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.

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