Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB DDR4 4400MHz 16GB Review. Thermaltake is a world-renowned computer components and peripherals manufacturer, which are now available for your build in the latest DDR4 memory kit from their product lineup. With speeds as high as 4000 MHz, this RAM will push any game to its limits with no lag or delay.
While Thermaltake is most known for its extensive line of cases and cooling choices, they aren’t the only two areas in which this company excels. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the TOUGHRAM RGB DDR4 4400MHZ 16GB RAM kit, one of their outstanding new RAM modules.
As we approach a new decade, the RAM industry may be at its most powerful and competitive, with high-Performance, value-for-money solutions available throughout the whole price range. So it’ll be fascinating to see what this reasonably priced RGB product offers the general population.
We’ll put the TOUGHRAM DDR4 kit to the test in various circumstances, including gaming and multi-tasking. We’ll also put it up against top competitors like Corsair’s Vengeance LPX and G.SKILL’s Trident Z RGB memory kits.
To evaluate the TOUGHRAM RGB by Thermaltake kit, we’ll run each of the benchmarks on two different RAM kits. This will let us see how well (or poorly) Thermaltake’s TOUGHRAM kit performs.
The kits we’ll be using are listed below:
|TOUGHRAM RGB by Thermaltake||Trident Z RGB by G.SKILL||Vengenace LPX by CORSAIR|
|Capacity||16 gigabytes (2x8GB)||16 gigabytes (2x8GB)||16 gigabytes (2x8GB)|
|Timings||19-25-25-45 is a 19-25-25-45 (1T)||16-16-16-36 16-16-16-16-36 (1T)||15 – 17 – 17 – 35 (1T)|
|DRAM Die||SK Hynix D SK Hynix D SK Hynix D||Samsung B||MFR SK Hynix|
Our Test Setup
We’ve built a high-Performance system to guarantee that all RAM kits have an equal chance, as we usually do to ensure that the RAM benchmarks are both fair and unskewed.
The benchmarking setup we used is as follows:
Before we got onto the testing results, our in-house hardware tester was blown away by how well 4400Mhz performed with the Ryzen platform. “I know Zen 2’s Integrated Memory Controller (IMC) is much improved,” he continues, “but I was expecting to have to adjust the frequency down to have it stable, but nope, simply set the XMP, and away we went.”
“In our situation, it may be a mix of a well-binned CPU and a decent motherboard,” he continues. Always verify the memory QVL on your motherboard to ensure your RAM is suitable. Although the ASUS TUF X570-PLUS does not feature Thermaltake’s TOUGHRAM, it worked.”
The TOUGHRAM proved uncooperative when it came to overclocking. “I kept increasing the voltage, just to attempt 4600Mhz, and loosening the timings as far as they would go, but it wouldn’t post.” Instead, I opted to revert everything and tighten the timings, but it didn’t work either. Not even the Ryzen DRAM calculator could produce any postable timings.”
Finally, with the TOUGHRAM, you get what you pay for; there is little – if any – opportunity for error.
To evaluate the RAM kits, we ran various games and synthetic benchmarks to better understand their capabilities. We began by playing a variety of games with varying levels of graphics demand, followed by some synthetic measures.
BEFORE BEGINNING, the XMP (or D.O.C.P.) was loaded into the BIOS/UEFI, and the motherboard set secondary timings. If you don’t know, secondary (and tertiary) timings are selected by the motherboard. They might differ across manufacturers; thus, an MSI board may choose tighter timings than an ASUS board.
1. Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5 was the first game we chose to benchmark. Far Cry 5 is an intriguing game since, although making good use of four cores, it appears to thrive on single-core performance. It would have been interesting to observe the difference between the two, especially since Intel is still the king of single-core performance. At this time, though, we only had the AMD setup.
Even after numerous repeat benchmark runs, Far Cry 5 generated fascinating data, as you can see from the results. While the TOUGHRAM 4400MHz RAM seemed to have the best average FPS performance of the three RAM kits, it had the worst 0.1 percent lows.
Our resident benchmark expert, Chris, expresses his dissatisfaction with the findings, stating that whereas other kits may rarely yield odd 0.1 percent lows, the TOUGHRAM consistently did so.
2. Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege is a video game developed by Rainbow Six Entertainment. It is the modern-day equivalent of my beloved CS: GO, a game I use to benchmark many peripherals’ performance. We’re using competitive settings at 1080p and 1440p to try and take the GPU out of the equation, meaning Performance deltas are due to the CPU and keeping it fed with instructions (so higher memory bandwidth should be essential here).
The performance findings for the TOUHGRAM 4400MHz RAM are the polar opposite of the Far Cry 5 results, with highs across the board. While the average FPS for all three RAM kits is quite similar – presumably due to a GPU bottleneck – you’ll note that Themaltake’s TOUGHRAM has considerably greater 0.1 percent and 1% lows.
3. Warhammer II: Total War
Next up is the fairly demanding Warhammer II: Total War. This Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game is still popular today and even more so than the newer Total War: Three Kingdoms which is why it’s part of our benchmark suite.
First, we looked at 1080p Medium settings to take the GPU out of the equation and observe any Performance differences due to memory. As you can see from the results, Performance in Warhammer II: Total War excels when using the well-balanced G.SKILL memory, with the TOUGHRAM producing similar results to Corsair’s 3000MHz CL15 kit.
We next performed our bespoke benchmark run at Ultra settings since, although it puts more strain on the GPU, it also boosts CPU and memory-intensive areas like unit size, making it equally stressful on all components. Even with an RTX 2060 Super at 1080p, we’re GPU constrained, but the TOUGHRAM kit gives a little edge in 0.1 percent lows and produces the best statistics for 1 percent lows and average framerates.
4. Red Dead Redemption 2
Finally, to finish off the gaming section, we have Red Dead Redemption 2, a sequel to Red Dead Redemption.
Our open-world game is RDR2. 1080p Medium and High settings were examined (High is relatively GPU limited but increases asset quality, population density, LODs, and other CPU-taxing locations). As you go across the globe, you’ll continually stream assets in; thus, more memory bandwidth should potentially enhance speed.
The findings revealed that the 4400MHz TOUGHRAM performed best at medium settings, with the greatest average framerate and 0.1 percent lows. However, for averages and 1% lows, the results were almost identical on High settings. The TOUGHRAM did lose out on 0.1 percent lows, which is expected at this point.
PCMark 10 was the first synthetic benchmark we looked at. This should give us a good idea of how well the system performs in everyday chores and productive circumstances with each RAM kit.
In an odd turn of events, CORSAIR’s 3000MHz kit wins everything bar the “Essentials” category in the PCMark 10 test, where Thermaltake triumphs. Essentials include online surfing, video playing, and word processing, implying that the TOUGHRAM makes the system quicker in these areas than the other two packages. However, since the findings are so similar in general, it’s arguable how much of an influence this has on real-world performance.
AIDA64 was up next. While there were various tests we might have run with AIDA64, we focused on Memory Read, Write, and Latency.
The results of these tests provide a broad indicator of RAM performance; memory with more bandwidth and lower latency can process data and deliver instructions to the CPU faster, resulting in a speedier system. So, keeping that in mind, let’s start with memory bandwidth.
Memory bandwidth is determined mainly by the frequency of the memory. In reads, the 4400MHz RAM outperforms the 3600MHz G.SKILL kit, and in writes, it outperforms it even more. Both kits outperform the less expensive 3000Mhz RAM by around 20%.
The TOUGHRAM’s 19-25-25-45 timings are much higher than the G.SKILL’s 16-16-16-36 and Corsair’s 15-17-17-35. “Why doesn’t the Corsair kit have identical latency to the G.SKILL kit when their timings are so close?” you may wonder. Latency is influenced by timings and frequency, thus it’s a delicate balance. We can observe that the 3600MHz CL16 kit wins by around 10ms, putting it in the first place by about 13%.
This is mostly due to Ryzen’s memory behavior. Up to 3600MHz, the Memory Controller Clock (UCLK) is connected to the Memory Clock (MCLK) in a 1:1 ratio. The ratio lowers to 2:1 when the TOUGHRAM runs at 4400MHz, resulting in a latency cost for the system. With the Zen 2 microarchitecture, this is exactly how things operate. Furthermore, in order to attain the mythical “4400MHz” speeds printed on the box, memory makers must compromise timings, and looser timings increase latency.
The next program is 7-Zip, which is a free and open-source file archiver. You may not utilize 7-Zip, WinRAR, or even Windows’ file extractor, but you will need to extract (decompress) and create (compress) archives, therefore the findings presented here are academic but also have real-world ramifications. After running the built-in benchmark for ten runs (MIPS), we assessed the compression and decompression numbers in Millions of instructions per second after running the built-in benchmark for ten runs (MIPS).
The TOUGHRAM narrowly edges out the 3000C15 kit here, but you can see the precise balancing act at work again here, as the 3600C16 kit easily wins.
Encoding in 4K using Handbrake
We re-encoded a 4K HDR 60FPS clip using x264 and the newer, more efficient x265 encoders.
Overall, the results are close again, although the TOUGHRAM had the best time in both tests. Use applications like Adobe Premiere Pro or Davinci Resolve to render movies. You’ll probably see a slight improvement in render speeds with the TOUGHRAM, but only by a few seconds at most.
The Corona renderer is a physically based renderer that creates a computationally demanding photorealistic scene purely in software, with no hardware acceleration. We performed this test on all three kits to determine if there were any changes in performance. Since you can see, the RAM had no effect on the results of this test, as all three produced identical render times.
That concludes our in-depth examination of the Thermaltake TOUGHRAM DDR4 4400MHz RAM kit. While many would dismiss this RAM kit as a bright RGB showcase that stresses appearances over performance, this is far from the case.
The TOUGHRAM performed well in both gaming and synthetic testing, albeit it was defeated by the G.SKILL Trident Z 3600MHz kit’s high bandwidth and low latency. The G.SKILL memory kit also uses Samsung B-die, which means that, unlike the TOUGHRAM, you can have a wonderful overclocking experience with this RAM kit, whether you’re tightening timings or boosting frequency.
Gaming saw mixed results for the TOUGHRAM, with the G.SKILL (once again) coming out on top. While Far Cry 5 wasn’t too kind to the 4400MHz kit. Other games yielded decent results on average, 1% and 0.1% lows. The most considerable increase in Performance was found when playing Rainbow Six Siege, a video game developed by Rainbow Six Entertainment. – a game that thrives on high-frequency RAM. So if you play competitive eSports titles like CS: GO, Overwatch, and Rainbow Six Siege, a video game developed by Rainbow Six Entertainment that demands the highest framerates, you’ll want to give this kit a look.
So, if you respect both looks and performance equally, we believe the TOUGHRAM performs well and is reasonably priced. There are less expensive options that operate similarly, but this is the only kit with completely configurable RGB and Alexa voice connectivity. In the end, it’s not the best RAM kit you’ll ever find, but it’s also not the worst.