Best RAM For Ryzen: 5 Best Options For 2020 & 2021

Going all in with Ryzen in 2020? We’ve selected five top picks for your RAM needs!

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In this article, we’ll find the best RAM for Ryzen. Specifically, we’ll be going over our five top picks, each best for a different budget and tier of Ryzen processor. The best DDR4 RAM for Ryzen will depend on exactly what Ryzen processor you’re pairing it with, but in general you want to get the fastest dual-channel RAM that you possibly can for ideal performance with your Ryzen processor.

If any of the jargon confuses you, or you aren’t even sure why Ryzen RAM gets its own article, read on. We’ll explain everything you need to know, and hopefully help you choose the right RAM kit for you.

If you’ve picked up a new Ryzen 5000 series CPU and are looking for the absolute best RAM for that specific series, head here where we have all the top picks for you.

 

How We Picked

We picked our favorite top five DDR Ram for Ryzen CPUs for the different budgets and types of AMD processors. There is something for everybody here.

Our Recommended

Best RAM For Ryzen: 5 Best Options For 2020 & 2021

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The best speed

Great reputation with Ryzen CPUs

Great RGB effects

CONS

High price

Low availability

This is one of the best Ryzen-optimized RAM kits, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll land a Samsung B-Die with this particular kit. This G.Skill TridentZ RAM is optimized to run at up to 3600 MHz with a CAS latency of 17, and thanks to the B-Die we know it has it’ll almost certainly play nicely with Ryzen CPUs.

The fast speed, plus the confirmed B-Die, plus the RGB… makes this our pick for best Ryzen-optimized RAM, provided you can afford it. Or that it’s even available, which it often is not. Even if these requirements aren’t met, however, we’re pretty confident that our above recommendations will also provide a great experience on Ryzen, especially the ones from G.Skill and Corsair.

The only real issue we have with it is availability, though even third-party sellers are selling for about ~$170 at the time of writing, which isn’t a bad price at all for this kit.

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Superb speed

Well-suited for Ryzen 7 and Threadripper builds

Low CAS latency

CONS

The Patriot Viper Steel Series is a favorite among enthusiasts, and this is actually our first truly high-end selection. There’s 16GB of RAM here for roughly ~$150, but cutting that price in half, you’d still be getting 8GB of incredibly fast, low-latency RAM for only $75.

While the 4133 MHz rate is likely beyond what you could reach with a Ryzen processor, this means it’s more or less guaranteed to run well in the ~3600 MHz range that Ryzen is known to reach, and it has a lower CAS latency.

The price is a bit of a bitter pill for this one, but it’s more than fair for what you’re getting in return.

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Lowest price

Decent bump over basic DDR4 speeds

Ideal for budget Ryzen systems

Decent OC success rate

CONS

May not be fast enough for APUs

The HyperX Kingston Fury RAM kit is one of our favorite budget RAM kits thanks to its decently-boosted RAM speeds and low price. It has a heatsink for added overclocking utility, and some users have even reported pushing it as high as 3000 MHz, which definitely can’t be complained about at this price point.

Our only issue with it is that it may not be ideal for Ryzen APU builds, especially the higher-end APUs. (Ryzen 3 2200G might be okay.) We’ll explain how this works in more detail in the buying guide, but if you’re buying an APU build with the intent to actually use its integrated graphics, we recommend bumping up to our #2 pick so you aren’t bottlenecked by RAM speed.

For non-APU builds, though, this should be a perfect companion for Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 CPUs.

At the time of writing, this cheaper option is marginally slower and on sale. We recommend grabbing it if it’s still cheaper!

PROS

Superb speed

Great RGB effects

Great reputation with Ryzen CPUs

CONS

High Price

This is going to be our first…controversial pick. So, we’ll get the disclaimer out of the way first: these are a bit overpriced. There is no reason for these to cost more than the others, especially since they’re slower, but that comes with the territory of RGB. If you want to fix that “slower” point and keep RGB, you can…but be prepared to pay for it.

However, Corsair’s RGB products are easily among the best in the industry, and they should work well with full-system RGB setups. Corsair’s Vengeance line is known to perform well with Ryzen CPUs, in general, so we’re still happy to recommend this RAM kit…even if it does come at a little bit of a price premium.

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Will certainly stand out in your build

Great CAS latency for speed

Great reputation for Ryzen CPUs

CONS

Expensive

Probably looks ridiculous

The is the ram that any rapper building his own PC would go for. Without a doubt. We have picked the silver version here, but yes it also comes in gold (google it!)

The G.Skill TridentZ series is a particular favorite among Ryzen enthusiasts, since they have a higher chance of using Samsung B-Dies. (We’ll explain why this matters in the buying guide below.)

Even without that, though, these TridentZ RAM sticks are rated to reach up to 3200 MHz, good for any Ryzen build, but especially good for a Ryzen APU build. Set aside 2GB or so for the iGPU and you’ll be in business for a surprisingly strong 1080p gaming experience, even with some modern AAA games.

The CAS Latency is well-balanced with the 3200 MHz speed here, so that shouldn’t cause any problems, either.

If you are the kind of hobbyist that likes their builds to match beautifully though, good luck finding a GPU and mobo to match with these bad boys!

Things To Consider

FAQs

What should I be looking for?

What makes RAM any different for Ryzen?

Why do Ryzen APUs need fast, dual-channel RAM

Is Ryzen RAM compatibility any different?

Why does RAM speed matter in general?

Can Ryzen even push RAM to these higher speeds?

Our Verdict

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As we have mentioned the Tridentz are the best Ryzen-optimized ram and come complete with the RGB blind you might be looking for. It is an expensive kit, but in terms of speed and reputation, there is no way we could recommend anything else, as long as it is in your budget. However, to be fair, any of the Ram here will make a difference to your system. They are all great components that bring various things to the AMD party.