Test Results And Final Analysis
T-Force Night Hawk DDR4-3000 overclocks very similarly to XPG Dazzle DDR4-2800. Adata has mostly replaced the tested 2800 model with DDR4-3000, and some of us wouldn’t be surprised to see even closer overclocking results from that version.
Neither the Night Hawk nor Dazzle memory reached DDR4-3200, making it impossible to chase the best timings for that setting. Both module sets reached the same timings at DDR4-2666 and DDR4-2133.
|Lowest Stable Timings at 1.35V (Max) on Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 (BIOS F5i)|
|T-Force Night Hawk 16GB THRD416G3000HC16CDC01||Not Capable||13-14-14-28 (1T)||11-11-11-28 (1T)|
|Adata XPG Dazzle 16GB AX4U2800W8G17-DRD||Not Capable||13-14-14-28 (1T)||11-11-11-28 (1T)|
|Patriot Viper 4 16GB PV416G340C6K||16-16-16-32 (1T)||13-13-13-28 (1T)||11-11-11-28 (1T)|
The Night Hawk DDR4-3000 produces superior bandwidth at rated (XMP) settings in SiSoftware’s test. None of the other module sets were tested at DDR4-3000, and its 15x memory multiplier might be optimal for this particular motherboard or even this processor. DRAM multipliers are based on the memory controller’s clock, and DDR4-3200 uses a 12x memory multiplier with a 4:3 memory controller-to-BCLK ratio.
The lowest latency occurs at DDR4-2666 with both the Night Hawk and Dazzle kits. Most users will choose XMP settings, where Night Hawk 3000 beats Dazzle 2800.
Grid 2 is highly sensitive to memory performance, but the more realistic settings chosen for this comparison are somewhat limited by graphics performance. Night Hawk DDR4-3000 beats everything at it XMP-rated values, but not by enough to get noticed by the game’s player.
Tenths of a frame-per-second make even less difference in real-world game play, yet Adata can put a win over Team Group in the check box for Battlefield 4. Buyers looking for an even larger lead could choose the non-lighted Viper 4 to fill their own check box of unnoticeable increases.
3ds Max is impacted by memory performance, but effectively showing that impact could take a workload of several hours. A workload that long may not be super important to the target market of LED-lit memory.
WinRAR likewise shows miniscule differences, though a single second is often no more than a tenth of a second rounded up or down.
While Viper 4 appears to be the best value for buyers who don’t want lights, price is the biggest difference between the lighted Night Hawk DDR4-3000 and Dazzle DDR4-2800.
Scarce availability for the DDR4-2800 left us using its old $115 price in the charts, while Dazzle DDR4-3000 has recently climbed to $150. Given that Night Hawk DDR4-3000 is currently only $100, its value supremacy in LED-lit modules appears assured.
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