Team Group were recently kind enough to send over some hardware for our Phantom Gaming build as part of their three way collaboration with ASRock and Cooler Master. Today we are really excited to be checking out their T-Force Xcalibur Phantom Gaming RGB DDR4 3200 2x8GB kit and putting it through its paces with some other recent arrivals at Mod83 HQ.
Team Group have actually supplied us with 32GB for this build but for setting a standard on our test bench we will be using a single 2x8GB Dual Channel Kit.
Opening the packaging we are greeted with the exclusive Phantom Gaming branding to the heat spreader and large angled RGB rail, overall its a great design that fits into the ethos of the Phantom Gaming brand. The RGB lighting is viewable at up to 120 degrees and the cooling is taken care of via an aluminium module with high heat transfer effiiency.
The specification of our modules is listed below and its worth noting that the kit is also available in 3600 and 4000 variants too. Team Group also offer a life time warranty on these memory kits that shows their confindence to the build quality oif their products.
CPU Compatibility: Intel & AMD
RGB: Supports Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync and ASRock Polychrome Sync
Capacity: 16GB (8GBx2)
Dual Channel kit: Yes
Tested Speed: DDR4-3200 MHz (PC4-28800)
Tested Latency: 16-18-18-38
Tested Voltage: 1.35V
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Type: 288-pin DIMM
Our kit is to be used on what will become our HEDT test system. This will allow for stable and consistent results given the capacity of the 2990WX.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
ASRock Phantom Gaming 6 X399
Cooler Master ML360 TR4 Edition
Nvidia GTX 1070 Strix
Samsung 860 Evo
Cooler Master V750W PSU
The Phantom Gaming 6 motherboard from ASRock really allowed us to play with the fantastic RGB options afforded by using their Polychrome Sync. We have to say this is some of the best looking memory we have ever seen, paired with the Team Group Delta SSD that we will also be reviewing shortly it looks truly amazing.
Given that the kit is compatible with Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Light Sync, you will never be short of options to ensure that this kit fits in with the colour scheme of your build. Should you not have an RGB enabled motherboard, Team also have their own TForce Blitz to control the lighting.
The choice of lighting patterns is nothing new and look fine in our testing, we could make out the LEDs of each array under the diffuser but this is a small issue that will bother some and not others. Overall we love the design and are satisfied that this is a kit that should be considered by people buiulding RGB focussed rigs.
On to testing then. Given that we are using a beastly AMD Ryzen 2990WX we have tested in both default Creator Mode and Game Mode to offer a comparison to the results.
Given that these are our first memory test results we dont have anything to compare it to in house, however when compared to other online results this Team Group kit performs very well. Our main concern with DDR4 is stability via the XMP profile and given the time Team Group have spent working with ASRock on compatibility as part of the Phantom Gaming Alliance we are not dissappointed and expect nothing less.
In real world use, timings will not make much difference between applications while we expect to see high average frame rates in our FPS tests given faster memory. Only GTA V dips below the minimum 60 FPS we expect but only slightly. All our titles were run at their highest settings at 1080P and we will be putting together a page dedicated to our settings for future reference soon.
Team Group have delivered an excellent product in their T-Force Xcalibur Phantom Gaming RGB 32GB DDR4 3200 2x8GB with great aesthetics if you are planning a Phantom Gaming themed build. The Xcalibur is also available in a standard black theme or special edition with a patterned RGB strip if your build varies from the PG branding.
Whichever version you choose we are sure that you will be impressed with the performance from this Team Group kit. The styling with the unsual angled design of the RGB rail is refreshing to see and its nice that a manufacturer is trying something different. However it also provided a complication to our build as we have had compatibility issues with the Cooler Master Wraith Ripper Cooler but many other manufacturers are in the same boat here and its something to bear in mind.
Overall though, if you love the looks and want a decent kit for your next build then the Team Group T-Force Xcalibur Phantom Gaming RGB DDR4 3200 2x8GB is certainly one to consider.