Updated January 09, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best RAM For Gaming

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in December of 2018. System RAM is an important link between the CPU and the rest of the computer, and adding memory is one of the most cost-effective upgrades you can make to a gaming rig. There's a huge variety of specific variants available, however, and navigating through them all can be quite confusing. We've tracked down some of the fastest and most popular varieties, one of which will bring your PC up to speed. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best ram for gaming on Amazon.

10. Patriot Viper 3

9. Corsair Vengeance

8. Ballistix Sport

7. Corsair Dominator Platinum

6. HyperX Impact

5. G.Skill Trident Z

4. G.Skill RipJaws V

3. Gigabyte Aorus

2. HyperX Predator

1. HyperX Fury White

Editor's Notes

January 04, 2019:

First of all, let's get this out of the way: system RAM is an insanely complex subject, one that even many PC builders and technology enthusiasts haven't even bothered to parse. While every kit boldly advertises its maximum bus speed (in megahertz), that's far from the only meaningful specification. Actually, discerning some of the important statistics will have you scratching your head as you stare at a calculator, trying to convert gigabytes-per-second of throughput into nanoseconds of command-response latency. Incidentally, it's almost as confusing as it sounds. If you want the best bang for your buck, check out anything by HyperX. The G.Skill RipJaws is also a fantastic compromise between price and performance, and the 32-gig set we included should be plenty big and fast for most consumers. Corsair's one of the most well-known manufacturers, and here we've showcased their seriously top-of-the-line kit. As long as they're compatible with your system, the Ballistix and Patriot are good budget-friendly options. And as far as looks go, it's awfully tough to top the Gigabyte Aorus line.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on January 09, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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