[section_title title=”Overclocking”]Overclocking

With TeamGroup being well known for producing memory modules with high overclocking capability and taking into consideration that it is mentioned all over the packaging, I was eager to see how this kit would perform and how much I would be able to obtain in terms of overclocking gains.  With stock speeds of 1600MHz and with CL9 timings, they memory is already the best of both worlds, especially for gamers.

Starting with my usual testing method, by increasing the memory to 1.65v and gradually increasing the speeds, I quickly hit my first wall at 2133MHz.  My test system would constantly boot loop and would only post if I cleared the CMOS.  Next I tried to loosen the timings to CL11 which should have gave the memory a lot more play room in terms of overclocking but I still had problems trying to get the memory to post.

Even with 2000MHz, I did manage to get the system to post but it was highly unstable in Windows and would crash within moments of initialisation.  Failing that, I tried to go for the next step up to 1600MHz, which was 1866MHz.  I managed to post into Windows no issues at these speeds with the stock CAS 9-9-9-24 timings.  Any alteration in timings such as 8-9-8-28 or 8-8-8-24 resulted in BSOD.  Unimpressive as it sounds, this particular Vulcan GOLD kit only managed 1866MHz CL9.

All in all, a kit which has overclocking written all over the packaging and only manages a meagre increase in clock speeds with sub-standard overheads in terms of timing control really does leave a slightly bitter taste in my mouth.  The overclocking capability was disappointing and although this can be down to particular samples, I have to base my results on what I am given.


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