Overclocking & Performance Results

Overclocking the T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB WHITE DDR4-3600MHz CL14 2x16GB Kit

Before accepting the XTREEM ARGB WHITE 2x16GB DDR4-3600MHz CL14 memory kit for review, TeamGroup warned us that they do not guarantee the rated XMP frequency of 3600MHz on our Z390 CPU platform. So, we were asked to investigate how high the frequency can go on our Z390 platform, and we gladly accepted their proposal.

XTREEM ARGB WHITE 3600MHz XMP Profile

First, we tried the XTREEM ARGB WHITE 3600MHz 14-15-15-35 at 1.45V using its XMP profile, but we can confirm this isn’t a viable option on our CPU platform. We enabled the XMP profile through our UEFI BIOS, but our system systematically either refused to POST or automatically reverted to default JEDEC specs. So, we decided to use a manual memory overclock approach.

XTREEM ARGB WHITE Manual Overclock

We used the XTREEM ARGB WHITE default XMP timings and reduced its clocks from 3600MHz until we reached its maximum stable speed at 1.450V.

As we aim for the highest stable overclock that the XTREEM ARGB WHITE memory can reach on our Z390 platform, we use the stock XMP primary timings and voltage, applying the Enhanced Performance memory profile for the secondary and tertiary timings through our BIOS.

Here is CPU-Z showing the XTREEM ARGB WHITE’s default JEDEC and XMP profile timings and frequencies:

XTREEM ARGB WHITE 2x16GB – JEDEC & XMP Specifications

Below is the XTREEM ARGB WHITE operating at its default 2400MHz JEDEC specifications:

XTREEM ARGB WHITE 2x16GB @ 2400MHz JEDEC specs

Here is the XTREEM ARGB WHITE manually overclocked to 3200MHz with CL14-15-15-35 timings at 1.450V for stability:

XTREEM ARGB WHITE 2x16GB @ 3200MHz CL14-15-15-35 1.450V

We used our own self-imposed hard limit of 1.450V to stabilize the memory overclock. After much trial and error, we finally settled on a maximum stable overclock of 3200MHz.

We tested our overclock by using AIDA64 System Test, Karhu RAM Test, and OCCT Memory Test. These tests stress the memory and also the CPU in search of memory errors. We also confirmed that our overclock to 3200MHz was stable by playing games and running other benchmarks.

We believe that overclocking +800MHz from JEDEC-2400MHz specs to 3200MHz CL14-15-15-35 @1.450V may be a good overclock for Z390 users wanting safe daily use, stability, and high performance.

Next, the summary charts and performance notes.

Intel Z390 Performance Results

Below you can find the summary charts of our representative selection of 5 PC games and 8 synthetic and 3 hybrid benchmarks. We select games that are CPU-dependent and use a display resolution that makes them overall more CPU-bound.

You can see the list of games’ graphics settings on the charts, and we run each built-in or custom game benchmark’s sequence at 1920×1080 (Full HD). You may click on each chart to open a pop-up for the best viewing.

We mark significant performance changes (higher than 3%in bold and use purple or orange font for the significant improvements or regressions respectively.

Synthetic & Hybrid Summary Charts

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AIDA64 Extreme – Memory Tests
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SiSoftware Sandra 2021 – Memory Tests
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Cinebench R23 Benchmark – CPU Multicore (MC) Test
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3DMark Fire Strike Benchmark – Physics & Combined Tests

Performance Summary Charts with 5 Games

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Built-in/Custom Game Benchmarks – Raw Performance (Avg FPS) Tests

Notes on T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB WHITE DDR4-3600MHz Performance

From the charts, we see significant score improvements between the default XTREEM ARGB WHITE 2400MHz JEDEC profile and our custom XTREEM ARGB WHITE 3200MHz OC profile in most synthetic and hybrid memory-related tests. When we compare the XTREEM ARGB WHITE 2x16GB memory kit overclocked to 3200Mhz versus our HyperX Predator 2x16GB kit using its 3333Mhz XMP profile, we also see significant improvements in AIDA64 memory latency test, Sandra 2021 cache and memory latency test, and Cinebench R23 CPU multicore test.

For the built-in game benchmarks, although all 5 PC games show notable performance improvements (approximately +12% avg) when we move from the default XTREEM ARGB WHITE JEDEC-2400 profile to our custom XTREEM ARGB WHITE 3200MHz OC profile, we found no significant performance differences between the XTREEM ARGB WHITE 2x16GB memory kit overclocked to 3200MHz and our HyperX Predator 2x16GB kit using its 3333Mhz XMP specs in most games, except for Far Cry New Dawn and PUBG which showed significant gains in terms of raw performance.

Disclaimer
Please be aware that the following results, notes, and the corresponding product recommendation are valid for similar i9-9900K/Z390 gaming platforms on Windows 10 v21H1. Its representativeness, applicability, and usefulness on different CPU platforms, testing benches, and MS Windows versions may vary.

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