While the PC market has already started moving towards faster DDR5 memory modules, DDR4 memories are still relevant and demanded among gamers and professionals for older generation platforms. We take a look at the 16GB Teamgroup Delta RGB DDR4 3600MHz CL18 gaming memory and here are our thoughts about it.
Teamgroup’s Delta RGB desktop memory modules feature a stylish aluminum alloy-based heat spreader that is based on an asymmetric minimalist design. The memory modules come in white and black colors, and we received the latter option for review.
While the heat spreader covers almost the entire memory module, the PCB also comes in black color. The T-FORCE logo is seen on the middle of the heat spreader and the Delta R branding is located on the top-right side of the device. The R is actually part of the RGB lighting system.
Speaking of RGB lighting, Teamgroup mentions that the memory modules come with the unique Force Flow RGB lighting system that covers 120 degrees. This means the RGB lighting not only covers the top portion but also the left and right sides for full coverage. The Force Flow RGB is compatible with popular RGB control apps such as the ASUS Aura Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion 2.0, MSI Mystic Light Sync, ASROCK-Polychrome Sync, BIOSTAR Advanced VIVID LED DJ, and more.
There is also the T-FORCE branding on the top-right side above the Force Flow RGB lighting system. We tested the 16GB Teamgroup Delta RGB DDR4 3600MHz CL18 on our ASUS X570 TUF Gaming motherboard, along with the AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT processor, a 1TB Kingston KC600 SATA drive, 1000W XFX PSU, and the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU.
Upon inspection of the memory modules, Thaiphoon Burner reports that the Teamgroup Delta RGB DDR4 3600MHz CL18 sample we received features Hynix C-die memory chips and are made in Taiwan. We ran the memory modules with the default 3600MHz speeds and the Infinity Fabric (FCLK) speed at exactly half the speeds (1800MHz) for optimal performance. However, the CL18 may be a bit loose in terms of memory timings and this may or may not affect the performance, based on the application that you run. On the contrary, a DDR4 3600MHz CL16 is considered to be the sweet spot for third-generation Ryzen chips.
That said, we ran the AIDA64 Cache & Memory benchmark with the default 3600Mhz speeds at CL18 and got a latency of 74.7ns. The read speed achieved is 49424MB/s and the write speed is 28798MB/s. For the L3 Cache, the read speed is 465GB/s, and the write speed at 614GB/s, along with a latency of 9.5ns.
We also ran CineBench R23, PC Mark 10 Extended, 3D Mark FireStrike, and 3D Mark TimeSpy tests with the new memory modules. Here are the benchmark scores.
For those looking to build a new budget PC or upgrade their existing systems, the 16GB Teamgroup Delta RGB DDR4 3600MHz CL18 gaming memory is a good choice to consider. The memory modules come with black-coated heat spreaders to keep the temperatures low and the Force Flow RGB lighting system covers the top, left, and right sides.
While the CL18 timings may be a bit low, the main 3600MHz memory speed makes up and delivers good performance for both gaming and productivity. The latency can reach up to 74.7ns. The Teamgroup Delta RGB DDR4 is also available in different capacities, timings and configurations with speeds up to 4000 MHz.