HP V10 RGB DDR4-3600 CL14 2x 8 GB Review


When DDR5 entered the market in late 2021, the expectation was that DDR4 production would cease as the industry moved forward. This of course didn't happen because the transition period and winding down of production chains isn't an overnight process. With millions of systems still relying on DDR4, it will be a number of years before the full shift to DDR5. To a great extent, DDR4 has reached full maturity with limited new ways to improve upon it. For consumers, this is a good thing, making for higher compatibility across multiple system generations.
This slow period has not stopped HP from releasing the V10 RGB DDR4-3600 kit aimed at the PC enthusiast community. As a winner of the Red Dot and iF 2021 design awards, HP strives for the best using Samsung B-Die ICs to capture those highly sought after low timings. The V10 RGB SKU ranges from 3200 MT/s to 4000 MT/s and has listed DIMM sizes of 8 GB and 16 GB. In this review, we will cover the HP V10 RGB DDR4-3600 (2x 8 GB) kit rated for 3600 MT/s.
The HP V10 RGB DDR4-3600 16 GB kit I have for review today has an Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) profile with 14-15-15-35 timings at 1.45 V. With eight independent lighting areas and 16 million color options, the HP V10 RGB kit supports ASUS Aura, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, and ASRock Polychrome Sync motherboard software. This memory also suits a wide range of computers as it is ideal for AMD and Intel-based users who want low latency memory with potential headroom for overclocking. In this review, we will be testing the memory at its advertised speed before looking into what a bit of tuning can give us in terms of extra performance. Without further ado, let's now see how this HP V10 RGB kit stacks up to the competition!
Manufacturer: HP
Model: 54N61AA#UUF
Speed Rating: DDR4-3600 MT/s
Rated Timings: 14-15-15-35
Tested Capacity: 16 GB (2x 8 GB)
Tested Voltage: 1.45 V
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
Error Checking: Non-ECC
IC Manufacturer: Samsung (B-Die)
Form Factor: 288-pin DIMM
Warranty: 5-Year Limited Warranty
HP goes big with the packaging to emphasize that it is a premium product. With large bold blue lettering, it is hard to miss what you are buying. Looking at the back, HP takes a page out of their own enterprise market and gives specifications for operating temperature, voltage, size, weight, and dimensions. Because the HP V10 memory has an RGB element as well, ASUS Aura Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and ASRock Polychrome Sync are all fully supported.
After removing the outer sleeve and opening the box, the HP V10 RGB DIMMs are held firmly in place inside the plastic shell to avoid scuffing during transportation.
A Closer Look
Now that the HP V10 RGB DIMM modules are out of the package, it becomes clear that these have a unique appearance with a black and silver checkerboard heatsink design.
It is hard to mistake these for any other brand because the HP logo has been placed in the center on each side.
Laying these DIMMs on the side, we see HP taking a different approach from other vendors by not placing the product or company name on the light bar diffuser.
On one side of each DIMM module is the identification sticker listing the product number, rated XMP operating frequency, and timings. HP lays these out in an easy to read format helpful for quick identification without the box. The only important thing missing is the XMP profile voltage. While not necessary, there is practical reason to include it along with everything else.
The HP V10 RGB weighs in at 68 grams on my scale. For Z-height, it is 47 mm rounding up with my calipers. This memory kit is considered slightly oversized. Caution is once again advised for air-coolers in relation to the DIMM slots. Most have adjustable fan heights or simply do not overhang the memory. On the off-chance of it being a problem, you have been given notice.
After taking the heatspreader off, we see a single-sided DIMM with eight 1 GB ICs. Thermal tape has been placed across the entire length of the PCB. On the light diffuser bar, white tape keeps light bleed to a minimum, and it does make a marked difference. After messing up the tape during reassembly, light bleed can be seen in those areas no longer covered.
Getting a closer look at the ICs, these are Samsung B-Die (K4A8G085WB-BCPB). B-Die is known for its unmatched low latency DDR4 timings. HP cannot swap these ICs out at a later date without changing the timings as well. Currently, no other IC manufacturer has memory that can be binned to CAS 14 for mass-production—it has to be Samsung B-Die. HP even promotes B-Die usage on the product page, which is a bold move, I might add; that said, HP seems to understands that changing timings mid-life will drive customers away in droves, as they expect one thing and get something completely different.
Thaiphoon Burner Readout
Thaiphoon reports the SPD correctly, listing Samsung ICs and an 8-layer PCB. This HP V10 RGB kit uses an XMP profile of DDR4-3600 14-15-15-35 at an operating voltage of 1.45. It also has a JEDEC SPD of 2133 MT/s, which is unfortunate if you cannot enable the XMP profile. It does allows for maximum compatibility across a number of platforms and OEM systems. However, I would have liked a second fallback XMP profile like DDR4-3200 CL14 for newer computers on the market.

Test System
Test System
Processor: Intel Core i9-11900K @1.35 V
5.0 GHz OC all-core - AVX offset 0
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X @ 1.325 V
4.6 GHz OC all-core
Cooling: Custom Loop: EKWB Quantum Magnitude,
D5 pump, and 380/480 mm radiator
Motherboard: MSI MEG Z590 ACE
Intel Z590, BIOS 1.12
AMD X570, BIOS 1.80
Graphics Card: EVGA RTX 2080 FTW3 Ultra
Harddisk: 1x Neo Forza NFS01 480GB SATA 6 Gb/s SSD (OS)
1x Neo Forza eSPORTS 1TB NVMe M.2 (data)
Power Supply: Corsair HX1200 Platinum 1200 W
Case: Primochill Praxis Wetbench
Software: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
NVIDIA GeForce 471.96 WHQL

Required CPU Voltage & Settings For Testing
11th Gen Intel Voltage / Settings
Speed VCCSA VCCIO (2) Ratio
3200–3600 MT/s 1.2 V 1.15 V 1:1
3200–4266 MT/s 1.1 V 1.1 V 1:2
4266–4400 MT/s 1.1 V 1.15 V 1:2
4400–4600 MT/s 1.1 V 1.2 V 1:2
4600–4800 MT/s 1.1 V 1.25 V 1:2
4800–5066+ MT/s 1.45+ V 1.5+ V 1:2
Ryzen Zen 3 Voltage / Settings
Speed Gear Down FCLK Ratio SoC Voltage
3200–3800 MT/s No 1:1 Stock
3800–4000 MT/s Yes 1:1 1.15 V
4133–4600 MT/s Yes 1:2 1.15-1.2 V
4600–4800 MT/s Yes 1:2 1.2+ V
4800–5000+ MT/s Yes 1:2 1.25+ V
Comparison Memory Kits
Memory Comparison
SKU Brand Name Config Speed Timings tFAW tRFC Voltage
CMT16GX2M2C3200C16 Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 2x 16 GB 3200 MT/s 16-18-18-36-54 45 655 1.35 V
F4-3200C14D-16GVR G.Skill Ripjaws V 2x 8 GB 3200 MT/s 14-14-14-34-48 39 655 1.35 V
NMUD432F82-3200DG20 Neo Forza Faye 2x 32 GB 3200 MT/s 16-18-18-36-62 42 525 1.35 V
LD4AU016G-R3200USST Lexar Desktop Memory 2x 16 GB 3200 MT/s 22-22-22-52-74 34 560 1.20 V
AG8GB36C18X4UBX2 addlink addGame Spider X4 RGB 2x 8 GB 3600 MT/s 18-22-22-42-61 40 631 1.35 V
CMH16GX4M2D3600C18 Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL 2x 8 GB 3600 MT/s 18-22-22-42-64 40 630 1.35 V
F4-3600C14D-16GTZNB G.Skill Trident Z Neo 2x 8 GB 3600 MT/s 14-15-15-35-50 44 631 1.45 V
F4-3600C14D-32GTRS G.Skill Trident Z Royal 2x 16 GB 3600 MT/s 14-15-15-35-50 44 631 1.45 V
F4-3600C16Q-32GTZ G.Skill Trident Z Neo 4x 8 GB 3600 MT/s 16-16-16-36-52 44 631 1.35 V
54N61AA#UUF HP V10 RGB 2x 8 GB 3600 MT/s 14-15-15-35-50 42 631 1.45 V
LD4BU016G-R3600UDLH Lexar Hades RGB OC 2x 16 GB 3600 MT/s 18-22-22-42-64 38 631 1.35 V
AX4U36008G17H-DC50R XPG Spectrix D50 ROG 2x 8 GB 3600 MT/s 17-21-21-43-64 44 630 1.35 V
BLM2K8G40C18U4B Crucial Ballistix MAX 2x 8 GB 4000 MT/s 18-19-19-39-64 42 701 1.35 V
PVB516G400C9K Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 2x 8 GB 4000 MT/s 19-19-19-39-68 37 701 1.35 V
PVS416B4400C9K Patriot Viper Steel 2x 8 GB 4400 MT/s 19-19-19-39-69 27 770 1.45 V
AX4U44008G19K-DCBKD45G XPG Spectrix D45G 2x 8 GB 4400 MT/s 19-26-26-46-72 53 770 1.5 V
NMUD416E82-4600CG20 Neo Forza Faye 2x 16 GB 4600 MT/s 19-26-26-46-74 50 805 1.5 V
NMUD480E82-5000IG20 Neo Forza Faye 2x 8 GB 5000 MT/s 19-26-26-46-72 54 876 1.6 V
F4-5066C20D-16GVK G.Skill Ripjaws V 2x 8 GB 5066 MT/s 20-30-30-50-80 61 889 1.6 V
Initial Setup



Once installed in both my test systems, the memory looks fantastic from every angle. The oversized DIMMs actually serve a purpose. By having an elongated light diffuser, each LED provides an even amount of light for the DIMM, which applies to the Z-axis as well. Not having the logo or company name on the top has the DIMMs stand out and in my opinion raises the value. If I am building a system around a certain color theme, I'd rather not have a brand logo detract from the system. As always, RGB lighting is subjective by nature, which means someone will disagree.
Supporting Hardware


Intel Performance Results


Testing this memory with the XMP profile of DDR4-3600 presented no issues during benchmarking. 1:1 Gear ratio was enabled to put this memory into the best-possible configuration.




3DMark Time Spy and Fire Strike


AMD Performance Results

Enabling XMP and running it in 1:1 ratio with Infinity Fabric allowed for the best-possible configuration using the 3600 MT/s XMP profile.

3DMark Time Spy and Fire Strike


Tweaking for Speed
With testing out of the way, I endeavored to see if these sticks have any headroom. For Intel, I kept the same procedure I have been using, leaving all settings at their XMP defaults and then increasing the frequency until the system loses stability. After finding that limit, I manually tweaked for the maximum frequency. Voltage modification from stock is allowed. After all, this is overclocking!
A good starting point for Ryzen Zen 3 based builds is 3600–4000 MT/s as it is optimal because of Infinity Fabric limitations. For those unaware, AMD Ryzen CPUs can in some applications benefit substantially from a synchronized 1:1 ratio with the system memory and Infinity Fabric. This extends to the Ryzen 3000 series as well, though with it topping off at around 1900 MHz instead with the 1:1 ratio intact. This is slightly lower than the Ryzen 5000 series, but still preferred over the 2:1 ratio configuration.
On the Intel side of things, 8th to 10th Generation Intel Core processors are going to benefit the most from the highest-possible frequency with the lowest timings. That being said, 3733–4000 MT/s is the ideal target range since there is no need to play around with VCCSA/IO voltages, and it is mostly plug and play. Switch to an 11th Gen Intel Core processor and things change given the introduction of the memory controller Gear ratio similar to what AMD has done. Once you surpass the memory controller's ability to stay in synchronous 1:1 mode, most motherboards will automatically switch to 2:1 ratio. If all else fails, you can manually set this in the BIOS.
For the 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900K used in this test system, 1:1 ratio stops at a messy DDR4 3600. No matter the VCCSA/IO voltage or memory kit I use, this is the limit for this CPU. Any higher and I must switch to 2:1. Some have reported upwards of 4000 MT/s 1:1 support, but I am not one of the lucky few.
With the release of Intel's 12th Gen Intel Core processors, not much has changed from the fundamentals introduced in the previous 11th generation. However, the biggest change here is the i9-12900K CPU. With a bit of IMC voltage tuning, it can reach 4000 MT/s while keeping the 1:1 ratio to the memory controller. Updating the BIOS to the newest one available is important because it fixes any lingering launch bugs and raises compatibility.
The HP V10 RGB DDR4-3600 using the XMP profile of 3600 MT/s is great for both Intel and AMD. Not only is it ideal for the AMD Ryzen 3000 and 5000 series, it benefits Intel 11th and 12th Gen as well. This is all owing to the 1:1 ratio being achievable on both platforms without diving into the BIOS settings or voltages. Most motherboards should have no issues with the provided XMP profile. If you are unlucky and have a weak CPU memory controller or low-end motherboard, manually changing the Command Rate from 1T to 2T may solve any lingering problems.
Intel Results

Being that up is not always better with the Intel Core i9-11900K, I first tried to raise the frequency and keep the XMP values, but was met with no success. Being that this memory is already binned for CAS 14, the only way up in frequency was to loosen the timings or raise the voltage. After increasing the voltage to 1.55, I was able to achieve 2000 MHz, which was the limit. Even loosening timings did not yield a higher frequency. However, this isn't a major deal. Those who have a well-binned Intel 11th or 12th Gen CPU that can keep a 1:1 ratio at up to DDR4-4000 will be ecstatic with these overclocking results. For those who rather not go above 1.5 V or have a weaker CPU memory controller, some tweaking of the timings at DDR4-3600 can be done as well.

AMD Results

For AMD, the best results are generally to keep it within the FCLK 1:1 ratio. Using the XMP profile, I was able to reach 4000 MT/s (2000 MHz) with the Ryzen 7 5800X. Despite a different system, this kit follows the Intel overclocking results. 1.5 V is required for tighter timings and raising the frequency. Since many AMD Zen 2 or Zen 3 based CPUs have FCLK max out at 1900 MHz, this overclock of 3800 MT/s is included as well. Overall, I am pleased with the results. Being that it is Samsung B-Die, more can be done with the sub-timings if you have the extra time to fine-tune and stability check each adjustment.

Value and Conclusion
The 16B (2x 8 GB) HP V10 RGB DDR4-3600 kit is available for around US$150.
  1. Great timings
  2. Heatspreader
  3. Samsung B-Die
  4. RGB LED implementation
  1. JEDEC SPD of 2133 MT/s
  2. 5-year warranty
We have reached the end of another review, so it is once again time to consolidate everything and get straight to the major talking points. Does HP have a worthy contender in the DDR4 low-latency market or is there a bit left to be desired?
When it comes to DDR4, a few things are continually asked on forums, mainly around what is best for one's system. Statements like "don't waste your money on low latency memory" or "2133 MT/s is all you need" often show up as a reply. While these statements bare some truth, it will always come down to what the memory is being paired with. A general recommendation for years has been the higher the frequency at the lowest timings, the better. That has all changed as the newer generation of CPUs from Intel and AMD have a bit more complexity, which makes memory reviews and general recommendations more complicated.
It has been widely suggested in casual tech conversations that faster memory—an increase in memory frequency—equates higher CPU performances. This stems from the idea that higher-frequency memory provides more data bandwidth for the CPU to utilize. On paper, there is no debate about whether higher-frequency memory provides more bandwidth—it does. Basic math tells us so. However, this does not take into account any additional latency placed upon the system memory and whether the CPU can actually utilize this bandwidth in a linear scale. Many applications are bound by more than just memory bandwidth.
Setting aside things like memory timings, dual or single rank, or the number of DIMMs, AMD Ryzen benefits the most from keeping a memory controller 1:1 ratio with Infinity Fabric. This "sweet spot," as AMD has named it, is the best balance between cost and performance. Having the CPU Infinity Fabric stay in 1:1 ratio with the memory controller can grant significant improvements and a measurable difference in certain scenarios for applications and games alike. Breaking 1:1 ratio with the memory controller adds a latency penalty, resulting in limited practical reason to switch to 2:1 ratio.
With Intel 11th and 12th Gen CPUs, Infinity Fabric does not exist, but in its place, the memory controller (IMC) follows a similar practice as AMD Ryzen. Once the CPU IMC is forced to switch to a 2:1 Gear Ratio owing to its own interal clock limitations, a latency penalty is added that will offset many potential benefits of higher frequency memory. The HP V10 RGB perfectly aligns itself with both platforms and provides a memory kit for the consumer market that has an XMP profile of DDR4-3600. It is also geared towards those PC enthusiasts desiring a low latency kit that is still considered hassle free plug-and-play, just enable XMP.
The HP V10 RGB aims to be an enthusiast-grade product using the infamous Samsung B-Die ICs. With great overclocking and low latency timings where it counts, the RGB implementation has set a new standard for DDR4 lighting. As a winner of the Red Dot and iF 2021 design awards, those looking for the final piece of that top-end gaming PC or simply wanting an unmatched light show will not be disappointed. The HP V10 RGB is not for everyone, but certainly a welcome addition to the low-latency DDR4 market.
Source: TechPowerUp
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