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Team Group T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4-3600 C14 2x8GB Review: The Ultimate Ryzen Kit

This kit outshines the rest.

TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4-3600 C14
Editor's Choice
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Our Verdict

The Xtreem ARGB DDR4-3600 C14 is the fastest memory kit in its class and will certainly serve AMD Ryzen owners very well.

For

  • Superb performance
  • Attractive aesthetics
  • Good overclocker
  • Cheapest kit in its category

Against

  • Limited availability

With the launch of AMD's Ryzen 3000-series processors, DDR4-3600 memory kits have taken on a new level of importance. The chipmaker's recommendation for DDR4-3600 CL16 as the best price-to-performance option has caused a proliferation for said memory kits. As a result, there are roughly 125 different memory kits on the market for just the 16GB (2x8GB) capacity alone, and they're likely the go-to kits for many Ryzen fans that hit our list of Best RAM

T-Force, the gaming sub-brand from memory maker Team Group, finds itself among the lot. More specifically, T-Force's contender hails from the Xtreem ARGB series, the sub-brand introduced in December of last year. The memory kit comes in at DDR4-3600 but features a CAS latency of 14 that stands out from the rest.

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TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4-3600 CL14

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The Xtreem ARGB memory modules rest on a black PCB that features an aluminum alloy heat spreader for passive cooling. The body has a dark blue and purple tone, and it's made of translucent plastic that allows the addressable RGB LED lighting to shine through. However, the design isn't identical on both sides -- the rear side exposes the black heat spreader. Thisisn't a big deal on dual-channel motherboards, but it's noticeable on quad-channel platforms. In terms of branding, Team Group has placed the T-Force logo on the front of the memory modules and the Xtreem ARGB branding on a separate silver strip. The T-Force text is at the center of the top section of the heat spreader.

The Xtreem ARGB comes in at 49mm (1.92 inches) tall. Its mirror finish is a great element that contributes to the stunning aesthetics, but the glossy surface is a fingerprint magnet. This shouldn't be a problem for most users since they'll likely install the memory modules into their system and never touch them. In any event, Team Group generously includes a small microfiber cloth to keep your shiny modules clean and tidy.

On to the topic of illumination, Team Group provides the T-Force Blitz software that gives you complete control over the memory modules. However, if you prefer to use your motherboard's lighting software, the Xtreem ARGB is fully compatible with Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte's RGB Fusion 2.0, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and ASRock's Polychrome Sync software.

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The T-Force Xtreem ARGB memory kit comes as two 8GB single-rank memory modules. They feature a 10-layer PCB and Samsung K4A8G085WB-BCPB integrated circuits (ICs) that are popularly referred to as B-die.

By default, the Xtreem ARGB memory modules post at DDR4-2400 with 16-16-16-39 timings. The memory modules have one XMP profile, and flipping the appropriate switch in your BIOS will get them to run at DDR4-3600 with 14-15-15-35 timings and a DRAM voltage of 1.45V. For more on timings and frequency considerations, see our PC Memory 101 feature, as well as our How to Shop for RAM feature.

Comparison Hardware

Memory KitPart NumberCapacityData RatePrimary TimingsVoltageWarranty
G.Skill Trident Z NeoF4-3600C14D-16GTZNB2 x 8GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)14-15-15-35 (2T)1.45 VoltsLifetime
Adata XPG Spectrix D60GAX4U360038G14C-DT602 x 8GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)14-15-15-35 (2T)1.45 VoltsLifetime
Team Group T-Force Xtreem ARGBTF10D416G3600HC14CDC012 x 8GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)14-15-15-35 (2T)1.45 VoltsLifetime
Adata XPG Spectrix D50AX4U360038G18A-DT502 x 8GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)18-20-20-42 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
HP V87EH92AA#ABM x 22 x 8GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)18-20-20-40 (2T)1.35 Volts5 Years
Lexar DDR4-2666LD4AU008G-R2666U x 22 x 8GBDDR4-266619-19-19-43 (2T)1.20 VoltsLifetime

Our Intel test system consists of an Intel Core i7-10700K and MSI MEG Z490 Ace with the 7C71v11 firmware. Our AMD testbed has an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk that's on the 7C91vA1 firmware. Regardless of the platform, an MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Trio is in charge of display duties.

Intel Performance

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The Xtreem ARGB was the fastest kit with a 1% lead over the closest contender here. It excelled in the majority of the workloads, except for Adobe Premiere 2020, where it dropped to the second-to-last place. In gaming performance, the Team Group kit took second place on the Intel platform.

AMD Performance

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The Xtreem ARGB's performance was pretty consistent on the AMD platform. The memory kit took first place on the application performance charts and second on the gaming charts, just like it did on the Intel platform.

Overclocking and Latency Tuning

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Memory kits in the same DDR4-3600 C14 category share one common denominator: Samsung B-dies. As a result, the overclocking headroom is similar for the various memory kits. We hit DDR4-4200 with the Xtreem ARGB kit by relaxing the timings to 19-19-19-39 and bumping the DRAM voltage up to 1.45V.

Lowest Stable Timings

Memory KitDDR4-3600 (1.46V)DDR4-4200 (1.45V)
G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 C1413-16-16-36 (2T)19-19-19-39 (2T)
Adata XPG Spectrix D60G DDR4-3600 C1413-15-15-35 (2T)20-19-19-39 (2T)
TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4-3600 C1413-14-14-35 (2T)19-19-19-39 (2T)

Although the memory kits use the same ingredients, some are better binned than others. Unlike the competing memory kits in our tests, the Xtreem ARGB could run at DDR4-3600 with much tighter timings. With a DRAM voltage of 1.46V, we got the timings as low as 13-14-14-35.

Bottom Line

TeamGroup did a great job with the Xtreem ARGB DDR4-3600 C14 memory kit -- It certainly ticks all the right boxes. The memory kit looks awesome when lit up or powered down, and performs equally well. In fact, the Xtreem ARGB is the fastest DDR4-3600 C14 memory kit that we've tested so far.

The memory market only has a handful of DDR4-3600 C14 memory kits at the 16GB (2x8GB) capacity. And with a price tag of $159.99, the Xtreem ARGB is the least expensive of them all. The only gripe we have with is with its availability. Newegg is currently the only retailer that lists the memory kit, so it could be a challenge to find.

  • Giroro
    Could you take a decent IRL picture of it in good lighting? This dark silhouette black-on-black iPhone-teaser style photography (press renders?) isn't very helpful in terms of figuring out the actual shape/color
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  • Makaveli
    "The T-Force Xtreem ARGB memory kit comes as two 8GB single-rank memory modules. They feature a 10-layer PCB and Samsung K4A8G085WB-BCPB integrated circuits (ICs) that are popularly referred to as B-die. "

    The Thiaphoon burner screenshot listed in the review shows 8 layers?
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  • gymleader
    Makaveli said:
    The Thiaphoon burner screenshot listed in the review shows 8 layers?

    Manufacturers don't update the SPD since it would actually need someone employed to change the 8 from a 10 and since it gives no difference to the product it's not done. This is definitely 10 layer but I have heard TeamGroup is making these in both A2 and A1. Another review thread on hwbot mentioned this.
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  • Makaveli
    Thanks for the update.
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  • danko12321
    Hi guys
    Can anyone help explain what this kits capacity/channel mode is?
    Basically I want to know if I can buy 2 of the 8GBx2 kits for a total 32GB (4x8GB) and have it still be the performer for gaming that it's hailed as being.
    I haven't been able to find info on whether it fully supports quad channel and that 4x8GB config?
    If it's only duel channel, is the ram so good anyway that putting 4 sticks on a good motherboard is going to be plenty for gaming anyway?
    Explanation with some technical detail would be much appreciated.
    Thanks
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  • gymleader
    danko12321 said:
    Hi guys
    Can anyone help explain what this kits capacity/channel mode is?
    Basically I want to know if I can buy 2 of the 8GBx2 kits for a total 32GB (4x8GB) and have it still be the performer for gaming that it's hailed as being.
    I haven't been able to find info on whether it fully supports quad channel and that 4x8GB config?
    If it's only duel channel, is the ram so good anyway that putting 4 sticks on a good motherboard is going to be plenty for gaming anyway?
    Explanation with some technical detail would be much appreciated.
    Thanks

    Capacity is 16GB (2X8GB)

    Channel mode is not dictated by the memory. This is something the cpu and motherboard states. If you have a platform that supports quad channel and you had 4 sticks you would get quad channel. If you have a dual channel motherboard and put in 4 sticks you still get dual channel performance.

    3600C14 with 4 sticks for 32GB is asking alot for any motherboard and cpu memory controller. If you really need 32GB your best bet is to go for 2x16GB kit with slightly looser timings such as 3600C16. There aren't really any 32GB C14 kits due to this.
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