We’ve seen Gigabyte’s exponential growth on the products they have in recent years and what really interests me the most is definitely the memory kits. For the overview this time, we’ll be taking a closer look at the AORUS RGB Memory DDR4 4800 kit, which is actually the memory kit that we’ve used during our test with the Z590 AORUS XTREME but never really talked much. So without any further ado, let’s see what Gigabyte has to offer this time.
|Capacity||15GB kit (2x8GB)|
|Multi-Channel Kit||Dual Channel Kit|
|Package Memory Pin||288|
|Performance Profile||XMP 2.0|
The AORUS DDR4-4800 RGB Memory Kit
Compared to the older design with a silver-grayish heatsink, the AORUS RGB Memory DDR4 has a darker accent that is made to fit the design of the current generation AORUS motherboards, especially the Z590 AORUS XTREME.
The heatsink has a brushed metal design for a classy appearance and has a weight to it because of the surprisingly thick heatsink. Like most memory kits nowadays, you’ll get a light bar for the RGB showcase if you’re really into all the decorative elements. The overall design is pretty simple and decent, but the design of the diagonal line on the heatsink is actually in a darker color, so it’s not exactly the same design as what we see on the actual box.
The RGB lightings are mostly fine but eventually, I did found out that the lightings on the AORUS RGB Memory DDR4 can only be controlled and customized if you’re using a Gigabyte motherboard. Though I wouldn’t really pair it with a non-AORUS motherboard for a themed build because of all the AORUS elements on its heatsink that will not go well with other non-AORUS designs.
As taking apart the heatsink is rather difficult, you can avoid going through the hassle just for the sake of taking a peek at the memory chips, you can always use Thaiphoon Burner to identify these components as long as the manufacturer didn’t intentionally modify the information. From the table above, we can see the familiar-looking part number, H5AN8G8NDJR-VKC from SK Hynix, or better known as the Hynix D-die by the enthusiasts that can be found on many memory kits in the market nowadays.
Memory Overclocking Test
Moving on to the memory overclocking test, we’ve done the test on our Intel Z590 chipset motherboard based test bench with the following configuration:
|CPU||Intel Core i9-11900K|
|Motherboard||ROG MAXIMUS XIII APEX / GIGABYTE ROG Z590 AORUS XTREME|
|Memory||AORUS RGB Memory DDR4 4800MHz|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master V1200 Platinum|
|Primary Storage||Corsair Force MP600 2TB|
|Secondary Storage||WD Black 6TB|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R|
|Chassis||Streacom BC1 Open Benchtable|
|Operating System||Windows 10 64bit|
The adjustments done during the test include increasing the VDIMM, primary timings, and sub timings to ensure the settings are stable and able to clear HCI MemTest with at least 400% coverage each.
XMP – DDR4-4800 CL19-26-26-46
Manual OC – DDR4-5000 CL19-26-26-46
Manual OC – DDR4-5400 CL10-27-27-48
Manual OC – DDR4-5866 CL23-29-29-56
Starting off with the XMP configuration, although Gigabyte did recommend us to pair it with an Intel Z590 chipset motherboard for the best result, we’ve confirmed that the AORUS RGB Memory DDR4 on an Intel Z490 and AMD X570 chipset motherboard will also work with a Z490 and X570 motherboard without many adjustments.
The only difference that is noticeable is when you overclock it beyond DDR4-5000, which is a lot easier on a Z590 motherboard as compared to the older-gen Intel Z490 and AMD X570. Going for DDR4-5000 is fairly easy and we can actually achieve it with the same timings as the XMP profile and a higher DRAM voltage at 1.58V in order to get through 400% on HCI memtest.
Moving up to DDR4-5400, we will need to increase the CAS latency (CL) to 20 and DRAM voltage to 1.68V in order to get the system to post but that’s not quite enough to get through 400% on HCI memtest. As errors will start popping up around the 250-280% range, we have to increase the DRAM voltage to 1.72V for it to reach 400% on HCI memtest.
The highest frequency we’re able to achieve with the AORUS RGB Memory DDR4 is DDR4-5866, which will require CL23 and DRAM voltage of 1.8V to post. It did manage to survive some minor benchmarks but it will not even survive 100% on HCI memtest, but it’s not really the kind of settings for everyday use as we’re only doing this out of curiosity.
Starting off with the appearance, the AORUS RGB Memory DDR4 is probably one of the nicest looking memory kits you can get under the AORUS branding but it can be an issue to some as the RGB lighting customization is only limited to Gigabyte’s motherboards. So your only choice will probably be an AORUS motherboard with a similar color scheme as the kit if you’re one of those who are into themed builds.
For the overclocking part, we had some fun with the kit for sure but that’s only because we have the compatible hardware for it. As it will require an equally powerful CPU and motherboard to even post, you will need to make sure that you have the right hardware in order to get the most out of it the AORUS RGB Memory DDR4 DDR4-4800. Enthusiasts who are into memory overclocking will mostly appreciate what the AORUS RGB Memory DDR4 has to offer but gamers who just want a decent memory kit for their gaming PC might want to consider getting a DDR4-4000 instead as it’s a much better value for the money.
The AORUS RGB Memory DDR4 DDR4-4800 kit is still not available in Malaysia at the time this article is being prepared but it’s definitely a kit that is worth trying if you manage to get yourself a pair or two and don’t really mind about not having an AORUS motherboard to pair with.