AMD came out with Ryzen 5900x & 5950x last November. These are some very beefy processors, to say the least. Their performance boost is drastic, and they are the only processors bringing their A-game into the industry right now. So, it’s safe to assume that these bad boys can’t work with any ordinary set of components I.e., the RAM (as the two go side-by-side). For these processors to work at their full potential, you have to make sure the RAM you choose is the fastest one you can get your hands on. Otherwise, you are going to face stuttering, crashes, random reboots, and/or ultimately the dreaded blue screen of death.
This is exactly why we have compiled a list of the best ram for Ryzen 5900x & 5950x the world has to offer currently. We have focused mainly on the performance; the Clock and Overclock speeds, the CAS Latency, and the corresponding timings. The products below have been very carefully picked based on, as mentioned before, performance as well as design, feature, and specifications. There is also a pros/cons list, and a summary at the end of every product.
List Of Best RAMs for AMD Ryzen 5900X And 5950X
G.Skill Trident Z Royal Series DDR4 4000MHz
The G.Skill Trident Z Royal gives a lot of customization edge to its consumers, it supports its a software known as the Lighting Control Software or through your motherboard’s software. The Crystalline bar is fully controlled. You can have up to 4 different profiles, and any effect you deem appropriate for your mood.
While the other Kits in this list have typical black/ gray aluminum heat spreaders. The G.Skill Trident Z Royal series features a polished silver/ golden aluminum finish.
In addition to all this, 10-layer PCB offers maximum overclocking for the best performance possible.
Not only is the G.Skill Trident Z Royal the prettiest memory module on this list, but it is also the fastest, best-performing one as well. I got an out-of-the-box whopping 4000MHz clock speed and a CAS latency of 17 (timings being very tight; at 17-18-18-38), it just does not get any better than that. The out of the box performance you get is well worth the price point.
If you aren’t sold even after all that, let’s talk about the overclocking headroom this RAM has to offer. I was able to get 4266 MHz clock speed by doing the adjustments accordingly/.
When I first got this beast out of the box. I couldn’t keep my eyes on it. No, I’m not talking about it metaphorically. This RAM kit is very shiny. The highly polished surface reflects the light right off of it, giving it a very royal-esque vibe (that’s what’s been promised hasn’t it). The RGB strip comes with a line of crackled crystals that gives this RAM an irresistible elegance. These lights are completely customizable through a set of software (talked about in features).
Trust me when I tell you, in terms of aesthetics and performance, the G.Skill Trident Z Royal is one of the leading memory available for the new Ryzen processors right now.
- Frequency of 4000MHz
- CAS Latency of 17
- Radiant Crystalline Light Bar
- Aluminum Heat spreaders
- Fast Overclocking Performance
What Stands Out
If you have a little financial room, I do recommend going for the G.Skill Trident Z Royal (4000MHz). It is well worth your money.
With its extraordinary out-of-the-box clock speed and latency values, and just as good overclocking headroom. Trust me, you will not regret buying this beauty.
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 4000MHz
The iCue software Corsair offers does not do the bare minimum by only giving the user control over the RGB lights. This software is truly innovative with the amount of control it gives its users in all aspects. Truly something that other companies need to work on. I was able to tweak my DIMM locations (the software has different pattern options). In addition to that, you can view your RAM’s temperature graphs. And of course, have never-ending personalized light shows in your room.
Most of Corsair’s RAM kits are based on overclocking, and almost all of them can be overclocked into a better frequency with much tighter timings. The Corsair Vengeance comes with a clock speed of 4000MHz and timing of 19-23-23-45.
With a little bit of overclocking, I was easily able to give the clock speeds a boost of 200-600MHz and competitively tighter timings.
My biggest fear when it comes to the companies trying to make their products prettier is; redundancy and lack of focus on performance (which this memory module isn’t lacking in, fortunately). I’m tired of seeing the same RGB effects recycled and reclaimed. However, with that being said, the Corsair Vengeance RGB pro does not do that. Its fresh, unique, bold look caught my eye the minute I plugged it in. The black heat spreaders combined with the black PCBs give the kit a matte, soft finish. Blend that with the different RGB effects and it’s *chef’s kiss*.
- High-performance DDR4 memory
- CORSAIR iCue software Compatibility
- Customizable Lighting Profiles
- Clean Installation
- A built-in aluminum heat spreader
What Stands Out
This might sound weird, but the reason why this memory module is high on my list is not because of its incredible overclocking ability. But because of its corresponding software, the iCue. Who wouldn’t want to opt for complete control over their RAM kit for max performance?
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB DDR4 4400MHz
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB features the exclusive TOUGHRAM software that allows you to monitor your RAM’s performance in real-time, it also keeps track of your temperature values and frequency. It allows RGB customization for over 20 lighting effects. Pretty casual stuff, right? Well, yes and no. In addition to all of the features mentioned above, I found the user interface of the software very simple and easy to navigate through.
This RAM is also compatible with your motherboard’s software, TT RGB PLUS, TT AI Voice Control, Razer Chroma, and here’s the catch, Amazon Alexa.
The 10- Layer PCB construction allows maximum overclocking capability. The tight screen memory chips allow optimal response times. The extra sturdy heatsinks and gold fingers allow durability and optimal heat dissipation.
Thermaltake RAM kits come in a series, ranging from 3000 MHz clock speeds to 4400MHz.
For this review, we have looked into the 4400MHz one, with a CAS Latency of 19. Pretty standard is it not? It has the same timings as the Corsair Vengeance LPX on this list. These kinds of specifications give you a decent performance. Not outstanding, but good enough. The timings, however, could be better. Advertised at a CL19 but having very loose timings of 19-25-25-45 does impact the performance.
Even after trying, I barely got it to overclock, so it’s safe to assume that there is barely any room for it. With the TOUGHRAM you are stuck with what you get, even with a little tweak, it would be nearly impossible to tighten the timings slightly more.
The first thing that caught my attention about the Thermaltake RGB DDR4 4400MHz was its premium look. The Thermaltake TOUGHGRAM RGB has an aluminum brushed body that brings out the minimalism in the RGB light placement. The overall finish with the 16.8 million color spectrum will uplift your system’s overall look and feel.
- Frequency DDR4 4400MHz with 16GB Space
- 10-layer PCB construction
- optimal heat dissipation by Aluminum Heat spreader
- Software Compatibility for Full RGB control
What Stands Out
With this price point, you do not get such a good-looking RGB Light supporting system, a 4400MHz, and such a sturdy body. Although the timings may not be the best, the features make up for them.
Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR4-3600 CL16 (Best Ram for Laptop)
This RAM kit comes in three different colors, red, black, and white, I obviously went for the black. The anodized aluminum head spreaders give maximum room for heat dissipation specifically for small, compact spaces. and the small body increases the physical compatibility of the product. Crucial Ballistix Especially caters to laptop gamers with its low profiles and SODIMM memory.
The Ballistix MOD software allows the individual tweaks to the bold RGB light system but that’s pretty much it with the software. Not too much, not too little.
Looking at the clock speed of 3600 MHz we get the impression that this RAM may not be the fastest. But a Latency of 16 seconds may change your mind about it. Your daily usage would be completely smooth, with no crashes and no overheating.
This RAM kit has a very good overclocking ability, pushing it a little bit gives us a value of 4000MHz. This, however, does not exactly change the performance because the latency increases with the clock speed. And although I didn’t do it, as long as you try to tweak the timings, you will get a much more appropriate latency without a shift in the overclocked speeds.
I did mention before, the unfortunate redundancy in certain products’ RGB features. With the Crucial Ballistix, I saw that. The Crucial Ballistix does not bring something new to the table, it has the same RGB system and nothing that stands out unlike the previous three RAM kits in this list. However, the colors are very bold and have a pretty clean finish. We have also faced no flickers yet.
The software could be a bit better with its effects and transitions. There is a lack of variety, and it does not offer a lot of customization.
- Frequency of DDR4-3600MHz
- Ideal for laptop gamers
- The solid aluminum heat spreader
- automatic overclocking
- Bold RGB Effects
What Stands Out
The overclocking headroom in this RAM kit is probably one of the better ones. And through some minute adjustments to the settings, you might be able to push it to the extreme for the best performance possible.
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 4000MHz – (Budget Friendly)
The Corsair Vengeance LPX is mostly known for its spectacular performance and features that make it stand out in the market.They took the conventional route with the Vengeance LPX. And they make it clear with its entry-level price point.
This RAM module comes with a premium build quality, it contains heat spreaders made up of aluminium that also helps with the cooling of the RAM.
Other than that, it comes in different colours. So, you can match in with the aesthetics of your gaming rig.
The compact body of this RAM allows it to be physically compatible with any system. If you plan to keep it simple, the corsair vengeance LPX is one of the best options available for you.
With a clock speed of 4000MHz, a CAS latency of 19-23-23-45. Is it enough? Well, the value of 4000 MHz is considered fine for heavy workload and gaming.
If we talk about the overclocking, with a tiny bit of tweaks in the voltage, I was able to drastically change the timings and even put a little modest dent in the 4000Mhz with a few 100 MHz and even that does wonders for the performance.
Straying away from our typical RGB light scheme, let us look at a more conventional setup, shall we? The Corsair Vengeance LPX is a breath of fresh air with its minimalistic design without the RGBs. This compact beast comes in 4 different colors of blue, red, white, and a very handsome black (yes, I’m an all-things black person, so I went for the Black, again).
Staying true to its advert, I found this kit very compact (standing at 34.4mm); very appropriate for small spaces. The heat spreaders give it a bold look without making it look over the top. Overall, 10/10 for the design if you ask me (unless you’re into RGBs)
- Frequency of DDR4 4000
- High Performance with Ample Overclocking Headroom
- A high-performance PCB
- low-profile height of 34mm
- The sturdy aluminum heat spreader
What Stands Out
This memory module is the most budget-friendly one on this list. So, if you are willing to overlook the out-of-the-box performance (which is not bad by any means) this could be your choice. And for all you overclocking enthusiasts; well, guess you’ve found your next RAM kit.
Viper Steel DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 4400MHz
The lack of software-dependent features makes up for the heavy performance shown by this RAM Kit. The custom-designed high-performance aluminum heat spreader allows maximum heat dissipation. This module has tested compatibility with all sorts of premium platforms. And it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
The Patriotic Viper Steel proves that the RAMs with the best features are not always the best performing.
We did instantly get around 4400MHz when we tried it, so it stays true to what it offers. Although it does require beefy motherboards/ processors for it to run smoothly (Ryzen 9 processors being just those). I consider it one of the best RAM kits for the Ryzen 5000 series.
Overclocking this kit gave us surprising results. We were able to reach 4600 MHz, and the timings became dramatically better.
But the out of the box memory in itself should be enough for you to buy this memory kit. It is very unusual to get a speed of 4400 MHz and a CL19 (timings of 19-19-19-39) (I see you with your mouth agape) at this price point, and Viper Steel is not only affordable, but also so so much better than so many of its expensive counterparts.
Okay, ladies and gentlemen, you got me, the Corsair Vengeance LPX is not the only RGB free RAM kit we have on this list. The Patriot Viper Steel also comes with a lack of RGB but (definitely no lack of power, performance, and design). This black-bodied beauty is not the one to sit out on. Catering to my inner goth, I fell in love with its gunmetal heat spreaders and the sharp viper logo in the middle giving the mod a very simplistic punk/goth look. Sleek, dark and charming. (Hence the name, I’m sure)
The design, if not the best, is one of the best we have seen this year from Patriot despite the visible lack of RGB.
- Frequency of DDR4 4400MHz with a 16GB capacity
- Aluminum heat spreader
- Gunmetal Grey heatshield Dual Kit
- Platform Compatibility
What Stands Out
What we find the most attractive about this RAM kit is the performance it shows without being too tacky and pretentious. If an RGB feature is not mandatory in your checklist, we do recommend that you look into the Patriotic Viper Steel DDR4-4400 Memory kit.
Although I believe prices should be a big focus in choosing a RAM. And that there are some very budget-friendly RAMs out there If there is RAM that is offering you the performance, the features, and the design, for a high-end price point. You should go for that one. With that being said, our list does have some very budget-friendly mods that offer you exactly what some of the expensive ones do, even more. This is exactly why we recommend the following (in order):
- G.Skill Trident Z Royal Series DDR4 4000MHz
- Viper Steel DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 4400MHz
- (For overclockers) Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 4000MHz