XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-7200 2x16GB Review (Page 2 of 10)

Page 2 - A Closer Look, Test System

The XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-7200 2x16GB, as its name suggests, is the DDR5-7200 version of the XPG Lancer RGB DDR5 lineup, which we are pretty familiar with here at APH Networks. We have previously covered the XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000 2x16GB in black, while today's kit is in white. The kit, being a part of the latest performance DDR5 line from the company, utilizes a set of medium profile heatspreaders. The Lancer RGB's aluminum pieces are distinctively shaped and molded with sharp lines to give it lots of visual flare and complexity, where a triangle cutout at the top allows the RGB LEDs to diffuse through. Aluminum is lightweight and serves as a decent heat conductor. The Lancer RGB is about 44mm tall from the pins to the top of the headspreader, or 13mm taller than modules with no heatspreaders at all. Since the heatspreader height is moderate, it is hard to imagine the Lancer RGB will interfere with any modern processor cooler. Whether you like to call it a marketing gimmick or whatnot, it is impossible to find performance memory without any form of a heatspreader attached for decades now. They do undeniably serve a purpose in dissipating heat, but for most memory modules, unless run at a voltage significantly over designed voltages -- which you will not, thanks to integrated memory controller voltage limits on Intel and AMD CPUs -- this feature is certainly not a requirement.

The heatspreader design of the XPG Lancer RGB modules is asymmetrical when looked at straight on, but symmetrical between sides, which is logical, because memory can be installed in different directions depending on your motherboard manufacturer and design. Besides functional purposes, it also improves the look. The black XPG logo is printed onto the silver-white background on one side of the RAM, while the DDR5 designation is placed on the opposite corner. A black heatspreader version is also available. A specifications label is found on the other side. It lists information like the model number, in this case, AX5U7200C3416G-DCLARWH, voltage, kit capacity, and latencies. The XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-7200 2x16GB is made in China.

As you can see more clearly in our photo above, the XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-7200 2x16GB has a very nice black PCB. The LEDs are placed on the main PCB itself, and you can control them using your motherboard's included software. We can also spot the power management integrated circuit, commonly abbreviated as PMIC, near the center. Its heatspreader on top is composed of two separate pieces plus a translucent plastic diffuser. The heatspreaders are held to the module itself by multiple strips of thermally conductive adhesive and are not physically locked together. The adhesive force between the two heatspreaders and memory ICs is very strong as always from the company, so if you ever do take them off, keep your hair dryer around.

From our above photo, it should also be clearer on how the heatspreaders are designed. The heatspreaders are mirror images of each other. The plastic lighting diffuser clips in between them. The pieces are made from solid aluminum, which feels solid in the hand and thick enough to resist easy bending. It is not thick enough to hold a lot of heat, so it should dissipate heat energy reasonably quickly into the surrounding environment. Either way, you will probably never remove them, since the main selling point of XPG's Lancer RGB are the RGB LED lights. In the unlikely event it will not clear your processor heatsink, then you might as well not buy this kit, haha.

A closer look at the memory chips on the XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-7200 2x16GB dual channel memory kit. The photo above should be quite clear -- it says "H5CG48AGBDX018" on each IC. We have previously seen these in the Patriot Viper Venom DDR5-7200 2x16GB and Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5-7200 2x16GB. These are SK hynix-manufactured chips, with 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 DDR5-7200 with 34-46-46-116 latencies. These latencies are comparable but different than the competition, and we will see how they perform in just a moment. These modules operate at a stock voltage of 1.4V, which is higher than the base DDR5 voltage of 1.1V. As mentioned on the previous page, I had trouble with the stability of these RAM at 1.4V and had to increase it to 1.45V to maintain stability. 1.45V is what the Patriot and Kingston kits normally operate at.

Special thanks to our former colleague Seth Claussen for letting us use his computer for benchmarking. Our test configuration is as follows:

CPU: Intel Core i7-13700K
CPU Cooling: Custom Water Cooling Loop
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z690 Force WiFi
Graphics: EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 ULTRA GAMING
Chassis: Thermaltake The Tower 900 Snow
Storage: XPG Atom 50 1TB
Power: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G5 1000W
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Pro

Compared Hardware:
- XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-7200 2x16GB @ DDR5-7200 34-46-46-116
- Kingston FURY Renegade DDR5-7200 2x16GB @ DDR5-7200 38-44-44-105
- Patriot Viper Venom DDR5-7200 2x16GB @ DDR5-7200 34-42-42-84
- Thermaltake TOUGHRAM XG RGB D5 DDR5-5600 2x16GB @ DDR5-5600 36-36-36-76

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