Team Group Night Hawk RGB
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Team Group’s Night Hawk RGB dualchannel kits officially range in speeds from 3000MHz up to 4000MHz, but in the UK you can only buy dual-channel kits up to 3200MHz at the moment. The modules look fantastic, though, even without the lighting. The huge wing-like heatsinks make the modules feel like they weigh twice as much as any other module on test – the build quality is fantastic.
The downside, of course, is that the height of 53mm from base to top is nearly a whole centimetre taller than the G.Skill Trident Z RGB modules. It’s a tad excessive, so you won’t want a large CPU air cooler to be anywhere near the Night Hawk RGB modules.
Our dual-channel 3200MHz DDR4 test kit came in black, but it’s available in white too. The illuminated portions comprise ten areas of opaque acrylic that sit within the large heatsink. The kit has some of the most relaxed timings on test at 16-18-18-38, but our sample did sport Samsung’s B-die chips and we had no problems getting the memory to run at the rated speed of 3200MHz on our AMD test system either.
Sadly, the Team Group Night Hawk RGB was the only kit not to reach 3466MHz when overclocking on our Intel rig, though, managing only 3333MHz. That’s a bit disappointing when the G.Skill Trident Z RGB kit has much tighter timings and managed to get to 3466MHz without lowering them, although the Team Group test is much cheaper. On the plus side, the RGB lighting looks fantastic and while it’s not as bright or punchy as others on test, the Night Hawk RGB has the benefit of having five individual LEDs, which can operate independently. They’re also diffused by a layer of opaque acrylic on top, so the LEDs offer smooth blobs of colour rather than individual glare.
The downside is that Team Group’s software is still in beta, and wouldn’t run on our system. However, as luck would have it, G.Skill’s software worked with it, as did Asus’ Aura. Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion app, though, only
It offers the most wallet-friendly way of getting RGB memory
allowed for entire module colour effects. If you want to run this memory with some fancy RGB lighting effects, we suggest heading over to G.Skill’s website and grabbing its software. Conclusion As the cheapest kit on test, albeit still £200 thanks to the current high price of RAM, the Team Group Night Hawk RGB offers the most wallet-friendly way of getting RGB memory. It offers a number of individually controllable LEDs too, with the second best lighting show on test. Team Group’s own software had some gremlins, which hurt the score, but G.Skill’s software worked for us. So, while Team Group clearly needs to fix this problem, there’s a freely available workaround. We prefer the compact look and awesome lighting of the G.Skill Trident Z RGB kit, but it also costs £50 more than the Team Group kit.
The overclocking performance of the kit was also lacklustre, with a 133MHz frequency deficit compared with the competition, although this likely won’t amount to much of a performance shortfall, especially on Intel systems. If you’re prepared to jump through some hoops with the software, have no height limitations and overclocking isn’t a top priority, the Team Group Night Hawk RGB offers great value if you’re on a tight budget.