Today, RGB lighting is virtually everywhere and now includes the first DDR5 memory kits, courtesy of the new Teamgroup T-Force Delta RGB DDR5 modules. Available in white or black finishes, both color options feature wide-angle RGB edges that extend to the top and partially to both sides.
It remains to be seen whether these modules end up being the best RAM for gaming in the emerging era of DDR5, although Teamgroup specifically has players in mind with these kits, which are under the T-Force banner. Angular heat spreaders look a little more aggressive than a standard rectangular memory kit (Teamgroup says it's inspired by stealth fighter jets), though they're not as edgy as the Dark Z and Night Hawk by Teamgroup.
“The color and flicker speed of each RGB LED used in Delta RGB DDR5 can be controlled independently, offering more freedom to customize light effects than a typical RGB DDR4 memory,” explains Teamgroup.
Teamgroup has sent samples of these kits to most major motherboard players, including ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte and MSI to test them with their own lighting control schemes. And with that in mind, Teamgroup is confident that gamers will have no trouble customizing RGB effects using their motherboard manufacturer's lighting software.
Beyond the lighting, these kits are outstanding for supporting 4,800 MT / s, the official transfer rate sanctioned by JEDEC and in line with some of the fastest DDR4 memory kits available today, or up to 5,600 MT / s s for enthusiasts who want even faster memory.
We have yet to see how DDR5 memory speed will affect gaming and overall performance because there are no consumer platforms yet that support the next-generation memory standard. Soon, though.
DDR5 support will arrive when Intel launches its Alder Lake CPU later this year, along with a new 600 series chipset. Alder Lake will also run on DDR4, but not on the same motherboard. Then, next year, AMD will embrace DDR5 memory with its Zen 4 CPUs, which will also introduce a new socket (which will eventually remove AM4) and a chipset.
Teamgroup keeps most of the details surrounding its new DDR5 RAM kits close to the vest, so we don't know what the times will be like or what kind of voltage will be needed for faster memory (1.1V is the JEDEC specification for 4,800 MT / s).
What we do know is that Teamgroup will offer these kits of 16 GB and 32 GB capacity. Teamgroup also confirmed that they will support Intel's XMP 3.0 for one-click overclocking.
Interestingly, the warranty period is only three years, rather than having a lifetime warranty, the latter of which is fairly standard among DDR4 kits. However, Teamgroup says the warranty "will be adjusted based on the improvement of raw materials or technology".
In this case, it's another reason to wait a bit before building a new generation platform. Let the first adopters take care of any wrinkles that need to be planned (the same goes for Windows 11) and the initially delayed warranty conditions, and then make the leap when things work out. Or not, your call.