We had a look at the team group T-Force Night hawk RGB memory, running at 4000MHz. You get a variety of different colors, we have the black kit. But honestly it doesn’t matter which color you get, they are just gorgeous. The kit that we have here is the 16GB kit with 2x 8GB modules with timings of 18-22-22-42 and 1.35 volts.
So before we get into the performance let’s first see what the prices are like for these bad boys.
So the specific kit that we have here is retailing for about $120 on amazon or R2700 here in South Africa. The Price is actually very good, as a lot of the other brands we could find that were running at 4000MHz were ranging from $140 to over $200. Here in South Africa the other closest price was R3300.
Now getting into the main feature of these modules, the looks. Cause goodness me these are some good looking memory modules. According to team group the visual design symbolizes a pair of flying wings. Now these wings represent the high quality and extreme performance from Team Group and how capable they are for allowing all gamers to break the speed limit and enjoy the ever-changing gaming world. The RGB on the sides are supposed to look like Hawkeyes, it kind of does. Maybe like a robotic hawk? Keep in mind that they are quite big, take that into consideration with your CPU cooler before getting these, or you might just end up having to get a new CPU cooler as well. Dimensions are 53(H) x 147(L) x 9(W)mm.
Regarding the RGB they work with ASUS AURA sync, Gigabyte RGB fusion, MSI Mystic light Sync, ASrocks Polychrome RGB and BIOstar RGB Sync. So, you have multiple options for effects on the ram, you get static, pulse, flash, color cycle, the default rainbow effect and then also off. Each LED is individually addressable, which makes it very easy to incorporate the ram into your colour scheme. For our tests we pair it up with an Aorus Z490 Master motherboard and their RGB Fusion software. As for the Blitz Software that was supposed to be RGB software designed for the Night Hawks, that has been discontinued, we did find an older version of the software, but the PC freaked out completely after installation. And then the motherboards software did not even pick up the RAM anymore.
But before we get into how these modules perform, we will not be overclocking them, as most average consumers do not know how, because it can get very complicated. Most people just do the plug and play thing. Keep in mind to at least go and switch on your XMP, otherwise they will most likely only run on 2133MHz. Which will be a bummer if you bought RAM with a 4000MHz frequency. T-Force also offers different variances on the frequencies, so you can pick from 3000MHz all the way up to 4000MHz. Like we mentioned before, the kit we have here is the dual 8GB 4000MHz modules, with timings of 18-22-22-42 running at 1.35 Volts, We are comparing them with XPG’s D50s 3600MHz with timings of 18-20-20-42 as well as corsair vengeance at 3000MHz and timings of 15-17-17-35. These are Hynix memory chips that were used for the Night Hawks. Unfortunately Thaiphoon Burner could not pick up which Die they are.
Now here we can see that they are the top performers in almost every benchmark we did, Except for the Cinebench R20 Single core, for some reason at 4000MHz they did the worst. In AIDA we saw that the higher frequency rates showed better latency times and a higher bandwidth. In the Cinebench benchmarks, the Single core scores were pretty much the same, but it seems like timing plays a bigger role in multi-core scores as the corsair scored better in that.
In conclusion. If you want to have some very sexy, good performing memory, these have to be on the short list. They look really good, perform really well and honestly the price is actually very reasonable as well. These were some of the cheaper 4000MHz kits that I saw. Just keep in mind that they are quite big. But I really did like them and they look awesome!