Although not primarily known for its memory products, Thermaltake is very proud of building the company’s memory product portfolio. ToughRAM series products are one of the most diverse memory series on the market. It offers a variety of options in terms of appearance, color, capacity, and frequency.Taking advantage of the success of the ToughRAM product line, Thermaltake has recently added a new version of its unique memory to the ToughRAM XG RGB shape, which will be compatible with Best memory in the market.
Thermaltake’s ToughRAM XG RGB stands out because of its two-sided appearance. The aluminum radiator is divided into two parts, and the central chrome strip combines the two designs. The right part shows a simple black design, while the left part is composed of more refined designs with metallic gray themes and multi-line patterns.
The height of the memory module is 48.24 mm (1.9 inches) and has an LED diffuser with 16 addressable LEDs in the middle. Each section has eight LEDs. Thermaltake claims that users can create more than 25 different lighting patterns. In addition, ToughRAM XG RGB works well with Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0, MSI Mystic Light Sync and ASRock Polychrome RGB. If you like Thermaltake’s software, you can also use NeonMaker or TT RGB Plus to control the lighting of the memory.
The ToughRAM XG RGB memory module advertises a 10-layer PCB with a 2oz copper inner layer and 10μ gold fingers. Both the DDR4-4000 and DDR4-4600 memory kits are in a 16GB (2x8GB) configuration with single-rank memory modules. They also use the same Hynix D chip integrated circuit (IC). More specifically, the DDR4-4000 memory kit uses the H5AN8G8NDJR-VKC IC, while DDR4-4600 uses the H5AN8G8NDJR-XNC variant.
The kit defaults to 19-19-19-43 timing of DDR4-4000 SKU and 22-22-22-52 timing of DDR4-4600 SKU. The XMP timing of the DDR4-4000 memory kit is 19-23-23-42, which requires 1.45V DRAM voltage. On the other hand, the timing of the DDR4-4600 memory kit is 19-26-26-45, and it controls the 1.5V DRAM voltage.For more information on timing and frequency considerations, please refer to our Computer memory 101 Function, and our How to buy memory story.
|Memory kit||Part Number||capacity||Data rate||Main time||Voltage||Warranty|
|Thermaltake ToughRAM XG RGB||R016D408GX2-4600C19A||2 x 8GB||DDR4-4600 (XMP)||19-26-26-45 (2T)||1.50||life|
|Thermaltake ToughRAM RGB||R009D408GX2-4600C19A||2 x 8GB||DDR4-4600 (XMP)||19-26-26-45 (2T)||1.50||life|
|Predator Apollo RGB||BL.9BWWR.255||2 x 8GB||DDR4-4500 (XMP)||19-19-19-39 (2T)||1.45||life|
|GeIL Orion RGB AMD Edition||GAOSR416GB4400C18ADC||2 x 8GB||DDR4-4400 (XMP)||18-24-24-44 (2T)||1.45||life|
|Patriot Viper 4 Blackout||PVB416G440C8K||2 x 8GB||DDR4-4400 (XMP)||18-26-26-46 (2T)||1.45||life|
|TeamGroup T-Force Dark Z FPS||TDZFD416G4000HC16CDC01||2 x 8GB||DDR4-4000 (XMP)||16-18-18-38 (2T)||1.45||life|
|Klevv Cras XR||KD48GU880-40B190Z||2 x 8GB||DDR4-4000 (XMP)||19-25-25-45 (2T)||1.40||life|
|Thermaltake ToughRAM XG RGB||R016D408GX2-4000C19A||2 x 8GB||DDR4-4000 (XMP)||19-26-26-45 (2T)||1.45||life|
|TeamGroup T-Force Xtreem ARGB||TF10D416G3600HC14CDC01||2 x 8GB||DDR4-3600 (XMP)||14-15-15-35 (2T)||1.45||life|
Our Intel-based system uses Intel Core i9-10900K Processor and ASUS ROG’s largest Apex 12The main board runs on 0901 firmware.On the other hand, our AMD test platform is based on AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark HeroThe latter is on the 3501 firmware.For graphics, we turn to MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Trio to handle the game RAM benchmark.
|Intel System||AMD system|
|processor||Intel Core i9-10900K||AMD Ryzen 9 5900X|
|motherboard||ASUS ROG’s largest Apex 12||ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero|
|Graphics card||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio|
|Store||Crucial MX500 500GB, 2TB||Crucial MX500 500GB, 2TB|
|cool down||Corsair Hydro H115i Pro||Corsair Hydro H115i Pro|
|power supply||Corsair RM650x 650W||Corsair RM650x 650W|
|case||Streaming BC1||Streaming BC1|
Thermaltake ToughRAM XG RGB DDR4-4000 and DDR4-4600 memory kits show very close application performance in the cumulative chart. The latter is slightly faster in game performance, but the profit margin is small.
The DDR4-4000 memory kit is different from the same-level products on the AMD platform in terms of application and game performance. The maximum stable FCLK of our Ryzen 9 5900X is 2,000 MHz, so it can utilize DDR4-4000 without any delay loss. On the other hand, for the DDR4-4600 memory kit, we have to run it at half of FCLK.
Overclocking and delay adjustment
ToughRAM XG RGB DDR4-4600 memory kit uses the same Hynix D-die IC as regular products ToughRAM RGB DDR4-4600 The memory kit we reviewed before. Although we were able to push the latter to DDR4-4666, the XG variant did not cooperate at all. We even increased the DRAM voltage to 1.6V, but to no avail. It just shows that the quality of the IC varies from memory kit to memory kit, even if they are from the same vendor and model.
On the contrary, the DDR4-4000 variant is easily upgraded to DDR4-4133. With the DRAM voltage rising to 1.45V, we even managed to keep the CAS delay 19 and reduce the tRCD, tRP and tRAS from 26-26-45 to 23-23-43.
Minimum stabilization time
|Memory kit||DDR4-4000 (1.45V)||DDR4-4133 (1.45V)||DDR4-4000 (1.50V)||DDR4-4300 (1.50V)||DDR4-4400 (1.45V)||DDR4-4600 (1.55V)||DDR4-4666 (1.56V)|
|Thermaltake ToughRAM RGB DDR4-4600 C19||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||18-25-25-45 (2T)||20-26-26-45 (2T)|
|Thermaltake ToughRAM XG RGB DDR4-4600 C19||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|Klevv Cras XR DDR4-4000 C19||18-22-22-42 (2T)||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||19-25-25-45 (2T)||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|TeamGroup T-Force Dark Z FPS DDR4-4000 C16||Not applicable||Not applicable||15-15-15-35 (2T)||17-17-17-37 (2T)||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|Thermaltake ToughRAM XG RGB DDR4-4000 C19||17-22-22-42 (2T)||19-23-23-43 (2T)||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
The low quality of the Hynix D-die IC in the ToughRAM XG DDR4-4600 memory module does not allow us to tighten the timing on DDR4-4600. Increasing the DRAM voltage to 1.6V has no effect on optimization. However, using the DDR4-4000 memory kit, we got the main timing as low as 17-22-22-42 at 1.45V.
Thermaltake’s ToughRAM XG RGB series is basically a transformation of the brand’s existing ToughRAM RGB product line. The new collection comes on the market with a new look that you may like or dislike. The two memories are highly similar, so Thermaltake did not really optimize the design of the XG variant to get better CPU cooler compatibility or anything similar.
The retail price of ToughRAM XG RGB DDR4-4000 and DDR4-4600 C19 memory kits is USD 184.99 and USD 228.40, Respectively. The pricing is competitive compared to similar competitors, but please note that it includes RGB tax, so there are cheaper but less gorgeous options. If you haven’t fully sold the improved aesthetics of ToughRAM XG RGB, you can also save 9 to 15 US dollars depending on the frequency of the original ToughRAM RGB similar products. Between the DDR4-4000 and DDR4-4600 options, the first one is the better choice, especially for Ryzen users who have a chip that can run 2,000 MHz on FCLK.