All Show: Aorus Outs DDR4 Kits With RGB Dummy Modules

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This morning we woke up to an interesting announcement from Gigabyte: they’ve got a new Aorus RGB memory kit (opens in new tab) that comes with a so-called Memory Boost feature and demo modules, as spotted by TechPowerUp (opens in new tab)

The memory kit comes with two 8GB modules and two "demo" modules (aka dummy modules), making for a 16GB kit. The 8GB modules run at DDR4-3600 MHz on their Intel XMP 2.0 profile, but using the Aorus Memory Boost function (simply enable it in the BIOS (opens in new tab)) can run at 3,733 MHz. The catch is that they have to be installed in a supporting motherboard and, of course, the supported boards list (opens in new tab) only includes Aorus motherboards (opens in new tab). On all other vendor boards the modules will run at up to 3,600 MHz. 

Well, that’s one way to incentivize people to buy both their RAM (opens in new tab)and motherboard from the same vendor. We're not big fans of proprietary tech, but at least Aorus' Memory Boost feature doesn't prevent users from using mismatching brands. And there isn't a particularly huge performance loss if you don't use an Aorus board. 

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Timings for the units sit at 18-19-19-39 at the 3,600 MHz XMP profile on Intel CPU-based platforms and 20-19-19-43 for AMD Ryzen systems (there was no information about the timings when boosted). They require 1.35V to operate.

Being Aorus products, the DIMMs also come with RGB support and are controllable via Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion 2.0 software (12 different lighting modes). 

The demo modules included in one of the kits look like fully-fledged modules, but are nothing but a PCB with a lighting controller and heatsinks (opens in new tab)on it, whose only purpose is to fill the otherwise empty slots with lighting effects so that you can sit next to your PC, pleased with the illusion that this was a great way to spend your money.

Dummy Modules

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We kid; we also don’t like seeing empty slots in our personal systems. However, we’re more perturbed by empty PCIe (opens in new tab)slots. Aorus, can we also get some dummy graphics cards (opens in new tab)?

Thankfully, the kit will also be available as a two-module version without the demo modules (opens in new tab)

At the time of writing Gigabyte has not revealed any pricing or availability information yet. 

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.