Team Group's Night Hawk RGB Memory

16GB of DDR4-3000 CL16 (TF2D416G3000HC16CDC01)

For our testing, Team Group provided us with a dual channel kit from its T-Force Night Hawk RGB range. This is a 2x8 GB kit rated at DDR4-3000 with latency timings of 16-18-18-38. The T-Force Night Hawk DDR4-3000’s are a fairly middle of the road (spec wise) dual channel offering when compared to some of the high-end kits, but the Night Hawk kit comes aims at a much more reasonable balance of price point and performance. With the high-performance kits, the price is paid on the way the memory is binned - with kits like the Night Hawk RGB, there is a small 'RGB tax' over non-RGB mono-color variants, which usually comes in at around $5-$10 depending on the manufacturer. The RGB element is purely for aesthetics, so while on paper and financially it makes less sense to opt for the RGB option over the mono-colored version, our discussions with vendors gave an insight into this market. As far as we were told, RGB sales are growing faster than anyone ever expected - system design customisability is becoming an important consideration of a PC build. 

For the memory itself, Team Group has gone with a rather eccentric hawk inspired heatsink design as the brand. The modules end up 1.73”/44mm in height, so for context, the Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler has a clearance for memory of up to 45mm, so this kit should just about fit. 

Under the heat sinks, Team Group has opted to use single sided Samsung B-die ICs. These memory ICs are highly favoured by extreme overclockers for their potential overclockability and frequency scaling, as well as the ability to really tighten the latencies; at very high frequencies and tight latencies, some of the more synthetic tests that competitive overclockers love make a difference, and memory manufacturers use that as a marketing tool when it comes to B-die. That being said, despite sending us a memory kit using B-die, Team Group did say however that in future it could change the ICs in the kits depending on market pricing and availability of such modules. This is disappointing, but not completely unexpected as other companies also do this. Our normal policy applies when this is the case: if this were to occur, we would want the model number would change to reflect this. There are attempts online by competitive overclockers to identify which memory modules use certain ICs, so if one model number had several IC versions, it would be very confusing to organise.

The Team Group T-Force Night Hawk RGB DDR4-3000 kit comes with a global lifetime guarantee in the US, and supports RGB LED customisation. This particular kit is synchronizable with ASUS motherboards via ASUS Aura Sync. The purpose of platforms like Aura Sync is to allow users looking to colour match their existing products through products such as peripherals, motherboards, VGA and even RGB LED strips such as BitFenix’s Alchemy range and virtually all of Cablemod’s current line-up.

Memory Scaling on Ryzen 7 Memory Straps and Explaining Frequency vs. Data Rate
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  • Threska - Saturday, September 30, 2017 - link

    That could potentially be VERY interesting since GPUs are one of the few things that need a high bandwidth. Reply
  • Thefinaleofseem - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - link

    Pity that latency wasn't tested as well as clocks. It would be interesting to see how Ryzen scales with both factors. Reply
  • germz1986 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - link

    I would really like to see a review of this G.Skill kit F4-3200C14D-16GFX, It seems it was the first ryzen optimized set for 3200 @ fairly low timings out of the box. Reply
  • kpb321 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - link

    Small nitpick

    DDR4-2933 16-18-18 (Nearest to memory kit rating)
    DDR4-3066 16-18-18

    DDR4-3066 is actually closer to the memories kits rated 3000 speed. 2933 is the max speed supported by the processor that is below the rated speed of the kit. 3066 would be a slight overclock.
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  • Gavin Bonshor - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - link

    It probably needs re-wording as 2933MHz CL16 is what the XMP profile runs at on Ryzen with this particular kit. Reply
  • nismotigerwvu - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - link

    Perhaps he was going by "The Price Is Right" rules :) Reply
  • Dr. Swag - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - link

    You guys should've lowered timings along with frequency to keep latency constant while increasing bandwidth/IF clock speeds Reply
  • kpb321 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - link

    Those ashes results are interesting. They are the only one that doesn't show a fairly straight forward improvement as memory speed increases. For the tested kit you'd actually get better performance dropping speed down to DDR4 2800 instead of DDR4 2933. Same thing if you are OCs the memory 3200 is faster than 3333.

    Overall this makes me happy that I decided to spend an extra buck or two when I put together my Ryzen system to grab a 3000 kit which happened to be from Team Group also over the typical 2400/2666 kits around the same price. I hadn't typically seen the value in paying a premium for faster memory kits but the even the early indications showed it was more important for Ryzen systems and this shows how important it can be.
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  • DanNeely - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - link

    That result makes me suspect the dominant effect we're seeing is something random not memory related. Reply
  • SpartanJet - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - link

    Really disappointing results, all people talked about is how Ryzen scalled with memory. I guess I'm going with Intel 8700k after all. Reply

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