Team Group released a new kit of RGB memory with an astounding 6400 MHz speed rating. As part of their T-FORCE line of gaming-oriented memory, the new DELTA RGB is the first memory officially released to break the 6000 MHz barrier. Even amidst component shortages, we managed to get our hands on this rare memory. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about this new product launch from Team Group and show you what it can do when overclocked.
Even amidst the most significant hardware drought the computer industry has ever seen, Team Group managed to release three different product SKUs within the DELTA RGB lineup. The speed ratings come in three flavors, 6000, 6200, and 6400 MHz. In terms of density, there’s only one offering of 2 x 16 GB.
Team Group only has two DDR5 products families currently. If you’re on a tighter budget, they offer the VULCAN DDR5, which provides speeds up to 5200 MHz. However, if it’s performance and overclocking you’re after, then look no further than the DELTA RGB. Below is the T-FORCE marketing effort for our DELTA RGB review kit.
RGB Colors & 120° Ultra-Wide Lighting
Modeled after a stealth aircraft, the T-FORCE DELTA RGB DDR5 delivers a refreshing visual experience and continues to offer the 120° ultra-wide lighting and clean geometric silhouette found in the DELTA RGB DDR4.
Supports Intel XMP3.0 for One-Click Overclocking
Supports the latest Intel XMP3.0 and one-click overclocking technology; users can experience ultra-fast overclocking speeds at a single click.
Strengthened PMIC Cooling Design
DELTA RGB DDR5 is equipped with professional thermally conductive silicon, reinforced PMIC cooling design, and effective, stable PMIC operations.
On-die ECC for System Stability
The DELTA RGB DDR5 memory supports on-die ECC, which offers error correction and detection to ensure that system stability is not compromised for performance.
Power Management ICs (PMICs) Equipped for Stable, Efficient Power Usage
The DELTA RGB DDR5 memory is equipped with PMIC, minimizing noise interference and ensuring stable, efficient power distribution across all components for fast, reliable power supply.
High-Quality ICs Selected for Stability & Reliability
TEAMGROUP has selected a high-quality IC that has undergone comprehensive compatibility and reliability testing to ensure a gaming memory that delivers both stability and compatibility.
Smart RGB IC Controllers Support Various Lighting Effect Software
The T-FORCE DELTA RGB DDR5 is equipped with a smart RGB IC controller that is compatible with lighting effect software such as ASUS Aura Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion 2.0, MSI Mystic Light Sync, ASROCK-Polychrome Sync, and BIOSTAR Advanced VIVID LED DJ for lighting effects and synchronization. With the RGB DDR5, gamers can design their own lighting effects and create an incredibly stunning RGB system.
The Lifetime warranty
T-FORCE DELTA RGB DDR5 offers a comprehensive lifetime warranty, and we provide free replacement service for non-human product trouble during the product’s intended usage/application*, making the process simple and offering you peace of mind.
In the table below are specific details of our test kit:
|T-FORCE DELTA RGB DDR5
|Capacity||32 GB (2 x 16 GB)|
|Lighting||RGB Lighting with 120° Ultra-Wide Viewing|
|Rated Frequency||DDR5 6400 MHz (PC5 51200)|
|Chipset||Intel XMP 3.0|
|Multi-channel Kit||Quad Channel Kit|
|Dimensions (HxLxW)||46.1 x 144.2 x 7 mm|
|MSRP Pricing||Newegg $569.99|
|Registered / Error Checking||Unbuffered / Non-ECC|
Right about now, we usually like to show you the Thaiphoon Burner SPD output. We use that software to preliminary identify the ICs under the hood. Unfortunately, the software is not ready for DDR5 at this time. However, don’t despair; CPU-Z now accurately reads the IC branding. Although it doesn’t display nearly as much information as Thaiphoon Burner, it gives us a good indicator of the IC.
As you can see, our test kit was built with SK Hynix ICs. We know from early testing that Hynix ICs show incredible overclocking potential, so we’re expecting significant overclocking headroom from this kit.
If you’re looking for that premium unboxing experience, then look elsewhere. Team Group typically offers three levels of packaging. The memory comes in a high-quality presentation style package on their premium products. Conversely, on their budget offerings, it’s a sealed plastic clamshell that gets destroyed to open the memory. This is their midrange package offering. The packaging is basic and functional, but it’s undoubtedly flashy looking with full-color images on the front.
Meet the T-FORCE DELTA RGB
Once out of the box, we get our first look at the DELTA RGB. There are typically two distinct styles in the world of memory heat sinks: thick machined aluminum and thin stamped aluminum. The heat sinks are stamped aluminum and slightly on the thin side at 1 mm thick. At this point, the heat spreader is more a style factor than an actual necessity, but we always take note of the finer details.
Although we were not impressed with the overall thickness and heft, the style factor makes up for it. T-FORCE has produced a stunning-looking design in all-black with white silk-screening.
We appreciate the attention to detail, even for a stamped aluminum heat spreader. Presumably, the ‘R’, which has been cut out of the aluminum, references the RGB element. However, it does conjure up images of the ‘Type R’ performance cars in the automotive world.
Team Group’s marketing claims that the PMIC is actively cooled. Our last XPG Lancer review noted no active cooling for the PMIC. They missed an opportunity to put a thermal interface layer between the PMIC and the heat sink, but the Team Group didn’t skip this step. We’re delighted to see that the DELTA RGB PMIC does indeed have active cooling, such that it is. The memory IC has been rebranded, but we know it’s SK Hynix.
The T-FORCE DELTA RGB is compatible with all major motherboard manufacturers, so you can customize the lighting to suit your needs. We tested the RGB control with ASRock’s Polychrome Sync software, which worked flawlessly.
The overall effect is impressive. You get an unobstruct3ed top-down view and a very clean-looking effect. As RGB memory modules go, these are among the brightest we’ve seen. There were no observable hot spots.
Testing and Overclocking
Intel’s new Z690 motherboard implements a new socket, the LGA 1700 (Socket V). As such, the mounting holes may not be compatible with older generation coolers. ADATA was kind enough to send us their flagship AIO for this memory review. We will put it to good use in future memory reviews.
XPG LEVANTE AIO
XPG LEVANTE Water Pump
Asetek’s PATENTED COOLING
XPG LEVANTE Fans
EFFICIENT COOLING SOLUTION
XPG LEVANTE 360’s three Vibrant Dual Ring
XPG LEVANTE RGB Controller
EXTERNAL ARGB CONTROLLER
XPG LEVANTE 360 AIO CPU LIQUID Cooler’s
Below is the test system and resulting memory speeds used to evaluate the memory and run the various benchmarks.
|CPU||Intel Core i9-12900KF – Core i9 12th Gen Alder Lake 16-Core|
|Cooler||XPG EPS Levante 360 Addressable RGB CPU Liquid Cooler|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z690 AQUA OC|
|Graphics Card||EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 K|NGP|N Gaming Graphics Card|
|Solid State Drive||T-Force CARDEA ZERO Z330 1 TB|
|Power Supply||be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1500 W PSU|
|Operating System||Windows 11 x64|
|Memory Speeds Compared|
|XMP – 6400 MHz CL40-40-40 + XMP Sub Timings @ 1.35/1.35 V|
|Overclock – 6400 MHz CL28-36-36 + Tight Sub Timings @ 1.50/1.45 V|
|Overclock – 6600 MHz CL30-37-37 + Tight Sub [email protected] 1.50/1.45 V|
XMP – 6400 MHz CL40-40-40 + XMP Sub Timings @ 1.35/1.35 V
The first step in this memory evaluation is to test the XMP profile. Because the XMP profile is so incredibly fast, we’re not sure it will even work. There are only a handful of memory kits on the market rated for speeds over 6200 MHz, and this is one of them.
We tested the XMP profile, which worked flawlessly with our test motherboard. We assumed it would work because the ASRock Z690 AQUA OC is one of the best Z690 motherboards for memory overclocking. It’s not technically available on the market yet, but it will be soon. For this reason and curiosity’s sake, we also tested the XMP profile on the MSI Z690 MPG WIFI, a 4-DIMM, 2DPC motherboard. We’re happy to report that the XMP profile worked perfectly on the MSI board and was completely stable in a memory test.
Overclock – 6400 MHz CL28-36-36 + Tight Sub Timings @ 1.50/1.45 V
Because the frequency is already very high, we wanted to see what we could do with timing optimization at 6400 MHz. We’re happy to report that the memory timings showed an incredible amount of headroom and flexibility. Although the primary timings don’t move much below 28-36-36, all sub-timings showed great flexibility in the lower ranges.
Overclock – 6600 MHz CL30-37-37 + Tight Sub Timings @ 1.45/1.50 V
Achieving stability with the memory running 6600 CL30 proved challenging with low voltages. We know that Hynix comes alive with higher voltages above 1.55/1.55, but the goal of this review is daily usage, not extreme benchmarking. Therefore, we kept the voltage as low as possible and created the best profile at 6600 MHz. We’re pretty happy with the result given the voltage.
Overclocking, in general, showed huge advancements in AIDA64. The Read and Copy times showed the most significant improvement from overclocking, with a 1.5-2.5% increase over XMP. It may seem like a small percentage, but remember, the XMP is already incredibly fast. See our comparison testing below to see how it stacked up against a slower kit.
Geekbench 4 Multi-Core
The total score in Geekbench 4 showed about the same gains as AIDA64, right around the 2% mark. The sub-tests showed more significant swings in the score, but we are focusing on the total score for the overall picture of performance.
Lastly, we’d like to examine the performance effects of our memory profiles using game benchmarks. We used the same settings found in the GPU Testing Procedure article for consistency’s sake.
Memory Comparison – XMP
We know that competing against itself in the overclocking section above, the DLETA RGB only managed to show an increase of about 2%. However, the comparison results against the XPG LANCER show a shocking performance increase of close to 20%.
Geekbench 4 Multi-Core
The story is not as impressive when looking at the Geekbench 4 results. The high-XMP-rated DELTA RGB managed to outpace the XPG LANCER by about 3%. This is a typical result you’d expect to see from productivity and workstation applications. Memory speeds help, but it’s usually a reasonably small gain in performance.
The gaming performance is also around a 3% difference; however, it can be tough to increase game FPS from system optimizations alone. This result is a little better than we expected to be honest and encouraging for modern games. We’re starting to see more reliance on system components in newer titles.
We’re very excited about the T-FORCE DELTA RGB. It checks all the boxes for style and performance. The RGB element is powerful in a good way. It brings plenty of bright light to your build without hot spots or glare. The physical build quality is excellent, and the color scheme will blend into virtually all systems. Our only gripe here is that the heat spreaders are slightly thin and flimsy, but they do the job nicely.
The performance and overclocking results are incredible. We’ve had the opportunity to review with both SK Hynix and Micron-based kits. The difference, both in XMP and in overclocking headroom, is astonishing. We’ve observed that Micron ICs don’t operate well above 5600 MHz, but today we’ve seen overclocking stability at 6600 MHz. Team Group released one of the fastest XMP rantings ever to hit the market, and they even left some headroom for overclockers.
DDR5 is incredibly difficult to purchase right now, even if you’re looking for a basic budget kit. Team Group’s DELTA RGB is among the fastest DDR5 available; therefore, it’s even harder to obtain. If you do happen to catch it in stock, it’ll run you $569.99 on Newegg. It isn’t easy to make a price comparison due to the current state of the market. However, we spotted a G.SKill 6000 MHz kit listed for 579.99. We feel the Team Group kit is a direct competitor to the G.Skill one, and they are comparably priced. If you’re after a high-performance DDR5 kit, look no further than Team Group’s DELTA RGB.
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David Miller – mllrkllr88