Best RAM For i7-8700K

Best RAM For i7-8700K

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Intel and AMD have been competing for a long time now and some years ago, it seemed like Intel had completely dominated AMD in the market of processors. However, AMD gave a hard time to Intel with their all-new AMD Ryzen-series processors and we have seen three generations of these processors already.

To counter AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen processors, Intel had released the 9th generation of Core i-series processors, with the Intel Core i9-9900K being the fastest mainstream gaming processor. As of now, Intel has released 10th-generation Core i-series processors too. The release of these two generations has hugely decreased the prices of 8th-generation processors, which are still extremely performing processors as long as you couple them with high-end hardware.

The fastest processor among the 8th-generation Intel processors is the Intel Core i7-8700K and it provides a hexa-core configuration with twelve threads due to the Hyper-Threading technology. This processor is great for even the latest games and no AAA game has the audacity to reject this processor. You would get top-notch performance with this processor as long as you couple it with high-performance components. 

As for the hardware components are concerned, the necessary ones for optimal performance are the motherboard, RAM kit, and the cooling solution. Buying a high-quality RAM kit is the easiest way of eliminating the bottleneck in the system performance. 

In this article, we will be discussing some of the best RAM kits that you couple with your Intel Core i7-8700K in order to optimize its performance. We have listed the five Best RAM For i7-8700K in the following table.

5 Best RAM For i7-8700K

ModelFrequencyRetailer
4400 MHz Check Price
3600 MHz Check Price
3600 MHz Check Price
3200 MHz Check Price
3000 MHz Check Price

Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB 16 GB

Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB 16 GB

Thermaltake is not as famous as other RAM manufacturers although it is an excellent company that designs some of the best PC cases and cooling solutions. Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB RAM kit is the company’s finest RAM kit that is available at a high price but provides extreme performance.

ModelThermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB
Frequency4400 MHz
Capacity16 GB
LatencyCL19
Voltage1.45V
HeightHigher than standard

Thermaltake TOUGHRAM is quite an exquisite RAM kit, as the sticks have a large heat-spreader along with diffused RGB lighting. This boxy design is our all-time favorite in the RAM kits while those two diagonal cuts surely look fabulous. 

The height of the RAM sticks is quite higher than the standard height, which is why you have to make sure that your CPU cooler has enough RAM clearance before buying this RAM kit. The 10-layer PCB ensures great durability and the RAM kit comes with a limited lifetime warranty as well.

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The performance of this RAM kit is just over the board. This RAM kit has the highest frequency on the list, as it provides two sticks with a frequency of 4400 MHz. The latency of the RAM kits is CL19, which is a bit high but the super-high frequency is just mind-blowing and the RAM kit performs much faster than those RAM kits whose frequency is around 3200 MHz and latency is around CL16. 

The RGB lighting of the RAM kit can be synchronized with the motherboard and it supports various RGB lighting synchronization technologies such as ASUS AuraSync. The RAM kit is also Amazon Alexa and Razer Chroma RGB sync compatible if you are interested in that kind of thing.

Since the heat-spreaders of this RAM kit are quite large and the ICs are screened, you can overclock the RAM kit for tighter timings as well. Speaking of overclocking, it is to be noted that the RAM kit has been tested at 4400 MHz with a voltage of 1.45V, which is higher than the standard test voltage of 1.35V. This means that if you don’t run the RAM kit on that voltage, you probably won’t be able to hit the advertised speeds.

Conclusion

Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB RAM kit is one of the best choices for those people who are interested in maximizing the performance of their processor while keeping a high standard in terms of looks as well. The RAM kit is available in super-high frequencies along with impressive looks and if you can afford this RAM kit, this will provide you the best performance on the list.

Pros
  • Super-high RAM frequency
  • The boxy design feels really professional
Cons
  • Pricey for the performance improvement

HyperX Fury 16 GB

HyperX Fury 16 GB

HyperX is a subsidiary of Kingston, which is a world-known manufacturer that designs tons of computer products. HyperX is dedicated to providing top-quality products to gamers and a lot of people buy its peripherals. HyperX Fury RAM kit is also a well-known memory kit that you can buy at reasonable rates while the performance of this RAM kit is phenomenal for the price.

ModelHyperX Fury 
Frequency3600 MHz
Capacity16 GB
LatencyCL17
Voltage1.35V
HeightStandard

The design of this RAM kit is pretty simple. The RAM sticks are black in color and have HyperX Fury written on the sides where there is a bit of black-colored pattern at the sides as well. The height of the RAM sticks is almost the same as the standard, which is why this RAM kit has higher compatibility than the previous RAM kit. 

The RAM kit comes with two sticks of 8 GB capacity each, which makes a total of 16 GB of memory. The performance of this RAM kit is although lower than the previous RAM kit, you should definitely not overlook this RAM kit because there are not a lot of RAM kits that provide 3600 MHz frequency with CL17 latency. 

Apart from the stock speeds, you can try overclocking the RAM kit for even better RAM timings and might as well push it to around 3800 MHz if you are lucky. The thermal performance of the RAM kit is although not comparable to high-end kits like CORSAIR Dominator Platinum, still, you won’t be suffering from burnt memory chips as long as you keep the voltage under control. 

Conclusion

HyperX Fury is a RAM kit that is designed for those people who want top-notch performance but don’t have enough money to buy quality-looks as well. This RAM kit is great for using in such cases where there is no RGB lighting or the case does not have a transparent panel.

Pros
  • Low latency for the given frequency
  • Great value product
Cons
  • Doesn’t shine well in the aesthetics department

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32 GB

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32 GB

G.SKILL is one of the leading memory manufacturers and the company has designed some of the most promising RAM kits that one can ever imagine. G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series is one of such products and by God, the looks of this RAM kit are just astonishing. At least, no other RAM kit can compete with the royalty of this RAM kit.

ModelG.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series
Frequency3600 MHz
Capacity16 GB
LatencyCL19
Voltage1.35V
HeightHigher than standard

The design of this RAM kit is completely different from other RAM kits on the list. The chromium-colored heat-spreaders look so elegant while the crystal-like structure at the top with seeping RGB lighting looks out of the world. The cut-outs of the heat-spreaders at the top are similar to the original Trident Z RAM kit, although it looks completely different at first look.

The kit that we have selected is a 32 GB kit, which has two sticks of 16 GB capacity each. This much memory capacity is although overkill for gamers, it is great for content creators and those who want to do multi-tasking. The performance of this RAM kit is pretty similar to the previous RAM kit, as it comes with a high frequency of 3600 MHz. The latency of the RAM kit is CL18, which makes it a tad bit slower than the last one, although the performance after overclocking might be higher than the HyperX Fury, as this is a premium product with high quality-control.

Instead of buying a single RAM kit of 32 GB capacity, you can buy two 16 GB RAM kits as well, which will enhance the beauty of your rig, as four of these RAM sticks look mind-blowing inside a tempered-glass case.

Coupling this RAM kit would greatly improve the performance of Intel Core i7-8700K, especially for high-refresh-rate gaming if you are an esports gamer. 

Conclusion

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series DDR4 RAM kit is just an absolute masterpiece when it comes to looks and there is no denying this fact. If you want the best-looking RAM kit that also provides high performance, you don’t need to look any further. 

Pros
  • Best looks, hands down
  • High performance and overclocking potential
Cons
  • Not affordable by many people

CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB 16 GB

CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB 16 GB

CORSAIR is even more famous than G.SKILL, as its product-range is much wider than the G.SKILL. The company manufactures a lot of computer products, where the most notable mentions are RAM kits and peripherals. CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB kit is the flagship RAM kit by the company that provides you with top of the line performance while trying to keep up the competition with other RAM kits in terms of looks.

ModelCORSAIR Dominator Platinum
Frequency3200 MHz
Capacity16 GB
LatencyCL16
Voltage1.35V
HeightHigher than standard

By design, CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RAM kits used to be the best ones, having a silver color-theme but after all the drama of RGB lighting, CORSAIR changed the design of the kit, thus designing the CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB RAM kit. The RGB lighting of this RAM kit is super bright, as there are no thick diffusers like in the TOUGHRAM RGB RAM kit. Moreover, the 12 ultra-bright CAPELLIX RGB LEDs are one of the reasons for the superior brightness of the RAM sticks.

The black-colored heat-spreaders look a bit dull, compared to the mighty designs of G.SKILL, however, CORSAIR also released the RAM kit in matte white color, which feels much better than the black ones. 

The performance of this RAM kit is not so high out of the box but do not underestimate this RAM kit. This RAM kit has a high chance of hitting high frequencies because of its screened ICs and even with the stock 3200 MHz frequency, the performance is not too shabby. The latency of the RAM kit is also pretty good, at CL16.

This is the best memory kit on the list when it comes to thermal performance, thanks to the CORSAIR patented Dual-Path DHX cooling technology. This will ensure that you don’t suffer from any kind of crashes due to over-heating during overclocking.

Conclusion

CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB RAM kit is the pinnacle of memory kit when it comes to performance, as its cooling solution is considered the best while it is available in super-high frequencies as well, up to 4800 MHz. For someone who owns a white-colored RGB case, this RAM kit is going to be a perfect choice, although it is going to be quite heavy on the wallet.

Pros
  • Super-bright RGB lighting
  • Also available in super-high frequencies
Cons
  • Quite pricey compared to competitors

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16 GB

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16 GB

The last product on our list also belongs to CORSAIR, which is the CORSAIR Vengeance LPX RAM kit. This RAM kit is completely different from the CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB kit when it comes to design and looks but is quite close in performance, especially in the stock configuration. One of the reasons for the popularity of this RAM kit is its super-cheap price, which makes it attractive for budget users.

ModelCORSAIR Vengeance LPX
Frequency3000 MHz
Capacity16 GB
LatencyCL15
Voltage1.35V
HeightStandard

The design of CORSAIR Vengeance LPX is boring for sure, especially after witnessing the likes of G.SKILL Trident Z Royal and CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB RAM kits. The glossy black-colored heat-spreaders look better than the bare PCBs but that is all about it. In order to minimize the cost of the RAM kit, CORSAIR went with a rather simplistic design.

The stock performance of this RAM kit is quite similar to the stock CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB kit that we have seen previously, due to slightly lower frequency while offering better latency. You could definitely try overclocking this RAM kit since the company has used screened ICs but the results might not be as pleasant as the CORSAIR Dominator Platinum RGB.

One of the best things about this RAM kits is that it is among the cheapest RAM kits in the market that come with 3000+ MHz frequency and since CORSAIR has great fame as well, there is no need to worry about the quality of the product

Conclusion

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX RAM kit is a RAM kit that is best favored by budget gamers due to its satisfactory performance and low price. For someone who values FPS more than visuals, there is probably not going to be a rant about the ugly looks of the RAM kit.

Pros
  • Available at a cheap price
  • Relatively higher performance per dollar
Cons
  • Boring looks

Final Thoughts

In this article, we have listed some of the most popular RAM kits in the market that you can use in combination with Intel Core i7-8700K in order to maximize the performance of the processor so that it can conquer the upcoming AAA games. For sure, a RAM kit can never be a substitute for a newer processor but it can definitely reduce the difference in performance.

Atif Liaqat

Atif Liaqat is a computer engineer from a renowned university of Pakistan and has a deep knowledge of computer hardware. He likes to delve into the technicalities and has a passion to write about his findings. Apart from writing, you can also find him playing games or assembling keyboards.