Neo Forza’s constant improvement and progression with their DDR4 line-up is paying off since nowadays you can enjoy a great combo of high density and speed for a great price. Today’s sample is a 64GB DDR4 FAYE RAM kit clocked at 3600 MHz CL18.

They started out as a I/C design house, after which they deployed DDR4 solutions. With that, they became OEM house for international brands for the past 15 years. They take pride in streamlining their wafer screen processes and basically obtaining multiple timings for any frequency. Thus their slogan “Capacity is Power, Speed is King” makes perfect sense. Meet Neo Forza, a new force in the gaming market.

 

Prices and Availability

 

Depending on availability, they should retail around $300 on Newegg.com.

 

Presentation and Specification

 

*Courtesy of their website.*

Neo Forza Faye DDR4 overclocking memory is designed with eagle wing inspired appearance. Symbol of sharp observation. Great performance for gaming application. Faye provides excellent cooling performance, as well as great stability whether you are on the battlefield gaming or trying to achieve higher benchmarks while overclocking

Quintessential Overclocking Choice

– Professionally sorted chips
– 10-layer PCB for excellent power delivery
– low-latency timings
– XMP 2.0 profiles
– Limited lifetime warranty

No Bells. No Whistles. All Raw. FAYE series is designed specifically for the budget-conscious enthusiasts eking out every drop of performance from their rigs. Used by DYIers, e-Sportsters and Overclockers, worldwide FAYE delivers quality, performance, and value.

Overclocking Ease – Performance Stability: In-house customized binning techniques assure each sorted chip to meeting enthusiasts’ expectations.

Specs:

* Module Type: 288 Pin Unbuffered DIMM Non ECC
* Capacity: 32GB x2
* Frequency: 3600 MHz
* CL-Value: CL18-22-22-42
* Voltage: 1.35v
* Heat Sink: Aluminum heat-sink
* Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

 

Visual Inspection

 

As mentioned before, we have covered these kits in the past which proved to be quite a versatile platform. They come shipped in the same transparent plastic clamshell, with minimal branding and presentation, since everything you need to know is clearly visible.

So these have a 10-layer PCB that is populated on each side of the stick by eight 2GB Hynix chips to form these 32GB density per unit. They are clocked out of the box for 3600 MHz @ CL18-22-22-42 for 1.35v.

The overall design is very cool and stealth looking while the heatsinks are airflow optimised with this open top construction that will speed up the cooling process. Height wise, they are around 43mm, thus perfect for SSF builds as well.

Our testing platform has been upgraded, still on the ITX format and as you can see the Neo Forza FAYE kit feels right at home.

 

Testing Methodology

 

We will employ a run of synthetic benchmarks at their X.M.P/D.O.C.P value of 3600 MHz for 1.35v @ CL18-22-22-42 and then try to OC them.

Regarding overclocking, as in a higher frequency scenario, we got a respectable bump out of them (+400 MHz). This is great news if we consider their high density per stick. This was achieved by retaining the D.O.C.P profile and just manually increasing the MHz in the bios, for 1.40v (with a small penalty for the tRC sub-timing – from 83 to 92). But this came at a cost of downgrading the Infinity Fabric’s 1:1 ratio, to 2:1 (more in-depth here).

Alas, then we did apply for some tighter timings like CL16-21-22-42 (even preserving the same 1T command rate) via the Ryzen DRAM calculator – (tutorial here)

Hardware used:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600x
CPU Cooling: SilentiumPC Navis F240 AIO
Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX B550-i Gaming mITX @ BIOS 2407
Boot SSD: Samung 970 PRO 1TB M.2 Gen3x4 MLC PCIe NVMe 1.3
Video card: ASUS GTX 1080 STRIX A8G
PSU: Corsair SF750 SFX Platinum
Case: Phanteks Evolv Shift XT ARGB mITX

Software:

OS: Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
NVIDIA Drivers512.95
CPU-Z v1.95To verify the CPU’s and RAM’s statistics
7-zip v19A popular file archiver with a built benchmark tool
AIDA64 Extreme v6.60Memory analysis and Benchmark suite
Geekbench Pro v5.2.5Great overall benchmark suite of tests
Cinebench R23Great CPU benchmark tools
DRAM Ryzen Calculator v1.7.3 – AMD based utility that helps with memory overclocking
Thaiphoon Burner v16.7
Advanced DRAM info utility
3D/Game(s)
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla set at FHD, with everything at Max quality Settings, no V-Sync

 

Testing, Results and Analysis

 

Let’s start with a CPU intensive benchmark in Cinebench R23 which will give us a single and multi core score rating. So, from left to right we have the 3 main test scenarios: stock, manual OC (+400 MHz) and the DRAM optimised OC settings.

Results are pretty mixed since if you go above 3600/3733 MHz on a 3000/5000 series AMD CPU, you will affect the Infinity Fabric that will downgrade from its 1:1 ratio to a 2:1 thus affecting its latency. In other words, what you gain from that nice MHz increase you will sacrifice a bit in latency. Hence why we see some gains only in the single core test. Alas, the optimised DRAM OC delivers gains on both fronts.

Next up is the integrated memory benchmark from AIDA64 so we can inspect the overall read, write and copy bandwidth.

All of the main bandwidth tests displayed an increase and even the latency was substantially improved for the DRAM OC optimised scenario, while the quick manual MHz only OC displayed similar mixed results as we saw in R23.

7zip is a popular file archiver with a built benchmark tool. It will give us an overall performance index measure din MIPS (million instructions per second) which measure the compressions and decompression capability.

It’s basically a copy/paste scenario that we have seen so far in the previous tests.

The last synthetic test comes from Geekbench which gives us an overall performance index for both single and multi core scores.

This is the only benchmark where the manual quick OC scenario offers full gains for both single and multi core tests.

Now for a gaming session, one benchmark run in the latest Assassin’s Creed title, Valhalla. With games, the numbers only tell a part of the story so please check the video so you can see the actual fluidity.

 

Conclusion

 

Neo Forza is on a great path since with each extra option they add to the same family of RAM kits that they provide, they get better and better. It’s never been such a great time to grab a 64GB DDR4 RAM kit and even be able to overclock it, if you want to have some extra fun. This was a rarity in the past, since with such high densities per stick, basically, what you got was pretty much a one-off setting. This 3600 MHz CL18 FAYE kit is also the recommended Ryzen sweet-spot to have that direct 1:1 ratio of the Infinity Fabric which will give you the best overall performance and low latency. Thus, this Neo Forza kit is a must have item!

The good:

+ Amazing results out of the box
+ Big option list to choose from the FAYE family
+ Even room left for some OC
+ Stealth and cool looking design
+ Airflow optimised aluminium heatsinks

The bad:

– Low availability
– Needs more colour options for the heatsinks

 

Glob3trotters “Editor’s Choice” Award 5 out of 5

 

A lot of thanks to Neo Forza for supplying us with this cool kit !

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