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XPG Lancer RGB 32B 6000MHz DDR5 Black Kit Review

Here is a complete review of the XPG Lancer 6000 RGB DDR5 32 GB Black Kit - Featuring RGB, Benchmarks, Testing, and unboxing.

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XPG Lancer RGB 6000 32GB DDR5 Black Kit

Verdict

The XPG Lancer RGB 6000 32GB is a high-class performance kit enabling the super high 6000MHz speed with some vivid and brilliant RGB lighting all around.
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Overall
8.8/10
8.8/10
  • Value - 8/10
    8/10
  • Performance - 9/10
    9/10
  • Quality - 9/10
    9/10
  • Features - 9/10
    9/10

Pros

  • High-Speed kit using 6000MHz
  • Vivid RGB Lighting
  • XMP 3.0
  • Compatible with motherboards’ lighting solution
  • Brushed Aluminum Heat Spreader
  • Better Build Quality
  • Limited Life Time Warranty

Cons

  • High Price Tag

A new era of DDR5 started back in 2021 with the release of the Intel Alder Lake platform. DDR5 takes the game to the next level by providing higher bandwidth and frequencies. XPG has sent us their Lancer RGB 6000 32GB Black kit for the testing and part of the test bench. This kit comes with 2x16GB modules, each rated for up to 6000MHz using 40-40-40-76 timing and 1.35V voltage. They are available in white and black colors.


Key Takeaways

  • The XPG Lancer RGB 6000 32GB Black DDR5 kit is suitable for enthusiasts seeking high-speed performance and vivid RGB lighting.
  • This DDR5 kit might not be ideal for users on a budget or those looking for a more cost-effective RAM solution, especially considering the high price tag and the warranty implications of XMP profiling and potential overclocking.
  • Stand-out features of the XPG Lancer RGB DDR5 kit include its SK Hynix chips, vibrant RGB illumination with a thicker diffuser, impressive performance despite higher latency, and compatibility with the latest platforms.

The kit we got is rated for 6000MHz frequency (Bandwidth of PC5 48000). The kit supports XMP 3.0, making it compatible with Intel Alder Lake chipsets only. Here are the full XPG Lancer RGB 6000 Black specifications:

XPG Lancer RGB 6000 Black Specifications
XPG Lancer RGB 6000 Black Specifications
WARNING: DDR5 RAM requires a motherboard that specifically supports DDR5. Ensure your motherboard is compatible before purchasing.

Packaging

Let’s take a closer look at the kit followed by the test results with overclocking.

The kit is shipped inside a paperboard packing box with XPG branding and style. The capacity of the kit is 32GB with a speed of 6000MHz. Both modules are presented inside a transparent container.

Design

Here’s a look at the design.

XPG Lancer DDR5 Ram
XPG Lancer DDR5 Ram (Image by Tech4Gamers)

The XPG Lancer RGB kits are available in multiple 16GB (16×1) and 32GB (16×2) module, so its only in modules of 16GB. These kits support a maximum of 6000MHz frequency with a minimum of 5200MHz frequency. Our kit has two modules with a capacity of each being 16GB. The XMP 3.0 has a single profile stored in it:

  • Profile 1 has 6000MHz speed with the timing of 40-40-40-76 at 1.35V

It is an Unbuffered DIMM with a 288-pin layout (DDR5). There are kits available in the market with tight timings on 6000MHz like the GSkill kit having 36 CL. This would reduce the latency but at a high price tag. Click here to check the compatibility of these kits with the various motherboards.

PRO TIP: Higher speed DDR5 might not necessarily translate into significantly better performance for all tasks. Evaluate your usage to determine if the increased speed justifies the cost.

The Lancer RGB modules feature a criss-cross design on their heat spreaders, crafted from sleek brushed aluminum with an elegant geometric lining. The “DDR5” label sits on the top left corner, while the opposite side showcases a smooth brushed aluminum surface with XPG branding. At the top middle, an irregularly shaped diffuser for RGB lighting complements the layout, resulting in an appealing overall aesthetic.

Each module measures 133.34x40x8mm, with a 40mm height for the kit, a crucial detail for CPU cooler fan clearance. Kudos to XPG for a sturdy build despite the lightweight. The heat spreader doesn’t cover the entire PCB, but that’s expected for proper fitting into the DIMM slots on the motherboard.

PRO TIP: You should ensure proper ventilation in your system for efficient heat dissipation, which can aid the heat spreaders in maintaining optimal performance.

The backside of the module is identical to the front side except that there is a sticker on the right side with the part number, timing, speed, and voltage of the kit printed on it. Removing the sticker would void the warranty. The serial number is also printed on the sticker. The XPG branding is on the lower left side.

XPG Lancer DDR5 Ram Picture
XPG Lancer DDR5 Ram Side by Side (Image by Tech4Gamers)

The RGB LED diffuser is running across the full length of the module. There is no obstruction or design element to cut out the light pattern anywhere across the length. We have XPG branding in the middle. The heat spreader has taken over a bit on the sides of the diffuser which makes the overall design sit in harmony and well synced. The width of each module is 8mm which is usually 7mm on the other kits. This may restrict the AIO blocks with tube ends facing the DIMM slots.

The left image shows the populated side of the module. We have 8x chips each having a 2GB capacity. The central chip is the PMIC. The XPG Lancer RGB kits are using SK Hynix chips. There is what seems to be a single thin thermal pad running across the entire length of the heat spreader on the populated. From what we have seen on the internet, it is reported that the PMIC does not have a thermal pad over it which should have been there.

The opposite side of the PCB shows that it is an unpopulated area with a thick foam padding running in two groups leaving the central side exposed.

The PCB is protruding from the sides of the heat spreader. This is to make room so that latching can be done when installing the modules in the socket. We have a thick diffuser with RGB LEDs underside for some vivid and brilliant lighting.

Here are a few pictures of the RAM modules installed and ready to go:

RGB Lighting

XPG Lancer 6000 RGB Software Compatibility
RGB Software Compatibility

Speaking of the RGB Illumination, this kit is compatible with:

The kit was tested on the GIGABYTE Z690 AERO-G motherboard. The RGB Fusion app picks the kit immediately and the lighting was found to respond to the changes in modes from the RGB Fusion 2.0. We were also able to sync the RGB elements using the RGB Fusion 2.0 including the XPG Lancer RGB 6000 32GB Black kit. Attached below are a few pictures of the RAM kit in action.

Benchmarks & Testing

The following configuration is used to test the kit:

XPG Lancer DDR5 RGB Build
XPG Lancer DDR5 RGB Build (Image by Tech4Gamers)

We are thankful to our sponsors for this test bench.

AIDA64 SP Readout
AIDA64 SP Readout (Image by Tech4Gamers)

The above is an SPD readout as taken from the AIDA64 Engineer edition. A single module of the XPG Lancer RGB 6000 32GB kit has 32 banks featuring SK Hynix chips. The Memory Controller Voltage in XMP 3.0 is 1.20V.

Thaiphoon Burner
Thaiphoon Burner (Image by Tech4Gamers)

We could not get any reading using the Thaiphoon software.

The following software are used for the testing:

  • AIDA64 Engineer
  • SiSoftware Sandra Suite
  • Performance Test
  • 3DMark Time Spy Extreme
  • Hyper Pi
  • Cinebench R23 [Multi, Single]

I compared the XPG Lancer to the following two DDR4 memory kits:

The XMP 3.0 was loaded. The timings and DRAM frequency were manually loaded just in case to ensure the proper working of the kit. Microsoft Windows 10 was used for the testing.

XPG Lancer DDR5 RGB on CPU-Z
XPG Lancer DDR5 RGB on CPU-Z (image by Tech4Gamers)

The above is a CPU-Z screenshot. Looking closely, you will notice that the software is reporting the kit to be in quad-channel configuration. The reason for that is with DDR5 kits, we have two channels per module with each being a 32-bit wide. I am not sure if 32-bit is inclusive of ECC or otherwise.

Results

Overclocking

The GIGABYTE Z690 AERO G motherboard supports DDR5 kits up to 6000MHz speed with the latest BIOS update (F6b). All our attempts to overclock the kit using manual settings or Auto settings were futile as the PC never boots. Hopefully, with future BIOS updates and better support for high-frequency kits or using a different motherboard, we will come back to Overclocking the XPG Lancer RGB 6000 32GB DDR5 kit.

Should You Buy It?

Buy It If

✅Top-notch Performance Is A Priority: Seeking cutting-edge DDR5 technology for Intel’s Alder Lake platform, especially for high-speed capacities like the 6000MHz XPG Lancer RGB, delivers exceptional performance.

✅Aesthetics and RGB Matter: For enthusiasts valuing both performance and vivid RGB illumination, this kit’s design and seamless integration with RGB software, like GIGABYTE’s RGB Fusion, offer an appealing aesthetic.

Don’t Buy It If

❌Warranty Is A Concern: If warranty matters and Intel’s stance on XMP profiling and overclocking impacting warranty is a worry, reconsider, as these kits technically fall under overclocked RAM.

❌You’re Budget-Conscious: For those seeking better value or wary of the high price tag associated with early DDR5 adoption, reconsidering might be prudent.

❌Clearance Isn’t Right: If your system has limited space or specific cooling setups, the slightly larger dimensions of these DDR5 modules might pose compatibility issues, especially with certain coolers or configurations.

Wrapping Up

The XPG Lancer RGB 6000 32GB Black is our debut into DDR5 memory. It features two 16GB modules and speeds of 5200MHz and 6000MHz, the latter being the current peak. The RGB lighting adds vividness but note that Intel doesn’t cover warranty claims for overclocking, including XMP profiling beyond JEDEC SPD specs. The Lancer kits with 5200MHz and 6000MHz fall under overclocked RAM.

These kits utilize the SK Hynix chips. The 8mm width, a tad thicker than DDR4, may impact cooler compatibility. The heat spreader, crafted from brushed aluminum, displays a minimalistic design with subtle branding. However, the lack of a thermal pad on the PMIC chip is notable. The RGB lighting, visible through a triangular cutout, and the thicker diffuser create vibrant illumination.

The kit performed admirably on the GIGABYTE Z690 AERO G with a Core i7-12700k,  but overclocking wasn’t feasible due to motherboard limitations. Priced at USD 329.99 [NewEgg, at the time of review], it delivers impressive performance, albeit at a high cost.

We are thankful to the XPG for the Lancer RGB 6000 32GB Black kit.

Recent Updates


  • December 7, 2023: Few text changes to improve readability. Also added image galleries.

 
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