Question DDR4 RAM - 4x8 3200 Mhz or 2x16 3600 Mhz?


Feb 3, 2015
Hi Fellas,

I'm in a situation where I want to upgrade but don't know which way to go.
Any suggestion is appreciated.

1 - I can add the same kit I currently have(2x8gb) and get 32 GB (4x8) DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 Team T-Force Vulcan TUF Alliance
2- I can Buy one of the below listed 2x16 rams which are on a good discount.
+Patriot Viper Steel 2x16 DDR4 3600 Mhz
+Patriot Viper Elite II 2x16 DDR4 4000 Mhz

My Current System;
Ryzen 5 5600
Gigabyte B550 DS3H Rev. 1.5
Team T-Force Vulcan TUF Alliance 16 GB (2x8) DDR4 3200 MHz CL16
RTX 2060 Super

I mainly game 1080P , browse and watch something on PC. No proffesional use.


Mar 2, 2023
Some programs (e.g. video editors, rendering apps) do benefit from more RAM and if you're getting close to the limit with 16GB, then an upgrade to 32GB should improve performance.

Check the amount of "In Use" RAM in Windows Resource monitor with your most memory intensive programs running. If the sum of "Standby" + "Free" RAM is less than 500MB, you need more memory.

I upgraded my 3800X rig with a second pair of 16GB DIMMs @ 3000MT/s, for a total of 4x16GB=64GB for 4K video edits in Premiere Pro. The result was less paging to disk.

You might get away with adding 2x8GB and still run a 3200MT/s XMP overclock, but a better choice would be to fit 2x16GB. Two matched DIMMs place less load on the Integrated Memory Controller channels than two mis-matched "identical" pairs like I fitted.

The spec sheet for the Ryzen 5600 shows it supports up to DDR4-3200, but there's no telling if you would be able to reach 3600MT/s without some additional manual tweaking, e.g. relax the CL (CAS) timing. 5 5600.html

You could play safe and buy 2x16GB at 3200MT/s, experiment a little and buy 2x16GB at 3600MT/s, or stick with what you've got. The choice is yours. Unless you make a total hash of things or are particularly unlucky, you should be able to revert to the old DIMMs, if the new RAM doesn't work.
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