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Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB 32GB DDR5-7200 CL34 Kit Review

I have finalized my in-depth testing of the Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB DDR5 7200MHz to bring you this review. I've discussed both XMP/Intel performance as well as manual overclocking.

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Review Summary

The Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB DDR5 7200MHz is a high-performance memory kit with good value for Asus Strix users looking for white RAM with RGB lighting. It offers competitive performance at 7200MHz. However, this kit might not be ideal for those who prioritize overclocking or need low-profile RAM due to cooler clearance issues.

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Overall
9/10
9/10
  • Value - 9/10
    9/10
  • Performance - 9/10
    9/10
  • Quality - 9/10
    9/10
  • Features - 9/10
    9/10

Pros

  • Operates at 7200MT/s
  • RGB Lighting
  • Intel XMP 3.0 and AMD EXPO 0.9 Profiles
  • White Color Finish and Aluminum heat spreader
  • Build Quality
  • Price

 

Cons

  • Mediocre Overclocking Headroom

In this article, I am taking a look at a second DDR5 kit from Asgard. This time, it is a BRAGI ROG Strix kit that is designed to fit in the Asus Strix Ecosystem. My sample is white. It has 2x XMP profiles and 2x EXPO profiles. This kit is a 2x16GB config with 7200MHz CL34 maximum transfer rate and latency. The part number of this kit is VAM5UH72C34AG-CBRSMA.

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Key Takeaways

  • The Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB 32GB DDR5-7200 CL34 kit is ideal for Asus users, especially those with Strix-themed builds, due to its matching design. It boasts a speed of 7200MHz and good value for money.
  • You should buy the Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB if you are in the ASUS Strix ecosystem, prefer both XMP and EXPO support, and want good performance out of the box.
  • You should not buy the Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB if you are building an SFF build or if you want the most overclocking potential.

Here are the key specifications

Tested Frequency 7200MHz
Tested Latency CL34
RGB Yes
Color White
Memory Voltage 1.450V
Rated Frequency 5600MHz
XMP Yes
EXPO Yes
Warranty Limited Lifetime

These kits are available at the following speeds:

  • 6000MHz
  • 6400MHz
  • 6800MHz
  • 7200MHz

I am testing the 7200MHz kit which is the highest offering at this time from Asgard. This kit has a timing of 34-46-46-116 at 1.450V. These are bit lose timings compared to some other kits that we have tested.

This kit is programmed for Intel XMP and AMD EXPO profiles. It is strange that Asgard has used the same configuration for Intel XMP and AMD EXPO profiles.

Packing Box

Packaging and Accessories
Packaging and Accessories (Image By Tech4Gamers)

This kit is no exception to what I saw on the Asgard BRAGI RGB DDR5 kit. In fact, it has the same presentation. The following are provided:

  • 2x16GB Modules
  • Bottle Opener
  • 2x Label Stickers
  • 2x Small Labels
  • 1x pair of gloves
  • 1x Paper showing stenciling
  • 1x Microfiber Cloth
Labels (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Labels (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Our sample is tested for 7200MHz. However, the label shows 6800MHz. Asgard needs to address this. Also, I am a bit surprised. If stickers are not pasted, what is the point of writing “Warranty Void if removed”? These stickers are already removed, Asgard!

WARNING: Asgard’s warranty information is unclear, as I cannot find any warranty claim procedure.

The RGB lighting is compatible with RGB sync technologies of motherboard manufacturers, and it is compatible with:

  • ASUS AURA SYNC
  • GIGABYTE RGB Fusion 2.0
  • MSI Mystic Light sync
  • ASRock Polychrome Sync

Design

Kit's Design
Kit’s Design (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The BRAGI ROG Strix series of DDR5 memory kits at present are among the flagship offers from Asgard. I am not sure if a black version is also available for these kits. These kits feature a true 16.8 Million color options that can be controlled via the RGB sync technology app from the motherboard manufacturers. These kits conform to JEDEC 5600MHZ base frequency.

The Asgard Bragi ROG Strix DDR5 kit has a dimension of 135x43x9mmm as per our digital caliper measurement approximately. Asgard did not provide any dimensions of these modules. You can see a thick diffuser with a step design. ROG STRIX is printed on one side. Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB DDR5 Desktop Memory has on-die ECC which comes in handy for real-time data correction. It is an unbuffered DIMM with a 288-pin layout. There is also a protective cover on the connector on each module.

The white color finish is quite pleasant, and blue blue-accented action figure syncs well with the overall theme.

Looking at the backside, you can see a black color top cover with ROG Strix printed over it. The rest of the design is the same. Asgard is printed toward the lower right. There is an action figure on the left. I could not get more details about it. The heat spreader seems to be made of aluminum material. The CNC machining work is precise and up-to-date. The surface is not that glossy and fingerprint magnet. Still, please wear those gloves to handle the sticks.

Optionally, the user can paste the serial number labels on the modules, though I would not do that personally. Each module has 1Rx8, meaning a single rank design using 8 modules. This kit is made in China.

Top diffuser
Top diffuser (Image By Tech4Gamers)

I know this is a BRAGI series kit, meaning it will have a similar design outlook, if not the same. But Asgard needs to be careful not to entrap itself into coming out with more options having the same footprint, as there is no innovation in that. I have seen many brands doing that and called these designs a signature series.

Looking at the top, we can still see that piano theme that was on the earlier tested BRAGI RGB 32GB kit. The black-and-white combination works perfectly, though, and I have no complaint.

Black PCB
Black PCB (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Asgard uses black PCB. This is a single-rank design. There is a thick black pad on the non-populated side of the PCB running on the entire length. Its width makes up for the width equalization on the opposite side.

The populated side of the PCB has a PMIC chip in the center. This PMIC chip has 4x memory chips on both sides. This gives a 32GB capacity overall in 1Rx8 using a 2G x 64-bit design. Asgard has used a thermal pad over the memory chips.

HWInfo64
HWInfo64 (Image By Tech4Gamers)

This kit is manufactured in China by Asgard in the 32nd week of 2023. Asgard has used Hynix A-Dies having a part number H5CG48AAGBDX018. The PMIC controller is from Richtek having a part number RTQ5132GQWF.

This kit has Intel XMP Revision 3.0 and AMD EXPO 0.9 profiles programmed. This kit has an SPD device manufactured by Rambus Inc. having a model M88SPD5118A5-T, where SPD5118 has a temperature sensor that would report these thermals.

RGB Lighting

The Asgard BRAGI RGB DDR5 kit was tested on a GIGABYTE Z790 AORUS ELITE AX motherboard, and RGB lighting was controlled using the RGB Fusion 2.0 app. The lighting was responding to the changes in the app. There is an even diffusion of the lights across the diffuser and I appreciate the sublime lighting on this kit. Here are some pictures.

Testing

We are using this setup for testing:

Other kits are:

We are thankful to our sponsors for this test bench. The following software have been used for the testing:

  • AIDA64 Engineer
  • SiSoftware Sandra Suite
  • Performance Test
  • 3DMark Time Spy
  • Super Pi

BIOS Run

I have checked, and there are a total of 4x profiles under XMP. There are two XMP profiles and two EXPO profiles. AMD EXPO profiles have the same settings data as on Intel XMP. The profile data is:

  • Intel XMP1: 7200MHz, 34-46-46-116, 1.450V
  • Intel XMP2: 6800MHz, 34-46-46-116, 1.450V
  • AMD EXPO1: 7200MHz, 34-46-46-116, 1.450V
  • AMD EXPO2: 6800MHz, 34-46-46-116, 1.450V

The JEDEC profile is 5600MHz, 46-46-46-90 at 1.10V.

CPU-Z and AIDA64 SPD Readouts

CPU-Z
CPU-Z (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The above is a CPU-Z screenshot. You can see that the software is reporting the kit to be in quad-channel configuration. The reason for that is there are two 32-bit wide channels per module in DDR5 kits.

AIDA64 Engineer - SPD Readout
AIDA64 Engineer – SPD Readout (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The above is an SPD readout from the AIDA64 Engineer edition.

Results

It is time to take a look at the results and see where this kit falls in the graphs. I am starting with the AIDA64 Engineer edition result. Technically, we would want to see this kit offering a competitive performance compared to other 7200MHz kits in the graphs.

You can see competitive performance from Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB DDR5 kit within the 7200MHz speed category in the AIDA64 memory benchmark. Except for the Read operations, this kit has outshined the Copy and Write operations and came close to the 8000MHz kits.

The latency performance on XMP is also competitive. Overall, this is a good performance from the Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB DDR5 kit in this benchmark.

Other Benchmark Software Results

Now, let’s take a look at the other benchmark results, starting with the SiSoft Sandra Software. The Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB DDR5 kit scored 2.78 KPT, offering a competitive performance. In Super PI, this kit has 306.313 seconds to complete the 32M PI computations.

This kit has performed exceptionally well in the Performance Test, scoring 4218. We are seeing a similar performance in the 3DMARK Time Spy CPU Score result.

Overclocking

When it comes to overclocking, the Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB DDR5 7200MHz, CAS34 has a mediocre performance. This kit was pushed to 7600MHz, which is a mere 400MHz over the tested frequency. It needed above 1.55V for 7800MHz and still was not stable. Everyone’s mileage would be different hence it is important to know the configuration on which the overclocking is done. Here are the settings for this overclock:

Memory Frequency Multiplier 7600MHz
Timings 34-46-46-116
Gear Mode Auto
VDD A0 1.50V
VDDQ 1.50V
VPP 1.80V
VCCSA 1.280V
VDDQ CPU 1.350V
VDD2 CPU 1.350V
Overclocked CPU-Z Screenshot
Overclocked CPU-Z Screenshot (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Results

Below are some results with the overclocking.

In the AIDA64 Memory benchmark, we are seeing a good boost in scores compared to the stock run. There is a performance boost of 2.89% in the Copy benchmark. There is a performance boost of 4.44% in the Write benchmark. There is a performance boost of 5.78% in the Read benchmark. The latency was further improved with this overclock. It came down to 58.2ns from 60.7ns. We have seen marginal gains in the Time Spy and Performance Test as well. Overall, this is only a marginal gain.

Should You Buy It?

Buy It If

✅You are looking for a kit that offers XMP and EXPO profiles: If you want a kit that offers Intel XMP and AMD EXPO profiles under the hood, then Asgard ROG Strix RGB 32GB DDR5 7200MHz kit is a prime candidate.

✅You are in the ASUS Strix Ecosystem: If you have an Asus ROG Strix-themed build and are looking for a matching kit, then Asgard has got you covered in quite some style.

✅You want good value: The Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix 32GB DDR5 7200MHz CL34 kit retails at USD 125, which is a good price for your bucks given the good performance out of the box from this kit and stunning RGB lighting with even diffusion.

Don’t Buy It If

❌You plan to overclock: This kit has a limited or mediocre overclocking headroom, so skip it if this is your main domain.

❌You want a low-profile kit: This is a high-profile RAM standing at 43mm height. This could have considerations for the CPU air coolers.

Bottom Line

Asgard BRAGI ROG Strix RGB DDR5 7200MHz CAS34 is a high-performance memory that would suit Asus users particularly given its Strix signature. I have tested a white 16GBx2 kit from Asgard. This is the flagship offer from Asgard at this moment.

The kit has a tested speed of 7200MHz with CL34 at 1.450V. It has two Intel XMP profiles and two AMD EXPO profiles. The XMP1/EXPO1 has 7200MHz, 34-46-46-116, 1.450V settings whereas the XMP2/EXPO2 has 6800MHz, 34-46-46-116, 1.450V settings. The kit conforms to JEDEC 5600MHz.

The kit has the same piano theme from the top view which is a black and white combination. It has an aluminum heat spreader, which is nothing like the original BRAGI RGB DDR5 kit that I tested earlier. The build quality is top-notch. This series is available in 6000MHz, 6400MHz, 6800MHz, and 7200MHz configurations. Overall, the performance has been good in our testing using the XMP1 profile.

This kit has a limited lifetime warranty, but I am not sure how to claim this warranty if I cannot locate the manufacturer’s website and I remember complaining the same the last time. Customer service is very important, and I always pay attention to this aspect.

 
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