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29 Nov 2023
Highly Recommended : MDK5 96GB DDR5 6000MHz


Highly Recommended. The MDK5 96GB 96GB kit gets a solid recommendation due to its price-point vis-a-vis extra high capacity (96GB) vis-a-vis good overclocking potential (from 6000MHz to 6800MHz CL32 at safe voltage levels).

Great for Pro-Users. It is obviously intended for the pro-consumer market; users who either just want more memory or/and intensively uses their computer for more than just recreational purposes. Software developers who may have multiple virtual machines (VM) running simultaneously. Or seasoned graphic designers, to even video editors. Often, large projects require compromises to avoid applications from crashing due to a lack of memory. Extra system memory allows for expanded workflows that simply were not possible before.

Rationale behind MKD5 96GB Kit. It is surmised that Neo Forza came up with this kit (2x48GB @ 6000MHz) is to providing (a) the highest possible capacity at 2-sticks, whilst (b) ensuring compatibility with both AMD and INTEL platforms, and (c) at speeds more attractive than JEDEC's 5200MHz, whilst (d) "workaround" the CPU's frequency limitation if all 4 slots are used.  The simplest explanation is that AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors are designed for dual-channel, or rather, two memory modules installed in total. While a lot of DDR5 motherboards do have four slots for memory, there is unpredictability when fully populated. For example, the AMD Ryzen 7000 series only officially supports DDR5-3600 when four modules are used (not a typo). While you can go above what is officially supported by AMD, the actual limit will change, based on the number of memory ranks and the quality of the CPU's IMC (integrated memory controller), which test-programs will show. In short, stick with two for compatibility whilst enjoying BIOS-set specs (rated or overclocked).

Wide Compatibility. At such nice price-point, the caveat is that Neo Forza set primary CAS values "loose" to assuring compatibility across a wide spectrum of motherboard-CPU mixes out there, whilst leaving it to users to overclocking / achieving better timings uniquely customized to their individual rigs.  So for users who don't want to fiddle with overclocking, the option may then be to shell out USD100+ more to buying tighter CAS equivalents of other brands. It is pretty obvious to many prosumers which option of the two to go for.

Little Real-World Difference between Non-binary ICs vs Binary ICs. Generally speaking, 3 GB ICs will have "worse" timings compared to their 2 GB counterparts, but outside of a few world records, the difference is minor for the amateur overclocker. Suffice to say, that besides ultra competitive gamers, the higher latency, average frame rates, and 1% lows in games will likely go unnoticed even at CL40. Again, this kit is targeted at prosumers, not at overclocker-purists and not at ultra competitive gamers, so it feels right that Neo Forza came up with this kit at that price-point for the said target market.

For those who are looking to join this 64 GB+ club without dropping a large amount of cash, this Neo Forza kit is a good middle ground between the cheaper 5600 MT/s and the more expensive 6400 MT/s memory kits. With some time invested in overclocking and the risk / reward that comes with it, this could very well be a hidden gem. As it stands, since no overclock outcome is ever guaranteed, the selling points are mainly extra high capacity and reasonable pricing. This is where Neo Forza shines the brightest and the MK5 DDR5-6000 96 GB memory kit is definitely a good option in that regard.

Remarks : AMD and INTEL Limitation. Neo Forza's MK5 DDR5-6000 kit is designed to support both AMD and Intel with both XMP and EXPO memory profiles, and lands right in the "sweet spot" for AMD. This "sweet spot" comes from AMD in which the development team determined that DDR5-6000 is optimal for all types of users when paired with an AMD Ryzen 7000 processor. This frequency not only provides the benefits of higher bandwidth and lower latency compared to DDR5-5200 that is officially supported by AMD, but also without many of the potential issues one may face using even faster memory. While the Intel platform can go much higher in terms of highest frequency, this comes with its own set of drawbacks, like higher power consumption, temperature limitations, smaller memory kit availablility, and a higher cost of entry. The benefits and return on investment starts to quickly diminish above 7200 MT/s for Intel users, leaving many consumers to focus on lower speeds and tighter timings. For AMD that value is in the 6000-6200 MT/s range.

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