Toughram XG RGB DDR4 4000 is one of the newest additions to Thermaltake’s RAM Line. This DDR4 kit comes with two modules that are currently offered in 8GB each. The speed of the kit also varies as you can find desired module speed of 3600, 4000, 4400, and 4600Mhz. In addition to the slick overall design, Toughram XG features RGB that is compatible with a range of RGB applications by Thermaltake. Supported chipsets for Toughram XG are Intel Z590, Z490, and AMD X570, B550. We are going to be pairing up the Toughram XG with the latest motherboard from ASRock Z590 PG Velocita. This motherboard supports DDR4 4000 speeds however Toughram XG is not listed as one of the supported modules. Still, I am eager to see what these RAM modules can do.
Packaging of the Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB
The packaging of Toughram XG is as colorful as the RGB itself. A lot of helpful information could be found on the back of the package. The modules we have here on the test bench have DDR4 4000 maximum speeds. The module speed and capacity are clearly visible on the front of the package.
The internal packaging of Toughram XG consists of just the plastic enclosure and that’s about it. I did found a few plastic sheets that cover the front/chrome area of the heat sink. My guess this is here to minimize the scratches to the heat sink during shipping.
A Closer Look at the Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB DDR4000
Toughram XG has a standard DDR4 length size with 288 gold plated pins. In the middle of the modules, there is a stylish break with a chrome finish bezel.
The heat sink has a cross pattern where two plates overlap opposite sides. The way heat sinks are attached to the module itself is by adhesive tape.
There are eight ARGB micro LEDs on each side of the module. These ARGB LEDs are compatible with Asus Aurora, Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0, MSI Mystic Light Sync, Razer Chroma and of course Thermaltake RGB Plus and Alexa. Yes, that’s right, you can have Alexa to control lightning modes on your Toughram XG RAM.
|CAPACITY||16GB Kit (8G x2)|
|VOLTAGE (V)||1.35 V|
|COMPATIBILITY||Intel 500, 400, 300 Series
AMD X570, B550
|PERFORMANCE PROFILE||XMP 2.0 Ready|
|PACKAGE CONTENT||2 x 8GB memory module|
|WARRANTY||Limited Lifetime Warranty|
Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB Testing
|Intel I7 10700KF|
|ASRock Z590 PG Velocita||ASRock|
|(2x8GB) Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB DDR4000||Thermaltake|
|(2) SK Hynix Gold P31 PCIe NVMe Gen3 M.2 2280 Internal SSD – 500GB NVMe (1) Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SSD|
|MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super||MSI|
BenQ EL2870U 28 inch 4K HDR Gaming Monitor 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz
Open Test Bench
|Fractal Design ION+ 660P||Fractal Design|
|Windows 10 2004 x64 Pro with latest patches and updates|
AIDA64 implements a set of 64-bit benchmarks to measure how fast the computer performs various data processing tasks and mathematical calculations. Multi-threaded memory and cache benchmarks are available to analyze system RAM bandwidth and latency. Benchmark pages of AIDA64 Extreme provide several methods to measure system performance. These benchmarks are synthetic, so their results show only the theoretical maximum performance of the system. The AIDA64 suite has various benchmarks for CPU, FPU, GPU, storage, and memory testing.
The 7-zip benchmark shows a rating of MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with the results of the Intel Core 2 CPU with a multi-threading option switched off. So, if you have a modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with the LZMA method and decompression with the LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken.
SiSoft Sandra Lite
Sandra Lite is a free version of SiSoft’s Sandra testing suite. Sandra Lite is a synthetic benchmark program that has its own set of system memory-specific benchmarks. Aggregated scores of the Memory bandwidth performance in Gigabytes per second and Memory Transaction Throughput in total throughput per second are measured (higher is better).
ASUS ROG Realbench
ROG Realbench is an open-source program, designed to test your PC as it would run in real-world scenarios. It’s a semi-synthetic testing suite that collects four different programs and can perform controlled runs of each related to image editing (GIMP), video encoding (Handbrake H.264), OpenCL (Luxmark), and Heavy Multitasking (Combination of all three at the same time). Specifically, the test I ran was the image editing benchmark to gauge memory performance.
3DMARK Time Spy
3DMark is a computer benchmarking tool created and developed by Futuremark used to determine the performance of a computer’s 3D graphics rendering and CPU workload processing capabilities. It does this through a series of graphics and physics and or CPU tests.
Software Testing the Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB Testing
Toughram XG does not come with any software however you can install Toughram software directly from Thermaltake.com
There are four tabs on the Toughram XG application, Information, Lighting, Notification, and Settings. The information tab shows your total load and speed and timing information about modules.
The Lighting tab is where you can adjust and create unique combinations with pretty much any color, pattern, and speed you want. There are five profiles you can customize.
The Notifications tab is helpful when you want to customize some of the internal sensors and how they are displayed on the RAM modules. For instance if the load of the RAM is more than 90% turn the ARGB LEDs all to red color.
On the last tab Settings, you have a few common features like Auto Update and Minimize after system startup. What you don’t see every day is the “Turn on-location services to receive local weather updates.” Yes, you can set your Toughram XG to display the weather conditions on it.
If you looking to spruce up your case with ARGB RAM then Toughram XG RGB by Thermaltake should definitely be considered. This kit works and works well. The features of Toughram XG RGB are all surrounded by ARGB LEDs and their customization. Thermaltake spent a good amount of time developing its Toughram software and it definitely shows by its simplicity of use and rich features. The performance of the RAM was tested on ASRock Z590 PG Velocita and even though the motherboard did not have Toughram XG RGB DDR4 4000 in the supported RAM list the modules performed fairly well. I did have difficulties overclocking these two modules. It was extremely difficult to have a stable system with a little overvoltage and with better timing than 19-23-23-42.
Overall the Toughram XG RGB DDR4 4000 is a very good-looking kit. The LED array in this kid is not obnoxious but more settle than anything. With a little help from Toughram software, you can easily customize the array to be any pattern or solid color. I really do like the slim but simple design here however the only takeaway on this RAM kit is the overclocking and stability at different timings.