T-Force Delta TUF Gaming RGB
It might surprise some of you to know that Team Group have actually been around since 1997, founded in Taiwan. Perhaps best known, now, for their array of PC components (most notably memory and SSDs), Team Group’s portfolio actually expands to USB drives, SD/Micro SD cards, mobile peripherals (such as hubs), high quality cabling, and even enterprise orientated storage/memory. That’s quite a range (and it goes further). Today, then, we have some RGB memory to be looking at. Unlike bringing RGB to SSD’s (something, I believe, that Team Group can claim to be ‘the first’ on), RGB on DRAM has been a thing for a while, but it is becoming increasingly commonplace to the point where any custom build beyond the $1250 USD range, will likely use RGB memory. In fact, Krzysztof even said that RGB was basically becoming standard on DDR4 modules nowadays, and I’m highly inclined to agree.
The product today is actually a collab between Team and Asus, and those who’ve been around for… well, any length of time, will immediately recognise Asus’ well known ‘TUF’ branding on both of these products. I have never quite been able to work out Asus’ TUF range, as it sits very separate from their top stack products, and even their ‘ROG’ line. TUF is a line all on its own, and is often easy to pick out. Built ‘heavy’, with an emphasis on rugged looks. To give the product its full name, we have the Team Group Delta RGB TUF DDR4 for review. 16GB, 3200Mhz. The product page for this I will link here.
The range actually goes as far down as DDR4 2400, which – for current Intel and AMD platforms – is below the JDEC specification, which sits at DDR4 2933Mhz for both chip makers. What we have here lies at the top of Team’s product stack, coming in at a CAS latency of 16 (more specifically, 16-18-18-38). I already have my theories, therefore, on what DDR4 chips this kit of memory uses, but I will reserve any pre-judgement or speculation for now.
|DDR4 – 2400||16-16-16-39||1.2||19200|
|DDR4 – 2666||18-18-18-43||1.35||21300|
|DDR4 – 2933||16-16-18-38||1.35||23400|
|DDR4 – 3200||16-18-18-38||1.35||25600|
It’s safe to say that someone in the market for memory like this, in 2018, is going to be looking at exactly the kit we have here. 16GB, 2x 8GB sticks, and likely at the 3200Mhz mark. This is often seen as ‘the sweet spot’ (though I distinctly remember saying the same about 4GB, then 8GB…), and some games are straight up difficult to play on 8GB of system memory. Battlefield V, the pre-public release trial, is an excellent example. Naturally, controlling the lighting on a kit like this will require a software download (…sigh), but it’s relatively lightweight at just 22.5MB. There is also, apparently, planned support for Asus Aura Sync in the future. I can live with this, and – in fairness – it’s difficult to see any integration with already released products on a large scale. Likely much easier just to ‘do it yourself’, in house, and be done with it. Both AMD and Intel mainboards are listed as being supported, though there is no specific mention of the kit being made for AMD Ryzen. This doesn’t concern me as much as it used to, and I don’t have any doubt that I’ll get this kit working at XMP defaults with my system, the details of which will be listed later. Up next, the boring specs and features.