We are all aware of the fact that the RAM inside your PC is incredibly important as allows the motherboard to quickly store and access data without going through slow hard drives. Even though we’re rocking Solid State Drives (SSD) these days, RAM modules are still quite the best the best option when it comes to accessing data at speed. Apart from the basic stuff these little sticks also play a huge role when it comes to gaming. Allot of modern games require large amounts of ram to run smoothly. Of course, there’s a lot of companies out there to meet our needs, But 90 percent of the sticks out there are pretty basic and are pretty much nothing to look at. When you get yourself one of the best gaming PC’s with the interior completely lit up with controllable lights, high-end neon cooling systems and next-gen RGB fans the basic RAM available at most times doesn’t really aid with your PC’s good looks. But what if it could? What if those lined up sticks could do much more than help you game better? What if they could help add to the lighting. That’s right with the help of the sticks mentioned below you can now accomplish that. These sticks come equipped with fully functional LED’s and can give the inside of your PC a much better appearance and surely make any system stand out from the crowd. So if you happen to be someone looking for new ram or if you’re someone just looking to make your pc look better than it is right now. Keep reading and by the end of this post, you most certainly should find what you’re looking for.
CORSAIR VENGEANCE LED RAM (DDR4)
Number one on our list is from Corsair. Corsair turns out to be one of the most well-known names in the computer industry. Corsair has an entire range DDR4 kits but the one we will be looking now is quite different from them. The Vengeance LED 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz memory kit. Unlike their previously released DDR4 memory kits, the Vengeance LED features an all-new design. The Vengeance LED has a LED lit top bar that pulsates to create a very noticeable display. The heat spreaders are all-black and in the tall side, coming in around 50mm tall. Lighting is available in red or white, and other colors may soon be available.
Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4 memory features a sleek, precision-engineered light bar to keep your high-end components coordinated. Apart from that, The vengeance offers more than just lighting its built with ten-layer PCB’s and also feature carefully screened RAM chips for superior overclocking and reliability on the latest motherboards. They also feature a lifetime warranty, like all of Corsair’s memory products.
When it comes to performance the built-in heat spreaders ensure proper cooling and improved thermal conductivity, so you can light it up knowing you’re running cool. The Vengeance is designed to pair with the latest high-end motherboards and PC components and can help any system stand out from the crowd.
The packaging of the device is quite simple. The Vengeance LED 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz C15 memory kit come in a black and yellow box with a large photo of the memory on the front and a basic description of the contents on the back. Configuring the RAM is quite simple as the BIOS automatically configures the correct speed and with timings.
The LED lighting effect on it is spot on and the subtle heat spread design is as well. Although at 50mm tall, the modules will probably have compatibility issues with most aftermarket air coolers, so it is best to keep that in mind before purchasing the product. Apart from that performance is as promised and so is the Overclocking function. The Vengeance LED has a good combination of price, performance, and cosmetics. The Vengeance LED kits are currently available in four variants (2 x 8GB, 4 x 8GB, 2 x 16GB, and 4 x 16GB) with speeds ranging from 2666MHz to 3466MHz. Kits up to 4333MHz are forthcoming. They all feature XMP 2.0
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4
Corsair releasing DDR4 RGB LED lit kits with a Vengeance.
The Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 is similar to the CORSAIR VENGEANCE LED DDR4 although unlike they singled lit cousins they accommodate RGB led’s. In today’s market almost everything comes with RGB functionality ranging from motherboards, coolers, gaming keyboards, gaming mice, and chassis. Corsair has managed to take the outside trend and add it to their well-known memory products. The new Vengeance RGB kit DDR4 modules come with RGB lights built in and do not require any additional power supply. The Vengeance allows you to control the LEDs in relation to color and animation with their Corsair LINK software. At defaults, though this kit will revert to the most popular setting, a sweet looking rainbow of colors in a wave-style lighting effect, illuminating your PC with many shades of RGB.
There will be several 8GB and 16GB combinations to address dual and quad-channel memory configurations ranging from 2x8GB, 4x8GB 2x16GB, 4x16GB 8x8GB towards 8x16GB DIMM kits in varying SKUs and prices. Apart from the dazzling RGB functionality everything else is similar to the CORSAIR VENGEANCE LED RAM (DDR4)(The review above)
If you’re looking for something stylish to make your PC stand apart this is definitely something you should consider. The RGB controllability is an added benefit. Although it isn’t very cheap the Vengeance RGB DDR4 kit truly lives up to its price where performance and cosmetics is a concern and they are among the coolest looking memory kits in the market.
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB DDR4
G.Skill is another top memory manufacturing company known to gamers and performance enthusiasts in the PC industry. The company has been specializing in the memory industry for several years and their memory kits are very popular among the masses. But what we are looking at today is how G.Skill is redefined how PC memory can be made for gamers and high-end users. G.Skill’s latest Trident Z RGB DDR4 memory kit which has been one of the most popular DDR4 memory kits at several retail outlets.
Performance wise the G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB DDR4 memory kit has some pretty impressive specifications. They are some of the fastest clocked memory kits which can go as high as 4266 MHz. The memory kit is also fully compatible with Intel’s XMP 2.0 and can be easily set to its rated clock speeds through the BIOS shipped on the latest Intel motherboards. Memory compatibility differs from motherboard to motherboard.
The G.Skill Trident Z RGB series memory comes in a standard box packaging. The front of the box has the G.Skill Trident Z RGB labels on it. The back of the box contains introduction of G.Skill’s Trident Z RGB series memory along with the specifications. The design of G.Skill is quite different and unique. The front side of the G.Skill Trident Z DRAM features a brushed metallic black texture while the back features a brushed metallic silver texture. The memory modules are a bit on the bulky side and pack a solid heatsink that delivers optimal thermal performance. The sides feature a large Trident Z RGB logo. Basing on the fact that they are fully covered by an aluminum shielded heatsink high temperatures won’t be an issue on these sticks. The height of these DIMMs is 44mm or 1.73 inches. They are a bit bulky and the heatsinks extend from the top making it a bit difficult to install these with a dual-fan heatsink cooler. The RGB system is housed on the top of the stick and is covered by a whitish kind of acrylic coating. Multiple RGB LEDs reside beneath this cover and it looks aesthetically great.
Installation and configuration are standard and the same as most of their products. The RGB LEDs are controlled directly through signal processing via the DDR4 memory slot. G.Skill also has software known as “Trident Z RGB” which can be used on your PC. But the software tends to have issues on various Intel 100 and 200-series motherboards. The memory runs in the default “Rainbow Wave” mode when plugged in the slots. G.Skill has enabled RGB support on ASUS AURA motherboards and will soon be extended to other manufacturers. LEDs for each memory can be configured individually and there is a range of RGB effects and animations to choose from. The LED’s can also be turned on and off.
To conclude, G.Skill seems to have nailed it in terms of performance and looks. Apart from looking great the performance on this is outstanding and keeps up with its price. G.Skill offers a limited lifetime warranty on all variants. G.Skill has several dual and quad channel memory kits of the Trident Z RGB at various clock speeds available for different users as per their requirements. The downside of this product is the buggy RGB software. G.Skill has promised support for other motherboards rolling out soon. G.Skill has also stated that Trident Z RGB support on X99 platform is heading out very soon.
Overall the G.Skill Trident Z RGB series is the best DDR4 memory kit in its price range. And runs solidly and has top-notch performance. This 32 GB memory kit is ideal for those who apart from performance want to glorify their PCs with some unique RGB lightning.
GEIL EVO LED RAM FOR GAMING (DDR4)
Coming to GeIL and what they offer when it comes to RAM, it’s quite obvious that GeIL tends to think outside of the box when it comes to design and aesthetic appeal. But this time their latest kit has taken DDR4 to a whole new level. GeIL is one of the first to enter the RGB field with their EVO X modules utilizing their HILM (Hybrid-Independent Light Module) technology which separates the memory circuitry from the lighting, allowing maximum performance without the added load from the lighting circuit.
The GeIL EVO X comes packaged in quite a small box. On the top of the box is a full-color print of the EVO X module with big fonts highlight the EVO X naming with ASUS AURA RGB and MSI Mystic Light badges signifying compatibility. And the back has a cutout window for the kit models as well as a comparable detail sticker beside it. Unlike most other RGB ram sticks this specific one requires additional connections. The cables included are for the power and RGB connection. The included RGB cable has 3 headers, 2 for the modules and another for an extension for further compatible devices.
The appearance of the EVO X module is quite different too, it has a metal heatsink with a frosted light bar. A red plastic tab sits on the light bar and that serves the purpose of manual color selection. The red tab is actually a slider which clicks up or down to select the color you want. On the narrow side of the modules we have the connectors, one side has the power connector and the other side the RGB connector. Only ONE AT A TIME can be used and the reason for this is that if you’re using manual mode, you only need the power cable that connects to your fan header. But If you’re using the RGB cable, it gets power from your RGB header. Using both at the same time may harm your EVO X.When using the RGB header be sure to click your slider to the RGB mode. Again like all of the sticks in this review the EVO X has very tall modules and will surely cause issues with dual-tower heatsinks. So please be sure to check before purchasing.
Installation of the GeIL EVO X is like any other memory, just plug it in your DIMM slot and you’re good to go. The only difference is that you need to connect your preferred cable, power or RGB.
To sum it all up the EVO X has a lot to offer performance wise and is as good as it can get considering the price. Although the extra wires may be an extra hassle to deal with that’s left up to you to decide. Apart from that if you’re looking for an RGB-capable memory module with fast performance, the GeIL EVO X could be worth every penny. Yes, the cabling may be a turn-off for some people but in the end, a bit of tucking here and there solves that and makes it a more viable option if you want a more customizable RGB memory kit that doesn’t need board compatibility to work.
Coming to the last phase of this review when it comes to performance and looks the above-mentioned products take care of both in a neat and effective way. Although RGB may not be everyone’s cup of tea, aside from looking great, these products have a lot to offer performance wise. So if you’re looking to spice up your pc’s looks or even just the performance these devices have it all under control. Although It’s still advisable to check with your manufacturer if your board can run the stated speeds.