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AORUS 16GB DDR4 3200 MHz GA-AR32C16S8K2SU416R RGB Memory Kit Review

  1. About the AORUS 16GB 3200MHz RGB Memory kits…
  2. Testing Setup and Method
  3. AIDA64 Benchmark
  4. MaxMEM2 Benchmark
  5. Cinebench R15 CPU Benchmark
  6. Futuremark Benchmarks
  7. Conclusion
  8. Online Purchase Links
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Disclosure: 16GB DDR4 3200 MHz GA-AR32C16S8K2SU416R RGB Memory is loaned by AORUS  and returned after the review is completed.

First was Gigabyte…then there’s AORUS…

Since the dawn of AORUS branding, we see a lot of products we didn’t see traditionally from Gigabyte (or from G1 Gaming branding). PC cases, CPU coolers, peripherals, etc. There are SSDs, and now we have the RAMs. Naturally, with AORUS comes RGB effects on these memory kits but most importantly AORUS mentions Samsung B-die as the choice of memory ICs in its specifications list. For now, there are no sub-variants.

About the AORUS RGB Memory kits….

The AORUS 16GB DDR4 3200 MHz GA-AR32C16S8K2SU416R RGB memory kits are with four modules- two functioning ones (2x 8GB kits) and the other two are the dummy rams with the same aesthetic design and RGB lighting effects. It occupies all four DDR4 DIMM slots and should give a cool lighting effect to whoever needs it. Everyone makes an RGB memory, but AORUS is probably the first to provide these RGB dummies. Fake it until you make it to 32GB, I guess?

The best practice for me is to mention the ICs on these kits on the specifications.

Why Samsung B-Die???

We’re testing this kit on an Intel platform, but the Samsung B-Die requirement started when these enabled RAMs to work very well on AMD Ryzen platform to boot at rated speeds with no compatibility problems and have very good overclocking ability to extend around 3400MHz from its default 3200MHz timings. There is a huge discussion about which kits and timings would have Samsung B-Die in subreddits, but AORUS’ labelling guarantees this inclusion.

Packaging

The AORUS 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 comes in a large pack with two kits inside- one with a pair of working rams and second with dummy ones that Gigabyte calls them ‘RGB Infused demo modules’. The packaging is good enough for a set of rams.

Memory Specification

⦁ Memory Size: 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB)
⦁ Frequency: DDR4-3200 MHz
⦁ Timing: 16-18-18-38 (XMP 3200MHz)
⦁ Voltage: 1.35V (when XMP enable)
⦁ Memory IC: Samsung B-Die
⦁ RGB Fusion supported
⦁ Exclusive RGB Infused Demo Module
⦁ 100% Sorted & Tested
⦁ High efficient heat spreaders to keep performance
⦁ Performance Profile: XMP 2.0
⦁ User-Friendly Design for Easier Installation
⦁ Lifetime Warranty
⦁ Comply with industrial standard JEDEC DDR4

I am not sure what AORUS means by an easier installation. Its just ram sticks where you push it against the DIMM slots and clamps on these, irrespective of the RAMs you use it with. Mentioning the dimension of these rams would be helpful. I am assuming AORUS’ meaning of 100% sorted and test implies these are higher binned Samsung B-Dies.

The memory kit is detected by the system at 3200MHz 16-18-18-38 @ 2T out of the box, with no other JEDEC profile detected in the BIOS. AORUS claims its heatspreaders are efficient enough to handle performance- something that many do but most of us just see it as an aesthetic add-on like the RGB itself. It is appreciated that AORUS lists the memory ICs as Samsung B-Die which should be the same in retail kits as long as these are sold. Most memory kit makers do not list the memory ICs used in the kits. By mentioning this officially in the specs and packages, it implies Gigabyte assures these are with the promised chips. It would be nice if the memory module’s heatspreader had an opening somewhere to show one of those chips. A good idea for the next one!

Heatspreader Design

Thankfully, the heatspreaders are silver. These are rather thick enclosures but it needs to house the RGB strip over it. It has a pretty good design for a metal enclosure. The AORUS RGB rams do not have official dimensions mentioned anywhere, but these are 1.57 inches tall, noticeably tall than the Kingston 2400/ 2666MHz HyperX DDR4 kits which I use for testing.

Visual Impressions

There aren’t any other colour combinations, but silver looks pretty neat and noticeable as PC cases and motherboard PCBs are usually black. Once all the RAMs are mounted, there is very less amount of space between them. I guess its good if you want the RGB bling to look as seamless as possible?

Speaking of RGB…

RGB Illumination and Effects

AORUS lists a Fusion Link utility in its product page which allows you to change the effects, colour and speed of the memory kit’s LED effects. There are a total of 11 presets. As you can see, it also lists other products, including unreleased AORUS products such as mousepad, headset and a PCIe x1 SSD. If AORUS is reading this, please have the control module on the mousepad towards its top left corner like the SteelSeries QcK Prism mousepad.

The end result? Well, it looks colourful.

The LEDs lights are evenly diffused and look seamless. The Last LED RAMs I’ve tested was the one from ADATA.

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