Team DARK Pro DDR4-3000 16GB Review Dual Channel Kit
Price and Availability
The Team DARK Pro DDR4 memory series are now available and comes in in Black/Grey and Black/Red color theme.At the time this review was published, the DDR4-3000 16GB (2x8GB) memory kit retails for around $110 USD in the US, or around £61.96 in UK. Aside from the 3000MHz speed, the DARK Pro DDR4 series is also available in kits with speeds of 3200MHz and 3333MHz. Team Group offers lifetime warranty for their DDR4 memory. Check out the links below for the current pricing and availability.
For US: Newegg here or NeweggBusiness here
For UK: Available at Amazon UK here
Team DARK Pro DDR4-3000 Review: Conclusion
I have been testing and using the Team DARK Pro DDR4-3000 memory kit for quite some time now, around 3 months. The first few months of testing were not a smooth experience. I had a difficulty in making the memory kit work with our test system, specifically with the motherboard. I had to test it using several different (beta) BIOS versions and waited for a new one to be released that comes with better DDR4 compatibility. If you check Team Group’s site, the motherboard that they were using or testing the DARK Pro DDR4 with is the Asus Maximus Hero VIII. The issue may lie with the Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 motherboard that we are using as a test system. In theory, all DDR4 memory should work with this motherboard specially if the DDR4 memory kit is designed for Skylake or Intel 100 series motherboards. But if the motherboard manufacturer wasn’t able to update their BIOS with better memory compatibility, you may encounter some issues. I haven’t tried an MSI Z170 or the Asus Z170 motherboards yet. If you have them and your BIOS is update, then your experience might be different (better) to what I have experienced.
At last after experimenting with several BIOS version, I was able to make the DARK Pro DDR4-3000’s XMP profile work and running without any issues. I am using Z170X-Gaming 7 F8l BIOS version by the way. From there on, the testing and benchmarking was a breeze. I didn’t encounter any problems (up to date) in normal desktop operation or when in gaming. In terms of performance, the DARK Pro DDR4-3000 was performing very well and the read/write/copy speeds are well within the expected performance of a memory kit running at 3000MHz. It was performing on par with the Klevv Cras DDR4 we previously reviewed. The Klevv Cras was running at 3000MHz, timings of 16-18-18-36, and is also using an Skhynix memory chip (I5AN4G8NMFR to be exact). However, do note that the Klevv Cras is one expensive memory kit compared to other DDR4 memory kits out there, including the Dark Pro DDR4. Although it was running great and already fast at 3000MHz, it was just unfortunate that I wasn’t able to push the DARK Pro’s speed any further, same case with the Klevv Cras DDR4-3000.
Aesthetically speaking, the Team DARK Pro DDR4 looks nice and feels very solid in hand. The aluminum heat spreader feels sturdy, a little heavy but solid. The dominant black color with matching red accents looks nice, and it’s good that they used black PCB as well to match the overall look. I do prefer the black/red color theme compared to the black/grey. The heat spreader is not really a low profile one. It’s not that tall either, but if you are using a large CPU cooler, like the Cryorig R1 Ultimate or Noctua’s NH-D14/D15 you may encounter clearance issues. So better check first the dimensions of your cooler. If you are using stock CPU cooler, slim profile or water cooling, then you won’t have any problems at all.
Finally, I think the Team DARK Pro DDR4 memory series is a great memory kit that performs very well. It’s great for a gaming PC, and it’s also highly recommendable for system builders who wants to build a system that performs smoothly. If you like how the DARK Pro series looks, then consider it on your next upgrade or build.