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Lexar Hades RGB DDR4-3600 C18 Review: Bling Without The Performance

The second time isn't a charm

Lexar Hades RGB DDR4-3600 C18
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Our Verdict

The Hades RGB DDR4-3600 C18 endures the same drawbacks as other 2x16GB single-rank memory kits, but it also comes with the burden of a high price tag that makes it impossible to recommend.

For

  • + Clean design
  • + RGB doesn't require proprietary software

Against

  • - Single-rank sticks
  • - High MSRP
  • - Awful overclocking

Tom's Hardware Verdict

The Hades RGB DDR4-3600 C18 endures the same drawbacks as other 2x16GB single-rank memory kits, but it also comes with the burden of a high price tag that makes it impossible to recommend.

Pros

  • + + Clean design
  • + + RGB doesn't require proprietary software

Cons

  • - - Single-rank sticks
  • - - High MSRP
  • - - Awful overclocking

It's difficult to get things right the first time, and even more so for a company embarking into unknown territory. Last year, Lexar made an unexpected announcement that it was venturing into the memory market. It didn't come as a complete surprise, though, given that Lexar was already deep in the storage game. While Lexar didn't exactly make a splash with its lackluster debut DDR4-2666 memory, the brand is ready to take another shot. This time around, Lexar has released its first RGB memory in the shape of the Hades RGB lineup that it thinks will rival the best RAM on the market.

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Lexar Hades RGB DDR4-3600 C18

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Lexar Hades RGB DDR4-3600 C18

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Lexar's Hades RGB memory modules sport a rectangular, aluminum heat spreader complemented with a brushed finish. It's not the type of flamboyant design that we're accustomed to, but it should work for the majority of consumers. Other than the Lexar logo and the traditional sticker with the specifications, there's nothing else that draws your attention.

The memory is 45.6mm (1.8 inches) tall, so we recommend that you check your CPU cooler's clearance space before pulling the trigger on the Hades RGB. Doing justice to its name, the memory is equipped with an RGB lightbar that's integrated into the heat spreader design. You can play with the illumination with the included Lexar RGB Sync software or your motherboard's software. If you opt for the latter, note that the memory is only compatible with Asus Aura Sync, ASRock Polychrome, Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0, and MSI Mystic Light.

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Underneath the Hades RGB's sleek heat spreader, you'll find a black, eight-layer PCB with a single-rank design. The single-rank design will hurt the memory kit's performance. The type of integrated circuit (ICs) remains a mystery as it seems that Lexar blotted out that information, so Thaiphoon Burner can't assess it. Given the sloppy XMP timings, the ICs are likely on the low-end of the quality scale.

Unlike other memory kits that default to DDR4-2133 or DDR4-2400, the Hades RGB runs at DDR4-3200 with 22-22-22-52 timings out of the package. In addition, there is XMP 2.0 support. The memory is rated for DDR4-3600 at 18-22-22-42 and has a DRAM voltage of 1.35V. For more on timings and frequency considerations, see our PC Memory 101 feature, as well as our How to Shop for RAM story.

Comparison Hardware

Memory KitPart NumberCapacityData RatePrimary TimingsVoltageWarranty
GeIL Orion AMD EditionGAOR432GB4266C18ADC2 x 16GBDDR4-4266 (XMP)18-24-24-44 (2T)1.45 VoltsLifetime
G.Skill Trident Z RoyalF4-4000C17D-32GTRGB2 x 16GBDDR4-4000 (XMP)17-18-18-38 (2T)1.40 VoltsLifetime
Crucial Ballistix Max RGBBLM2K16G40C18U4BL2 x 16GBDDR4-4000 (XMP)18-19-19-39 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
Patriot Viper Elite IIPVE2432G400C0K2 x 16GBDDR4-4000 (XMP)20-26-26-46 (2T)1.40 VoltsLifetime
G.Skill Trident Z NeoF4-3600C16D-32GTZN2 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)16-16-16-36 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
Mushkin Redline LuminaMLA4C360GKKP16GX22 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)16-19-19-39 (2T)1.40 voltsLifetime
Klevv Bolt XRKD4AGU880-36A180C2 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)18-22-22-42 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
Silicon Power Xpower Zenith RGBSP032GXLZU360BDD2 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)18-22-22-42 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
Lexar Hades RGBLD4BU016G-R3600UDLH2 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)18-22-22-42 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
Patriot Viper Steel RGBPVSR432G360C0K2 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)20-26-26-46 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
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Intel System

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AMD System

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The Intel system has the Intel Core i9-10900K and Asus ROG Maximus XII Apex (0901 firmware), while the AMD system uses the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and an Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero (3501 firmware). The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Trio takes care of the graphics-intensive RAM benchmarks, including all the gaming tests.

Intel SystemAMD System
ProcessorIntel Core i9-10900KAMD Ryzen 9 5900X
MotherboardAsus ROG Maximus XII ApexAsus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero
Graphics CardMSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X TrioMSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
StorageCrucial MX500 500GB, 2TBCrucial MX500 500GB, 2TB
CoolingCorsair Hydro H115i ProCorsair Hydro H115i Pro
Power SupplyCorsair RM650x 650WCorsair RM650x 650W
CaseStreacom BC1Streacom BC1

Intel Performance

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The Hades RGB memory spearheaded the Microsoft Office workload with a 6.2% margin over the slowest memory kit. If we look at the cumulative results, however, the Hades RGB was at the lower end of the charts.

AMD Performance

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The memory kit's performance was even worse on the AMD platform. Overall, the Hades RGB ranked last with the other single-rank memory kits.

Overclocking and Latency Tuning

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We couldn't get the memory stable at any frequency higher than DDR4-3600. Even at 1.45V, there wasn't any headroom for our overclocking endeavors. Loosening the timings further did nothing for stability at speeds above DDR4-3600.

Lowest Stable Timings

Memory KitDDR4-3600 (1.45V)DDR4-3800 (1.45V)DDR4-4100 (1.45V)DDR4-4133 (1.45V)DDR4-4200 (1.45V)
G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 C1613-14-14-35 (2T)N/AN/AN/A19-19-19-39 (2T)
Klevv Bolt XR DDR4-3600 C1816-19-19-39 (2T)N/AN/A18-22-22-42 (2T)N/A
Mushkin Redline Lumina DDR4-3600 C1616-17-17-37 (2T)N/A17-19-19-39 (2T)N/AN/A
Patriot Viper Steel RGB DDR4-3600 C2016-20-20-40 (2T)17-26-26-46 (2T)N/AN/AN/A
Lexar Hades RGB DDR4-3600 C1817-20-20-40 (2T)N/AN/AN/AN/A

When overclocking didn't produce a positive result, we turned to optimizing the memory kit's primary timings at DDR4-3600. We increased the DRAM voltage to 1.45V just to lower the timings from 18-22-22-42 to 17-20-20-40. However, the Hades RGB was still far from being a solid performer.

Bottom Line

It's bad enough that the Hades RGB DDR4-3600 C18 memory kit has single-rank memory modules, but it also has some of the worst timings for a DDR4-3600 memory kit. Depending on the platform, Lexar's memory kit was sometimes faster than some rival 2x16GB single-rank memory kits, including the Mushkin Redline Lumina DDR4-3600 C16 or GeIL Orion AMD Edition DDR4-4266 C18. However, the Hades RGB was simply no match for standard dual-rank memory kits.

To make things even worse, Lexar slapped on a pretty high MSRP. When the memory kit isn't on sale, it sells for $216.99, which is overly expensive for what it offers. Sometimes it goes on sale for $159.99, but it's still more costly than the competition. For example, the Patriot Viper Steel RGB DDR4-3600 C20, which has inferior timings but a dual-rank design, offers better performance for just $149.99.