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Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB DDR4-3200 16GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review (Page 2)

By Chad Sebring from Oct 28, 2019 @ 11:29 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ThermaltakeModel: R009D408GX2-3200C16A

Packaging and Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB

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The packaging is typical to what we see across the markets, using matte black as a backdrop to highlight the plethora of colors used to inform the customer what they are holding. In this instance, the Thermaltake name and logo are at top-left, while the right shows the type, speed, density, and warranty of the kit in the box. An image of a single stick, illuminated in all its glory, sits center stage, where the bottom is used to mention the software and control type, with the name of the RAM at the bottom of it all.

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On the back, we dive right into things like the use of ten high-lumen RGB LEDs with software supports, 16.8 million color options, the heat spreader design, its XMP 2.0 readiness, support for motherboard software suites, as well as the three types of control to adjust the lighting. To the right, a pair of sticks is shown this time, and all of the notifications of compatibility or supports are shown so customers can be confident. The rest of the panel is taken up with a mention of the quality of IC choice, stickers showing the XMP profile for the kit as well as each serial number, some legal information and another box with RAM information, but for keeping a record of the set, not the individual DIMMs.

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Fresh out of the box, you can see the TT logo plain as day at the left, where the milky-plastic is the top bars, and the steel is the vertical parts of the T's. At the right end, in black painted text, we see the TOUGHRAM RGB, where white paint is used for the TT Thermaltake below it. We dig the mixing of materials, we dig the black PCB, but we do not care for the oxidation on the steel parts.

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On the reverse, we still find the white plastic tops, the steel clips, as well as a vast expanse of brushed aluminum, but what we see in this close-up is the only thing found on this side of the DIMM. The product sticker looks like they were made at home, to be blunt about them, but they do display all of the pertinent information of the XMP 2.0 profile as well as the model and serial of the stick the sticker is on.

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Along the top of the TOUGHRAM RGB, we have three defined sections where the ten RGB LEDs can glow through, at the right end of which we see the TT painted on them. Using the taller plastic section at the top will hopefully allow for a better flood of light from the kit, but will it come at a cost to the brightness?

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While we have seen this side of the sticks already, we liked the image, sue us! We figured we would share it, as it does show the TOUGHRAM RGB in the best light from this angle.

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We know you have been waiting, and here it is the Thaiphoon Burner screenshot. What we find here is that this kit is made of 2666MHz down-binned ICs made by Hynix. More specifically, these are the H5AN8G8NCJR-VKC ICs. There is also a thermal sensor for those who care to monitor the temperature.

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With half of the lights in the photo booth not used at the time of this image, we do see that size isn't everything! Using the thicker top portion, Thermaltake opted for does show with less intensity than most other RGB memory we have tested. However, we still like the aesthetic; we wish it were pulled off a bit better.

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It is more of the same with the Intel test system. Comparing the RGB LED intensity to what the CPU block shows, you lose that sharpness of the lighting as well as the intensity. We will say this, though; the TOUGHRAM RGB looks much better with the sticks next to each other without a gap!

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