Packaging and HyperX FURY
If you were to see this box on a shelf, there is no doubt you would instantly be attracted to it due to the contrasting colors, all of that RGB, as well as being something you likely never saw before. Beyond that, we see that this kit is from the T-Force line; it is DDR4 Gaming Memory, which is known as the XTREEM ARGB. In the middle is an unimpeded look at what you will find inside of the box, but it has been rendered with the illumination active. Compatibility is listed at the bottom, but even though compatible, there is no AMD or RYZEN notification just yet.
On the back of the box, the top is taken up with an explanation of the TF logo along with what it represents as a brand. The lower half shows off the name of the memory again, this time with a list of features. First is the full mirror light penetration, followed by mentioning ARGB, use of aluminum in the heat spreaders, and the first we are told of AMD support. TEAM uses high-quality ICs, there is OC profile (XMP) support, and all kits boot with 1.20V, sipping power, without the use of the XMP profile. The last thing to mention is the product sticker in the lower right-hand corner, where we can see the TF10D416G3600HC14CDC01 model number.
After sliding the outer sleeve off the packaging, TEAM ups the game and packs the RAM in this matte black box with foil used to show the LOGO, the T-Force name, and the tagline "the power from TEAM GROUP."
Once opened, we can see the clamshell plastic packaging containing the DDR4, which is resting on top of a thick layer of open-cell foam to ensure it gets to us in one piece. Taking it even further, TEAM uses a layer of cling plastic on either side of both sticks to ensure the surface they worked so hard to create is unblemished. Should you happen to smudge them when handling them, TEAM thought of that, and send a microfiber cloth along, in the box.
At first glance, we have to give TEAM credit for delivering something unique, yet something that many will fall in love with aesthetically. The play of that deep blue and its mirror finish against the polished metal strip and the white plastic of the TF logo. Use of black PCBs is a nice touch, and while these do not precisely match any motherboard makers known color schemes, with something that looks as good as these do, we would run these on anything out there, screw a "theme!"
Typically we are much closer to the product sticker, but we backed off so we could show this entire side of the stick. The top of the heat spreaders is more of that deep blue sexiness, while the lower section is covered with black textured aluminum. The aluminum is on top of the ICs, and since heat spreaders are mostly for style these days, this is fine for what heat can be transferred. As to the sticker, the model number is for an individual stick, 8GB worth of the 16GB kit. The speed, timings, and voltage are all present, and so is the serial number, should you need it.
We wanted to keep the T-Force name in a readable fashion, and not upside down, but how the top of the heat spreaders are angled, makes it a tough shot to get. Just like the TF logo on the side of the heat spreaders, the T-Force bit is backed with milky-white plastic to allow light to shine through those areas.
Since it is much safer than trying to remove the heat spreaders, we take the easy route with Thaiphoon Burner. Once we read the SPD file, we are presented with what you see above. Mainly, what we see is that this kit was manufactured late last year, and is indeed loaded with Samsung B-die, 20nm ICs. With our kit, it comes with only a single XMP profile to use, unlike a couple of the others in this lineup.
With the T-Force XTREEM ARGB installed in our Crosshair VIII HERO, we see no issues are had matching the ASUS AURA Sync, and it looks slick! Not only does the name and logo glow, but all of that deep blue plastic allows for light to penetrate and be seen. We also love the added touch of the XTREEM ARGB being lit in the metal accent strip as well!
With everything on our ASRock motherboard using the old system of POLYCHROME SYNC, which, to be honest, is not good, but even so, the lighting is very close between the AIO and the memory. A bit of green is starting to show at the top of the sticks, as the color washes from top to bottom, changing as the sync methods ask it to add another color. They do look nice so close together, but you lose all view of the metal strip and the LEDs behind it cannot be seen.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT