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T-FORCE VULCAN & G.SKILL Flare X AM4 Overclocking

Author:Daniel Dobrowolski

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Monday , August 27, 2018

We take a look at some of the new RAM available for the AMD Ryzen AM4 platform and see how well these work out when it comes to overclockability and timing tweaking. On the test bench today are the Team T-FORCE VULCAN TUF Gaming Alliance and G.SKILL Flare X Series RAM, both rated at 3200MHz.

Memory and AM4

We’ve used many memory kits over the years from a variety of manufacturers. Corsair has generally been our go-to for our test bench memory needs. However, in recent years we’ve branched out a bit. We’ve often used RAM from G.SKILL, Patriot, Team Group and others somewhat sporadically. Specifically, we are going to look at two memory kits with similar specifications. The Corsair modules in question will be used as a baseline rather than being reviewed the same way as the other two kits as this older AM4 kit is no longer available for purchase and Corsair no longer samples us AM4 test kits.

TEAMGROUP is a company that got its start in the RAM industry by offering server memory. I have never used its RAM specifically, usually turning to OEM, Crucial, or Kingston RAM in most cases. However, I have seen their modules going back many years. The company began in 1997 although I’m not certain when it started making server memory. In recent years, the company has diversified its memory offerings and has gotten into enthusiast RAM. This RAM is part of the T-Force Gaming line. The Vulcan TUF Gaming Alliance 16GB kit is what we are looking at here. This memory is branded with ASUS’ TUF branding and is certified as being compatible with motherboards in that lineup. Naturally, it isn’t limited to that brand and it worked on our test bed.

The packaging is pretty much the same for most kits these days. It usually comes in a blister pack of some sort in dual-channel or four-channel kits. The packaging isn’t really what we care about. This is a 2x8GB kit for a total of 16GB. Its rated at DDR4 3200MHz speeds and has factory timings of 16-18-18-38 @ 1.35v. The modules are relatively attractive pieces of hardware with a light and thin heat spreader. The aesthetic is obviously designed for matching with ASUS’ TUF motherboards. The modules flex easily even with the heat spreader, which surprised me. At the time of this writing this kit can be had on Newegg for $169.99. This makes the RAM relatively inexpensive. That’s not surprising given that ASUS’ TUF series has been repositioned as a somewhat budget oriented lineup rather than an equal to ROG with a different focus.

G.SKILL was started in 1989 and has grown into a well respected enthusiast brand. I’ve used G.Skill RAM off and on in my personal machines for over 10 years. I’ve always had good success with its modules. We are going to take a look at the G,SKILL Flare X F4-3200C14D-16GFX 16GB kit for AMD systems. Like the kit above, this comes in a basic blister pack. It’s a simple package for a simple product.

These modules are very high quality with an outstanding heat spreader that oozes quality. These modules have zero flex to them. These modules have very tight timings at 14-14-14-34 @ 1.35v. Naturally, these sport Intel XMP 2.0 certification. At the time of this writing, these modules can be had for $229 on Amazon’s website. These are $60 more than the T-Force modules. However, that’s to be expected given the tighter timings and the beefier heat sinks.

Now, onto how these overclock.