The T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 is a simple yet great looking memory module from Team Group, the 3200Mhz 2 by 8GB model here is an impressive one.
What I like most about the T-Force Vulcan Z is the very simple nature of it, let’s call it “Back to basics”. No doubt RGB LED memory modules are good for customization but not everyone needs that, I definitely like paying less for performance.
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Being without RGB LED features, the unit is not taking up additional vertical space and retails at RM 199 which is a price.
The kit with me is a 3200Mhz model at CL16, it has an aluminum heat spreader that’s available in red and grey, and the unit has lifetime warranty.
As for the RAM itself, it uses Hynix AFR chips in single-rank.
Let’s get down to the details. The unit runs as it is on XMP and with the XMP settings I got it to reach 3600Mhz, 3733Mhz is possible but I ran into stability issue on Windows to 3600Mhz is the highest stable speed in terms of Mhz.
The unit does surprisingly well with the best settings being at 3266Mhz with tightened timings at 14-17-17-30.
Note that I’m using a Ryzen 5 2600 with ASRock B450 Gaming ITX/AC motherboard for this test, a processor with better IMC and a better board could possibly give you a little better tweaks. Due to time constraints I didn’t manage Memtest stress test but rest assured these are speeds good enough to get through the benchmarking session.
Moving on to the benchmarks, let’s start with Blender test of which we see the 3600Mhz and the tightened timings settings both had a lead over the XMP settings.
Up next on Cinebench R20, the 3600Mhz has very negligible edge over the tightened timings settings and both are slightly ahead of the XMP settings.
Lastly I did a 4K video rendering on Davinci Resolve 16 and while all of them took over 8 minutes to convert a 4K raw source to 4K video, the 3600Mhz settings saw 2 seconds lead over XMP while the tightened timing settings saw 7 seconds lead which is pretty amazing.
This is not surprising given that when you take the speed and divide it by CAS Latency, the one with tighter timings is theoretically the fastest.
The T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200Mhz is clearly a winner when it comes to DDR4 modules, the ability to have timings tightened is much welcome.
Single stick retails at RM 199. Official product page? Click here.