Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
There is no doubt in our minds that when it comes to shopping for DDR4, Thermaltake might be the very last company you would look to for it. However, it seems that this year was the time for any manufacturer with the dream to sell RAM, took advantage of things, and are now throwing their hats in the ring. With companies like Antec and GIGABYTE stepping in the door nearer the beginning of the year, and now Thermaltake is selling it, it appears that the flood gates are open for anyone with the backing to buy a ton of ICs.
From the trade show images, we were fully aware of the TOUGHRAM, and WaterRam plans to come to market, but it appears that Thermaltake did not want to stop there. While the product lines mentioned above are the top tier of their lineup, Thermaltake also offers The M-ONE RAM, which comes naked sporting black PCBs. Similar to those, but with a simple heat spreader used, they have the H-ONE series, both of which are not sold at speeds faster than 3000MHz. For those looking for a bit more speed from your DDR4, the first two series have offerings at 3000, 3200, and 3600MHz options.
More specifically, in the interest of this review, we have the TOUGHRAM RGB up for testing. With features like a three-sided RGB LED display area, a design that reflects the newer "TT" Thermaltake premium logo, and brushed metal heat spreaders all lend themselves into the segment of "what people are buying" correctly. How about we get right to brass tacks, see what we get, how much it costs, so we can get into the good stuff like images and test results; on multiple systems, mind you!
With what we see in the chart borrowed from the product page, we get many of the essential things out of the way. The TOUGHRAM RGB we have is the R009D408GX2-3200C16A, and like all of the TOUGHRAM, it comes in 16GB kits consisting of a pair of 8GB sticks. The XMP profile delivers CAS 16 timings at 3200MHZ speed, but let us fill in the blanks. Whether using DOCP or XMP to set the memory, the profile boots to 16-18-18-38 2T at 1.35V, but with AMD systems, DOCP opts for 1T. Compatibility covers most anything that will run DDR4 for Intel systems, and we do also see that the AMD X570 is also mentioned. If anything does go wrong, you are covered with a limited lifetime warranty.
What they do not explain is anything to do with aesthetics, as there are a ton of images on the product page to cover that. However, we feel it worth mentioning before we get started. We may as well start at the top, where all of the style and lighting are added to the kit. There is a thick milky plastic used to cover the LEDs, and there are notches taken out of it at one end. In these notches, you will find plated metal that acts as clips for the heat spreaders but is there to boldly present the "TT" logo, which matches what is painted on the plastic at the top edge (when installed). Built on black ten-layer PCBs, our kit also comes with brushed aluminum on both sides of the sticks, which has been anodized black. We will save the types of ICs used for later, but to bolster the deal a bit, Thermaltake also made sure that they offered software, AI Voice control, and is compatible with Razer and Alexa RGB lighting methods!
We went off to compare costs, and while the market for 3200MHz DDR4 with CAS 16 timings, in this density, start at less than $70, and RGB illumination coming in there at right at $70 from reputable makers, it is hard to put a positive spin on the $119.99 this early in the review. We will have to wait to fully assess what Thermaltake is doing here, run it through a full gamut of testing, and see how well it does first.