Crucial developed the Ballistix MAX series of DDR4 memory for gamers and performance enthusiasts looking to push beyond standard limits. Composed of the highest-quality memory ICs, the Ballistix MAX was born with overclocking and high-performance computing in mind. With overclocking at the core, the Ballistix MAX series has been optimized to work with both AMD and Intel platforms. Read on further to see what we find.
In September, Team Group released a new product line that’s targeted at creators. You might be used to seeing T-Force branded items from Team Group, but their new line is T-Create. They are marketing this line to content creators and creative professionals, but what exactly does that mean? Follow along and we’ll give you a product tour with performance overclocking and attempt to answer that question for you.
The new T-Create product family consists of a 2.5″ internal SSD and DDR4 desktop memory. The memory line goes by the moniker T-Create Classic 10L and consists of 6 different build configurations. Team Group is marketing the memory for creators, as such, we expect to see large kit capacities available, and we do. In the table below is the entire T-Create Classic 10L product line, including the large 2x32GB kits.
Unlike basic computer tasks such as web browsing, content creators can actually utilize substantial system memory. Editing 8K video for instance can utilize 64 GB of memory. What separates gaming memory from productivity memory, is the timings and rated speed. Games typically don’t utilize all of the system memory for extended periods of time, but that’s exactly what professionals do with creative workstations. Because of the endurance required, workstation memory needs to be focused on reliability and not raw speed.
The T-Create Classic series of memory does not use the popular XMP profile for frequency and timings. Instead, it implements the full JEDEC memory standard, which the motherboard automatically detects and applies. There is no need to activate the memory profile in the bios, simply installing the memory and powering up the computer, users will find it’s already configured.
Today we’re reviewing the 3200 MHz CL22-22-22 kit in the 2 x 32GB kit configuration. The retail price point is $216.99 at popular sites such as Amazon and Newegg. In the table below are the particular details of our review sample.
- Unbeatable classic with eye-catching features
- 10 layers circuits design with professional anti-noise feature
- Customized high-temperature resistant capacitor
- Outstanding multitasking ability
- The Lifetime warranty offers you peace of mind when creating
- Source credit: Team Group
PCB Layout and IC
As the Thaiphoon Burner screenshot shows, this specific kit of memory is composed Hynix memory ICs. As we outlined above, this memory does not include an XMP profile, and THaiphoon Burner reiterates this fact.
This memory uses a total of 8 IC’s, which are located on two sides. The Thaiphoon Burner screenshot lists the PCB as B2 style and 8-layers, we have visually verified that the PCB design does follow the B2 style. However, we know from the Team Group marketing that this PCB is in fact 10 layers, so the Thaiphoon Burner SPD reading is in fact wrong for this detail.
Packaging and Product Overview
Being a budget-oriented JEDEC based kit, we expected the T-Create series to ship in a plastic clamshell retail package that we often see on lower-end products. However, we are pleasantly surprised to see that the memory is safely tucked away in a full-color box. Obviously, it’s not the most extravagant packaging, but given the nature of this kit, we are happy to see this attention to detail. Printed on the box are all the useful bits of information relevant to this memory.
Inside the box, you get a small manual and a case badge sticker.
Out of the box, we get our first hands-on experience. The heat sink is stamped aluminum with a detailed profile to give it some style. The modest fin and angular design give the heat sink more surface area for cooling and at the same time offer a unique style. The overall footprint is very small and compact. Where space is limited, such as an mATX or SFF build, the T-Create Classic would be an excellent choice.
The actual aluminum thickness is about 1mm, and the total weight of one memory module is xx grams. Click on any of the pictures below to see full resolution.
Testing and Overclocking
The overall objective is to test the memory from the perspective of daily usage. We want to know how the memory performance, and how it overclocks without getting into crazy voltage levels. Which is to say that we will stay under the maximum allowable voltage of 1.50 V, as indicated in the XMP 2.0 official specification.
Please refer to the table below for the specific details of our test rig.
As is the case with all overclocking adventures, your results may vary, so proceed only if you assume all risk.
JEDEC ~ All Auto Bios 3200 MHz CL22-22-22-52, 1.20 V
When it comes to JEDEC rated memory they are designed to work across all platforms and motherboards. It’s a forgone conclusion that they will work out of the box, but we’ve confirmed that they do indeed automatically apply the frequency and timings without ever entering the bios. This is a particularly nice feature for beginners or amateur builders who are intimidated by the bios and applying memory XMP profiles.
Overclock 1 – 3600 MHz CL18-20-20-42 + Improved Sub-Timings, 1.35 V
Given that the memory is 64 GB, dual rank, and a lower end JEDEC supported kit, we didn’t have high hopes for serious overclocking. That said we achieved a surprising 3600 CL18 memory profile at the very low voltage of 1.35 V. Furthermore, we were able to improve the sub-timings in an effort to increase the overall benchmark efficiency. In the section below we’ll compare this overclocked profile to the JEDEC profile.
We were able to accomplish a modest but substantial overclock in terms of frequency and timings. How did this affect the overall system performance? IN the graphs below, we compare the stock profile to our overclocked profile across three different benchmark suites.
Geekbench 4 Multi-Core
Si Software Sandra
We’ve seen how the memory compares against itself for overclocking, but now we’d like to show you how the T-Create Classic performs against other memory modules. All of the results below were generated with the factory profile enabled and overclocking profiles were not included.
AIDA64 XMP/JEDEC Comparison
Geedbench 4 XMP/JEDEC Comparison
Conclusion & Result Analysis
Overall we are happy with the T-Create Classic 10L memory. We appreciate the fact that it utilizes the JEDEC standard and doesn’t rely on XMP 2.0 overclocking profiles. Installation and setup was a breeze, so it’s the perfect kit for beginners who don’t want to bother with the motherboard bios. With a stamped aluminum heat sink, the T-Create is cool under pressure and serves to add a bit of flair to your build too.
As performance and overclocking go we were pleasantly surprised. At this point, we shouldn’t need to clarify that this memory not intended for overclocking, and it also not intended to be a speedy gamer kit. That said, we were able to squeeze out a respectable low-voltage overclocked profile, which produced an excellent performance boost over the rated JEDEC profile.
When it comes to the comparison graphs, we have a shocking result that needs some explanation. First up is the AIDA64 comparison, the results land exactly where we expected them to. We know that the AIDA64 scores are predominantly based on DRAM frequency, so it’s fitting that the T-Create kit is near the bottom. However, when it comes to Geekbench 4, our humble T-Create kit smashed all of the competition, including some high-tier B-Die kits. Why exactly did the slower memory dominate all of the competition? The answer lies in the kit density. All of the kits compared are 2x8GB, except for the T-Create 2x32GB kit. This test shows the performance advantage of a large-capacity memory kit.
In terms of price point and value, you can get the T-Create Classic on Newegg for $216.99. The current market for 2x32GB 3200 MHz memory runs between $192.99 and $344.99, which includes everything from naked memory modules to high-end RGB modules. Our review kit lands in the middle of the field when it comes to non-RGB, budget-oriented kits. Given the performance and overclocking capabilities we observed, we’d have no problem recommending this kit to all computer users, not just content creators and workstation professionals.
Are you looking for a product from Team Group focused on gaming and performance ? You may be interested in our Team Group T-Force Xtreem DDR4 4500 Review
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