RAM Benchmark Hierarchy: DDR5, DDR4 for AMD, Intel CPUs

RAM Benchmark Hierarchy
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Consumers often overlook RAM (Random Access Memory), but our RAM benchmark hierarchy will help you find the fastest DDR5 and DDR4 memory kit for your system. Memory is one of the most critical hardware of any system. The right or the wrong memory kit significantly impacts your system's overall performance in gaming, productivity, and (if you don't have enough of it) general sluggishness. Of course, you can always reference our Best RAM list to find the best deals on memory.

Companies regularly release new memory kits with different speeds, timings, capacities, and ranks, making sifting through seemingly endless models surprisingly time-consuming. Our RAM benchmark hierarchy aims to provide a simple database that ranks the best memory kits based on pure performance.

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This memory kit performs excellently on both the latest Intel and AMD platforms. It looks great inside your system and offers outstanding performance.

We use a geometric mean of our memory benchmarking results to keep the ranking objective and discard the intangibles, like aesthetics and overclocking headroom. We've got those details in the individual RAM reviews. Furthermore, we suspect many of you would value performance over anything else. However, the geometric means don't always tell the whole story: If you're looking for performance in a specific workload or gaming, we recommend looking at the full review of the memory kit you have in mind.

The score results originate from the geometric mean from our RAM benchmark suite consisting of scripted and real-world tests. Our tests include Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Lightroom, Cinebench R23, Corona benchmark, 7-Zip compression and decompression, Handbrake x264 and x265 conversion, LuxMark, and Y-Cruncher.

For simplicity, we've separated the memory kits into different categories according to their densities. Then, we ranked the memory kits for each capacity from best to worst for both Intel and AMD systems.

The score on our hierarchy may differ slightly from the geometric mean in the individual review. The discrepancy is because we strive to provide results on the most recent and relevant Intel and AMD platforms. Keeping the metrics in the table as up-to-date as possible involves retesting every memory kit. We rest when there's been a substantial change in either of our test systems, such as a new processor, motherboard, or graphics card (or even new firmware revisions), to name a few.

Memory pricing is very volatile. We've restrained ourselves from providing a price-to-performance value since it would only capture the pricing for one static moment, and memory pricing fluctuates far too much. So while you can see up-to-date pricing in each table below, the performance measurements don't consider the price tag.

If you're undecided between two particular kits, it's easy to evaluate the options by dividing the real-time pricing by the geometric mean. Naturally, you'll want the lowest value possible, as a lower number represents more bang for your buck.

Best DDR5 RAM

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Memory KitScoreData RateTimingsVoltage (V)DRAM ICsPart NumberBuying Link
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR52517.01DDR5-660032-39-39-761.40Hynix M-dieCMT32GX5M2X6600C32$439.99
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB2513.81DDR5-640032-39-39-1021.40Hynix M-dieF5-6400J3239G16GX2-TZ5RK$219.99
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB2496.37DDR5-600036-36-36-761.30Samsung B-dieF5-6000U3636E16GX2-TZ5RS$399.99
Corsair Vengeance RGB2489.72DDR5-600036-36-36-761.35Samsung B-dieCMH32GX5M2D6000C36$234.99
TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB2486.83DDR5-600040-40-40-801.35Hynix M-dieFF3D516G6000HC40ABK$239.99
V-Color Manta XPrism2486.42DDR5-620036-39-39-761.30Hynix M-dieTMXPL1662836WW-DWN/A
Patriot Viper Venom RGB2484.26DDR5-620040-40-40-761.35Hynix M-diePVVR532G620C40K$258.99
PNY XLR8 Gaming Mako2475.63 DDR5-620042-42-42-881.30Hynix M-dieMD32GK2D5620042MXR$259.99
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR52445.20DDR5-520038-38-38-841.25Micron A-dieCMT32GX5M2B5200C38$359.99
Kingston Fury Beast 2443.02DDR5-520040-40-40-801.25Micron A-dieKF552C40BBK2-32$191.99
Sabrent Rocket2385.68DDR5-480040-40-40-761.10Hynix M-dieSB-DR5U-16G x 2$129.99
Crucial DDR5-48002342.49DDR5-480040-39-39-771.10Micron A-dieCT2K8G48C40U5$81.99

Best DDR4 RAM For Intel Systems

Best 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Memory Kits for Intel Systems

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Memory KitScoreData RateTimingsVoltage (V)Part NumberBuying Link
Patriot Viper RGB White903.41DDR4-413319-21-21-411.40PVR416G413C9KW$129.99
Patriot Viper 4 Blackout895.19DDR4-440018-26-26-461.45PVB416G440C8K$119.99
Thermaltake ToughRAM RGB884.82DDR4-460019-26-26-451.50R009D408GX2-4600C19A$215.99
TeamGroup T-Force Dark Z FPS880.65DDR4-400016-18-18-381.45TDZFD416G4000HC16CDC01$169.99
Colorful iGame Vulcan877.42DDR4-426618-19-19-391.40IGPC08G4266D4R8N/A
Predator Apollo875.34DDR4-450019-19-19-391.45BL.9BWWR.255N/A
Klevv Cras XR RGB874.47DDR4-400019-25-25-451.40KD48GU880-40B190Z$161.99
GeIL Orion RGB AMD Edition872.92DDR4-440018-24-24-441.45GAOSR416GB4400C18ADC$324.99
Thermaltake ToughRAM XG RGB872.18DDR4-460019-26-26-451.50R016D408GX2-4600C19A$228.43
Thermaltake ToughRAM XG RGB871.87DDR4-400019-23-23-421.35R016D408GX2-4000C19A$178.43
TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB870.37DDR4-360014-15-15-351.45TF10D416G3600HC14CDC01$143.99
Gigabyte Aorus RGB Memory866.27DDR4-360018-19-19-391.35GP-AR36C18S8K2HU416R$149.99
Adata XPG Spectrix D50865.29DDR4-360018-20-20-421.35AX4U360038G18A-DT50$109.99
G.Skill Trident Z Neo864.84DDR4-360014-15-15-351.45F4-3600C14D-16GTZNB$194.99
Adata XPG Spectrix D60G864.19DDR4-360014-15-15-351.45AX4U360038G14C-DT60$185.99
GeIL Orion AMD Edition860.29DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35GAOR416GB3600C18BDC$79.99
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL859.90DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35CMH16GX4M2Z3600C18$118.99
Thermaltake ToughRAM RGB Metallic Gold858.84DDR4-360018-19-19-391.35RG26D408GX2-3600C18A$154.99
HP V8858.78DDR4-360018-20-20-401.358MG07AA#ABC$99.99
Silicon Power Xpower Zenith852.37DDR4-320016-18-18-381.35SP016GXLZU320BDC$54.97
Predator Talos DDR4-3600852.22DDR4-360018-20-20-421.35BL.9BWWR.215$69.99
PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB848.69DDR4-320016-18-18-381.35MD16GK2D4360018XRGB$99.99
Lexar UDIMM835.21DDR4-266619-19-19-431.20LD4AU008G-R2666U$59.98

Best 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 Memory Kits for Intel Systems

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Memory KitScoreData RateTimingsVoltage (V)Part NumberBuying Link
G.Skill Trident Z Royal934.89DDR4-400017-18-18-381.40F4-4000C17D-32GTRGB$334.99
G.Skill Trident Z Neo926.25DDR4-360016-16-16-361.35F4-3600C16D-32GTZN$274.99
Klevv Bolt XR919.31DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35KD4AGU880-36A180CN/A
Silicon Power Xpower Zenith RGB915.89DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35SP032GXLZU360BDDN/A
Patriot Viper Steel RGB910.14DDR4-360020-26-26-461.35PVSR432G360C0K$179.99
Patriot Viper Elite II901.35DDR4-400020-26-26-461.40PVE2432G400C0K$195.99
Crucial Ballistix Max RGB896.06DDR4-400018-22-22-421.35BLM2K16G40C18U4BL$419.99
Lexar Hades RGB883.71DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35LD4BU016G-R3600UDLH$216.99
Mushkin Redline Lumina876.33DDR4-360016-19-19-391.40MLA4C360GKKP16GX2$199.99
GeIL Orion AMD Edition872.18DDR4-426618-24-24-441.45GAOR432GB4266C18ADC$374.99

Best 64GB (2x32GB) DDR4 Memory Kits for Intel Systems

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Memory KitScoreData RateTimingsVoltage (V)Part NumberBuying Link
Patriot Viper Steel913.32DDR4-360018-20-20-401.35PVS464G360C8K$339.99
Crucial Ballistix909.34DDR4-320016-18-18-361.35BL2K32G32C16U4W$175.99
TeamGroup T-Create Expert OC10L904.14DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35TTCED464G3600HC18JDC01$269.99
TeamGroup T-Create Classic 10L888.79DDR4-320022-22-22-521.20TTCCD464G3200HC22DC01$308.99

Best DDR4 RAM For AMD Systems

Best 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Memory Kits for AMD Systems

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Memory KitScoreData RateTimingsVoltage (V)Part NumberBuying Link
Adata XPG Spectrix D60G1183.26DDR4-360014-15-15-351.45AX4U360038G14C-DT60$185.99
G.Skill Trident Z Neo 1178.20DDR4-360014-15-15-351.45F4-3600C14D-16GTZNB$194.99
Adata XPG Spectrix D501174.59DDR4-360018-20-20-421.35AX4U360038G18A-DT50$109.99
TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB1171.81DDR4-360014-15-15-351.45TF10D416G3600HC14CDC01$169.99
Predator Talos1167.71DDR4-360018-20-20-421.35BL.9BWWR.215$69.99
Gigabyte Aorus RGB Memory1167.27DDR4-360018-19-19-391.35GP-AR36C18S8K2HU416R$149.99
TeamGroup T-Force Dark Z FPS1166.85DDR4-400016-18-18-381.45TDZFD416G4000HC16CDC01$169.99
HP V81166.69DDR4-360018-20-20-401.358MG07AA#ABC$99.99
Thermaltake ToughRAM XG RGB1166.48DDR4-400019-23-23-421.35R016D408GX2-4000C19A$184.99
Thermaltake ToughRAM RGB Metallic Gold1165.23DDR4-360018-19-19-391.35RG26D408GX2-3600C18A$154.99
Predator Apollo1162.85DDR4-450019-19-19-391.45BL.9BWWR.255N/A
Klevv Cras XR RGB1162.82DDR4-400019-25-25-451.40KD48GU880-40B190Z$161.99
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL1162.05DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35CMH16GX4M2Z3600C18$118.99
Thermaltake ToughRAM RGB1158.73DDR4-460019-26-26-451.50R009D408GX2-4600C19A$215.99
GeIL Orion AMD Edition1157.17DDR4-440018-24-24-441.45GAOSR416GB4400C18ADC$324.99
Patriot Viper 4 Blackout1152.52DDR4-440018-26-26-461.45PVB416G440C8K$119.99
Thermaltake ToughRAM XG RGB1152.38DDR4-460019-26-26-451.50R016D408GX2-4600C19A$228.43
GeIL Orion AMD Edition1159.11DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35GAOR416GB3600C18BDC$324.99
PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB1158.10DDR4-320016-18-18-381.35MD16GK2D4360018XRGB$99.99
Silicon Power Xpower Zenith1156.00DDR4-320016-18-18-381.35SP016GXLZU320BDC$54.97
Colorful iGame Vulcan1149.42DDR4-426618-19-19-391.40IGPC08G4266D4R8N/A
Patriot Viper RGB White1147.24DDR4-413319-21-21-411.40PVR416G413C9KW$129.99
Lexar UDIMM1131.81DDR4-266619-19-19-431.20LD4AU008G-R2666U$59.98

Best 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 Memory Kits for AMD Systems

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Memory KitScoreData RateTimingsVoltage (V)Part NumberBuying Link
G.Skill Trident Z Royal1275.40DDR4-400017-18-18-381.40F4-4000C17D-32GTRGB$334.99
G.Skill Trident Z Neo1260.56DDR4-360016-16-16-361.35F4-3600C16D-32GTZN$274.99
Silicon Power Xpower Zenith RGB1254.14DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35SP032GXLZU360BDDN/A
Klevv Bolt XR1251.61DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35KD4AGU880-36A180CN/A
Patriot Viper Steel RGB1243.17DDR4-360020-26-26-461.35PVSR432G360C0K$179.99
Patriot Viper Elite II1229.73DDR4-400020-26-26-461.40PVE2432G400C0K$195.99
Crucial Ballistix Max RGB1194.56DDR4-400018-22-22-421.35BLM2K16G40C18U4BL$419.99
Mushkin Redline Lumina1190.71DDR4-360016-19-19-391.40MLA4C360GKKP16GX2$199.99
GeIL Orion AMD Edition1172.49DDR4-426618-24-24-441.45GAOR432GB4266C18ADC$374.99
Lexar Hades RGB1160.46DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35LD4BU016G-R3600UDLH$216.99

Best 64GB (2x32GB) DDR4 Memory Kits for AMD Systems

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Memory KitScoreData RateTimingsVoltage (V)Part NumberBuying Link
Patriot Viper Steel1242.67DDR4-360018-20-20-401.35PVS464G360C8K$339.99
TeamGroup T-Create Expert OC10L1239.74DDR4-360018-22-22-421.35TTCED464G3600HC18JDC01$269.99
Crucial Ballistix1231.07DDR4-320016-18-18-361.35BL2K32G32C16U4W$175.99
TeamGroup T-Create Classic 10L1225.82DDR4-320022-22-22-521.20TTCCD464G3200HC22DC01$308.99

Processors and Supported Memory Frequency

Once upon a time, the memory controller resided on the motherboard. As processors and motherboards evolved, chipmakers eventually moved the memory controller onto the chips. Therefore, Intel and AMD specify the official supported memory frequency on each generation of their processors. Unless you have an excellent sample, drifting far away from the supported frequency will require manual tweaking to get the memory to play nice with your processor. For the best plug-n-play experience, you should pick up a memory kit that doesn't surpass the supported frequency.

There are two essential things to consider if you want to run memory faster than the official specification for your processor. For starters, the quality of your processor's IMC (integrated memory controller) determines if it can handle high-speed memory. Unfortunately, since no two processors are equal, and you can't judge a chip's IMC until you test it, you're at the mercy of the silicon lottery.

Secondly, you need to ensure that the motherboard supports the frequency of the memory kit that you have in mind. Again, a quick trip to your motherboard's user manual or product page should give you the necessary information. Furthermore, the motherboard's memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List) is very helpful as it'll tell you whether a specific memory kit has been tested and validated on the motherboard. But remember that your chip's IMC still plays a more prominent role.

If you're unsure of the memory frequency your processor supports, we've provided the different standards for the last few generations of AMD and Intel processors.

AMD Desktop Processors

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ProcessorLithographyCodename Microarchitecture Frequency
Ryzen 70005nmRaphaelZen 4DDR5-5200
Ryzen 50007nmVermeerZen 3DDR4-3200
Ryzen 30007nmMatisseZen 2DDR4-3200
Ryzen 200012nmPinnacle RidgeZen+DDR4-2933
Ryzen 100014nmSummit RidgeZenDDR4-2666

AMD has officially announced its Ryzen 7000 (Raphael) processors, wielding Zen 4 cores and RDNA 2 integrated graphics. More importantly, Zen 4 embraces DDR5 memory and the speedy PCIe 5.0 standard. Unfortunately, Zen 4 lacks DDR4 support.

Contrary to Zen 2 and Zen 3 processors, it's not essential to maintain the Infinity Fabric Clock (FCLK), unified memory controller clock (UCLK), and memory clock (MEMCLK) in a 1:1:1 ratio on Zen 4. According to AMD, the optimal configuration is to leave the FCLK on auto and overclock the DDR5 and memory controller in a 1:1 ratio. Therefore, the best settings are Auto:1:1. AMD believes that DDR5-6000 is the sweet spot for Zen 4 based on cost, stability, performance, availability, and ease.

Zen 4 natively supports DDR5-5200 in a 1 DPC configuration regardless if the memory modules have a single-or dual-ranked design. However, in a 2 DPC configuration, the official data rate drops to DDR5-3600.

Along with Zen 4, AMD has introduced EXPO (EXtended Profiles for Overclocking) profiles, equivalent to Intel's XMP technology. Similar to XMP, AMD EXPO allows one-click overclocking to the predefined data rates.

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DDR5 Frequency (MT/s)DIMMs Populated Per Channel (DPC)Rank (s)
5,2001 DPC1 R
5,2002 DPC2 R
3,6002 DPC1 R
3,6002 DPC2 R

Intel Desktop Processors

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ProcessorLithographyCodename Microarchitecture Frequency
13000-series10nmRaptor LakeRaptor Cove / GracemontDDR4-3200, DDR5-5600
12000-series10nmAlder LakeGolden Cove / GracemontDDR4-3200, DDR5-4800
11000-series14nm++Rocket LakeCypress CoveDDR4-3200
10000-series14nm++Comet LakeComet LakeDDR4-2933
9000-series14nm++Coffee Lake RefreshCoffee LakeDDR4-2666
8000-series14nm++Coffee LakeCoffee LakeDDR4-2666
7000-series14nm+Kaby LakeKaby LakeDDR4-2400
6000-series14nmSkylakeSkylakeDDR4-2133

Intel has launched the company's brand-new 12th Generation Alder Lake processors. These are the first consumer chips to support DDR5 memory and the PCIe 5.0 interface. However, Alder Lake is also compatible with DDR4 memory, and it'll depend on the motherboard manufacturer to pick the best format for their products.

Intel reworked how the memory works on Rocket Lake. The chipmaker introduced gear ratios with the memory controller and frequency, similar to how AMD's FCLK works. For example, gear 1 finds both running in a 1:1 balance, while Gear 2 runs the memory controller at half speed (0.5:1). Alder Lake retains this same mechanic.

Alder Lake arrives with native compatibility with DDR4-3200 and DDR5-4800. Intel 600-series motherboards will either come with DDR4 or DDR5 slots but not both due to the radical change in DDR5's voltage regulation. Alder Lake processors run DDR5 in Gear 2 mode and DDR4-3200 in Gear 1 mode by default. Nonetheless, some rare Alder Lake samples can effectively run up to DDR4-4000 in Gear 1, equivalent to the best Zen 3 chips.

DDR5 memory support on Alder Lake depends on the number of populated memory slots. On a dual-slot motherboard, Alder Lake supports DDR5-4800 regardless of the configuration. However, DDR5-4400 is the maximum data rate when you fill two slots on standard motherboards with four memory slots. Populating the four slots with single-rank or dual-rank memory reduces support to DDR5-4000 and DDR5-3600, respectively.

Intel's 13th Generation Raptor Lake processors will support DDR5-5600 right out of the gate while retaining support for DDR4-3200.

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DDR5 Frequency (MT/s)Slots Per Channel (SPC)DIMMs Populated Per Channel (DPC)Rank (s)
4,0002 SPC2 DPC1 R
3,6002 SPC2 DPC2 R
4,4002 SPC1 DPC1 R
4,4002 SPC1 DPC2 R
4,8001 SPC1 DPC1 R
4,8001 SPC1 DPC2 R

Test Systems

Our DDR5 testbed revolves around the Core i9-12900K (Alder Lake) and MSI MEG Z690 Unify-X (7D32vH0 firmware). The Intel system consists of the Core i9-10900K (Comet Lake) and Asus ROG Maximus XII Apex (0901 firmware). Meanwhile, the AMD system leverages AMD's Ryzen 9 5900X (Vermeer) processor and Asus' ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero (3501 firmware). Finally, regardless of the testbed, the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Trio is our graphics card of choice for tackling the more intensive graphical workloads.

Our Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating system resides on Crucial's MX500 500GB SSD, while our games are on the 2TB unit. The Corsair RM650X 650W provides the necessary power for our test platforms; meanwhile, the Streacom BC1 is the perfect open-air testbench to house all of our hardware.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Intel DDR5 SystemIntel SystemAMD System
ProcessorIntel Core i9-12900KIntel Core i9-10900KAMD Ryzen 9 5900X
MotherboardMSI MEG Z690 Unify-XAsus ROG Maximus XII ApexAsus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero
Graphics CardMSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X TrioMSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X TrioMSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
StorageCrucial MX500 500GB, 2TBCrucial MX500 500GB, 2TBCrucial MX500 500GB, 2TB
CoolingCorsair iCUE H100i Elite LCDCorsair Hydro H115i ProCorsair Hydro H115i Pro
Power SupplyCorsair RM650x 650WCorsair RM650x 650WCorsair RM650x 650W
CaseStreacom BC1Streacom BC1Streacom BC1

RAM Pricing Trends

The latest TrendForce report estimates that DRAM pricing will decrease to 18% in Q3 and potentially another 8% in Q4. Companies have reported that the demand for DRAM has dropped throughout the last few months. Oversupply has caused vendors to reevaluate their pricing.

According to DRAMeXchange, the pricing gap between DDR5 and DDR4 will significantly narrow in the coming months. The news is music to consumers' ears since AMD and Intel are preparing to launch Zen 4 and Raptor Lake very soon. DigiTimes Asia projected that DDR5 pricing will continue to plunge in 2023, where it could potentially hit the "sweet spot" in 2023. AMD believes that by the middle of 2023, DDR5 pricing will close to DDR4 pricing, causing a potential crossover.

Whether you're shopping for a memory kit that's on our list of Best RAM or one that's not on the list, you may find savings by checking out the latest Newegg promo codes, Best Buy promo codes, and Micro Center coupon codes.


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Zhiye Liu
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Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • ashelus
    Now, let's do quad-rank instead of dual rank: -UkGu6A-6sQView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UkGu6A-6sQ
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  • Olle P
    It's assuring to see that (for AMD) the very best is only 1.9% uplift over the basic 3,200 MHz @ 16-18-18-38. No need to spend more money there.

    ashelus said:
    Now, let's do quad-rank instead of dual rank: ...
    That review has nothing to do with ranks but with number of sticks in dual channel.
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  • cryoburner
    ashelus said:
    Now, let's do quad-rank instead of dual rank:
    They sort of did. Today's 2x16GB kits are typically going to provide four ranks, while the 2x8GB kits will typically provide two. That's why all of the 2x16GB kits outperformed the 2x8GB kits, with the possible exception of that one DDR4-5100 kit that managed to hold it's own against a few of them in the AMD test system. But at $900, that 5100 kit is kind of nonsensical considering it was still outperformed by some 2x16GB kits of DDR4-3600 at a fraction of the price. Going with 32GB for four ranks (whether 2x16GB or 4x8GB) will tend to benefit performance more than paying a big premium for just 16GB of enthusiast-level RAM, and if one is planning to keep their system around for a number of years, the added capacity will likely provide even more benefit down the line.

    Tom's had an article pointing this out shortly after the Ryzen 3000 series launched...
    https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-3000-best-memory-timings,6310-2.html
    Reply
  • Mpablo87
    Well.
    Interesting article!!! Useful information!!!
    Reply
  • escksu
    Yes, this article basically reinforces what we already know, spending money on expensive ram doesnt make any sense, unless you have unlimited budget.

    Yes, someone has also pointed out that 4 ranks of ram is faster than 2. But, the gains are very small as well. You are better off using the budget for more cores or faster gpu.
    Reply
  • escksu
    ashelus said:
    Now, let's do quad-rank instead of dual rank: -UkGu6A-6sQView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UkGu6A-6sQ

    Yes, we do know 4 sticks is faster. But it cost more too...so its down to your budget. If you spare budget, its fine. If you, then no.
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  • taz-nz
    escksu said:
    Yes, we do know 4 sticks is faster. But it cost more too...so its down to your budget. If you spare budget, its fine. If you, then no.
    The video compares 4x 8GB single rack against 2x8G single rank, 2x16gb Dual rank dimms have the same improvement as 4x8GB single rank, it's the total number of ranks (4) that matters.

    They missed the best memory kit for 5000 series AMD cpu Gskilll 3800 CL14 32GB (2x1GB) dual rank F4-3800C14D-32GTZN-G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd. (gskill.com)Gives you the fastest stable FCLK and RAM speed at 1:1 with low latency, and timings can be tightened more on a good motherboard.

    Does the new high-end RAM for Ryzen 5000 live up to its promise? - G.SKILL DDR4-3800 CL14 2x 16GB kit put through its paces | Page 3 | igor´sLAB (igorslab.de)
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  • Flyfisherman
    I read somewhere that 1.2V is generally considered the upper limit of safe SoC voltages, particularly on Ryzen 3000CPUs.
    SOC voltage - system on a chip voltage; responsible for the voltage related to the memory controller.
    Limit: up to 1.2 V.

    DRAM boot voltage - voltage at which memory training takes place at system start-up.
    Limit: up to 1.45–1.50 V.

    VDDP voltage - voltage for the transistor that sets memory contents.
    Limit: up to 1.1 V.

    1.42V will cause degradation of the CPU
    1.38V should be max for 24/7 - 1.35V would be safer

    Why doesn't the article mention this, that higher voltage on high speed ram causes degradation of the CPU?
    All overclocking is risky business when it comes to higher than recommended voltage.

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    On my Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero with AMD Ryzen 3950X I'm using Corsair VENGEANCE® LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16@1.2V (tested @1.35V 16-18-18-36) LPX=Low profile 33.5mm height so it fits under my Noctua NH-D15 SE AM4 CPU cooler.
    Part. No. SKU CMK16GX4M2Z3200C16

    Best regards from Sweden
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  • samopa
    Where is DDR5 section ?
    What is the fastest / best DDR5 Kit ?
    The title suggest that this articles also cover DDR5
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  • InvalidError
    samopa said:
    What is the fastest / best DDR5 Kit ?
    Probably too early to tell, need more DIMMs and motherboards to actually test with.
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