I’m delighted to see Muskin back on eTeknix today, as it has certainly been a while! Their new Mushkin Redline 32GB 3600MHz DDR4 Memory that I’m reviewing will be their first memory kit review since the Muskin Redline Frostbyte 16GB 2800MHz DDR4 I reviewed back in 2017, and the Ridgeback 16GB 32000MHz DDR4 not long before that too. I’m a big fan of their products, so it’s excellent to see Muskin again. The Redline series always offered a good blend of solid performance and competitive prices. However, I think this is the first time I’ve seen RGB on a Muskin kit, but hey, it’s 2021, what do you expect!
Mushkin Redline Lumina 32GB
The new kit will no doubt come in the usual array sizes and capacities. However, I’ve got a fairly high-end one in for review today. The 32GB kit comes with a pair of 16GB modules, each running at a tasty 3600 MHz and 1.4v. Not the most extreme, I know, but a nice step up from the usual 16GB 3200-ish kits I normally get sent, so it should perform very well today. Plus, with DDR5 on the horizon, perhaps this will be one of the last DDR4 kits we ever review from Mushkin. After all, DDR4 has been with us for quite some time now.
- Redline Series
- Lumina RGB
- 3600 MHz
- XMP 2.0 Support
- 32GB (16GB x 2)
- Enhanced Timings, Frequency and Thermals
- Hand Tested
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Part Number MLA4C360GKKP16GX2
For in-depth features and specifications, please visit the official product page here.
What Mushkin Had to Say
The box is a pretty standard blister pack. You can see both modules in the front, each proudly displaying their product stickers so that you can see their speeds easily. However, beyond that, the box looks generic enough that Mushkin can use it for any variant of the kit; this makes sense, as it means they’re generating less waste.
Around the back, it’s pretty generic again, with a simple install guide and a barcode. Actually, that’s really all I need, and any further hardware information should be available on their website.
Fortunately, it’s not one of those awful packs that needs an industrial cutter to open. You can simply pop it open at the top and get those lovely DIMMs out of there in a flash.
A Closer Look
The memory looks really slick, using a two-tone design that really makes them pop, even without any RGB fired up.
Mushkin has given them a black PCB, which looks fantastic paired up with the matte black finish of the aluminium heat spreader. I make a point of the black PCB, as Mushkin still produces quite a few kits with green PCBs on their less enthusiast-focused models.
The heatspreader is quick compact, meaning that compatibility with coolers and other components should be very high; they’re barely higher than most standard modules.
However, there are a few bumps and ridges here, marginally increasing the surface area, but they’re mostly aesthetic.
There’s a raised section on the aluminium, which is polished rather than pained. This has been given a diamond cut edge that looks absolutely stunning. I love that the black and silver sections are all from one piece of aluminium.
The “redline” logo appears to be printed onto the aluminium, rather than being a sticker, which is good.
The same is true of the “Lumina” logo on the right side.
There’s an RGB lightbar running the full length of the spine.
Plus, there are three folded metal bars on each end, which will help hold that strip in place, but they also look pretty cool too.
How We Test
Here at eTeknix, we endeavour to disclose vital information regarding the benchmarking process so that readers can quantify the results and attempt to replicate them using their hardware. When it comes to our benchmarks in our reviews, the benchmarks are pretty self-explanatory although there are a few exceptions. Remember that your choice of graphics card, CPU, the silicon lottery, and other factors can yield different numbers, and there’s always a margin for error when using any software. Therefore, your experience may vary.
Testing Your Own System
Links are provided below, as well as the settings we use. We encourage you to not just look at how one product compares to any other, but how it compares to your own. If you’re looking to build a new system, you should benchmark your current PC using our benchmarks and settings where possible. You should then look at the percentage improvement from your current hardware to the hardware we tested to give you a ballpark figure of how much an upgrade this will provide you with.
- Motherboard – Gigabyte Aorus Pro Z390
- Processor – Intel Core i9-9900K @ Stock
- CPU Cooler – Noctua NH-D15S
- Power Supply – Be Quiet Power Zone 1000W
- Main Storage Drive – Toshiba OCZ VX500 500GB
- Operating System – Windows 10 64-bit
- CineBench R15 (download)
- AIDA 64 Engineer (download)
- WPrime (download)
- 3DMark Fire Strike Physics (download)
- PCMark 10 Productivity (download)
- HWMonitor (download)
- CPU-Z (download)
In our RAM reviews, we keep things relatively simple. We put the RAM kit that is being tested into our test system and benchmark it at its first XMP profile using a variety of benchmarks and tests. Once complete, we apply a reasonable overclock where possible and benchmark the same software with the overclocked values. The CPU clock speed is set to default for both runs.
3DMark Fire Strike
PCMark 10 Productivity