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Thermaltake ToughRAM RGB DDR4-3600MHz 16GB Review

Rating: 7.5.

Thermaltake first showed off its ToughRAM series of memory modules back at Computex in May. The ToughRAM RGB series offers capacities of 16GB with frequencies of 3000MHz, 3200MHz, and 3600MHz. LED lighting is the key feature that Thermaltake is banking on, with each module hosting addressable RGB LEDs.

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ToughRAM RGB features support for all of the main motherboard RGB sync suites – ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and ASRock Polychrome. Notably, Razer Chroma and Amazon Alexa RGB control methods are also provided.

In addition, you get alternative control methods through Thermaltake’s own software – TT RGB Plus and ToughRAM RGB software. ToughRAM software also features the ability to highlight current RAM usage statistics, alongside the 25 lighting modes.

Cooling for the memory modules and PCB comes from the dark black aluminium heatspreader. Interestingly, Thermaltake aims to shake up the design a little by cutting two large notches into the otherwise rectangular heatspreader. You also get two mirror-type sheets that enhance reflections from elsewhere in one’s PC build.

Module height is just under 50mm, so CPU cooler interference is definitely worth watching out for.

Personally, I like the visual appearance of Thermaltake’s ToughRAM RGB memory modules. There are clear similarities to the angular design of G.SKILL TridentZ modules, but that’s not a bad thing. The lighting is smooth and well-balanced thanks to a 10 addressable RGB LEDs and 5 control zones, and the number of operating modes is highly positive. I like the two angular cut-outs as they at help to segregate the solid RGB strips.

Importantly, there are no external cables required for the RGB lighting and control.

Our specific kit is the DDR4-3600MHz frequency version which features SK Hynix ICs operating at 1.35V XMP, according to CPU-Z. Thermaltake only advertises the C18 timing on the product page, and some information online highlights 18-19-19-39.

Thermaltake should highlight the full set of timings, not just C18, on the product page. The fact that Thermaltake does not do that almost implies that the actual timings of 18-22-22-42 are being hidden, which wouldn’t be an unreasonable though given that 20+ for some of the measures are very loose.

Specifications:

  • Model Number: R009D408GX2-3600C18B
  • Capacity: 16GB (2x 8GB)
  • Rated Frequency: DDR4-3600MHz (PC4-28800)
  • Rated Timings: 18-22-22-42
  • Voltage: 1.35V
  • Format: Non-ECC Unbuffered 288-pin DIMM
  • Overclocking: XMP 2.0
  • RGB Lighting: 10 addressable RGB LEDs, 5 control zones.
  • Lighting Control Compatibility: ASRock Polychrome Sync, ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Light, TT RGB Plus, ToughRAM RGB software, Amazon Alexa RGB, Razer Chroma.

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