- About the AORUS 16GB 3200MHz RGB Memory kits…
- Testing Setup and Method
- AIDA64 Benchmark
- MaxMEM2 Benchmark
- Cinebench R15 CPU Benchmark
- Futuremark Benchmarks
- 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.
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 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!
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.
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.
The following hardware is used for testing:
|CPU+ MB||Core i5 8600K + Gigabyte Z370 HD3P|
|RAM||AORUS 16GB 3200MHz DDR4|
|Storage||Kingston SH103S390G 90GB + WD30EFRX|
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler|
The benchmarks used are as follows:
- AIDA64 Memory Benchmark
- MaxxMEM² Benchmark
- Cinebench R15 CPU Benchmark
- Futuremark Benchmarks:
- 3DMark Firestrike Ultra
- PCMark 8 Benchmark: Creative, Home and Work preset
Since this RAM contains a single XMP profile, the following is used:
XMP Profile 1: 3200MHz @ 16-18-18-38 2T @ 1.35v
Kingston gave two packs of its Savage DDR4 HX426C13SB2K2/16 kits. They have the following XMP profiles:
XMP Profile #1: DDR4-2666 CL13-15-15 @ 2T 1.35v
XMP Profile #2: DDR4-2400 CL 13-14-14 @2T 1.35v
As you can see, the timings on the Savage’s 1st profile is much lesser than that on the ADATA XPG. We’ll see how much difference does that make.
You will get to enjoy the lower latency in synthetic benchmarks. Write and read speed has a little boost in these kits, comparable to the 2666MHz profile setting on the HyperX kit.
3DMark Benchmark- Fire Strike Ultra
PCMark 8 Benchmark
PCMark 10 Benchmark
The emphasis was on the RGB, but the key selling point is the Samsung B-die chips with out-of-the-box 3200MHz.
The LED effect is seamless and they’re not too bright which is a good thing as other components have a fair share of RGB LEDs to vomit through the sidepanels. Unless other memory makers decide to mention and guarantee specific sorted and tested chips, the purpose of purchasing premium RAMs is limited to stock speed and aesthetics. Its good to see one product (so far) from its newer product portfolio to look beyond RGB.
It is a very specific memory kit for people with very specific requirements like many RGB kits. These are customisable LED strips with a couple of dummy kits. The only possible kit (specs and visual-ish) that can be comparable would be the GSkill Trident-Z RGB series.
- Native 3200MHz profile out-of-the-box
- Dummy kits with addressable RGB
- Samsung B-Die
- Not sold without RGB dummy modules
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) August 23, 2018