Thermaltake ToughRAM RGB Metallic Gold DDR4-3600 kit revitalizes the company’s high-speed memory kits with four new trims for creative builds. These types of high-performance kits have proliferated on the market over the last few years, largely because each new generation of AMD and Intel processors arrives with improved memory support that allows vendors to constantly push the frequency limit. However, DDR4-3600 memory kits continue to be a very popular option among consumers, which explains why the market is flooded with them. As you know, memory comes in all sizes and colors, so there’s a memory kit for everyone out there.
Thermaltake now offers its ToughRAM RGB memory kits in four new trims: racing green, racing red, turquoise and metallic gold. However, the design is the same regardless of the color: The heat spreader still comes in a rectangular shape with notches and metal strips that highlight the design. Our sample sports a metallic gold exterior with matching metal strips.
As a recap, the memory modules have a height of 48.25mm (1.9 inches) and flaunt a beautiful RGB diffuser with ten addressable LEDs. You can control the ToughRAM RGB’s illumination with Thermaltake’s in-house TT RGB Plus software, or you can just use the software that comes with your motherboard. Compatibility is great as the ToughRAM RGB will play nice with Razer Chroma, Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and ASRock Polychrome Sync.
The ToughRAM RGB is a typical dual-channel 16GB DDR4 memory kit with two 8GB memory modules. The memory modules rock a single-rank design, and in the ToughRAM RGB’s case, come with a 10-layer PCB. Thermaltake is very fond of Hynix integrated circuits (ICs) for the ToughRAM RGB lineup, so it’s no surprise that this DDR4-3600 memory kit uses H5AN8G8NCJR-VKC (C-die) ICs.
Out of the box, the memory modules function at DDR4-2666 with automatic timings at 19-19-19-43. The memory kit only comes with a single XMP profile that will crank the data rate up to DDR4-3600. At the advertised frequency, the memory modules tick with 18-19-19-39 timings and pull 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.
|Memory Kit||Part Number||Capacity||Data Rate||Primary Timings||Voltage||Warranty|
|G.Skill Trident Z Neo||F4-3600C14D-16GTZNB||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||14-15-15-35 (2T)||1.45 Volts||Lifetime|
|Adata XPG Spectrix D60G||AX4U360038G14C-DT60||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||14-15-15-35 (2T)||1.45 Volts||Lifetime|
|TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB||TF10D416G3600HC14CDC01||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||14-15-15-35 (2T)||1.45 Volts||Lifetime|
|Gigabyte Aorus RGB Memory||GP-AR36C18S8K2HU416R||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-19-19-39 (2T)||1.35 Volts||Lifetime|
|Thermaltake ToughRAM RGB Metallic Gold||RG26D408GX2-3600C18A||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-19-19-39 (2T)||1.35 Volts||Lifetime|
|HP V8||7EH92AA#ABM x 2||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-20-20-40 (2T)||1.35 Volts||5 Years|
|Adata XPG Spectrix D50||AX4U360038G18A-DT50||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-20-20-42 (2T)||1.35 Volts||Lifetime|
|Predator Talos||BL.9BWWR.215||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-20-20-42 (2T)||1.35 Volts||Lifetime|
|Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL||CMH16GX4M2Z3600C18||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-22-22-42 (2T)||1.35 Volts||Lifetime|
|GeIL Orion AMD Edition||GAOR416GB3600C18BDC||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||18-22-22-42 (2T)||1.35 Volts||Lifetime|
The Intel test system houses the Core i9-10900K and Asus ROG Maximus XII Apex, which is based on the 0901 firmware. The AMD platform has the Ryzen 9 5900X and Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero on the 3501 firmware. The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Trio is in charge of the more graphics-intensive RAM benchmarks.
|Intel System||AMD System|
|Processor||Intel Core i9-10900K||AMD Ryzen 9 5900X|
|Motherboard||Asus ROG Maximus XII Apex||Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero|
|Graphics Card||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio|
|Storage||Crucial MX500 500GB, 2TB||Crucial MX500 500GB, 2TB|
|Cooling||Corsair Hydro H115i Pro||Corsair Hydro H115i Pro|
|Power Supply||Corsair RM650x 650W||Corsair RM650x 650W|
|Case||Streacom BC1||Streacom BC1|
The ToughRAM RGB was the fastest memory kit in the 7-Zip compression benchmark. It outperformed the slowest DDR4-3600 memory kit by a 10.3% margin. Overall, the ToughRAM RGB found itself at the bottom of the barrel in our application and gaming performance benchmarks.
The memory kit’s performance was consistent on the AMD platform as well. In the application performance, it was at the lower end of the charts. However, the ToughRAM RGB did perform better during the gaming benchmarks.
Overclocking and Latency Tuning
The ToughRAM RGB was one of the worst overclockers. The memory kit only surpassed the GeIL Orion AMD Edition DDR4-3600 C18. The highest frequency we could get out of Thermaltake’s memory kit was DDR4-3800 (at 1.45V). We also had to relax the timings to 19-20-20-40.
Lowest Stable Timings
|Memory Kit||DDR4-3600 (1.45V)||DDR4-3733 (1.45V)||DDR4-3800 (1.45V)||DDR4-3866 (1.45V)||DDR4-3900 (1.45V)||DDR4-4000 (1.45V)||DDR4-4133 (1.45V)||DDR4-4200 (1.45V)|
|G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 C14||13-16-16-36 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||19-19-19-39 (2T)|
|Adata XPG Spectrix D60G DDR4-3600 C14||13-15-15-35 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||20-19-19-39 (2T)|
|TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4-3600 C14||13-14-14-35 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||19-19-19-39 (2T)|
|HP V8 DDR4-3600 C18||14-19-19-39 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||18-22-22-42 (2T)||N/A|
|Adata XPG Spectrix D50 DDR4-3600 C18||14-19-19-39 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||18-22-22-42 (2T)||N/A||N/A|
|Predator Talos DDR4-3600 C18||15-18-18-38 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A||19-20-20-40 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Gigabyte Aorus RGB Memory DDR4-3600 C18||16-19-19-39 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A||20-20-20-40 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Thermaltake ToughRAM RGB Metallic Gold DDR4-3600 C18||16-19-19-39 (2T)||N/A||19-20-20-40 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL DDR4-3600 C18||16-20-20-40 (2t)||N/A||N/A||19-22-22-40||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|GeIL Orion AMD Edition DDR4-3600 C18||16-20-20-40 (2T)||19-22-22-42 (2T)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Hynix ICs aren’t known for running at tight timings, and that showed in our tests. For example, we increased the DRAM voltage on the ToughRAM RGB from 1.35V to 1.45V and could only tweak the CAS Latency (CL) to 16 cycles. The memory kit’s other primary timings simply wouldn’t cooperate.
At $154.99, the ToughRAM RGB Metallic Gold DDR4-3600 C18 is undeniably one of the more expensive DDR4-3600 memory kits on the market. There is no arguing that the memory kit looks good, but that will likely be the main reason for its purchase. The memory kit will get you by, but just don’t expect top-tier performance. Or overclocking headroom, for that matter.
There aren’t many gold-theme memory kits on the market, so the ToughRAM RGB Metallic Gold DDR4-3600 C18 carves out its own unique niche in the memory market. If you’re not as focused on a particular aesthetic and looking for a more balanced price and performance price point, check out our list of Best RAM for alternatives.