The following system was used to test the memory kit:
– Processor: Intel i7 13700K @ 5.4GHz
– Motherboard: Biostar Z790 Valkyrie
– Graphics Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
– SSD: NeoForza NFP075 2TB
– HDD: N/A
– PSU: Seasonic Prime TX-1000
– CPU Cooler: Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240
– Case: be quiet! Silent Base 802 White
– OS: Windows 10 64-Bit (After April Update)
The RAM was tested using the CPU at its turbo frequency of 5.4 GHz. The memory was firstly tested using the standard X.M.P frequency while the second test was done with the memory at the maximum frequency reached while Overclocking. Each test was done a minimum of three times.
In terms of overclocking, the MDK5 has plenty of headroom. The kit in our review was easy to overclock to 7000MHz with the factory timings but increased voltage.
Software used for testing the RAM Kit:
– CineBench R20
– CineBench R23
– AIDA64 Extreme Version: 6.92.6600 (Sep 12, 2023)
– Shadow of the Tomb Raider
– Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty
The test results are as follows:
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
AIDA64 Read/Write/Copy Benchmark
AIDA64 Latency Benchmark
The Neo Forza MDK5 is a great DDR5 RAM kit that offers a good performance and a great overclocking potential if your motherboard and CPU can keep up. The RAM kit has no RGB LEDs and requires no software to work.
The build quality is good, with aluminum made heatsinks on both sides of the PCB that use thick thermal pads. The PIMC has a dedicated thermal pad which is great to see, as that chip has a tendency to heat up during overclocking and high voltage operation.
In terms of performance everything is looking good. With good results across the board in both games and synthetic benchmarks. However, the MDK5 shines when it comes to overclocking, as this 6000MHz RAM kit was able to overclock to 7000MHz using the factory timings and just some voltage increase. While the performance gain for such a frequency gain is not that impressive, it is there and showcases the potential of the SK Hynix chips used with the MDK5.
If there is one thing to complain about this RAM kit is the lack of availability across the world.
In conclusion, the Neo Forza MDK5 is a good-looking RAM kit that not only performs good but has a great overclocking headroom and potential. With enough time and knowledge, this RAM kit can break the 7000MHz barrier with lower timings and thus more performance gain.