DDR4 Overclocking with Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB

Wrap Up

DDR4 Overclocking Results

Wrap Up

Before we get into the actual benefits that there are by taking the time to overclock your DDR4, we have to take a moment to stand in awe of the Thermaltake Toughram RGB. For a kit that runs out of the box at 1.35v and 3600 MHz to be just as happy running at 1.4v 4400 MHz or greatly lowered timings at 1.65v 3600 MHz is bananas. That's a huge spread of capability and potential, freeing you to choose which version of adjustments you'd like to take.

As to whether you should, the waters are somewhat murkier. In AIDA64 there are clear bandwidth benefits to be had by running your memory at faster speeds, to the surprise of nobody, but those increases don't transfer into real world use. It's this factor that makes recommending overclocking your memory kit something that is almost impossible to do for purely performance reasons. However, the fact the Thermaltake was so eager to run at some mind-blowing speeds, and could even run with 1.65v through it without reaching untenable heat levels, means that there is also no reason at all not to take advantage of that flexibility.

Clearly how much you can push your own kit will be a matter for the silicon lottery and your own willingness to run it outside of specifications. Although there are no obvious benefits to overclocking your kit, in this particular instance there is no reason not to either. You'd need to do some testing to find the sweet spot, and take into account your primary use case, but any chance at gaining even a tiny boost has to be taken, and for this reason we're pleased we took the opportunity to flex the Thermaltake Toughram and see what it can bring to the Z590 party.

 

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