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T-FORCE VULCAN Z 2x32GB Kit Review – What can a Gamer do with 64GB RAM?

T-FORCE Vulcan Z DDR4 3000MHz desktop memory is not flashy or RGB like the 3200MHz Night Hawk memory, nor it is it clocked as high as HyperX Predator 3333MHz memory which requires a larger RAM heatsink.  We are reviewing a high-capacity 32GBx2 DDR4 “gaming” memory kit to see if 64GB brings anything extra for gamers including RAM drive creation.  We also will overclock it to see if we can get additional performance.

We were surprised when Team Group offered BTR a 2x32GB T-FORCE Vulcan Z 2x32GB DDR4 3000MHz review kit.  We currently use 2x8GB of T-FORCE XTREEM DDR4 3600MHz CAS18 memory at 3866MHz.  16GB RAM is considered the optimum capacity for PC gamers although 8GB is probably still sufficient for mainstream gaming.  If a gamer multitasks while gaming – perhaps content streaming or creation, downloading/uploading, or with memory intensive programs working in the background – then perhaps 32GB RAM may be advisable.  In our case, we want to see if 64GB system RAM can be useful to a gamer who doesn’t use his PC as a workstation.

Memory pricing remains stable although there are some some good deals to be found especially for 2x8GB kits. Although the T-FORCE Night Hawk RGB PC4 25600 DDR4 3200MHz CL16 2x8GB kit is available at Newegg for $84.99, and the HyperX Predator PC4 28880 3600MHz 2x8GB memory kit sells for $94.99 at Amazon, you can expect to pay $236.99 at Newegg for a Vulcan Z 2x32GB DDR4 3000MHz memory kit.  And this T-FORCE Vulcan Z 2x32GB kit is currently the least expensive 64GB DDR 3000MHz on Newegg – with free shipping, and you have a choice of colors: gray or red.

From our testing with Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Skylake, and Coffee Lake platforms, using fast DDR over slower DDR memory brought limited gains to only a few games.  We found that using faster memory resulted in extra overall performance gains for many other tasks and applications, but working with and benchmarking 64GB RAM is new territory for us.

Here are the three memory kits that we are comparing:

  • T-FORCE T-1 Vulcan Z PC4 24000 DDR4 3000MHz CL16 (and overclocked) 2x32GB kit
  • T-FORCE Night Hawk PC4 25600 3200MHz DDR4 CL16 2x8GB kit
  • HyperX Predator PC4 26600 3333MHz DDR4 CL16 2x8GB Kit 

Testing Platform

Our testing platform is a very recent clean installation of Windows 10 Home 64-bit, using an Intel Core i7-8700K at 4.80GHz in an ASRock Z390 Extreme 4 motherboard, a Team Group MP33 NVMe PCIe SSD, and with 64GB of T-FORCE Vulcan Z DDR3000 (also overclocked), 16GB of Night Hawk 3200MHz, or HyperX DDR4 at 3333MHz.  We also used the RTX 2060 SUPER Founders Edition at stock clocks in our testing.

All three memory kits use CAS16, and their Command Rates are set at 2T by their respective default XMP 1.0 profiles in the BIOS.  The default XMP 1.0 Profile 1 of the T-FORCE Vulcan Z DDR4 3000MHz timings and the T-FORCE Nighthawk DDR4 3200MHz timings are both 16-18-18-38, but the HyperX 3333MHz default profile is 16-18-18-36. The settings, benchmarks, testing conditions, and hardware are identical except for the three DDR4 kits being compared.

We will compare the performance of all three DDR4 kits, and we will also overclock the Vulcan Z’s memory to chart the effects of multiple memory speeds on the performance of five modern games at a maxed-out/ultra 1920×1080 resolution. We benchmark using many of the recognized memory-related benchmarking tools including AIDA64, SANDRA, RealBench, PCMark 8 and 10, 3DMark, Cinebench, Novabench, Star Swarm demo, and Wprime.  After that, we built a 48GB RAM drive to see if there is any benefit for gaming.

Product Specifications & Features

Here are the T-FORCE Vulcan Z DDR4 memory specifications from Team Group’s website:

There are two XMP profiles available, but our motherboard only recognized XMP Profile 1.  Voltage is set at 1.35V for 3000MHz but may be manually adjusted from between 1.2V to 1.4V – or higher.  These features are quoted from Team Group’s website.

Features

  • 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

Team Group offers a lifetime warranty for their T-FORCE desktop memory.  Let’s unbox the memory kit on the next page and take a closer look.