Team Group Delta RGB DDR4-3000 16GB Review

Released around the time of X299 launch, Team Group’s initial RGB memory offering came with the caveat that the software needed to control its RGB functions wasn’t ready yet. Like some of its competitors, the firm relied on third-party software from Asus to update the RGB program. The software has since been updated at least twice, so that today we’re all ready to see what this second RGB model offers.

Specifications

The Delta RGB DDR4-3000 is spec’d identically to the firm’s Night Hawk RGB, to the point that we think these are merely two styles of the same RAM. A second bite at the apple could be fortunate for Team Group if that’s the case, since that previous model reached mediocre O/C levels. DRAM overclocking is often hit or miss.

Some reviewers will inflate reviews with lengthy discussions on packaging, but that’s rarely needed and particularly unhelpful when the package is nothing more than a hinged clamshell sealed with a sticker. We like that we didn’t need to get out the scissors for this one.

A tiny installation manual is hidden behind one of the modules, which are differentiated from competing brands only in the shape of the heat spreaders and associated LED diffuser that extends overall height to 1.92” (49mm) and overall width to 5.75” (146mm). There are no fancy edge connectors for additional LED control since software does the work. Several sellers appear to be mistaking the R logo (for RGB) with the number two, as we’re finding Delta RGB modules referred to as “Delta II” all over the web, except at the Team Group website.

Those wraparound LED diffusers help to hide DIMM latches and spread the light across the entire top of the Delta RGB heat spreader, as shown in this cropped and resized promotional photo (courtesy: Team Group). There appears to be five LEDs beneath the diffusers, and various lighting profiles can address each of these individually for streaming/scrolling/color-chasing effects.

Now that Asus' Aura software is fully upgraded to support Team Group RGB, we’re able to sync it to any of our test motherboard’s lighting patterns without issue. Some of these are fun to play with, but I eventually reverted to the default Rainbow scheme.

Getting back to basics, Delta RGB is detected by XMP-enabled motherboards as DDR4-3000 at 16-18-18-38 primary timings, and will default to DDR4-2133 CAS 15 with XMP disabled. The 1.35V XMP voltage is required to support these modules at full rated performance levels.

Like its other memory, Delta RGB is covered by Team Group’s Lifetime Warranty.

Comparison Products

RGB modules are usually more expensive than traditional memory, but we didn’t have many other 2x 8GB RGB kits to compare. Team Group’s Nighthawk RGB is up to the task, but that’s the same brand! G.Skill’s Trident Z RGB DDR4-3600 has twice as many modules of the same size, and Mushking’s Redline Ridgeback DDR4-3200 has the same number and size of modules as Team Group, but without RGB.

Test System

Our latest memory test system exploits the stability of Asus’ ROG Maximus IX Hero to leverage the strong overclocking capability of Intel’s Core i7-7700K and the graphics bottleneck-smashing MSI GTX 1080 Armor O/C. Though the test bed has been designed to eliminate bottlenecks, test software was chosen to indicate a real-world performance experience.

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  • AgentLozen
    I see this got a Tom's Approved award. Is there a place where you guys describe what these awards mean and what variables are factored into them? Something like:

    Editor Approved: This product doesn't suck at the very least.
    Editor Recommended: This product is better than many of it's rivals.
    Editor's Choice: This product is the Bernie Sanders of the computer world.
  • shrapnel_indie
    Anonymous said:
    I see this got a Tom's Approved award. Is there a place where you guys describe what these awards mean and what variables are factored into them? Something like:

    Editor Approved: This product doesn't suck at the very least.
    Editor Recommended: This product is better than many of it's rivals.
    Editor's Choice: This product is ...


    Let me correct this:

    Editor Approved: It meets expectations: it doesn't suck.
    Editor Recommended: This product is better than many of it's rivals.
    Editor's Choice: This product has no equal in performance for cost. PR/Advertising hasn't made false promises.

    More officially, I think they did specify in better detail at one point in time.
  • Crashman
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    I see this got a Tom's Approved award. Is there a place where you guys describe what these awards mean and what variables are factored into them? Something like:

    Editor Approved: This product doesn't suck at the very least.
    Editor Recommended: This product is better than many of it's rivals.
    Editor's Choice: This product is ...


    Let me correct this:

    Editor Approved: It meets expectations: it doesn't suck.
    Editor Recommended: This product is better than many of it's rivals.
    Editor's Choice: This product has no equal in performance for cost. PR/Advertising hasn't made false promises.

    More officially, I think they did specify in better detail at one point in time.
    Thanks!
  • Zaporro
    Ughh if only not the white casee, do they come in black?
  • Crashman
    Anonymous said:
    Ughh if only not the white casee, do they come in black?
    Yes, but we reviewed the white ones.
  • Zaporro
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    Ughh if only not the white casee, do they come in black?
    Yes, but we reviewed the white ones.



    yesssssssssssssss
  • James Mason
    This article needs a video/60fpsGIF/Webm of the RGB rainbow/color shifts in action. The picture of the static rainbow isn't really impressive, but when you see for example the g.skill trident z RGBs actually changing colors it looks really cool.
  • FritzEiv
    Anonymous said:
    This article needs a video/60fpsGIF/Webm of the RGB rainbow/color shifts in action. The picture of the static rainbow isn't really impressive, but when you see for example the g.skill trident z RGBs actually changing colors it looks really cool.


    That's a really good idea. Crashman: Let's do this for the RGB things!

    Also:
    Editor Approved: It meets the expectations for the category. (Someone said "it doesn't suck," but I might say instead that it gets a passing grade.)
    Editor Recommended: Not only does the product do well, but it also is a good value for the category.
    Editor's Choice: Pricing or other considerations aside, this is a best-in-class for this category.

    Some editors are tougher graders than others, but I encourage everyone to think these 3 awards through, to rarely give the top 2 unless really warranted.
  • chaosmassive
    PRO : Configurable via Asus Aura software
    CON : Configurable via Asus Aura software

    seems legit
  • juanrdp
    CON : Configurable ONLY via Asus Aura software
  • Zaporro
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    This article needs a video/60fpsGIF/Webm of the RGB rainbow/color shifts in action. The picture of the static rainbow isn't really impressive, but when you see for example the g.skill trident z RGBs actually changing colors it looks really cool.


    That's a really good idea. Crashman: Let's do this for the RGB things!

    ...


    Yeah, just like coolers or graphic cards have specific test condition and protocols (a list of things to measure in specific order to reflect their performance) RGB accessories should also have a testing guidelines which will help people to decide on quality and provide more feedback overall.

    What im thinking about is a few steps to show capabilities of RGB accessories and mostly test how the light is diffused (if it is at all):

    - full red test

    - full green test

    - full blue test

    * this generally will tell if one of channels is significantly weaker than others

    - full red + green test (to see if either red or green is dominant)

    - full red + blue test (to see if either red or blue is dominant)

    - full green + blue test (to see if either green or blue is dominant)

    * how to tell which colour is dominant? in red + green test according to additive colour mixing theory we should have yellow light but if instead we get green then we have dominant green and if we get red/orange we have dominant red

    - ultimate test full red + blue + green to see how clean white will be (example, if there is a blue/cyan tint it means that blue/red is dominant)

    * generally during these tests, especially during white test, if its performed in closed space (like CPU case) we usually see whether light is mixed properly or whether we will see white as each separate colour

    IMO only after thorough test like above reviewer should proceed with all the fancy rainbow modes which cause the WOW effect but very cleverly hide all lacks in lighting and light mixing.

    Additionally showing original control software is a must thing to do. Claiming "its compatible with X" and calling it a day is not acceptable. People use combination of hardware and if all fails they will rely on producers control software. Now beside showing all the rainbow modes in action something that should be told is wheter user is allowed to enter custom colours or if they are limited to presets - by custom color i mean manually entering R, G, B values from 0 to 255.

    Here is a video that i find to be close to a perfect review of an RGB accessory, not only the author showed whole capabilities of unit but with this clever split screen he was showing in real time how to do it in software and how does RGB unit reacts to it.
    https://youtu.be/L-jMOTYWCgU?t=390
  • g-unit1111
    Why are all the kits reviewed 16GB except for the G Skill which is a 32GB? Any reasoning behind that?
  • Crashman
    Anonymous said:
    Why are all the kits reviewed 16GB except for the G Skill which is a 32GB? Any reasoning behind that?
    I'm just going to rewrite my response for clarity: These memory controllers provide improved performance when given four or more ranks of RAM, and we had already been writing articles to show this fact using non-RGB DIMMs. Unfortunately, we didn't have any dual-RANK RGB DIMMs to show, so the only way we could make this a comparison of RGB DIMMs and still show the benefit of four ranks was to include a set of four single-rank RGB DIMMs. And that's the G.Skill 32GB set.