So is this HP’s attempt at gamer / enthusiast DDR4 memory? Yes, and I have to say it is a good start. First off the memory looks good, no matter the performance if memory does not at least look attractive no one is going to buy it. The heatspreaders on these modules look great and HP offers 3 different color options. They have also gone with a black PCB, which is pretty much the norm now, but we still see a few companies still using green.
While the main side of these heatspreaders look good, you really aren’t going to see them! Installing these modules in our Z490 motherboard the backside of the heatspreaders show, not the side with the nice HP logo. I feel that is a pretty big oversight on HP’s part.
Performance of this memory is good, not great, but good. With timings of 16-18-18-38 at 1.35V these are not the tightest timings we’ve seen for that speed. In our testing the memory was around the middle of our test group of DDR4 memory, often getting beaten by RGB kits. We were however able to easily overclock this kit from 3200 MHz to 3600 MHz by just bumping up the voltage to 1.4V.
Now sadly we cannot find the kit we reviewed online for sale. We could however find just an 8GB DIMM, which seems to be selling for around $50, which means a 16GB kit would be around $100. That price is quite high as most non-RGB 16GB 3200 MHz DDR4 kits sell for around $60-80. Obviously available stock and COVID-19 might be influencing that price though.
Now as I said I think the V6 memory is a good start for HP and hopefully we see improvements with a newer version. Overall ThinkComputers gives the HP V6 DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit an 8 out of 10 score.
– Good overall performance
– Sleek design
– 3 different color options
– Were able to run them at 3600 MHz by raising the voltage to 1.4V
– Not the tightest timings we’ve seen for 3200 MHz
– Heatspreader design seems to be backwards for us