Memory is one of the crucial components that can really make or break your experience with your freshly built or newly upgraded PC. There are so many modules from as many manufactures, where do you start? TeamGroup recently released its T-FORCE Dark Z memory modules. These modules come in 2666, 3000, 3200, and 3600 MHz speed and a choice of either red or grey heat spreaders. With the Dark Z memory, less could be more as there is no RGB lighting on the modules which also means that you’ll be paying less. The performance and compatibility will eventually tell the tale of the Dark Z memory modules. For good performance memory modules should run at their rated speeds and stability is key. Unstable memory can ruin your day, especially with AMD’s 1st and 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs.
Review Sample Provided by: TeamGroup
Product Name/Link to Website: TeamGroup T-FORCE DARK Z DDR4 Gaming Memory
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.
|Module Type||288 Pin Unbuffered DIMM Non-ECC|
|Capacity||8GB / 16GB / 8GBx2 / 16GBx2|
|Data Transfer Bandwidth||21,328 MB/s|
|Dimensions||43.5(H) x 141(L) x 8.3(W)mm|
|Heat Spreader||Aluminum heat spreader|
- Armor design for perfect protection
- Aluminum alloy heat sink with high performance
- High thermal conductive adhesive
- Supports Intel & AMD motherboards
- Selected high-quality IC
- Supports XMP2.0
- Energy-saving with ultra-low working voltage
- Taiwan Utility PATENT (number: M585419)
The packaging for the Dark Z memory modules is designed for retail shelves as the modules are housed in a plastic blister pack. The modules are clearly visible on the front side. On the rear of the package, TeamGroup includes more information on the modules. The features of the Dark Z memory are listed on the back of the package as well.
The Dark Z modules that we received are the grey version and are rated at 3600 MHz. The chrome T-Force logo is protected by a clear plastic sticker placed over it.
The heat spreaders are made from aluminum and powder-coated either grey or red in color. On the back of the module, the information sticker lists out the specifics of the modules. Our 3600 MHz modules run at CL 18-22-22-42 at 1.35v at XMP speeds.
Pulling the heat spreaders apart, we’re presented with the PCB and the memory modules onboard. The modules are labeled as TeamGroup modules but in reality, are SKHynix ICs.