Many agree that 64GB of memory is overkill for the average consumer, but hefty memory capacity works wonders in prosumer and professional systems and memory-heavy applications. TeamGroup introduced the T-Create Classic 10L range not too long ago to cater to the above user groups. Building on the success of the memory, TeamGroup has continued with the T-Create Expert OC10L series, which intends to deliver even more performance for professional users.
The T-Create Expert OC10L uses the same basic design formula as the T-Create Classic 10L: the memory is checked in at a height of 32 mm (1.26 inches) and has a low-profile aluminum heat spreader. However, the T-Create Expert OC10L has a gray exterior instead of the silver body on the T-Create Classic 10L. In addition, the memory module retains the black circuit board with the addition of custom capacitors, which (according to the manufacturer) are resistant to high temperatures. Therefore, the memory is resilient during heavy workloads.
Like many high-performance memory sticks, the T-Create Expert OC10L features a 10-layer PCB for better signal quality and stability. Being a dual-channel 64GB memory kit, each memory module is 32GB and conforms to a dual-rank design. TeamGroup chose Micron’s D9XPF (MT40A2G8VA-062E:B) integrated circuits (ICs) for the T-Create Expert OC10L.
The default data rate and memory timing for the memory kit are DDR4-2400 and 16-16-16-39. Unlike the T-Create Classic 10L, the T-Create Expert OC10L comes with XMP 2.0 support. The profile sets the memory to DDR4-3600 with 18-22-22-42 at 1.35V. For more information on timing and frequency considerations, see our PC Memory 101 feature and our story on how to buy RAM.
|Memory Kit||part number||Capacity||data rate||Primary times||Tension||Guarantee|
|Patriot Viper Steel||PVS464G360C8K||2 x 32GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-20-20-40 (2T)||1.35 Volt||Lifetime|
|TeamGroup T-Create Expert OC10L||TTCED464G3600HC18JDC01||2 x 32GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-22-22-42 (2T)||1.35 Volt||Lifetime|
|Crucial Ballistix||BL2K32G32C16U4W||2 x 32GB||DDR4-3200 (XMP)||16-18-18-36 (2T)||1.35 Volt||Lifetime|
|TeamGroup T-Create Classic 10L||TTCCD464G3200HC22DC01||2 x 32GB||DDR4-3200 (XMP)||22-22-22-52 (2T)||1.20 Volt||Lifetime|
Our Intel test system uses the Intel Core i9-10900K and Asus ROG Maximus XII Apex, which runs on the 0901 firmware. The AMD test system, on the other hand, consists of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero. The latter is on the 3501 firmware. The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Trio takes care of the graphics RAM benchmarks, like gaming.
|Intel System||AMD System|
|Processor||Intel Core i9-10900K||AMD Ryzen 9 5900X|
|Motherboard||Asus ROG Maximus XII Apex||Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero|
|Graphics Card||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio|
|Storage||Critical MX500 500GB, 2TB||Critical MX500 500GB, 2TB|
|Cooling||Corsair Hydro H115i Pro||Corsair Hydro H115i Pro|
|Power supply||Corsair RM650x 650W||Corsair RM650x 650W|
|Case||Streamcom BC1||Streamcom BC1|
The cumulative results show that T-Create Expert OC10L DDR4-3600 C18 was only marginally faster than the T-Create Classic 10L DDR4-3200 C22 on the Intel platform. Due to the looser timings, the memory failed to fire Patriot’s Viper Steel DDR4-3600 C18 or Crucial’s Ballistix DDR4-3200 C16.
TeamGroup’s memory kit excelled on the AMD platform thanks to its DDR4-3600 data rate, synchronizing it with the Ryzen 9 5900X’s 1,800MHz FCLK. As a result, the T-Create Expert OC10L DDR4-3600 C18 came in second in both the application and gaming performance tests, trailing only the Patriot memory kit.
Tune overclocking and latency
Overclocking was clearly not the strongest point of the T-Create Expert OC10L memory kit. Increasing the DRAM voltage from 1.35V to 1.45V brought us to DDR4-3700. We had to loosen the CAS Latency (CL) to 19 to achieve stability with our overclock.
Lowest stable timing
|Memory Kit||DDR4-3200 (1.45)||DDR4-3600 (1.45V)||DDR4-3700 (1.45V)||DDR4-3800 (1.45V)||DDR4-4200 (1.45V)|
|Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3200 C16||14-16-16-36 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A||18-22-22-42 (2T)|
|Patriot Viper Steel DDR4-3600 C18||N/A||17-19-19-39 (2T)||N/A||21-21-21-41 (2T)||N/A|
|TeamGroup T-Create Classic 10L DDR4-3200 C22||18-18-18-38 (2T)||N/A||N/A||21-21-21-41 (2T)||N/A|
|TeamGroup T-Create Expert OC10L DDR4-3600 C18||N/A||16-22-22-42 (2T)||19-22-22-42 (2T)||N/A||N/A|
Unsurprisingly, there wasn’t much room for manual adjustments on the T-Create Expert OC10L. With the exception of the CL, the other primary timings were set in stone. Even with the DRAM voltage of 1.45 V, C18 was the lowest the memory could go before instability sets in.
It is good advice to prioritize capacity over frequency when choosing a memory kit. However, some workloads, especially the more specialized professional applications, can benefit from faster memory. The T-Create Expert OC10L DDR4-3600 C18 has what many professionals are looking for: a lot of capacity, acceptable performance and competitive prices.
The T-Create Expert OC10L DDR4-3600 C18 memory kit costs $269.99, making it one of the cheapest options in its class. If you’re looking for something that offers more performance, there’s the Patriot Viper Steel DDR4-3600 C18, but it will set you back $299.99.