Today I will be reviewing the Mushkin Redline Lumina Memory. We now have a memory kit from Mushkin that has RGB! This has honestly been something I have been wanting to see from Mushkin for some time. Yes I know enthusiast don’t worry about whether or not their RAM has RGB. But you have to admit it adds a lot to the visual aspect of your machine. RGB RAM is still all the craze. I have three machines and 2/3 of the machines have RGB RAM. The third machine doesn’t have RGB simply because its a mining machine and I went for the lowest power consumption I could get. RGB is a huge draw to consumers because it simply allows you to customize the colors to your style and they are just pleasant to look at. The new Redline Lumina features a new heat sink design compared to the last Redline RAM we covered. The over look is similar as it also features an awesome etched chrome accent on a black heat sink. Heat dissipation performance will be something we will check to see if not having the open top on the heatsink hindered the thermal performance. The model we have in front of us today is the 3600MHz CL16. They have other modules all ranging from 4133Mhz CL19 to 2666MHz CL16. So if you have a particular speed you like then Mushkin surely has the speed you are looking for. I cant wait to see where these fall on the speed charts and yes! the RGB! So with out further delay, lets get to it!
Whether you’re breaking your own records or you’re building a dream gaming rig, you can count on the performance and reliability of Mushkin’s Redline Lumina memory modules. No memory module in its class offers more performance. Designed for world-class system builds. The Mushkin Lumina is built and hand tested in North America. The Lumina redefines Extreme gaming memory. And a renewal of the vows between Gamer and PC. Experience performance gains where it matters with Mushkin Lumina memory.
All of us Mushkin live the “work hard, play hard” mentality! We believe in operational excellence and realize that there is always room for improvement in everything we do. This means that our work is never done. In order to stay ahead of the competition (or would-be competition), we need to continuously innovate as well as make incremental improvements to our operations, always striving to make ourselves more efficient, always trying to figure out how to do something better. On the right you will see our Product Launch cycle, showing how we don’t only launch a product, but develop and consistently improve them. It’s called the Mushkin difference.
|Kit Type:||Dual Kit|
|Module Size:||32GB (2x16GB)|
Let’s move to the next page to take a look at the Mushkin Redline Lumina Memory Packaging and Contents.
The Mushkin Redline Lumina Memory will show up being housed in a plastic package that is held closed with your typical push in tabs. On the back you will see a few features of the RAM along with some manufacturing information. The package will have no issue keeping your drive safe while its in transport.
Now let us take a closer look at the Mushkin Redline Lumina Memory itself!
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A Closer Look
Diamond Cut Edge
Enhanced thermal design for significant memory cooling even when overclocked.
High Endurance Reliability
Enhanced for peak endurance, performance and reliability on the latest Intel and AMD platforms.
Dynamic RGB Lighting
The best thing about having RGB capabilities is the ability to choose the colors you want and we’ve got you.
Now as far as I know this is the first RGB software Mushkin has offered. The software was a breeze to download and install. In a matter of minutes it was installed and running. The actual software is easy to navigate. There are several preset schemes to choose from and you can set the color of each individual LED to you liking. It even has an external sync that worked with RAZER Chroma. Easy to use and not a resource hog. It used about 80MB of memory in the background. Not bad for a first time RGB suite.
We are about to find out on the next page so enjoy the close up shots below, then move on the next page and lets check out the results from testing!
Now that we have seen the Mushkin Redline Lumina Memory up close, let us see the results from testing!
XMP is technically overclocking and that is as far as we will take the overclocking aspect of the RAM.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (Matisse)|
|Cooling||Gigabyte Aorus Liquid Cooler 240|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro|
|Ram||Mushkin Redline Lumina 32GB DDR4-3600 CL16|
|HDD||Samsung 960 EVO 250GB PCIE M.2 SSD|
|PSU||Antec Signature Series 1000W|
|VGA card||EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 Ultra|
We will start with AIDA64 Cache and Memory benchmark, which is probably the best software for synthetic memory speed tests.
Here is a comparison chart. I sorted by Read speeds, as I believe that speed to be the most important.
PCMark 10 is the latest version in our series of industry standard PC benchmarks. Updated for Windows 10 with new and improved workloads, PCMark 10 is also faster and easier to use.
PCMark 10 features a comprehensive set of tests that cover the wide variety of tasks performed in the modern workplace. With a range of performance tests, custom run options, and the new Battery Life Profile, PCMark 10 is the complete PC benchmark for the modern office.
- The industry standard PC performance benchmark for Windows 10.
- Relevant tests which reflect the varied demands of modern work.
- Battery life tests covering a range of common scenarios.
- Accurate and impartial results, ideal for vendor-neutral procurement.
- Created in cooperation with leading technology companies.
Cinebench is a real-world cross-platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s hardware capabilities. Improvements to Cinebench Release 20 reflect the overall advancements to CPU and rendering technology in recent years, providing a more accurate measurement of Cinema 4D’s ability to take advantage of multiple CPU cores and modern processor features available to the average user. Best of all: It’s free.
Time Spy (DX12)
3DMark Time Spy is a DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spy is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built the right way from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With its pure DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal test for benchmarking the latest graphics cards.
Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today’s high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today.
Port Royal (DXR – Ray Tracing)
Port Royal is a graphics card benchmark for testing real-time ray tracing performance. To run this test, you must have a graphics card and drivers that support Microsoft DirectX Raytracing.
Final Fantasy Official Benchmark
See just how well FINAL FANTASY XIV will run on your computer. This official benchmark software uses actual maps and playable characters to assign a score to your PC and rate its performance. A character creation tool is also included, allowing you to view a playable character as they will appear in-game.
Unigine 2 – Superposition (4k Optimized)
Extreme performance and stability test for PC hardware: video card, power supply, cooling system. Check your rig in stock and overclocking modes with real-life load! Also includes interactive experience in a beautiful, detailed environment.
Looks like the Heat sinks performed very well. The hottest the memory reached was a cool 40 degrees Celsius.
Well there we have it, the Mushkin Redline Lumina, now lets move on to the last page and read a little on the Conclusion and Verdict.
Conclusion and Verdict
As you can see I was able to activate XMP with no problems. It ran perfectly fine on my AMD 3700X. It was able to reach 48000+ MB/s in read speed. Those are blazing fast speeds. If you are wondering about the write speeds, pay no attention to those. That is an outlier with the Memory Controllers on the 3700X. Anyways the most important speeds are the Read.
So, Mushkin decided to put RGB on some RAM. Well…..I absolutely love it. Not only did this RAM offer the performance I am used to seeing from Mushkin products. The RGB made the experience that much better. If I claimed to be a fan of something its RGB. So, RGB on anything is going to having me taking a closer look. If I had the option of RGB non RGB, I am going RGB most of the time. For this being the first go around with a RGB RAM module from Mushkin I was pleased with the diffuser and the way it was incorporated into the heat sink. The RGB had great color reproduction and when it was set to a wave the light flowed very well. Sometimes you may notice like a digital transition between LEDs. Definitely not on these. All 8 LEDs flow and transition colors seamlessly. I find that important especially if the RGB is coming through a diffuser. Mushkin was able to hold onto a similar look that they have had on the their recent heatsinks. As far as performance goes, any RAM with CL16 is going to get your system moving. Pair that with 3600MHz and you will have a solid performer for sure. And you can see this performance in the charts on the previous page. This RAM is the best, in terms of Latency, I have tested to date. Latency is one of the most critical measurements when looking at RAM. The lower that number the better. If a kit of memory with higher read speeds but also has higher latency, it is actually worse performing than the latter. I say that because this RAM didn’t top the charts in Read speeds (very close I might add though) but with that low of a Latency this RAM is probably performing actual work faster than benchmarks indicate.
If you are curious if a particular speed will be absolutely compatible with your setup, just contact them and their support will lead you in the right direction. You cant go wrong with this RAM. If you have been waiting for RGB RAM form Mushkin, then wait no more because its real, they exist! Now go get a set before they sell out!
They are priced very well. If you were to search for something with similar specs you right at the same price if not more. Using the same 3600MHz speed and CL16 the lowest RGB kit I was getting at the time was 200 dollars. So this kit is priced very well in my opinion.
The Mushkin Redline Lumina can be found at Amazon as well as various other e-tailers for the price around $184.99 USD.
- RGB on Mushkin memory!
- Quality Assurance
- XMP worked out of the box