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TEAM T-Force DARK Z Alpha DDR4-4000 16GB Memory Kit Review (Page 4)

Chad Sebring | Jan 16, 2020 at 11:50 am CST - 2 mins, 40 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 68%Manufacturer: TEAMModel: TDZAD416G4000HC18JDC01

AMD Performance

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Read performance in AIDA 64 is impressive. Roughly 500MB/s faster than any other kit in the chart comparing DOCP to DOCP runs. Lowering the timings took a slight loss to the DOCP run, but at 4333MHz, we gained only 220 MB/s, which is less than expected. Even so, it is hard to deny the DARK Z Alpha with chart-topping results!

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The next box in AIDA 64 covers write results, and in this section, we can see that the Vengeance LPX is slightly better. However, when it came to overclocking this RAM, we do see improvements. Lowered timings do not offer much, roughly 340 MB/s boost. However, at 4333MHz, we got over 800 MB/s advantage over DOCP.

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Copy performance shows the DARK Z Alpha in a similar light to the write results, behind the Vengeance LPX. What is impressive is the jumps we go with our attempt to clock this kit! Lowering the timings, we see a 2950 MB/s boost in the results, and raw speed at 4333MHz delivers an increase to the tune of 5300 MB/s.

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When it comes to latency, the DARK Z Alpha is not that great out of the box, where we saw 81.4 nanoseconds, but slightly better than the LPX. Reducing the timings helps a bit, taking us into the high 70s, and raw speed increase gets us to 75.8 ns.

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Using DOCP out of the box, when it comes to Super Pi, they falter with a next to a last-place finish, some ten seconds slower than the LPX. Dropping the timings a bit was a huge benefit, removing thirteen seconds from the DOCP run. Overall, speed delivered the best results, but sadly, they are no better than the Xcalibur kit, which ran at only 3600MHz!

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Fire Strike physics is a weird beast, as anything slightly out of tune will wreak havoc on the results, and is reflected in our chart. While the DOCP run delivered a second-place result, and sort of overclocking to the DARK Z Alpha results in worse scores.

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PCMark 10 did not like the DARK Z Alpha at all, as using the DOCP profile netted us the last place result! While overclocking does help a bit, it is sad that a 3000MHz kit tops the chart, and our 4333MHz test and lowered latency test both fall way short of that mark!

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7-Zip also shows the DARK Z Alpha in a poor light. Next to last out of the box is nothing to write home about, and clocking the kit does help, but again delivers average results.

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Sticking with the trend of the last few benchmarks, Cinebench R15 also did not appreciate the TEAM memory. Second to last again, and while lowering the timings helped some, higher speed delivered the worst results in the chart.

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Handbrake is also a deal killer, in our opinion! Next to last for the fourth time in a row now is not impressive, to say the least. However, this is a test where clocking the RAM can and does help a ton, but still, get beat by the TOUGHRAM at 3600MHz.

Last updated: Jan 17, 2020 at 06:11 am CST

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chad Sebring

After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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