RAM is essential for any computer, and RAM choice is especially important in custom gaming builds. What used to be ugly green sticks that no one wanted to look at are now beautiful designs covered with heat shields. Now, some even come in RGB flavors.
Until now, if you had RGB RAM it would take software to sync it up, and even then getting each stick in perfect synchronization was nearly impossible. HyperX changed the game with a CES 2018 announcement of its Predator DDR4 RGB RAM, which is available for purchase starting today.
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HyperX’s Predator DDR4 RGB RAM features infrared blasters between each DIMM to keep them in perfect sync. At CES 2018, I went by the HyperX booth to see how true this was, and it is, without a doubt, one of the coolest things I saw.
The booth representative took a business card and slid it between the two DIMMs (don’t worry, it was paper, non-conductive), and as soon as it broke the IR beam, the DIMMs RGB lighting lost sync. At the very moment he removed the business card, the lighting was in sync again without missing a step.
This is next-level when it comes to building PCs. I used to build gaming computers for a living before joining 9to5, and it would always be a struggle when we built computers to make them look as great as they functioned. Keeping all lighting synced up was a chore that almost never turned out well.
HyperX offers its Predator DDR4 RGB RAM in 3 capacity options: 8GB single-stick, 16GB as a dual 8GB kit, or 32GB as a quad 8GB kit. If you shop at retailers like Amazon, then you are currently limited to the 16GB and 32GB kits.
This RAM uses your motherboard’s RGB controls, which means that it should be fairly simple to sync up your computer’s current lighting schemes with HyperX’s Predator RGB DDR4 DIMMs, giving you one cohesive appearance in your gaming build.
This is great as most other RGB RAM manufacturers require you to use their proprietary software to control the RAM’s lighting effects, so this means you can sync the lighting between DIMMs and other peripherals with ease.
Predator DDR4 RAM is currently clocked at 2933MHz and is Intel XMP ready should you use a system capable of that. RGB RAM is still fairly expensive, the 16GB kit goes for $245.99 shipped at Amazon, while the 32GB kit is $491.99 shipped.