The Gigabyte AORUS RGB DDR4 3333MHz RAM has been introduced into the market to act as sort of a replacement for the 3200MHz modules but at the same time offer great performance without having to fork out money for 3600MHz RAM. Overall, it does a great job in what it wants to do and should make for a decent investment for your typical gaming rig. It also looks awesome with a bright RGB strip across the modules that support RGB Fusion 2.0.
The sticks I got to review are the 2 x 8GB modules. From the outside, they look like your standard RAM sticks with a brushed black steel shell coating the actual chips. This not only looks great but also doubles up as a cooling solution in case your rig gets warm while you’re busy working or gaming on it.
The packaging is also pretty much industry standard here. The box looks similar to other AORUS RGB RAM modules on the market including the 3600MHz sticks. If you have bought RAM in the past few years, it is nothing wonderful but it does not have to be either.
Gigabyte has left the flash to the top of the RAM as the RGB strip runs across both modules. It glows thanks to the white plastic that helps spread the light across the sticks. There are seven LED lights on each stick that helps make it glow. You can clearly see where the lights are as some areas glow a bit brighter than others. Still, it looks great and the customization options let me tweak the RAM to all sorts of settings.
I also have a B550 Aorus Elite AM4 Motherboard which also has RGB Fusion 2.0. This meant I could have both the RAM and the motherboard synced up to deliver some rather flashy visuals. It is every PC gamer’s ideal setup and if you love RGB and have more than one Aorus component in your PC, it will help create synergy across them all.
Gigabyte AORUS RGB DDR4 3333MHz RAM Performance
Of course, if you are looking at RAM is it more about the performance than the RGB so here is how it does. I ran these tests on my PC build which includes the following hardware:
- Ryzen 5 3600X 6 Core 12 Thread
- B550 Aorus Elite AM4 Motherboard
- MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X
- Gigabyte Aorus DDR4 333MHz 16GB RGB RAM
- Samsung EVO 860 256GB SSD
Thaiphoon Burner shows more detail on the Gigabyte Aorus DDR4 3333MHz 16GB RGB RAM. It is manufactured by Hynix and has a timing of 20 – 19 – 19 – 43. I also ran some performance tests using PassMark and it pumped out a score of 2722 in the Memory Mark test. Well above the current world average of 2488.
I then enabled XMP in the motherboard bios and the RAM benchmarks improved. Initially, it was running at 2678MHz according to the BIOS and the XMP profile boosted this. I then ran the PassMark RAM test again and the Memory Mark result went way up to 3097. Timing also improved in some cases to 18 – 20 – 20 – 40. As a result, CPU-Z showed the RAM now running at 1663MHz compared to 1330MHz before the XMP profile was enabled.
Only after I restarted and went back into the BIOS did the status update showing that the RAM was running at 3339MHz. This was a result of a boost thanks to the profile. In addition, the RAM was now running at 1.3v instead of 1.2v by default. These results showed some substantial performance enhancements thanks to the AORUS XMP support. Keep in mind that depending on your motherboard will depend on the max boost you will get here. Some older hardware might cap the RAM frequency to 3200MHz. You could push this well over its base frequency with some tweaks to the timing. If you can get it to 1.4v then you may see an even bigger improvement.
So the performance of the Gigabyte Aorus DDR4 3333MHz 16GB RGB RAM is decent and does its job. There is ample room for overclocking and tweaking the timings to get more performance out of the hardware. Customization will make your gaming rig look even better thanks to the RGB options. I kind of wished Gigabyte would have included two dummy sticks in the box like they did for previous RAM modules. That way my empty slots would have lighting even if the RAM was not real. It would have made this package perfect.
This Gigabyte AORUS RGB DDR4 16GB (2x8GB) 3333MHz RAM review was based on a unit sent to us by Gigabyte. The RAM is expected to retail for around R2,000 in SA when it launches later in April.
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