Characteristics and technical specifications
|TeamGroup T-Create Expert|
|Frequency||Up to 3,600 MHz|
|CAS latency||CL 18-22-22-42|
|Form factor||288-pin DIMM|
|Compatibility||Intel and AMD|
|XMP / AMP||XMP 2.0|
The memory kit that we are analyzing this time is a pack of two 32GB modules (64 GB in total). These memories have a default frequency of 2400 MHz and latencies 16-16-16-39, but they can work, thanks to the XMP 2.0 profile, at a frequency 3600 MHz, with which the latencies increase up to CL18-22-22-42, operating with a voltage of 1.35 V.
The memories are 32mm high, 140mm long, and 7mm thick. In addition, they have a heatsink of aluminum (without RGB lighting or too many ornaments) that will help us to always keep them at a suitable temperature. The color of the heatsink is titanium gray. Of course, they are not ECC memories, so they are not intended for use in servers.
In addition to the model that we are going to analyze, we can also find other packs with different capacities, frequencies and latencies:
- 2 × 8 GB @ 3200 MHz and CL14
- 2 × 16 GB @ 3200 MHz and CL14
- 2 × 8 GB @ 3200 MHz and CL16
- 2 × 16 GB @ 3200 MHz and CL16
- 2 × 32 GB @ 3200 MHz and CL16
- 2 × 8 GB @ 3600 MHz and CL18
- 2 × 16 GB @ 3600 MHz and CL18
- 2 × 32GB @ 3600 MHz and CL18
- 2 × 8 GB @ 3600 MHz and CL14
- 2 × 16 GB @ 3600 MHz and CL14
The components of these modules, according to the TeamGroup technical sheet, have been manufactured by Micron Techonolgy. And each of the modules (17 nm) has 16 Gb B-die, 8 modules of 2048 MB. Let’s see how it performs.
External analysis of TeamGroup memories
These RAM memories come in a cardboard box, similar to that of other models from this same manufacturer. In this box, light gray tones predominate, and we can see on the front a photo of a module (with its heatsink), as well as the total memory capacity and frequency on a sticker.
On the back we can find some more details of the memory, although the most interesting are the two “windows” from which we can see the labels of the stickers, with all their technical details.
The two memory modules are anchored inside a plastic blister, very well protected against dust or possible damage that may be caused during transport. What’s more, it has even been difficult for us to get them out of the blister because of how well they are fastened.
Along with the memories we can also find a warranty and installation manual, as well as a sticker that we can put on our computer to show off memories.
As we can see, the modules have a dark colored PCB, but it is barely visible. What is most striking is the aluminum heatsink that covers almost all of the modules. This heatsink does not have RGB lighting, and it does not make the modules much larger, something that is appreciated since we will avoid possible problems when installing the memories in the PC.
On one side we will be able to find the T-Create logo, while on the other we will see only the sticker with the technical specifications of the modules.
At the top, in addition, we will also find the T-Create logo.
There is not much else to note from the memoirs. As we can see, TeamGroup fulfills what it promises, simple memories, which are not very wide or high, designed for those users who need a large memory capacity and cannot afford, for example, that the memories collide with the heatsink, or that they touch each other.
Let’s see what performance these RAM memories offer us.
RAM configuration and testing TeamGroup T-Create Expert
The truth is that these RAM memories do not have any configuration software. As it does not have RGB lighting, it is not necessary to have a software that allows us to adjust any of these parameters. The only thing we will need is to enter the UEFI of our computer to configure the overclock values according to the performance we want. By default, these memories will use a JEDEC profile, but we can activate the XPM 2.0 so that they can start working at 3600 MHz with CL18 latencies.
The performance tests of these memories have been carried out with the following test equipment:
- Intel Core i7 8700K.
- ASUS TUF Z390 PRO-GAMING
- NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER
- NVMe Samsung EVO 980 PRO
The operating system in which we have carried out the tests has been Windows 11 Pro, with all the updates installed, the drivers updated and the firmware of the board updated to the latest version. The first thing we are going to see will be the values that the software returns to us CPU-Z of each of the PC parameters.
And now, we are going to start to see the results that these memories offer us in performance tests.
AIDA64 It is one of the most complete programs that we can find to know in depth each and every one of the components of our PC. And of course, it also allows us to test the components to see how well they perform. Using the cache and memory tests of this program we can see the read, write and copy speeds of these memories, as well as their latency.
As we can see, the values we obtain are adequate for memories designed to operate at a frequency of 3600 MHz, although it is true that high latencies can end up taking their toll, since, although they are CL18, the tRCD, tRP and tRAS latencies they are superior to those of other models with the same frequency and the same CL18. There will not be a huge difference, but if we plan to use the memories to play, it can translate into a frame or two of difference.
The next test to measure the performance of these memories is the software SuperPi. What this program does is perform complex mathematical calculations to calculate decimals of the number Pi and, depending on the time it takes to complete the task, we will be able to know how the memories are performing.
As we can see, the program takes 7 minutes and 47 seconds to calculate the 32 million decimal places of this number, a more than acceptable value for memories of this type.
wPrime has a similar base to SuperPi, although it uses different algorithms to calculate the decimals of this number. We have carried out the tests of both 32 million and 1024 million decimal places, and the values that we have obtained with the program’s default configuration have been the following:
Again, the data obtained is within the expected, and is that these memories behave quite on par with other memories of similar frequencies and latencies.
The famous open source file compressor, 7-ZipIt also has its own benchmark tool that allows us to know the memory performance when working with file compression and decompression tasks.
Again, the values obtained are within expectations, so we did not find any surprises, neither for better nor for worse.
And with the games?
Finally, we wanted to put these memories to the test with some 3D rendering tasks. Below we can see the performance we get when working with the R15 and R20 versions of Cinebenck, working only with the CPU.
We also wanted to put these memories to the test by running the 3DMark TimeSpy test. And we have compared it with the result of other memories at 3600 MHz and CL18 to see how it affects having slightly higher latencies when performing 3D processing.
And, leaving aside the synthetic tests, we have also put them to the test when playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, seeing the aforementioned decrease in the average of the frames and in the total number of frames generated.
Overclock of TeamGroup T-Create Expert
The truth is that already entering the issue of overclocking, we are somewhat more limited. When activating the XMP 2.0 profile, the values are already adjusted a lot so that they can work with a stability of 100% at 3600 MHz. After many tests in the UEFI of the board, we have managed to increase the frequency of the memories up to 3700 MHz without losing stability. . However, we have not been able to lower the latencies of these memories a little more, this being one of their most limiting factors and, in the end, what weighs on performance compared to other memories that operate at the same frequency.
Conclusion: are these memories worth it?
TeamGroup is one of the best known manufacturers in the field of PC components. And, both its SSDs and its RAM memories stand out for their excellent quality, great performance and long durability. And, of course, the TeamGroup T-Create Experts were not going to be an exception.
It is true that the CL18 latencies are somewhat high compared to other memories that, despite operating at the same frequency and having these same latencies, offer a somewhat higher performance. However, these OC10L They have preferred to “sacrifice” this aspect somewhat in exchange for offering users very high quality memory at a price well below the competition. And, in the end, we are talking about a negligible performance difference for day to day, a single frame per second when gaming. Overclocking is also another of the quite limited aspects of these memories, although we can always raise its frequency a bit.
We are before simple but very high quality memories. They do not have RGB lighting that makes the products (unnecessarily) expensive, and the heatsink that comes standard is good enough to keep these memories at a good temperature even when we make intensive use of them.
If you are not a demanding player, nor are you going to perform tasks where a single millisecond can affect you, of course the savings compared to other models are more than justified. In addition, with the 32 GB module model we have the possibility of installing up to 128 GB of memory on any board. A dream for many, now within the reach of any pocket.
Therefore, we have decided to grant these TeamGroup T-Create Expert memories our gold award, highlighting, above all, its price quality.