Overclocking of the new Silicon Power Turbine DDR4-3200 series kit is a relatively straightforward process. The toughest decision will be on choosing whether to go for higher frequencies… or tighter timings, as this kit does offer both. The reason both are not only possibilities but rather easy to do is because Silicon Power is 1) being rather conservative with their timings and 2) they are using Samsung B-Die RAM ICs. These are arguably some of the best of the best ICs available today in that they offer great performance and in this instance does so without the usual nose bleed price tag. In other words, these ICs have a lot to offer and rarely are seen outside of premium ‘flagship’ models. More to the point they are all but crying out for overclocking enthusiasts to tap into their full potential.
The only fly in the ointment is that in order to get everything they have to offer Intel is going to be the superior option. Like it or not, AMD Ryzen (and Ryzen 2) are still not as over-clocking friendly… and since this kit already comes at DDR4-3200 speeds getting even more on them with AMD is contra-indicated. Yes it can be done, and is rather easy with Samsung B-Dies, but our results can, will, and probably would differ from yours. This is why we used our Z370 testbed which can easily go above and beyond DDR4-3200 without even batting an eye. With that said, getting tighter timings at DDR4-3200 or lower is a snap on AMD systems with this Silicon Power Turbine kit – so easy it is not even worth bothering with. They just plumb work on AMD rigs.
With this in mind we easily tightened things up from their relatively loose 16-18-18 timings via the use of a smidgen more power. With some trial and error only 1.36v was required to hit 16-16-16. This is pretty decent and can be considered ‘free’ performance boost as it is close enough to the ‘stock’ 1.35v that the is not even be worth worrying about. If you so choose you can easily get this kit to DDR4-3400 speed at 16-16-16 but it will require 1.45v. If you do not mind loosening the timings you can get it up to DDR4-3400 at 16-19-19 at 1.4v. Which is pretty darn good for this moderately inexpensive kit of RAM. Alternatively, you can lower the frequencies at get timings all the way down to 13-14-14… but for most people 1.36v at DDR4-3200 at 16-16-16 will be awfully tempting to say the least as the DDR4 will not be stressed (and should last a life time), is still more than what you paid for, and there does come a point of diminishing returns – or at least a point where the returns are not as great as the time, effort, and reduced lifespan justify them.
The only thing that we should point out is that Silicon Power is obviously heavily binning their B-Die shipments from Samsung, and you will not find a ton of over-clocking room in this new series. So if you really, really, need above DDR4-3400 speeds (or don’t want to use above 1.4v) you may be better served by stepping up a notch in the XPower Turbine hierarchy. We seriously doubt that Silicon Power is using lesser RAM IC’s for their higher kits and only using the ‘good stuff’ for the DDR4-3200 model. That would be… odd to say the least.
Overall this may not be the absolute best of the best when it comes to overclocking but it is right up there with more firmly established brands to say the least!