Teamgroup VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) 3200 MHz CL16 DDR4 Memory Kit Review

Jul 19, 2019
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Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z 16 GB (3200 MHz)

2019
Type Memory Kit
Price $69.99 US

TeamGroup is the creator of some of the most high-quality memory products for the PC industry. They have come a long way since their inception in 1997 and went on to become one of the fastest growing product manufacturers and a leading brand around the globe.

Since the arrival of DDR4 memory in the mainstream market, Teamgroup started a separate line of DIMM kits under their new T-Force brand. The T-Force brand is the more enthusiast and gamer aimed memory series with a sheer focus towards quality and performance. Today, I will be testing one of T-Force's new Vulcan Z series memory kit, the latest in their T-Force gaming series arsenal and see how it holds up in against similar priced & similar spec'd memory kits. Teamgroup sent me their latest T-Force Vulcan Z series DDR4 memory kit (16 GB @ 3200 MHz) for this review.

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Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z 16 GB DDR4 Memory Kit Specifications

The Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z 16 GB DDR4 memory kit is designed to offer pure value. The kit we received is optimized at a clock speed of 3200 MHz (PC4-25600). The memory kit consists of dual 8 GB DIMMs which make up a total of 16 GB in capacity. Some main features of the T-Force Vulcan Z series are listed below:

  • Simple design to perfectly protect the cooling module
  • High thermal conductive adhesive
  • Supports Intel & AMD motherboards
  • Selected high-quality IC
  • Supports XMP2.0
  • Energy-saving with ultra-low working voltage
  • Lifetime Warranty

The memory kit has a tested latency spec of CL16 and the timings are 16-18-18-38 for this specific kit. Voltage set at reference is 1.35V and the memory kit comes in an unbuffered package with non-ECC (Error Correction) design. The memory kit is fully compliant with Intel's XMP 2.0 and can be easily set to its rated clock speeds through the BIOS shipped on the latest Intel motherboards.

  • Series: VULCAN Z
  • Module Type: 288 Pin Unbuffered DIMM Non-ECC
  • Capacity: 8GBx2
  • Frequency: 3200MHz
  • Data Transfer Bandwidth: 25,600 MB/s (PC4 25600)
  • Dimensions: 32(H) x 140(L) x 7(W)mm
  • Latency: CL16-18-18-38
  • Tested Voltage: 1.35V
  • Heat Spreader: Aluminum heat spreader

Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z 16 GB DDR4 Memory Kit Unboxing and Close Up

The T-Force Vulcan Z series comes in a plastic clamshell package. It has red and black accents all over. The front of the package has the name and specifications sticker along with the marketing logos for T-Force and Vulcan Z.

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The back of the box lists down a brief overview of the T-Force brand along with detailed features of the T-Force Vulcan Z series memory. The package also includes a warranty paper & a T-Force logo sticker.

Out of the box, I can note that the Vulcan Z rocks a very simple design with a standard DIMM profile size. Vulcan Z won't lead to compatibility issues with air coolers since the height isn't extended like some other RGB options out in the market.

The T-Force Vulcan Z, although being very simple in design, still look great. The angular touches on the aluminum frames and the T-Force logo in the middle looks great.

You won't get any flashy lighting on the Vulcan Z series since these are budget tier options but the design itself looks great from every angle. If you're looking for RGB options, Team group has a ton of options in their T-Force brand but they also cost a lot more.

Silver is a very neutral color when it comes to building PCs so the color scheme itself won't be much of an issue. T-Force Vulcan Z also comes in red color so you get some option to select a kit based on your own preferences.

Now for the weight, the T-Force Vulcan Z weight around 30 grams which is not too much. This is due to the low profile design and no aggressive use of bulky metal frames or RGB solutions. The height and weight makes the kit a perfect choice for HTPC and small form factor PCs.

Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z Series 16 GB DDR4 Memory Kit Test Setup

For testing, I used the latest Intel Core i9 9900K processor which is compatible with higher frequency memory. The motherboard used was a GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS Master and I booted the memory without any issues. The XMP profile to enable the 3200 MHz frequency had to be set from the BIOS which wasn't a hard task. The new 300-series motherboards are fully compatible with the fast DDR4 DIMMs.

Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z 16 GB Memory Test Setup:

ProcessorIntel Core i9-9900K @ 4.70 GHz
Motherboard:AORUS Z390 Master
Power Supply:ASUS ROG THOR 1200W PSU
Solid State Drive:Samsung SSD 960 EVO M.2 (512 GB)
Hard Disk:Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200.12
Memory:G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) CL17 4000 MHz
G.SKILL Trident Z Series 32GB (4 X 8GB) CL16 3600 MHz
G.SKILL Trident Z Series 16GB (2 X 8GB) CL16 3600 MHz
G.SKILL Trident Z Series 16GB (2 X 8GB) CL16 3200 MHz
Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
Teamgroup T-Force Xcalibur RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
Teamgroup T-Force Nighthawk 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) CL16 3000 MHz
Case:Corsair Graphite Series 780T Full Tower
Video Cards:Colorful iGame GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Vulcan X OC
Cooling Solutions:ASUS Ryujin 240mm AIO
OS:Windows 10 64-bit

The memory kit comprises of 2 DIMMs that operate in dual channel mode. Since we were running a Z390 platform, the memory was operating in dual channel mode. The memory is clocked at 3200 MHz and will run at 2600 MHz be the default when XMP profile is not enabled since that is the JEDEC standard clock speed. Clock timing is set at 16-18-18-38  (CL16) and the capacity is 16 GB for this specific kit.

Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z 16 GB DDR4 Memory Kit Performance Tests

I have separated the performance tests into two sections. The first section consists of pure synthetic and general workload tests while the second section would be focusing on gaming performance and how different games are affected by higher clocked memory sticks.

AIDA64 Memory Bandwidth Benchmark

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Gaming Performance Tests

Gaming applications generally don't see huge gains with different memory kits but DDR4 has enabled a huge gain in memory frequency which can impact gaming performance. Moving from the stock 2600 MHz to 3200 MHz can have a slight effect on performance and the improved CAS timings on some of the high-end SKUs can result in better overall FPS and system responsiveness.

Furthermore, while 8 GB has become the standard for gaming PCs, modern applications such as editing software and multi-tasking users can benefit hugely from 16 GB and 32 GB kits which have become more common in the gaming market over the last couple of years.

Furthermore, while 8 GB has become the standard for gaming PCs, modern applications such as editing software and multi-tasking users can benefit hugely from 16 GB and 32 GB kits which have become more common in the gaming market over the last couple of years.

Conclusion

There are many things that users have to consider when selecting a memory under the $100 US segment. You either lose performance, design aesthetics or overclocking capabilities that come with the higher-tier DRAM kits. The Vulcan Z, however, hits all of those marks under the $100 US segment.

In terms of performance, you are looking at a standard 16 GB kit with XMP 2.0 support that runs at 3200 MHz with CL16 timings. You'd mostly get the average kit performance out of the box which is solid and consistent but overclocking is pretty decent with the kit hitting 3800 MHz at 1.35 Volts. Its decent heatsink provides a good amount of cooling to the ICs on the PCB while the gray color looks great. The low profile form factor also makes this kit a great choice for small form factor builders & allows easier compatibility with larger air coolers. Overall, you can't go wrong with this $70 US kit & it gets a "Great Value" recommendation from us.

Products mentioned in this post

Teamgroup VULCAN Z DDR4 Memory
Teamgroup VULCAN Z DDR4 Memory
USD 67.99

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Rocking solid out of the box performance, decent overclocking capabilities and a low profile form factor that is accompanied by great aesthetics, the $70 US Teamgroup T-Force Vulcan Z 3200 MHz kit is a great choice for gaming PCs.

Performance9
Value10
Design & Aesthetics9
Features8

Pros

  • Great Pricing ($69.99 US)
  • Low Profile Form Factor
  • Good Overclocking Capabilities
  • 16 GB Capacity is more than enough for gamers
  • Solid Heatsink Design With Multi-Layer PCB
  • Intel XMP Compatible - Runs at high speeds without issue
  • Solid DRAMs For Higher Stability and Overclocking
  • Lifetime Warranty

Cons

  • No RGB Implementation
  • Only two colors to select from
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