Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 2x8GB Review (English)
Today we have in review the a new DDR4 memory kit from Team Group, the Vulcan Z DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 (2x8GB presentation), which comes thanks to the brand. The Vulcan Z are the replacement of the original T-Force Vulcan, as they have arrived at EOL («End of Life») so we will try the new model at the maximum frequency that are currently offered.
In addition, Team Group have these memories at a very aggressive pricing, so that factor will weigh heavily when analyzing the Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z.
Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 – Specifications
As mentioned in the introduction to the review, Team Group has changed the status of its memories, the original Vulcan to EOL («End of Life») which means that they will cease to be manufactured. In its replacement, Team Group has released the T-Force Vulcan Z (no similarity to Dragon Ball®) on different buses and latencies:
-2666 MHz CL18
-3000 MHz CL16
-3200 MHz CL16
They come in these different presentations:
Today we will test the T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 in 2x8GB presentation with a frequency of 3200 MHz and CL16 latency, that have an improvement in the heatsink design. The regular Vulcan heatsinks had a certain fragility and construction quality that has been improved with the new Vulcan Z series.
In addition, it has a rather low profile, which is compatible with a large number of air coolers that do not allow much height clearance.
Here is a summary of the specifications of these memories.
Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 (2x8GB)
|Series||T-Force Vulcan Z|
|Memory Type||DDR4 (no-EEC)|
|Native speed||2400 MHz CL18|
|XMP Profile||3200 MHz CL16|
|XMP Profile Primary Latencies||16-18-18-38|
|Warranty||De por vida limitada|
|Dimensions||140mm x 32mm|
|Price (at time of review)||Amazon: 75.99 USD
(Amazon affiliate link: https://amzn.to/31GUmYr)
The price is currently 75.99 USD on Amazon, which makes these memories quite interesting, but it has also been at a lower price according to Amazon tracker.
Here are the timings of these memories using a Z390 AORUS Ultra board, which can give more information to those users who pay enough attention to secondary and tertiary timings.
Unboxing/photos Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200 MHz CL16
There’s not much to show in terms of photos from Team Group’s Vulcan Z memories, but we do have some normal Vulcan memories and there is an obvious change. The heatsink design on the Vulcan Z series has been improved. The old Vulcan, were noticeable from a somewhat of a simple construction, unlike the new ones, which have a higher quality finish, as well as better structural composition.
Here are the photos of the product presentation.
Old Vulcan Heatsink Design
Benchmarks and overclock
We have modified our test bench, so we will be re-standardizing the tests in our database.
The test bench we will use will be the Intel platform, as it is more stable for comparing products. We will also do some tests 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.
Here the complete features of our test bench.
CPU: Intel i7 8700K @ 5 GHz All Core
Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS Ultra (F8)
RAM (what we are testing): Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 (2x8GB) – Affiliate link (https://amzn.to/31GUmYr)
Graphics card: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING OC
OS: Windows 10 Home Versión 1809 (with security mitigations)
SSD: 120GB + 1TB
Vulcan Z DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 overclock information
The overclock to the memories has been through a simple method and that was to maintain the same timings of the XMP profile and raise the frequency (bus), in this case to 3500 MHz. To ensure stability the VCCIO is at 1.30v and the SA at 1.32v. We suggest at the moment to overclock, to reduce as much as possible to the VCCIO and SA for the longevity of the memory controller of the processor.
We use these voltages to standardize tests and see which memory has the most stable overclocking capability.
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, in some cases more.
We also increase the voltage to 1.46v as we are demanding more RAM. Now, the corresponding benchmarks.
3600 MHz was not stable, and the stability point of the memories, probably are between 3500-3600 MHz (but would need a modification to the BCLK).
I suggest you read the section of the memories with AMD (Zen 2), since there is overclock information for this platform.
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.
Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 memories do not have a temperature sensor, which although it is not essential for RAM memories, since DDR4 in general are quite efficient, is something we take into consideration when we see if a model has this feature.
A temperature sensor can be useful to the user to check if his overclock can be affected by temperatures (there are some types of chips that are sensitive to temperatures and overclock).
We do not see this as a determining factor to discourage when choosing this model, since the pricing of this RAM is really aggressive.
Experience in AMD Ryzen 3000 series (Ryzen 5 3600)
The Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 memories worked without any problems with the GIGABYTE X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI board. It just works by simply activating the XMP profile via BIOS. Here are the timings that the board applies with this memory kit.
With the timings of the memories, this is the result that we obtain quickly in AIDA64.
The highlight of the Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z 3200 MHz CL16 memories is that they overclocked more than the Intel system, working at 3800 MHz CL16 using 1.46v to RAM. Here a capture of the result with the memories with frequency and timings re-adjusted.
Conclusion – Impressive performance currently on discount
Team Group although it is not as well known as other major market players, is among the top in the world in terms of quality. The new Vulcan Z series replaces the Vulcan series and there is not much new in its change, with the exception of an updated heatsink.
At the time of the review, the key factor that runs in benefit of these memories, in its presentation of 3200 MHz CL16 (2x8GB) is the current price of them, only 74.99 USD. These memories use Hynix CJR and this is the first time we have tested this type of chips and the result we have obtained in overclock, has been better than the average in the Intel platform and spectacular in the Ryzen platform (Zen 2).
In addition, both platforms worked properly in stock (only XMP profile activated) and there was no compatibility problem with either of the two board models we used for this review.
The out-of-the-box performance could have been a little better (secondary/tertiary timings) but it’s nothing to complain about or be frightened when evaluating the purchase.
Let’s hope that in Peru they will be encouraged to bring them eventually, since the only way at this moment to obtain them, is through Amazon.
-At current market price (74.99 USD or less) it is strong recommendation by us.
-Worked smoothly on both platforms with XMP profile, Intel, as well as Ryzen 3000 (Zen 2).
-Above average overclock potential on Intel in this sample.
-Impressive overclock potential with AMD (Zen 2).
-Secondary/tertiary timings could be better with XMP profile.
-It does not have a temperature sensor, but it is not vital, especially because of the price of the kit.
We give a Platinum award to Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z 3200 MHz CL16 (2x8GB) memories as well as our recommendation, price/performance award and overclock. As long as they are priced competitively, you don’t care about RGB, and just want a good performance for your buck, it’s an easy recommendation. Let’s hope that RAM memories in general don’t go up in price again in the near future…
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