HP V10 RGB 16GB DDR4-3600 CL14 Memory Kit Review
Even though DDR5 has been on the market for a good few months, DDR4 is still much more popular amongst users. There are two reasons why … there’s very little difference in performance between DDR5 and DDR4, and of course the other is DDR4’s much lower price. HP joined the game a bit late with its gaming series RAM, but it seems like it’s one of the more interesting options on the current market. In this review, we will test the V10 RGB series of RAM specified to run at DDR4-3600 and tight timings of CL14-15-15. Every modern motherboard should run at these settings, and it’s optimal for every game. Of course, we won’t stop there, and you can check our overclocking results on the following pages of this review.
I won’t tell you everything right now, so you have to pass the review to find out more about the HP V10 RGB 16GB DDR4-3600 memory kit.
HP V10 RGB DDR4, WINNER OF GLOBAL DESIGN AWARDS
The Red Dot Design Award is an international design prize awarded to the best products created every year. The distinction “Red Dot” is renowned globally as one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design. HP V10 is a Red Dot Winner 2021.
Every year, the global iF DESIGN AWARD identifies outstanding design, its relevance for business and everyday life– and awards one of the most important seals of quality in the world. The iF label is a reliable sign of good design for consumers as well as for the design community. From almost 10,000 entries, HP V10 was chosen to be an iF DESIGN AWARD WINNER 2021.
Winning two highly competitive global design awards proves the HP V10 is an exceptional memory module where design reflects its inner qualities including top speeds, amazing lighting and stable performance.
FULL SPEED AHEAD, STELLAR APPEARANCEIdeal for gamers, esports enthusiasts and overclockers, HP V10 is a flagship DDR4 memory module built with the best components. With up to 4000 MHz as well as a very low timing (14-14-14-34), the V10 brings you the RGB lights and action of competitive gaming–and the pleasure of overclocking performance for your every endeavor. The stellar design reflects the exceptional speed and performance the V10 brings to your memory system upgrade.
SAMSUNG B-DIE ICs, EXTRAORDINARY QUALITYHP V10 is built with the best components such as the Samsung B-Die ICs, selected for their excellent quality and overclocking capability. These ICs enable the V10 to offer low latency, high frequency and superb stability. The attention to quality doesn’t stop there as our other components were chosen to work to B-die performance.
HIGH FREQUENCY AND LOW TIMING, IMPROVED PC PERFORMANCE
HP V10 comes in 8 GB or 16 GB with dual and quad kits (16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB) for superior performance. The product offers three frequencies (3200 MHz / 3600 MHz / 4000 MHz). The frequency can go up to 4000 MHz with 18-19-19-39 timing or at 3200 MHz you can achieve the lowest timing of 14-14-14-34.
XMP 2.0 ONE-CLICK OVERCLOCKING, ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE
Overclocking gets you the ultimate performance. HP V10 DRAM supports Intel XMP 2.0 one-click overclocking with preset overclocking profiles to improve game frame rates and running speeds. There is no easier way to jump into the higher performances of overclocking.
VIVID RGB LIGHTING, COMPETITIVE ATMOSPHERE
With 8 independent lighting areas, 16 million colors, and 10+ lighting controls, the outstanding RGB colorful lighting effect of the V10 is full of gaming sense.
Supports ASUS Aura, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light and ASRock Polychrome Sync software to sync with RGB system lighting.
DESIGNED WITH CARE, QUALITY INSIDE AND OUT
This flagship HP memory module offers quality inside and out. For example, it is made of aluminum alloy for more efficient heat dissipation.The high quality 10-layer PCB board ensures the V10 can offer more stable signal transmission.The 15μm gold-plated contacts improve the oxidation resistance to add stability and better data transmission.
You can buy the HP V10 RGB 16GB (8GBx2) DDR4-3600 CL14 for around $150 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3Ivgtp1
|Capacities||8GB and 16GB modules in dual-channel and quad-channel kits|
|Frequencies||3200MHz / 3600MHz / 4000MHz|
|Latencies||14-15-15-35 / 14-14-14-34 / 16-20-20-38 / 16-16-16-36 / 18-22-22-42 / 18-19-19-39|
|Working Temperature||0°C to 70°C|
|Warranty||5-Year Lifetime Warranty|
|Certifications||RoHS, CE, FCC, VCCI, cTUVus, RCM, UKCA, CB|
The HP V10 RGB DDR4-3600 memory kit has one XMP profile at DDR4-3600 and tight timings of CL14-15-15-35. The recommended voltage is 1.45V, so the same as most memory kits at DDR4-3600 and CL14. The memory kit uses a well-known Samsung B IC, which is resistant to a higher voltage and is scaling well at higher voltages. Of course, we do not recommend using high voltages, but if you want to overclock, it’s good to know that the RAM can handle it.
Below you can see how Thaiphoon Burner sees our RAM. It correctly shows Samsung B-die, and this is about everything that enthusiasts want to see.
Below is a screenshot from the AIDA64 System Stability Test. As you can see, there are no problems with the HP V10 RGB DDR4-3600 memory.
Let’s move to the next page to look at the package and its contents.
Package and its Contents
HP V10 RGB memory arrived in a retail package which is about the same size as the one of Acer Predator RAM reviewed a while ago. There are also more similarities because both memory series share the same manufacturer. Both tested memory kits also use about the same XMP profile of DDR4-3600 CL14-15-15 1.45V and work about the same on various platforms, including full support by popular RGB technologies and their vendors.
Inside of each box, we will find two 8GB memory modules that are well protected. The exterior is well described, so we clearly know what we are buying. On the other hand, I highly doubt that this product will be offered by stationary retailers. I assume it will be available mostly in popular online stores or directly from HP. Right now, it’s widely available at Amazon in about every country.
The RGB works without issues on tested ASUS and MSI motherboards. It also synchronizes well with ADATA, Enermax, and other brand coolers. Colors and brightness are similar in all cases. On the other hand, Acer Predator looks more flashy, and its illumination is brighter. So it depends on the user which way is better as some users like slightly dimmed RGB.
On the next page of this review, we will take a closer look at the test results.
Performance has been tested on the Intel Rocket Lake-S platform, which contains the Core i7-11700K processor, MSI Z590I Unify motherboard, Powercolor RX6800 XT graphics card, Crucial P5 Plus 1TB NVMe SSD, and Corsair 600W 80+ Platinum PSU.
All results have been made using the HP V10 RGB 16GB DDR4-3600 memory kit. All overclocking results were stable and passed multiple tests, as listed in the comparison.
As usual, we will start with the AIDA64 Memory and Cache benchmark, which is probably the best application to check memory bandwidth and latency.
AIDA64 bandwidth results are pretty high for DDR4. The overclocking results are even close to lower DDR5 frequencies. The HP V10 RGB gives us a wide range of possible settings, so we can set anything up to at least DDR4-4800. It all depends on the used voltage and timings.
Because this is a Z590 motherboard, then we are limited with Gear 1 mode up to about 3733. However, on Intel platforms, it doesn’t matter as much as on AMD, so the latency at Gear 2 and higher frequencies is still very low. Even the XMP profile performs excellent, not to mention the highest overclocking results.
In PCMark 10, the best results are at DDR4-4800, but all other settings are not far behind.
In Cinebench R23, the best results are at the tuned DDR4-3600, which could work at CL13-13-13. Cinebench R23 likes low latency, and also Gear 1 mode is faster in CPU rendering.
3DMark series benchmarks are showing similar results in all settings. Most of these results look like an error margin, but we can still tell that the highest overclocking results are slightly faster.
VRMark shows us up to 2FPS performance gain because of overclocking. Since the average FPS is already high, then it doesn’t matter much.
The same barely visible differences are in Final Fantasy XV and Superposition benchmarks. We can’t make much more to gain higher performance on these fast platforms with already fast RAM. On the other hand, users expect to buy the best possible components and play games at optimal settings without wasting time on manual tunning.
In the popular games at the most popular, lower display resolution, we can see up to 5FPS gain at overclocked settings. It’s still not a lot and clearly shows that the XMP profile is already fast. Once again, I don’t think that the improvements are worth wasting time on manual tuning, but of course, some users like to have overclocking headroom and will spend time to get that 1% higher results.
On the next page, I will tell you a couple of words about overclocking the HP V10 RGB DDR4-3600 RAM.
Disclaimer: Overclocking is never guaranteed, so the results may vary depending on certain conditions and various hardware configurations. I am not recommending overclocking if you do not know what you are doing. High voltages may damage hardware, and the warranty will not cover it.
HP V10 RGB memory uses Samsung B-die, which in the latest series is good enough that it guarantees high overclocking headroom. However, to get much better results, we have to use higher voltages which for many users won’t be comfortable. We can see that some memory vendors are releasing Samsung B-die-based memory kits at up to 1.6V. Since no one would risk a high RMA rate then we can assume it’s still safe. Samsung B-die has been on the market so long that we can confirm safety at even higher voltages, as long as RAM won’t overheat for longer.
The tested HP V10 RGB memory could reach DDR4-3600 at CL13-13-13 and about 1.60V. For some reason, Command Rate 1N didn’t work at these settings, while it was working at more relaxed timings and at DDR4-4800 CL18-18-18. Here we have two of the best settings in our comparison – the tightest timings and the highest frequency. Both offer similar performance, but the DDR4-4800 was slightly faster in most tests. Both also require 1.60V or a bit more. It’s hard to avoid higher voltages if we wish to push the RAM to its limits. If we were trying to beat some benchmark records, then we would go higher as Samsung B is scaling all the way to 1.95V+.
HP V10 RGB is an excellent option for gamers and overclockers. It’s also not so expensive, so I bet many users will be interested in this memory series. For sure, I can recommend it as the tested memory kit has high overclocking headroom and great quality.
Conclusion and Verdict
The HP V10 RGB 16GB DDR4-3600 memory kit is about as good as the previously reviewed Acer Predator Apollo. Both are on top of the list regarding performance at XMP settings and overclocking potential. The HP V10 RGB arrived a bit late to revolutionize the gaming gear market but is for sure an interesting memory series that delivers high performance and compatibility. DDR4 memory will be popular for some more time, so the HP V10 RGB is still a good investment.
The HP V10 RGB 16GB (8GBx2) DDR4-3600 CL14 memory costs around $150 in popular online stores like Amazon. I assume that the price will drop some more but even at $150 it seems reasonable as the competition can’t offer anything better.
HP memory kits are covered by a 5-year warranty. Most memory kits on the market have a lifetime warranty, so it seems worse and better at the same time. Worse because lifetime sounds much longer. It is better because actual lifetime warranty terms don’t say that the warranty is infinite, but depending on the brand, it can be one or two years after the end of production. In real it may also mean three years. In this case, we have to read warranty terms to be sure, but let’s be honest, who reads warranty terms?
- Compatible with AMD and Intel chipsets
- Easy to install and configure
- Amazing RGB effects
- High overclocking potential
- High performance
- Nothing worth to mention
The HP V10 RGB 16GB DDR4-3600 memory kit is fast and has high overclocking potential. It’s also compatible with a wide range of motherboards and RGB eco-systems. The HP V10 RGB delivers a perfect combo of high speed and features essential for most gamers. Since the price isn’t high, you can’t go wrong with this memory kit.
HP V10 RGB 16GB DDR4-3600 CL14 memory kit receives a well-deserved Funky Kit Editor’s Choice Award!