Best RAM for Gaming (2020)

We think you’ll agree that adding more RAM to your machine can be one of the best ways to upgrade a PC (both in and out of the game). We check out the top memory kits from all the leading manufactures to help you quickly and easily find the best RAM for gaming available on the market today and we found the sweet price vs performance kit to be Kingston HyperX Fury (16Gb). If you’re looking for high-end or a cheaper DDR4 RAM kit, checkout our review below.

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Top Pick
CORSAIR DOMINATOR Platinum Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 memory kit  (CMD32GX4M2B3000C15)
HyperX Kingston Technology Fury Black 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 CL16 DIMM Kit of 2 1Rx8 (HX426C16FB2K2/16)
G.SKILL 32GB (2 x 16GB) Ripjaws V Series DDR4 PC4-25600 3200MHz for Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GVK
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) (PC4 25600) F4-3200C16D-16GTZR
Corsair LPX 32GB DRAM 3000MHz C15 Memory Kit for DDR4 Systems
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Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum Series
HyperX Kingston Technology Fury Black
G.SKILL Ripjaws V
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB
Corsair Vengeance LPX
Prime
Capacity
16GB
16GB
32GB
16GB
32GB
Computer Memory Size
32GB
16GB
32GB
16GB
32GB
Memory Speed
3000 MHz
2666 MHz
3200 MHz
2666 MHz
3000 MHz
System
DDR4
DDR4
DDR4
DDR4
DDR4
Top Pick
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CORSAIR DOMINATOR Platinum Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 memory kit  (CMD32GX4M2B3000C15)
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Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum Series
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Capacity
16GB
Computer Memory Size
32GB
Memory Speed
3000 MHz
System
DDR4
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HyperX Kingston Technology Fury Black 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 CL16 DIMM Kit of 2 1Rx8 (HX426C16FB2K2/16)
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HyperX Kingston Technology Fury Black
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Capacity
16GB
Computer Memory Size
16GB
Memory Speed
2666 MHz
System
DDR4
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G.SKILL 32GB (2 x 16GB) Ripjaws V Series DDR4 PC4-25600 3200MHz for Intel Z170 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GVK
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G.SKILL Ripjaws V
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Capacity
32GB
Computer Memory Size
32GB
Memory Speed
3200 MHz
System
DDR4
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G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) (PC4 25600) F4-3200C16D-16GTZR
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G.SKILL TridentZ RGB
Prime
Capacity
16GB
Computer Memory Size
16GB
Memory Speed
2666 MHz
System
DDR4
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Corsair LPX 32GB DRAM 3000MHz C15 Memory Kit for DDR4 Systems
Title
Corsair Vengeance LPX
Prime
Capacity
32GB
Computer Memory Size
32GB
Memory Speed
3000 MHz
System
DDR4

Best High-End Gaming RAM

The Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum Series Kit is the best gaming RAM on the PLANET right now, with it’s MASSIVE overclocking potential.

Pros:
  • Overclocks well
  • Good performance
  • Looks good
Cons:
  • Design makes it slightly bulky
  • Expensive
  • Not the best bang for buck

The Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum Series 32GB uses the best of today’s available integrated circuits to provide highly overclockable and personalized memory via upgradeable light bars, and a Dominator Airflow LED fan. For the inevitable question, yes, the fan does come with this kit. It is compatibility tested and optimized to work with the XMP 2.0 standard supported by Intel 100 Series-based motherboards. It also offers things like greater bandwidth, higher frequencies, and lower power consumption.

Performance

We found being able to monitor your temperature for optimal stability and performance with the Corsair Link Digital connector a neat feature, too. Also, when powered up, it automatically adjusts to the fastest safe speed for your Dominator Platinum kit. Corsair’s patented technology allows the Dominator to run at a colder temperature by pulling heat away from the modules and only drawing 1.35 volts for operating power. It does require some space, measuring 0.28″ x 5.32″ x 2.17″, but that’s to be expected with the highest stock performance at 3,333MHz.

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Best Value Gaming RAM

For the budget conscious gamer, the HyperX FURY Black 16GB is a perfect choice offering the best bang for buck.

Pros:
  • Excellent performance for the price
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Low power consumption
Cons:
  • Power values tend to vary per dim
  • RAM timing not great
  • Runs hotter than other brands

For the budget conscious gamer, the HyperX FURY Black 16GB is a perfect match. Developed by one of the earliest manufacturers in memory, Kingston presents an option that is not the lowest priced, but one that keeps the price in mind without sacrificing quality. It is available in the most moderate DDR4 speed of 2133 megahertz, but higher speeds are not always a make or break for improved PC gaming.

The Best Value DDR4 RAM on the market, low power consumption and the auto overclocking function make this a great hassle free choice offering the best Bang for Buck.

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Performance

This product is very easy to overclock without risking stability or heat issues. The low power consumption (1.2 volts) it requires from your computer also mean a quieter and cooler PC. With some tweaking for an overclock that is less conservative, speeds of 3200 MHz were achieved.

Its slim design and value allow us to bypass the lack of color options for this model. It’s also the first product line to offer automatic overclocking up to the highest level, similar to a plug and play kind of feature. It doesn’t take up much space either, measuring 1.23″ x 5.25″ x 0.13″. It is the smallest kit we tested.

 

Best Mid-Range

If you’re looking for a great middle of the road option the G-Skill Ripjaws V is an excellent option.

Pros:
  • Great compatibility
  • 42mm high
  • Comes in different colors
Cons:
  • Some stability issues at high clock speeds
  • Higher voltage required for stable OC
  • Various OC issues with some motherboards

The G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB kit is a 288 pin model with 32 GB worth of memory storage capacity. As the newest dual channel DDR4 and available in five color options, this device is the latest addition to the Ripjaws family. It is the second generation of the company’s DDR4 memory, and it is clear that they took heed of the criticism and feedback from their clientele.

Performance

The new series is more faster and more affordable. We regard it as a nearly perfect gaming RAM choice or a simple memory upgrade / component in your new build for its compatibility with the major brands of motherboards.

Its five color options include Radiant Silver, Blazing Red, Gunmetal Gray, Steel Blue, and Classic Black. It has the traditional height of 42 mm to fit under oversized CPU coolers. It is a high capacity DDR4 choice that is affordable.

RGB Lighting RAM

If you’re searching for visual fulfillment, the Trident Z is the RAM to go with – this memory looks amazing!

Pros:
  • High quality RGB lighting
  • Good value
  • Looks amazing
Cons:
  • RGB lighting power consumption limits the OC potential
  • RGB lighting is not for everyone
  • The software was a bit meh

The G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB features the noteworthy Trident Z heatspreader combined with bold RGB LED lights housed in a completely uncovered light bar. If you’re searching for visual fulfillment, the Trident Z is the RAM to go with. It combines uncompromising performance with its lighting supporting a full rainbow spectrum in color. Even better, it is built of the highest quality components.

Performance

A verified purchaser states that it has “Outstanding performance and can be overclocked without a fuss…upon installing, this DDR4 feels good in the hands and is not made of cheap components like what you would see in other brands.”

Keeping that solid construction feeling in mind, this kit is going to be a bit heavier, weighing in at 2.88 ounces. It also measures 5.2″ x 0.7″ x 1.7″, which is a bit bigger than the Hyper X FURY we discussed earlier. It is similar to the Corsair Vengeance LPX in that it is a 16GB kit with 8GB of memory. It also only draws 1.2V like the Hyper X FURY.Enter your text here…

3000Mhz DDR4

The Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB is designed for high performance overclocking and is compatible with both Intel 100 and Intel X99 motherboards.

Pros:
  • XMP compatable
  • Looks good
  • Solid build quality
Cons:
  • Some versions use Hynix Chips
  • Comes at 2133 MHz by default (not 3000Mhz)
  • RAM timing needs adjustment

The Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB is designed for high performance overclocking and is compatible with both Intel 100 and Intel X99 motherboards. This kit is part of the Vengeance LPX series, which continues where the previous DDR3 Vengeance series ended. Made of pure anodized aluminum, the low-profile heat spreader dissipates heat very quickly while an eight-layer printed circuit board provides superior overclocking headroom and heat management.

Performance

The design of the Vengeance LPX pulls heat from the integrated circuits directly into your computer’s cooling path, allowing you to push higher limits. As expected with Corsair’s performance record, each of their integrated circuits are tested individually. In addition, the Corsair Vengeance LPX comes in numerous colors to match your components, motherboard, or just your style.

Just like the Corsair Dominator Platinum Series, Vengeance LPX DRAM supports the new XMP 2.0 standard. It automatically adjusts to the safest and fastest speed for your kit. Manually pushing your DRAM frequency can be a fun experiment, but sometimes you just want to get maximum performance without the hassle of strange behavior or other lockups on your machine. Its clock speeds are initially set at 2133MHz but are noted to go as high as 4600MHz. That end extreme is limited though, so we can’t state it as a given.Enter your text here…

What Would we Buy?

Quite honestly unless you want bling’ RGB lighting (G.SKILL TridentZ RGB) we go for the budget option (Kingston HyperX Fury Black) when it comes to RAM in a gaming machine, yes it memory matters – but just so long it’s stable and not causing bottle necking there are better places to spend your cash like a better GPU or even CPU, or a upgrade your visuals with a 144Hz monitor.

Editor & reviewer of gear from iOS control pad’s to high-end PC gaming hardware. He’s been gaming since the 1980s and mostly plays CS GO & Overwatch.