With what TEAM has delivered, we found many things we appreciate when it comes to DDR4. It comes from a company in which we have found their products to be quite good in the past, and left us with expectations of what we assumed this RAM could do. We have no issues with the aesthetics either! We got a blacked-out kit of memory using brushed black aluminum heat spreaders, which are highly stylized. We like that the T-Force name is painted on the top edges, we like that the DARK Z Alpha is painted on the viewable side, and the reflective chrome logo in the center is the cherry on top. However, once past the visual appeal, it seems that TEAM was not looking to make this memory anything special beyond the bragging rights of the 4000MHz speed offered in the T-Force DARK Z Alpha kit we have in our hands!
In our AMD test system, things started well with a few results we could get behind, but once we passed AIDA 64, only 3DMark Fire Strike shows this kit in a good light, the other six tests were not impressive. On the Intel rig, things got even worse for the DARK Z Alpha! This time around, there is only one test, 3DMark Fire Strike that seemed to play well with this kit, the other nine benches shows this ran to be sub-par. While visual appeal is a huge factor, for us, the bottom line is performance, as we will gladly take something ugly that kills it in our charts. What we have here is the opposite. We have something attractive to look at, there is a complete lack of illumination, but once beyond that, we honestly have little good to say about it.
At this moment, we still cannot locate this kit on this side of the pond. We do see the slower speed version on offer, but as to the 4000MHz DARK Z Alpha we have, there are no legit listings to reference. While not always right, in this instance, you get what you pay for! With the lowest pricing for a 16GB kit of 4000MHz memory at $99, something had to give to make this happen. While we have no issues in the past with Hynix ICs being a deal killer like this, it is possible they ICs are just poor quality, to begin with, and TEAM did the best they could with what they had. However, if it were our money, we would be looking to G.Skill, Patriot, Crucial, or another TEAM kit. As cool as they look, and as well as they were a perfect visual fit for both of our test systems, after seeing the results, it is hard to advise you go out and spend the money to get beat by a 3000MHz kit!
Last updated: Jan 17, 2020 at 06:11 am CST
The Bottom Line
The DARK Z Alpha are brilliant aesthetically, and the lack of LEDs will make many happy. Even though this is the most affordable 16GB 4000MHz kit out right now, it tanks in its performance and left us disappointed.