To us, when it comes to DDR4, performance is everything, and aesthetics and sparkly bits come second. With a broad cross-section of what is available on the market to run on your AMD and Intel systems used in the charts, Thermaltake took more second and third places than we expected to see, and while there were a few knockout blows delivered to the testing results in a couple of select tests, overall we are pleased with what you get when it comes to performance. Honestly, we did not have high hopes, as the IC market makes it tough for the new guy to get his hands-on quality chips. However, Thermaltake did the best they could with what they had.
The use of Hynix ICs did not seem to be an issue for stability or the potential to overclock the kit, and that is on either the latest AMD setup or anything supporting DDR4 for Intel. At first, we looked at the sticker price and asked what are we getting for the added expense over another more affordable choice, and we safely say that the TOUGHRAM RGB may not seem like much on paper, but the testing does not lie, and most of that put a favorable light on Thermaltake's venture into producing memory.
While we may have to pull a few points in performance for a couple of tests that the TOUGHRAM did not fare well in, moving to aesthetics, we do have some issues. The brushed aluminum heat spreaders are beautiful; the painted bits are placed well, look clean, and do add to the "look" rather than take away from it. However, the fact that the metal was oxidized, and we even found a couple of pits in the steel, it is like so close, yet these little things matter! Illumination is another thing that can be ticked in the realm of RGB LED goodness, but the intensity is a bit of a letdown. In most cases, ambient light is limited to other parts in the PC, and the level of illumination looks average in those conditions.
We have seen many different variants of milky-white plastic topped DIMMs, and most of them have at least fifty percent more intensity! We could also bring up the rudimentary looking stickers used on the heat spreaders, but when in use, they are hard to see and is not that big of a deal. If you can look past a couple of small details, we will go as far as to say that Thermaltake stepped into this segment with enthusiasm, backed by the charts, but they just missed perfection!
Software is a bit of a bonus, especially for those with no motherboard suite to accomplish customization of the RGB LEDs. TOUGHRAM RGB software delivers information such as capacity, speed, timings, mode, and temperature. There is also a section on lighting to set modes, speeds of the modes, and use RGB codes or a color wheel for custom settings, and even the ability to illuminate the RAM on an individual LED basis. You can also set notifications for load percentage, memory temperatures, and even CPU temperatures. On top of that, if you are so inclined, there are other methods of control available, too, and compatibility with Alexa and Razer Chroma.
At the end of it all, if you want your memory for the job it can do, Thermaltake offers up a desirable solution to those needs! We had no issues with compatibility or stability on AMD or Intel, so for those worried about IC choices for their Ryzen builds, we cannot guarantee you will have the same results as parts vary, but we would not shy away from these either! While at first, when we initially saw these, we may have poked fun of them for trying this, and had a giggle or two about the TT logo being implemented into the style of this memory, we were shown that we should not judge a book by its cover!
While $119.99 is on the lower side of the scale for cost in similar kits, we feel that the performance trumps cost in this instance, as even with our view on certain aspects, we were won over by the TOUGHRAM RGB, and for the new guys in the arena, they indeed came out swinging to take heads off!
The Bottom Line
Not perfect, but oh so close for their first attempt! The TOUGHRAM RGB shows its worth in performance, has an unmistakable aesthetic, and while not the most affordable, do show their worth for Intel and AMD users.