The i9-10900K from Intel is one heck of a processor.
Although based on the older 14nm microarchitecture, it features 10 cores, 20 threads, and a max frequency of 5.3 GHz – all of which has enabled Intel to tag it as the “world’s fastest gaming processor”.
According to initial reviews, the 10900K offers significant gaming performance boost over its competitors, including i9-9900K and Ryzen 9 3900X, as you can see in the charts below.
Ryzen 9 3900X takes a slight edge in productivity apps thanks to its extra cores and cores, but 10900K is the better processor as far as gaming goes.
The CPU is just one piece of the puzzle in making a machine that blasts through data and pushes the limit of frames per second. With the i9 you’ve accomplished top-tier quality with one of the big three (GPU, RAM, and CPU).
One of the best balances in price and performance is the i9 10900K. What do you do though with up to 5.0Ghz of raw unmatched power?
You treat it well. You put a nice cooler on it, make sure it keeps chilly and safe, and then jam some of the fastest RAM into your machine for it to chow on.
Why RAM? Truth be told RAM is like short-term memory. The storage on a machine pulls up information from long-term memory and puts it into the Random Access Memory. Sort of like your consciousness or mental awareness.
While you can only juggle a handful of thoughts at once, a computer can load an entire program and tons of data into the Short-Term memory. The CPU then takes this information and processes or computes it. Having low-quality RAM and a good CPU is like having the smartest person around but he can only think slowly in small pieces.
Having a ton of RAM and a bad CPU is like having a legendary memory and a slow mind that can’t think through the memories quickly enough to be useful. Together though they unlock the full potential and speed of your Rig. This hardware roundup will introduce you to my top picks for RAM right now for use with your mind-blowing i9 10900K!
G.Skill Trident Z Neo 3600
Best RAM For Intel i9-10900K
G.Skill is one of the paragons of decent Random Access Memory products on the market. The Trident Z Neo is an excellent choice for RAM. Coming in a form-factor of 2x8GB, this 288-pin DDR4 RAM has sharp metallic edges and a pretty rad design. One of our favorite aspects is the RGB lighting that you can change on command.
Most RAM sticks with RGB tend to allow for a stock LED color so it’s refreshing to see one that actually has the option for difference patterns and combinations. 16GB is probably the best balance for having a killer CPU and gaming.
If you are into multimedia or editing video, we would recommend checking out a larger kit or installing two of these bad boys. I will never forget the first time I upgraded from 8GB to 16GB. RAM helps a computer pull up information faster. It keeps it ready. By making an upgrade I had actually done something else as well, I had added an additional lane or channel.
You see, RAM can be installed in different combinations and most motherboards use what is known as dual channel RAM. Think of the difference between having one really good road or having multiple lanes. Even a fast and large amount of RAM in single channel mode struggles to compete against two sticks in dual channel.
Framerate differences and stability is just HUGE! I recommend this as a good mid-tier option if you know your machine is having some stability issues or chugging in programs. It might definitely be a RAM related issue and having two sticks matters! You should check and make sure you have a Dual Channel setup if you are running a nice CPU like the 10900K.
Shunning the psychedelic light show of G.Skills, Corsair has the Vengeance LPX line of RAM. This 2x8GB form factor DDR4 RAM actually comes in a variety of color options such as black, white, red, and blue. These RAM sticks have a solid weighty feel and run at what we would consider the performance minimum of good RAM.
RAM should be running above 2666MHz to see the best benefit. After this speed it can help but ultimately you’ll be slowed by other parts in your machine. Seeing as you are considering an i9, it may in fact be quite important! I prefer 3000MHz because it’s in that safe range where I know my RAM isn’t slow. It’s going to run fast and bright for whatever I want.
The LPX Vengeance comes at a great price while offering some sick performance and if you are really worried, you can even up the MHz.
One of the best features of this RAM is the steel casing. Inserting and removing RAM can feel scary. Especially if you have a flimsy plastic outside. The Metal casing on the Vengeance LPX makes putting RAM in feel natural and somewhat like it’s a piece of military equipment. Perhaps it’s the solid steel design.
I think this RAM is a fantastic option if you are on the fence about upgrading but know you need that performance boost solid RAM will bring. Most don’t realize how difficult it is to install RAM if you have a huge CPU cooler.
In fact, having nice RAM often means having a huge external shell that makes it difficult to install. One of the great things about the Vengeance is the low-profile.
While RGB and cool design is awesome, it sucks if you have to pull off that heatsink and spend an hour installing what should honestly slip into the PC pretty easily. That’s why we recommend this for those with a really tight build who can’t squeeze in much more room.
It’s interesting because Hyper X is mainly known for those stellar headphones that blow most gaming headphones out of the water. You wouldn’t think them well-known for RAM. I can say though that my last build had a blazing fast 16GB of Hyper X Fury RAM and would’ve stayed in my machine forever if DDR3 wasn’t supplanted by DDR4. Hyper X has some of the best RAM design around.
The Hyper X PRedator comes in a 2x16GB Form Factor meaning that you’ll get that Dual Channel RAM boost and additionally runs at 3600MHz which is technically overclocked. As far as RAM goes, if you edit video or do workstation activities, you’ll need a solid 32GB just to be on par with good rendering speeds.
This is probably the best balance of power for a strong CPU like an i9 9th or 10th generation. It won’t hold you back and it’ll help cut those load times in Adobe products down tremendously. Hyper X also has some RGB options meaning those with a flare for the dramatic won’t be left out of the loop.
You can light up your case with beautiful bursts of light while still rocking the strongest RAM around. This is the best option for those who know Gaming isn’t the bread and butter of what they do. Gamers will love sticking in the 16GB range, at least for now.
If you get into the nitty gritty of content production though, you don’t just want 32GB. You NEED 32GB. It is a waste of a beautiful i9 to do anything less and frankly is a poor decision. It’s just that important.
Top-Tier RAM that is hecka fast
Runs in Dual Channel while still giving a huge speed boost and room for growth
3600MHz means that this RAM is not going to hold you back
A new CPU can make your computer come to life, especially the latest and greatest from Intel. That being said, nothing is worse than having old parts like DDR3 memory holding you back (Although a mobo with DDR3 probably won’t fit an i9).
It’s important to take charge of your build by removing unwanted bottlenecks. RAM is an incredibly common bottleneck where just having one stick in single channel or not having enough makes your powerful CPU chug.
It can’t get information fast enough to take advantage of the immense power coursing through it! With these three options you’ll strike to the heart of the issue and see the gut-wrenching speeds that make using a powerful Rig so much fun.
If you have a fantastic CPU, check your RAM! It’s so important to take care of these little things as they keep you from wasting all that unlimited power! You’ll do well with any of my picks. As always, thanks for joining us as we roundup hardware and show you the best of the best in PC Gaming.
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