What is the Best Memory for PC Gamers – 2019

When building a new PC, most people first think about the best graphics card and processor model, and neglect to budget for other components that can have a huge impact on the machine’s performance. One of them is the RAM memory, which is responsible for storing all the information used so that the CPU and GPU can access it quickly.

Currently available in the DDR4 standard, RAM memory also tends to cause a lot of confusion among first-time buyers, who will find a variety of models for sale differentiated by factors such as operating speed, latency, storage capacity, and even RGB lighting.

That’s why today, in addition to the models sold, we show you the most important memory manufacturers so that you can make the right choice and build the best possible gaming PC for 2020.

Knowledge of the DDR4 standard

The DDR4 standard is the most modern in terms of RAM memory. It is used by both Intel and AMD and is compatible with a wide variety of motherboards, e.g. B. with the chipsets B450, X570, Z370 and others.

Compared to the DDR3 standard, DDR4 offers a significantly higher speed, with models already exceeding the 4,000 MHz frequency range, which is reflected in significantly higher performance thanks to the larger bandwidth. It also consumes 40% less energy than the previous standard.

Memory sticks currently have 288 contact pins for information exchange, with a notch indicating the correct installation position.

What to consider when choosing the best DDR4 memory

One of the most important points when choosing RAM memory is undoubtedly the operating frequency (measured in MHz). The DDR4 standard starts in the 2000 MHz range, but the fastest models already go beyond 4200 MHz. Both Intel and AMD processors benefit directly from increased RAM speeds, performance gains, and processing more frames per second in games. If your budget allows, opt for models with at least 3200 MHz. Check out a performance comparison below:

High clocked memories dominate in performance (2133 MHz model is overclocked and has low latency) – Image: LTT

Measured in CLs (Clock Cycles), RAM latency is the time interval between entering a command and executing it. For example, imagine the CPU controller gives the command to access a specific memory address. When comparing two models operating at the same frequency, favor the model with the lowest latency. You can read more about RAM latency and speed by clicking this link.

Another factor to consider is RAM capacity. There are already several modules with 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. This is especially important for those who will be working with Mini-ITX motherboards, which usually only have 2 free slots to install RAM memory.

RAM latency is the time interval between entering a command and executing it.

Finally, pay careful attention to the type of heat sink used. The faster models in particular tend to heat up, so metal plates are needed to distribute the heat. An important detail here is the height of the heatsinks: very tall models may not be compatible with some air coolers on the market, especially those in tower format. Therefore, carefully read the specifications of the RAM and cooler manufacturers before buying.

Top DDR4 manufacturers and best-selling models

corsair

Line: Corsair Vengeance / Vengeance RGB

  • RAM type: DDR4 / 288 pin
  • Clock: 2666MHz, 2933MHz, 3000MHz, 3200MHz, 3333MHz, 3466MHz, 3600MHz, 3733MHz, 4000MHz and 4266MHz
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB

Corsair is one of the best sellers worldwide and offers solutions for practically every type of consumer. Known for their cost-effectiveness, the Vengeance line models range from the lowest speeds to the very high-performance memories in the 4266MHz range.

There are the RGB variants, which are slightly larger but offer full lighting control with support for software such as ASUS Aura Sync, MSI Mystic Light, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and Corsair Link. The advertised warranty is lifetime.

G.SKILL

Line: G.Skill Trident Z RGB

  • RAM type: DDR4 / 288 pin
  • Clock: 2400MHz, 2933MHz, 3000MHz, 3200MHz, 3333MHz, 3466MHz, 3600MHz, 3733MHz, 3866MHz, 4000MHz, 4133MHz and 4266MHz
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB

The G.Skill is also among the most talked about at the moment, mainly due to the sensational design of the Trident Z RGB line, which offers a larger area illuminated by the RGB circuit and an eye-catching look with black heat spreaders.

They are compatible with the software mentioned above and offer complete control over the lighting of the parts. It is the ideal model for those investing in cabinets with acrylic or tempered glass sides. The advertised warranty is lifetime.

Kingston HyperX

Model: HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB

  • RAM type: DDR4 / 288 pin
  • Clock: 2933MHz, 3000MHz, 3200MHz, 3600MHz and 4000MHz
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB

This memory is some of the fastest memory out of the box and comes with certified XMP profiles compatible with the latest Intel chipsets, making overclocking much easier.

The highlight of this model is the latency rating: CL15 and CL16 depending on the module and configuration. Again, we’re looking at an RGB model with full control over the lighting. There are also non-RGB versions that are cheaper. An even cheaper option from the same brand is the Fury series, which clocks are not as high, but can be enough for medium to high performance. The advertised warranty is lifetime.

The date

Model: Adata Spectrix D80

  • RAM type: DDR4 / 288 pin
  • Clock: 3000 MHz, 3200 MHz, 3600 MHz and 4133 MHz (overclocked up to 5000 MHz)
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB

Among the top performing RAMs of the moment, this model is the first to use a hybrid air and liquid cooling system. The storage container is absolutely leak-proof and shows off its details thanks to specially developed lighting. RGB lights are fully programmable.

But the biggest highlight is its speed: no less than 5,000 MHz, quite an achievement even within DDR4 standards, making this memory the best for enthusiasts and gamers looking for maximum performance. The only downsides? The salty price!

Other lines from the same company are XPG SPECTRIX D40 and D41.

patriot

Model: Viper RGB

  • RAM type: DDR4 / 288 pin
  • Clock: 2666MHz, 3000MHz, 3200MHz, 3600MHz and 4133MHz
  • Capacities: 8GB (sold in 16GB kits)

With 5 RGB lighting zones and chips that go up to 4133MHz, this is another memory kit to compete in the gaming arena. One of the differences is the compatibility with ASRock Polychrome Sync software, in addition to the others already listed for other manufacturers.

As you may have noticed, we’ve focused our selection on extremely high-performance components, most of them with RGB lighting. These are some of the best references out there, but there are plenty of other RAM kits out there that are more affordable without sacrificing performance.

As said, it is important to pay special attention to the operating speed and latency advertised by the manufacturers. Other internationally recognized brands include Micron Crucial, GeIL, ASUS and Gigabyte. Now it’s time to do some research on which models are selling the most in your favorite stores. Happy shopping!

Source(s): Kingston Technology, Linus Tech Tips, Tech Radar, Graphics Card Hub, HyperX, Corsair, Adata