When it comes to RAM, you have to tackle the right equilibrium regarding the trinity of capacity, speed and latency.
You can’t overdo it in just one direction since it will affect the equation too much, and thus negating any real performance gains. For example choosing a kit with too much frequency (MHz), you would end up having to sacrifice capacity and even the latency or going with a higher capacity kit, you would have to settle for a low speed spec.
Well, not any more, since with this MARS RGB kit from Neo Forza, you get the best of everything: max capacity in a dual channel mode for desktop consumer grade DDR4 and enough speed to satisfy any task.
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
They retail for $359 on Newegg.com. This is great value for money considering the limited world supply of chips and the epic specs out of the box: 64GB DDR4 in dual channel, at 4000 MHz CL19 for 1.4v and with RGB on top.
*27.07.2022 – Have a look at the video review as well!*
Presentation and Specification
*Courtesy of their website.*
MARS Performance Redefined – Award-winning high-quality overclocking DRAM trusted by many
-professionally sorted ICs
-RGB customizable effects
-low latency timings
-profiles up to DDR4-5000
-10-layer PCB for excellent power delivery
-limited lifetime warranty
RGB effects controlled via motherboards’ software for integrating with your favourite presets.
Overclocking ease & performance stability – In-house customized binning techniques assure each sorted chip to meeting enthusiasts’ expectations
Quality assurance – Backed by Neo Forza limited lifetime warranty, legitimate defects are covered after purchase.
Heatspreader by IB-Cool – Tech media reported online of MARS having excellent heat-dissipation performance under overclocked conditions. Designed by the in-house specialist team (IB-Cool), this aspect gives you peace of mind, excellent gaming performance and aesthetics.
* Model: NMGD432F82-4000FF20
* Module Type: 288 Pin Unbuffered DIMM Non ECC
* Capacity: 64GB x2
* Frequency: 4000 MHz
* CL-Value: CL19-23-23-46
* Voltage: 1.4v
* Heat Sink: Aluminum heat-sink
* Warranty: Lifetime Warranty
We have had the pleasure of covering these kits in the past so visually they are the same across the MARS range. Thus, on the front of the packaging you have a cut-out to see one of the RAM sticks and just underneath it, what speed they carry. Although, there is a typo on the back regarding the actual latency for this particular kit: they are CL19-23-23-46 and not CL21-21-21-64.
The MARS RGB kit have this cool blade/industrial dual colour tone design for the double sided aluminium IB-Cool made heat spreaders.
Both sticks have a 10-layer PCB which are populated by Hynix CJR chips to offer you this 64GB density per module that run out of the box at 4000 MHz @ CL19-23-23-46-1T for 1.4v.
They are full RGB compatible with all of the main motherboard vendors and their respective lighting software. The top lightbar will facilitate all the illumination and even the “Neo Forza” cut-out will light up.
They are ITX friendly as well, at around 49.5mm tall and had no problems to fit our current test enclosure.
When it comes to the ARGB bling, they strike a nice of balance of light diffusing while not being too intrusive. Of course, this is out of the box and you can fine tune them as you wish via software.
We will employ a run of synthetic benchmarks at their X.M.P/D.O.C.P value of 4000 MHz for 1.40v @ CL19-23-23-46-1T and then try to OC them.
Regarding overclocking, as in a higher frequency scenario over the stock specs, we found out that it’s very hard to squeeze more than 4000 MHz without going above 1.65v which is not recommended due to lowering chip longevity.
Thus, we decided to undertake a different approach which revolves around tuning the Infinity Fabric from 1800 MHz to 2000 MHz. This will automatically ‘upgrade’ the ratio from the stock 2:1 value to the coveted 1:1 which favours the AMD platform. Alas this is highly depended on your luck with the CPU. (More in-depth here).
Then for the optional 3rd testing scenario, with the help of the Ryzen DRAM calculator – (tutorial here), we managed to get better timing and latencies (CL16-21-21-42-1T) but at 3600 MHz since the app will not give us anything better than CL19-23-23-46-1T for 4000 MHz. This is not necessary a downgrade since it still preserves the 1:1 ratio of the Infinity Fabric.
– CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600x
– CPU Cooling: SilentiumPC Navis F240 AIO
– Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX B550-i Gaming mITX @ BIOS 2803
– 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
– OS: Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
– NVIDIA Drivers – 512.95
– CPU-Z v1.95 – To verify the CPU’s and RAM’s statistics
– 7-zip v19 – A popular file archiver with a built benchmark tool
– AIDA64 Extreme v6.60 – Memory analysis and Benchmark suite
– Geekbench Pro v5.2.5 – Great overall benchmark suite of tests
– Cinebench R23 – Great 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, Infinity Fabric OC and the DRAM optimised OC settings.
Overall results are mixed, both the IF2K (Infinity Fabric at 2000 MHz) and the DRAM Ryzen calculator OC scenarios haven’t displayed any gains over the stock values for the multi and single core CPU score tests.
Next up is the integrated memory benchmark from AIDA64 so we can inspect the overall read, write and copy bandwidth.
Things change here drastically, and the scenario with the Infinity Fabric set at 2000 MHz takes the lead in both raw bandwidth and latency. However the best latency is archived with the 3600 MHz scenario.
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. Here the DRAM calculator takes the lead, followed by the stock value setting.
The last synthetic test comes from Geekbench which gives us an overall performance index for both single and multi core scores. Nothing special, just a copy paste podium from 7zip.
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.
There is still a market for DDR4 and this kit from Neo Forza proves that when a generation reaches peak maturity, it will offer you almost no compromise in terms of performance out of the box. This MARS RGB 64GB DDR4 4000 MHz CL19 kit is a true champion since it offers you all of the desired assets you would expect in a RAM kit, from high capacity, bandwidth and good timings. The cherry on top is of course the RGB and relative low profile heatsinks with a cool and functional design. Anything better than these specs will cost you an arm and a leg from other companies so it’s very hard not to choose this Neo Forza kit!
+ Superb performance out of the box
+ Incredible specs for a dual channel kit
+ Some room left for OC depending on your setup
+ Full RGB support
+ Functional and cool looking heat spreaders
– Low availability
– Needs more colour options for the heatsinks
– The packaging doesn’t have printed on the back the actual specs of the supplied kit
Glob3trotters “Editor’s Choice” Award 5 out of 5