However, if you see the latency, the Trident Z latency is much faster by 11ns compare to the stock speed of T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB.
For reference, above are the other scores for both enabled XMP (3,600 Mhz) and stock speed (2,400 MHz) in AIDA64.
7-Zip Compress and Extract Benchmark
Our next benchmark is by testing it with widely used application for everyone, the zipped files. We will use 7-zip for the compress and extract benchmark, the file for compression is an 1.85 GB plaintext log file, then the compressed files which is 40.54 MB will be use as well for extraction benchmark.
For speed score, we will be testing this 10 times and the average is the final score. For compressing a plaintext, we will be using the PMMd (Prediction by Partial Matching) algorithm, the same method for extracting the file. To really test out the memory, we will be using Ultra as the compression.
In the graph above (Lower is Better), it’s quite noticing that compressing and extracting files still depends on the speed of the DIMMs. We can see XMP overclock T-Force Xtreem ARGB leads the fastest for both compress and extract at an average speed score of 47.175 seconds and 51.2536 seconds respectively. It follows by the G.Skill TridentZ RGB that gets a speed score of compress/extract at 47.8775 seconds and 52.2800 seconds respectively. When using the stock speed of T-Force Xtreem ARGB @ 2,400MHz its compress speed is at 47.8775 seconds and extract speed at 52.2800 seconds.
PassMark Performance Test Benchmark
Next is the PassMark Peformance Test Benchmark. Using the version 9.0.
In the results above (Higher is Better), we found it interesting that even using the default 2,400 MHz speed of T-Force Xtreem ARGB it still manage to over run the 3,200 MHz of G.Skill TridentZ.
Python3 AI Powered 8-Puzzle Solver Benchmark
The next benchmark is our 8-puzzle solver powered by Python, we use this tool on our Black Desert Mobile Puzzle Solver. Since this program requires a lot of memory to do its algorithm, we think its one of the best tool to test out the full potential of T-Force Xtreem ARGB. In this test, instead of using the faster A-star algorithm to solve the puzzle solver, we’re going using the slower but memory intensive algorithm, Breadth Search First Algorithm. We also prepared the top 100 most difficult pattern to solve for this test.
As you can see in the graph above (Lower is Better), T-Force Xtreem ARGB @ 3,600MHz solve all of the 100 difficult problems in just 2,248 seconds or about 33 minutes.
We had no trouble reaching the advertised 3,600MHz speeds when using the XMP profile in our Intel motherboard running a i7-8700 CPU. The additional speed gives a big improvements in all of our benchmark, especially when being use to application that are memory intensive.
Overall, aside from its performance, its exceptional fancy RGB lightning effect, the T-Force XTREEM ARGB is affordable given the price range of all DDR4 memory out in the market, the price seats at PHP 7,350.00 for the 16GB (2x8GB) kit.
We highly recommend this kit to all gamers who are looking for fancy looking rig but yet faster RAMs that will work for any system of choice, either Intel or the AMD.
What’s in the Box
Taking out all of the packages, reveal all of this content.
Here are the two DIMMs, in its plastic cartridge. If you’ve purchase the two kits (2 x 8GB), there are extra plastic cartridge that supposed to be for the other two kits.
In case you need to clean your RAM memory from fingerprint marks or dust, you got a free cleaning cloth inside.
The Installation and instruction manual. If you haven’t installed RAM before, better read this for the how to’s and best practices installation.
And free metallic sticker for your rig.
Here are the full specification of T-FORCE ARGB XTREEM DDR4 Gaming
- Module Type: 288 Pin Unbuffered DIMM Non ECC
- Capacity: 8GB x 2 / 16GB x 2
- 3,200 MHz Variant
- Data Transfer Bandwidth: 25,600 MB/s (PC4 25600)
- Latency: CL16-18-18-38, CL14-14-14-34
- Voltage: 1.35V
- 3,600 MHz Variant
- Data Transfer Bandwidth:
- Voltage: 1.45V, 1.35V
- 4,000 MHz Variant
- Data Transfer Bandwidth: 32,000 MB/s (PC4 32000)
- Latency: CL18-22-22-42, CL18-20-20-44
- Voltage: 1.35V
- Dimensions: 48.7mm x 133.7mm x 8.1mm (Height, Length, Width)
- Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
Warranty and After-Sales
It includes a lifetime warranty, in case you have problem with your product becoming non-responsive and defective, you can send it anytime for replacement or a refund for the current value of the product.
To learn more about their Warranty, visit their official website at https://www.teamgroupinc.com/tw/.