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With today’s technological advances, picking a good RAM configuration for gaming isn’t as difficult as it used to be. Back in the day, there were more types of RAM modules and their capacities varied greatly.

Still, there are important factors to consider when choosing the best RAM for gaming right now!

In this article, we will be addressing just that: listing the best RAM cards you could possibly get today, as well as some insight on how to choose the ideal one(s) for your own gaming machine.

Top 5 Gaming RAM Sticks For 2018

So let us get to it: what’s the best RAM for gaming in 2018? Our research showed that these are the best RAM sticks for gaming.

RAMCapacityClock Speed 
Kingston HyperX Fury Black (Editor's Pick)4-64 GB2133 – 2666 MHz
Kingston HyperX Predator Black8-128 GB2400 - 3600 MHz
Corsair Vengeance LPX4-128 GB2133 – 4600 MHz
Corsair Dominator Platinum (Editor's Pick)4-128 GB2133 – 4000 MHz
G.Skill Trident Z RGB16-128 GB2400 – 4266 MHz

Kingston HyperX Fury Black

best ram for gaming

About the Product

Kingston is one of the longest-standing and most trustworthy names when it comes to any memory-related products, be it hard drives, solid-state drives, RAM, or anything in between. The first entry on this list is coming straight from them, and it is from their gaming-oriented HyperX brand.

The HyperX Fury Black series of RAM cards constitutes some of the best and most affordable products in this category that you could possibly get. They are all equipped with sleek heatsinks that are both practical and aesthetic while allowing users a choice between black, red, and white color. That way, these HyperX cards can blend well with almost any gaming rig.

Features

Performance

The HyperX series’ clock speed starts at 2133 MHz but also includes 2400 MHz and 2666 MHz models. The latter two speeds are achievable via automatic overclocking, and this sort of performance is made possible with the heatsinks that each Fury Black RAM module is equipped with.

Capacity

Individual HyperX Fury Black RAM modules come with a capacity of either 4, 8 or 16 GB. However, these individual modules can easily be paired up in either twos and fours, which leads to a maximum capacity of 64 GB.

What We Loved

  • Quality build
  • Appealing design
  • Automatic overclocking
  • Great value and cost-effectiveness

What We Didn’t Like

  • Only three color options

Kingston HyperX Predator Black

best gaming ram

About the Product

The next RAM model on our list is also coming from Kingston’s HyperX brand, although this one is not quite as popular as the Fury Black series. It is, however, definitely a better performer. Meet the HyperX Predator Black.

The Predator Black follows a similar design philosophy as the rest of the HyperX RAM cards: a black exterior, built-in heatsink and high overclocking potential. It sports a much more aggressive appearance than other HyperX RAM products, which clearly establishes it as the very peak of the brand’s overclocking game.

Features

Performance

Unlike most DDR4 RAM cards, the Predator Black does not start at 2133 MHz as the base clock speed. Instead, it starts at 2400 MHz. However, it is the other end of this scale where it truly shines: a maximum speed of 3600 MHz.

Capacity

The individual Predator Black RAM modules have a capacity of either 4, 8 or 16 GB, just like the Fury Black. And just like Fury Black, they can be combined in dual channel or quad channel setups in order to reach a capacity as high as 128 GB. Although, it is worth noting that the 128 GB (8×16 GB) variant is hardly popular, given that it requires 8 RAM slots which few desktop motherboards support.

What We Loved

  • Excellent overclocking potential
  • Durable and well-built

What We Didn’t Like

  • No customization options
  • Not the best high-end RAM solution around

Corsair Vengeance LPX

best gaming ram 2018

About the Product

Corsair is another company known for their high-performance gaming RAM. The first product in their lineup that we’ll be looking at is the Vengeance LPX series which continues where the previous generation’s DDR3 Vengeance series left off.

All of the Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM memory cards have the same exterior design as seen above, although they do come in several color variants, including dark grey, red, blue, and white. This allows for some great versatility when it comes to blending them with other components.

Features

Performance

Vengeance LPX clock speeds start at 2133 MHz and go as high as 4600 MHz. These extreme speeds, however, are limited to only a handful of the most expensive variants.

Capacity

Vengeance LPX RAM cards come with a capacity of either 4, 8 or 16 GB. The maximum achievable capacity is 128 GB, but as before, this is not a particularly popular option for desktop PCs because it requires 8 individual cards to be installed.

What We Loved

  • Good performance
  • A number of color variations

What We Didn’t Like

  • Somewhat cheap-looking
  • Not the best value for money for high-capacity setups

Corsair Dominator Platinum

best ram for gaming 2018

About the Product

The next product also comes from Corsair, but it is a far cry from your regular gaming RAM cards. In fact, the Corsair Dominator Platinum is truly worthy of its name, as it dominates the high-end RAM market.

It is a bit bulkier than the average RAM module, sporting a dark grey exterior and a metal bar on top that can easily be changed and customized. Furthermore, it also comes in two better performing variants: Torque and SE. The former sports a more dynamic color scheme and the latter comes with either a black or chrome exterior.

Features

Performance

The Dominator Platinum covers speeds from 2133 MHz to 4000 MHz. Due to its high-quality aluminum heatsink, these RAM cards have the highest overclocking potential out of all the models currently available.

Capacity

The Corsair Dominator Platinum comes with either 4, 8 or 16 GB per individual module, although Corsair doesn’t sell individual modules separately. Rather, the Dominator Platinum only comes in kits of two or four modules, and those kits’ capacities range from 8 to 128 GB.

What We Loved

  • Unprecedented overclocking potential
  • Sleek design

What We Didn’t Like

  • A bit bulky
  • Expensive

G.Skill Trident Z RGB

best ram

About the Product

G.Skill is perhaps not as well-known as Kingston or Corsair, but that certainly does not make them less reliable. This Taiwanese company specializes in memory-related hardware such as SSDs, flash drives, and RAM, in addition to some gaming peripherals.

The product that G.Skill brings us today is the Trident Z RGB, arguably the best-looking solution on this list, all thanks to that metallic exterior and beautifully implemented RGB lighting that you can see above. But of course, you are not buying RAM in order to look at it, so what does the Trident Z offer in practical terms?

Features

Performance

The Trident Z RGB RAM modules operate on frequencies anywhere from 2400 MHz to 4233 MHz. The product does not strive to dominate in terms of overclocking capacity, so a number of variations with such high clock speeds are quite few. A more realistic maximum is around 3600 MHz, as most of the series’ products fall into that category.

Capacity

The Trident Z RGB series includes RAM cards with either an 8 GB or 16 GB capacity, which are then combined in kits to achieve a maximum capacity of 128 GB. The same story from before applies here, and 4×16 GB variation is a more realistic maximum for desktop configurations.

What We Loved

  • High-quality RGB lighting
  • Great overall value

What We Didn’t Like

  • RGB implementation limits overclocking potential

How to Choose?

As with every piece of hardware, there are always advantages and disadvantages to consider. As the saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. In this section, we will discuss how to pick an optimal RAM configuration for your PC, as well as what specifications to look out for.

Capacity

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This one is pretty straightforward. Capacity is the key aspect to consider when shopping for RAM, but how much RAM do you really need?

For a gaming PC running a 64-bit operating system, 8 GB of RAM is an absolute minimum. Going with 4 GB is too little to comfortably run Windows simultaneously with a more demanding 3D game.

If you want to play it safe and plan for the long term, get 16 GB of RAM instead. Games won’t be demanding more than that for quite a while.

And finally, as for those impressive 32, 64, and 128 GB configurations, they are reserved for other kinds of computers. Namely, for computers intended for demanding tasks such as video editing, and for servers. Therefore, for gaming purposes, anything over 16 GB is simply excessive and is just needless overspending.

Clock speed

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As we have already mentioned, DDR4 RAM supports clock speeds from 2133 MHz to over 4000 MHz, with no maximum cap in sight so far.

Now, clock speed is something you don’t need to concern yourself with too much. Of course, there will be a difference in performance between a 2133 MHz and a 4600 MHz RAM card, but none that would adversely affect your gaming experience.

Keep in mind that you should always prioritize capacity over clock speed. That said, if you are on a tight budget, 16 GB of 2133 MHz RAM is better than 8 GB of 3200 MHz RAM. For gaming purposes, even 2133 MHz will actually be fine, as clock speeds primarily affect tasks such as video editing, but not game performance.

Latency

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CAS latency, commonly abbreviated and presented as CL, is a stat that used to be more important in the past than it is today. It represents how long it takes for a command issued by the CPU to be received by the RAM module. The greater the capacity of the RAM module, the higher CAS latency it will have.

Naturally, lower latency is always better, but it is not a stat you need to concern yourself with at all. Why? Simply because the difference in performance of the currently slowest and the fastest RAM modules is completely negligible and on the level of nanoseconds.

One Card or Multiple Cards?

So, you have decided to get 16 GB of RAM for your new (or your old) gaming PC. And now you ask yourself the question: “should I get a single RAM card or get a kit?”

In essence, the only advantage of getting a single RAM card is that you can easily upgrade in the future. For example, you might get one 8 GB RAM card now and just add another one in a few months.

As for dual-channel or quad-channel setups, there is one key advantage: if one RAM card fails, your PC can still run and a replacement will be cheaper. There are other advantages as well, such as lower latency and slightly better performance, but those effects are barely noticeable, as we have stated above.

Conclusion

Ultimately, what is our take on which of these products represents the best RAM solution for gaming? That question is a bit difficult to answer, especially considering that performance differences when it comes to gaming are minuscule, to say the least.

But, if we had to choose, we’d go with:

  1. Kingston HyperX Fury Black for most gamers since it offers an all-around best value for your money
  2. Corsair Dominator Platinum for avid overclockers and those who want the best possible performance
  3. Skill Trident Z RGB for those who have a transparent case or are using an open rig and want to add to their PC’s aesthetic appeal

So, in conclusion, there is no “best” RAM for gaming, and the choice will largely depend on each user’s requirements and budget.

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