High performance memory kits have evolved over the last few years, both in styling and technology. Styling has shifted to heavier heat sinks, LED light bars, and fancy RGB control software. The technology has done what it inevitably will by producing greater speeds and densities at generally lower cost as DDR4 has matured. While some would bemoan the current design trends, I believe they are beneficial in general, providing greater build flexibility and putting more control in the hands of the user. There are, of course, always exceptions.
Now, when talking about high performance memory, HP may not be a name that is on your radar. While HP is a massive system integrator with a long history, the brand has rarely dabbled in the DIY market. It was a surprise when HP unveiled the design for the V6 and V8, its new high performance memory lines, last year. The memory market is highly competitive, and HP will need to bring their "A" game in order to gain a foothold in today's market. The HP V6 kit I have for testing today is one of their mid-spec kits: 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) 3200 MHz at 16-18-18-38 and 1.35 V.
3200 MHz used to be the gold standard for Ryzen builds. The Ryzen 3000 series both reinforced that standard and shattered it at the same time. With 3200 MHz natively supported on the new Ryzen platform, what once was a goal post is now a given. With the goal post shifted to the 3600 MHz sweet spot, the focus has shifted to memory kits targeting that previously obscure spec. Are 3200 MHz kits still worth it? Let's find out!
|Tested Capacity:||16 GB (8 GB x2)|
|Tested Voltage:||1.35 V|
|PCB Type:||8 layers|
|Form Factor:||288-pin DIMM|