Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 Review (English)
Today we will test the new Silicon Power memories, the XPOWER Turbine RGB DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 (2x8GB) that have been provided thanks to the brand. We will benchmark them, as well as give an in-depth on the specifications that come with these memories from SP.
Silicon Power is trying to enter with new products aimed at the enthusiast/gamer and this is their first attempt to launch an RGB memories under the sub-brand XPOWER Turbine.
Let’s start with the review.
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 – Specifications
Silicon Power launched its RGB line in its XPOWER Turbine series and it comes in several presentations. They have 3200 MHz CL16, 3600 MHz CL19 and 4133 MHz CL19 memory kits.
Today we will be analyzing the 3200 MHz CL16, memories that seem to us the most balanced within their models and it has an affordable price for the gamer/enthusiast market.
These memories come with pre-configured XMP 2.0 profiles, so it is enough to simply activate them in BIOS and one will reach the desired frequencies. In addition, they are compatible with the RGB software of the different motherboard manufacturers such as:
The memories have a height of 40.8mm and make them quite compatible with different air coolers, as this height will have few or non-clearance issues.
Let’s see the general specifications of Silicon Power’s 3200 MHz CL16 kit:
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 (2x8GB)
|Series||XPOWER Turbine RGB|
|Memory type||DDR4 (no-EEC)|
|Capacity||1x8GB (hoy testeamos 2x8GB)|
|Native speed||2666 MHz CL19|
|XMP Profile||3200 MHz CL16|
|Dimensiones||133.4mm x 40.8mm|
|Price (at time of review)||Amazon: 84.99 USD
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At the time of review, the 3200 MHz CL16 (2x8GB) XPOWER Turbine RGB is quite aggressively priced at Amazon (84.99 USD).
More technical specifications
When reviewing what is underneath the memories, we are surprised that the manufacturer of the chips for the module that Silicon Power uses, are manufactured with Samsung. We can see this information through CPU-z and the Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB 3200 MHz CL16 come with a native frequency of 2666 MHz (CL19).
We are not quite sure if they are Samsung B-Die, but we can confirm that they are a type of Samsung IC (K4A8G085W?-BCTD). The memories are Single Rank (uses 8 chips of 1024MB) have primary timings of 16-18-18-38-62 and uses 1.35v when the XMP profile is activated.
Here is a table with more specified timings, for secondary and tertiary timings connoisseurs, using our test bench motherboard, the Z390 AORUS Ultra.
Unboxing/photos Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB 3200 MHz CL16
The design of the Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB memory is quite aggressive. Perhaps the criticism around the memories, go by the “sticker design” on top of the aluminum heatsinks, which may not be to the liking of many. Luckily, when installing on a motherboard, these are not visible and the RGB of the memories look pretty good.
Benchmarks and overclock
We have modified our test bench, so we will be re-standardizing the tests in our databank. For this, we will start with testing the product in review, as well as other memories that are quite popular with gamers/enthusiasts (but at a higher cost).
The test bench we will use will be the Intel platform, as it is more stable for comparing products. Anyway, we will do some testing on Ryzen 3000 series, since its popularity is high at the moment and it will have a separate section.
We have overclocked our Intel Core i7-8700K at 5 GHz with a 4400 MHz uncore for the following tests.
First, our test bench.
CPU: Intel i7 8700K @ 5 GHz All Core
Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS Ultra (F8)
RAM (what we are testing): Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB 3200 MHz CL16 (2x8GB) – https://amzn.to/2ZFvMKq
Graphics Cards: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING OC
OS: Windows 10 Home Versión 1809 (has security patches for Meltdown and similar)
SSD: Crucial BX300 120GB + Silicon Power P34A80 1TB
Information about overclock in the XPOWER Turbine RGB
The overclock to the memories has been through a simple method and that was to keep the same timings of the XMP profile and raise the transfer frequency, in this case to 3466 MHz. In addition, we adjusted a couple of tertiary timings to increase their performance a little more.
As you know, the stable overclock space can vary from user to user, but we believe, as in most memory reviews, that the normal increase in memory is approximately 200 MHz.
We also increase the voltage to 1.45v as we are demanding more RAM. Now, the corresponding benchmarks.
AIDA64 Memory bandwidth
AIDA64 Memory latency
Geekbench 4 – RAM Test
The Witcher 3 – 1080p Ultra
While the benchmarks above are synthetic, they can give us a reference of memory performance. Using a game that is quite susceptible to RAM illustrates better information of the impact that RAM memories can have on games.
The Witcher 3 is one of those games, where latencies play an important role in performance, other than having a video card/ processor overclock.
Here the corresponding table in this controlled test, where we see the average FPS and 1% LOW.
The Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB memories do not have a temperature sensor, which is not essential for RAM memories, since DDR4 in general are quite efficient, but it is something that we take into consideration when we see if a model has this information.
A temperature sensor can be useful to the user to check if their overclock may be affected by temperatures (there are some types of chips that are sensitive to temperatures and overclock).
We do not consider that not having a temperature sensor is a deal breaker, especially at the price tag that it currently has.
RGB Software (Motherboard) – Using RGB Fusion
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB does not have its own software, which is not necessarily bad, as it is compatible with most RGB software from motherboard manufacturers, such as AURA SYNC, RGB Fusion, Mystic Light or Polychrome Sync.
The level of customization will depend quite a bit on the manufacturer’s software and as our board is a Z390 AORUS Ultra, it is quite limited, but it has the essentials.
The memories can be synchronized with the rest of the components using RGB Fusion 2.0.
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB memories are recognized as RGB LED DDR within GIGABYTE RGB Fusion 2.0
The RAM configuration options are limited to the motherboard manufacturer’s own software. In the case of RGB Fusion 2.0, it has Static, Pulse, Flash, Double Flash, Color Cycle and Default (RGB rainbow) mode.
Experience in AMD Ryzen 3000 series (Ryzen 9 3900X)
One of the most important things to consider nowadays is that the Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB 3200 MHz CL16 memory worked without issues with the new AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor. We are using the X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI board to test and it simply worked by applying the XMP profile via BIOS.
We still don’t have standardized tests for AMD Ryzen 3000 series, since at this moment, the platform is still unstable and new BIOS/AGESA/SMU updates will come, so for the moment we can give a capture of its performance in AIDA64 (RAM test) with the memories.
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB 3200 MHz CL16 (2x8GB) did not cause problems with the Ryzen 9 3900X processor and the X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI board. The board applies the correct timings for the RAM memories.
Test of AIDA64 (RAM) with memories in review with the processor Ryzen 9 3900X
Conclusion – Well-designed RGB memory at only 84.99 USD
Silicon Power is a brand that may not be known as others, but it doesn’t mean they are bad. The tests we did during the several days of use, both in factory configuration (using XMP profile) and in overclock, guarantee that the performance of the XPOWER Turbine RGB are good.
Even more importantly, on both Intel and AMD platforms, the memories worked smoothly just by activating the XMP profile via BIOS. This also includes the new Ryzen 3000 series (Zen 2) processors.
The overclock margin is regular, but not bad either, but its strongest card at the moment, is its aggressive price of only 84.99 USD. It was able to compete with the Trident Z RGB 3200 MHz CL14 with overclock, but remember that the overclock margin may vary depending of silicon lottery. It was also good to see that a kit of this cost can approach the TZ RGB with such bus and latencies.
There are few RAM memories with RGB that come with an aggressive price at the moment and with RAM trying to return to a bullish market (higher pricing), those who are looking for RGB, RAM with good performance at low cost, the Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB 3200 MHz CL16 (2x8GB) do the job.
This price can vary quite a bit depending on the country you live in, but a second option is to buy from Amazon.
-Good performance RGB RAM memory.
-It worked without problems in the two platforms we tested, Intel 8th generation (Z390) and X570 board with Ryzen 9 3900X processor.
-Includes RGB, for users who like this feature in their hardware components.
-RGB configuration works via motherboard manufacturer software.
-Does not include a temperature sensor (although it is not 100% essential).
-Kit showed moderate overclock performance.
-It does not have its own RGB software (for board models that do not have RGB software support).
We give Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB 3200 MHz CL16 (considering the current price) a platinum prize, as well as our suggestion and a price/performance prize.
We hope that the RAM market price does not rise, but the XPOWER Turbine RGB ends up convincing us that although the brand is not as well known (especially in our continent) some models like this are good, are at a very competitive price.
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