Packaging and TEAM T-Force DARK Z Alpha
The T-Force DARK Z Alpha comes in a clamshell package, with the "clean" side of the RAM on full display, resting on a cardboard insert to add additional style and offers a place to put any textual information. With the name of the kit ran across the top, and the RAM in the middle, leaves us with the "Compatible with AMD" sticker at the bottom-left, and the product sticker at the right, displaying density, speed, timings, voltage, and the part number for the 16GB kit.
On the back of the packaging, TEAM explains the TF logo, what the colors mean, and what the wings stand for, which falls just below Lifetime Warranty notation at the top-right. The lower section of the cardboard insert offers a list of seven features listed on the left, while company information, the model number, and a QR-code are provided at the right.
Along with the memory, there is some literature where images show how to install it and another section on warranty details, and we also get a case badge. As to the T-Force DARK Z Alpha sticks, TEAM starts with black PCBs, and as you can see, we got them with black aluminum heat spreaders. The spreaders are highly stylized with fins at the top, many angles and indentations used, two round dots at either end, with a chrome TF logo in the middle and the DARK Z Alpha name painted on them in the lower-right corner of the spreaders.
On the other side of the sticks, we find that the heat spreaders are the same, but with two omissions. Rather than the TF chrome logo, we see the product sticker, and the name of the kit does not appear on this side. As to that sticker, it carries the individual stick part number, the density of said stick along with its type and speed. The timings and voltage follow, and we also see they are made in Taiwan, and there are serial numbers present, should you need to contact TEAM for any issues.
The top edge of the spreaders reminds us of the G.Skill Ripjaws designs, but rather than a flat or lowered center section, in the DARK Z Alpha, the center is raised. Painting T-Force in the middle of the sticks identifies them as definitely not G.Skill, and we do like the aesthetic appeal of these non- LED bearing sticks.
Opting for software to tell us what is under the hood, Thaiphoon Burner tells us this kit was made week 41 of 2019, and that we have A2 revision, 8-layer PCBs. What most care about is the IC, and on the right, it shows us that TEAM went to Hynix for the chips, more specifically, the H5AN8G8NAFR-UHC that we last saw in some Apacer Panther Rage sticks.
When building test rigs, we try to mute the colors so that the product being tested can stand out, but on the X570, the DARK z Alpha blends right into the mix of black, gray, and white that the build contains. From this view, we can see a lot of the styling, but while the TF logo is muted, the bright white T-Force on the top and the DARK Z Alpha on the sides pop out and are easily recognized as to what they are.
In our Intel build, we find a lot of similarities in the way it blends in with the build, but this time the TF logo is plainly visible, and we even have part of Nick Shih's autograph is reflected in it. With the gap between them on AMD, or stacked next to each other on this Intel system, we like the look of the kit, and we can see where these could be a massive hit for those looking for DDR4 without any sort of lighting.
Last updated: Jan 17, 2020 at 06:11 am CST
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