XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 2x16GB Review (Page 2 of 10)

Page 2 - A Closer Look, Test System

It only takes one glance at the name to know the XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 2x16GB kit comes with RGB LED lighting, which shows in the translucent bar on top. However, this triangular translucent cutout is accompanied by a medium profile black heatspreader. The metal is cut in the middle to split into two different styles that align with the plastic area. Both sides are given a brushed metal finish, but one side is finished with stripes to highlight the brushed finish. XPG logos can be found on both sides, as well as the "DDR5" markings to ensure users do not accidentally purchase the incorrect generation of memory. The metal heatsink is relatively light and serves as a decent heat conductor. It does make the XPG Lancer RGB 13mm taller than modules with no heatspreader at all, which could potentially interfere with heatsinks that have a side-mounted fan attached. While extra aluminum on the side of memory may or may not necessarily affect performance, it is nigh impossible to find performance memory without any form of a heatspreader attached. They do definitely serve a purpose in dissipating heat while also having an added benefit of making the memory more pleasing to the eyes, especially as it diffuses the LEDs installed.

The heatspreader design of the XPG Lancer RGB modules is asymmetrical when looked at straight on, but they are mirror images when compared between the two sides. The plastic diffuser protrudes out to ensure the aluminum stays aligned, but there are no locking clips between the two metal pieces. Otherwise, both sides show off the aforementioned logos, and one side has a specifications sticker. It lists the model number (AX5U6000C4016G-DCLARBK), voltage, and some certification labels. Interestingly, the sticker also has a "16GBx8" denotation, but I can assure you these are indeed 16GB modules for a total of 32GB between the two sticks.

From above, you can see the XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 has a higher profile than some other memory modules we have seen. The two aluminum sides are held together with strips of thermal conductive adhesive over the chips, while also having some more sticky adhesive on the plastic diffuser. This adhesion force between the heatspreaders and memory ICs is quite strong, so I would recommend a good heat source to warm up the adhesive strips and in turn make the aluminum pieces easier to remove. It does not hold a lot of heat since the pieces are made out of aluminum, therefore dissipating the heat energy relatively quickly into the surrounding environment. These pieces are a bit thicker than some others I have seen before and they feel solid enough to withstand bending forces. Either way, you will probably never remove the heatspreaders, especially as it would also mean hampering the RGB LED effects on this set of memory. As such, you should be aware if your aftermarket cooler does end up interfering with the memory modules.

Looking at the black PCB itself, you can see the this is indeed DDR5 memory with its power management integrated circuit, or PMIC, in the middle of the module. I was a bit surprised there was no thermal pad here to make contact with the rest of the heatspreader, and I think it is a quick and easy fix that XPG should implement.

With a better view of the memory chips on the XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 2x16GB dual channel memory kit, you can see the eight SK hynix-manufactured chips, marked with the part number "H5CG48MEBDX014". This is the same set of chips found on the Patriot Viper Venom RGB DDR5 memory. There are eight 2GB chips on one side only for a total of 16GB on each DIMM. As mentioned on the previous page, these RAM modules run at a frequency of DDR5-6000 with 40-40-40-76 latencies. These latencies are a bit higher than the competition, but we will see how they perform in just a moment. These modules operate at a stock voltage of 1.35V, which is higher than the base DDR5 voltage of 1.1V. Unfortunately, I was unable to obtain the datasheet for these chips.

Our test configuration is as follows:

CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K
CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black
Motherboard: ASUS ProArt Z690-Creator WiFi
Graphics: EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING
Chassis: Thermaltake Core P6 TG Snow
Storage: XPG Atom 30 1TB
Power: FSP Hydro PTM Pro 1200W
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Pro

Compared Hardware:
- XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 2x16GB @ DDR5-6000 40-40-40-76
- Kingston FURY Beast DDR5-5200 2x16GB @ DDR5-5200 40-40-40-80
- Patriot Viper Venom RGB DDR5-6200 2x16GB @ DDR5-6200 40-40-40-76

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 CPU
4. Benchmark: AIDA64 FPU
5. Benchmark: AIDA64 Memory
6. Benchmark: PCMark 10
7. Benchmark: 3DMark
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 10
9. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R23
10. Overclocking and Conclusion