It would seem that products with RGB backlighting have reached their peak, and manufacturers will no longer be able to offer anything original. But Team Group still managed to surprise by releasing a series of T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB memory, the backlight of which almost completely fills the entire module. We meet such a solution in practice for the first time, and we will try to find out how effective it is in this material.

Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01

Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01

The T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB series currently includes dual-channel kits with a total volume of 16 and 32 gigabytes, as well as an effective frequency of 3200, 3600 and 4000 MHz, and only 8 GB modules are available for the latter. A set with an operating frequency of 3200 MHz and a volume of 16 GB came to us for testing.

Model Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01
Official product page T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB
Type DDR4-3200
Memory chips Team T4D10248ST-32 (Samsung B-die/SK Hynix CJR?; 7.5x11mm)
Volume, GB 16 (2×8 GB)
Timing 16-18-18-36
Operating voltage, V 1,35
Height with radiator, mm 49,3
Cost in domestic retail UAH 3053

The set comes in a large black box wrapped in a bright cover. It shows the backlit module in action, lists supported RGB timing technologies, key features of the memory and its main specifications.

Inside, the straps are additionally protected by a transparent blister, so you don’t have to worry about their safety during transportation. The presence of another empty box indicates that the packaging is universal and, apparently, is also used for four-channel kits.

Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01

In addition to the modules, the user will receive an instruction leaflet and a small cloth for wiping them with them.

Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01

And such foresight of the manufacturer is not without reason — the modules are dressed in a casing made of polycarbonate, which, in fact, is a single light guide, has a mirror effect and various fingerprints are clearly visible on it. The modules themselves are very large and will certainly be dirty when installed on the motherboard, but, fortunately, they are supplied in a protective film and you can first install them, and then remove the protection. Over time, of course, the memory will still have to be wiped if it is frequently reinstalled.

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Naturally, polycarbonate is not able to remove heat from the memory chips, so on the side where they are located, there is a thick black aluminum plate. In the place where it has contact with the plastic casing, its thickness is less than two times, but here it is additionally reinforced with three «cloves» that increase the heat dissipation area.

Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01

The so-called heatsink is attached to the memory chips with the help of «thermal Velcro», and the whole structure is interconnected with the help of a banal adhesive tape. But even with it, the module seems to be monolithic and inspires confidence with its strength characteristics.

Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01

There are eight Team T4D10248ST-32 memory chips soldered under the heatsink, which in fact are most likely Samsung B-die or even SK Hynix CJR. The backlight is controlled by the Ene 6K7742UA0 controller.

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Thanks to the translucent plastic housing, the light spreads throughout the body of the light guides and the modules shimmer completely, from bottom to top, which creates an impressive effect.

You can use ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0, MSI Mystic Light Sync or ASRock Polychrome Sync to synchronize the backlight, depending on the installed motherboard.

Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01

Each bar has a sticker with the name of the kit and the characteristics of each module, including the amount, type of memory, timings and operating voltage.

Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01

The memory is rated at 3200 MHz with timings 16-18-18-36 and an operating voltage of 1.35 V, but at system startup, 2400 MHz with 16-16-16-39 and 1.2 V will be selected by default. nominal characteristics will have to select the XMP mode in the UEFI of the motherboard or set all the settings yourself.

Test configuration

The memory was overclocked on an Intel platform with the following configuration:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8600K;
  • motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex (UEFI 2203);
  • graphics card: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio;
  • cooler: Deepcool AS500;
  • drive: Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB;
  • body: Cooler Master Test Bench v1.0;
  • power supply: ASUS ROG-STRIX-1000G.

Testing was carried out in the Windows 10 x64 environment. To check the stability of the overclocking of the modules, the LinX 0.7.3 program was used for 15 minutes, the amount of memory in which was set at 6144 MB. The computational cores of the processor worked at a frequency of 4300 MHz, the cache — 4000 MHz. The SA and IO voltages were set at 1.25 and 1.225 V, respectively.

For the AMD platform, the system looked like this:

  • processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X;
  • motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula (UEFI 2702);
  • graphics card: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio;
  • cooler: custom CBO circuit;
  • drive: Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB;
  • body: Cooler Master Test Bench v1.0;
  • power supply: ASUS ROG-STRIX-1000G.

Testing was carried out in the Windows 10 x64 environment. To check the stability of overclocking modules, the LinX 0.7.0 AMD Edition program was used for 15 minutes, the amount of memory in which was set at 6144 MB. The processor cores worked at the default frequency, the voltage on the SoC was set at 1.1 V. At all frequencies, the memory worked with a Command Rate of 1.

Test results

Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01

On the Intel platform at the nominal frequency, I managed to reduce CAS Latency and tRFC by a couple of units, but this required increasing the supply voltage to 1.45 V. With factory CL and adjusting some timings, the frequency increased to 3466-3600 MHz, and again with increased voltage . The next step in increasing CAS Latency and other delays allowed the memory to function at 3733 MHz, and with CL18 it was already possible to reach 3900 MHz. Further, the bars no longer reacted either to raising the voltage or to increasing the timings. Even the use of additional cooling in the form of a 92 mm fan did not improve the situation.

Now let’s look at the AMD platform, where for the first time the memory behaves worse than with the Intel processor.

Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01

So, at 3200 MHz, our result is almost comparable to the previous platform, but having reached 3533 MHz with timings of 16-18-18-18-36 and a voltage of 1.45 V beyond this mark, the system refused to behave stably. Manual adjustment of all parameters made it possible to run the stand at a frequency of 3600 MHz and even start testing, but after a few minutes errors already appeared. In the end, I had to stop at the achieved value.

The modules do not have a temperature sensor, so I used an external sensor connected to the motherboard to find out if the chips are overheating under such a plastic «armor». As you can see in the screenshot, at a frequency of 3533 MHz, the temperature of a small aluminum heatsink was only 39 ° C, which is quite good.

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Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01Team T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01

conclusions

The tested memory kit Team TF10D416G3200HC16CDC01 of the new T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB series is addressed, first of all, to those who want to build an original, bright and memorable PC. The design of the modules will allow you to organize a system with a large number of different backlights. There is the possibility of fine tuning and overclocking, but on the AMD platform there were some restrictions on the frequencies achieved. It may have been related to the system being used. As a result, if you want to get 3600 MHz or more with such a memory, then it’s better to look at the older models of this series, but they will turn out to be more expensive. If the overclocking of the system fades into the background or is not considered at all, and the appearance becomes the first place, then the T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB with a frequency of 3200 MHz is undoubtedly worthy of attention.

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