Best Memory

Standard memory is great for standard machines, but Tom's Hardware readers are always looking for a little more. Whether its more bandwidth for onboard graphics or more capacity for video editing, we've covered the entire price scale of performance parts. Currently the most-common desktop memory standard, DDR4 offers the best of both bandwidth and capacity.

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Best DDR4 Memory

April 18th Update: Added the Patriot Viper LED 16GB DDR4-3600 C16 Dual-Channel Kit, and removed the aging G.SKILL RIPJAWS 4 (F4-3000C15Q-16GRR).

Patriot Viper LED DDR4-3600 16GB (2x8GB)
$224.99Amazon
Team Group Night Hawk
$99.99Newegg
Super Talent Project X 16GB (2x8GB)
$129.00Super Talent
Team Dark ROG
Newegg
Team Group Delta RGB (2x 8GB)
$160.00MSRP
Team Group Night Hawk RGB (2x 8GB)
$149.99Newegg
Patriot Viper 4
$125.00B&H
Corsair Vengeance LPX
$485.99Amazon
G.Skill Trident Z
$214.99Newegg
G.Skill Trident Z
$229.99Amazon
G.Skill Trident Z
$194.99Newegg
GSkill Trident Z RGB (4x 8GB)
$423.99Newegg
G.Skill Ripjaws 4
$879.98Amazon
Model
PVLW416G360C6K
THRD416G3000HC16CDC01
F3000UX16G
TDRRD416G3000HC16CDC
TF4D416G3000HC16CDC01
TF2D416G3000HC16CDC01
PV416G340C6K
CMK16GX4M4B3200C16
F4-3000C15D-32GTZ
F4-3200C14Q-32GTZKW
F4-3200C16Q-32GTZ
F4-3600C16Q-32GTZR
F4-2666C16Q2-64GRB
Capacity
16GB (2x 8GB)
16GB (2x8)
16GB (2x8)
16GB (2x8)
16 GB (2x 8GB)
16 GB (2x 8GB)
16GB (2x8)
16GB (4x4)
32GB (2x16)
32GB (4x8)
32GB (4x8)
32 GB (4x 8GB)
64GB (8x8)
Data Rate
DDR4-4600 (XMP)
DDR4-3000 (XMP)
DDR4-3000 (XMP)
DDR4-3000 (XMP)
DDR4-3000 (XMP)
DDR4-3000 (XMP)
DDR4-3400 (XMP)
DDR4-3200 (XMP)
DDR4-3000 (XMP)
DDR4-3200 (XMP)
DDR4-2400 (XMP)
DDR4-3600 (XMP)
DDR4-2666 (XMP)
Timings
16-18-18-36 (2T)
16-18-18-38 (2T)
15-16-16-35 (2T)
16-18-18-38 (2T)
16-18-18-38 (2T)
16-18-18-38 (2T)
16-18-18-36 (2T)
16-18-18-36 (2T)
15-15-15-35 (2T)
14-14-14-34 (2T)
16-16-16-36 (2T)
16-16-16-36(2T)
16-16-16-36 (2T)
Voltage
1.50V
1.35 Volts
1.35 Volts
1.35 Volts
1.35 Volts
1.35 Volts
1.35 Volts
1.35 Volts
1.35 Volts
1.35 Volts
1.35 Volts
1.35 Volts
1.20V
Warranty
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime
Lifetime

16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3000

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16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3400

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16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3600

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16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-3200

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32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-3000

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32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-2400

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32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-3200

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32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-3600

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64GB (8x8GB) DDR4-2666

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  • littleleo
    Wow no Samsung, no Kingston, Patriot was a discount brand back in the day interesting. and Team Group not hearing much about them. Super Talent cut their warranty to 5 Years a few years ago no more life time.
  • Loadedaxe
    Its all still priced too high.
  • littleleo
    Yes, Dram prices are still high, we still have shortages and no one is ramping up to fill the gap. Too many years of DRAM selling at near cost or a loss so they are not in a hurry to fix this.
  • stdragon
    Unless price fixing could be proven, then yes, profitability through artificial scarcity becomes more attainable in oligopoly. Is it intentional? Who knows. Would they “correct” this? Why change what otherwise is very profitable situation?
  • wa55l3s303
    Other forums claim the Patriot Vipers run with 1.35V...?
  • hrafn42
    The availability of the Super Talent Project X goes beyond "questionable" to 'very difficult to find', and it is completely unavailable at anything near the stated price (quoted prices are frequently in excess of $200). It's entry is therefore, to say the least, more than a little misleading.