PCR’s guide to the latest memory and motherboards

If you’re looking to expand your components range, check out our roundup of the latest memory and motherboards on the market.


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Specs: RGB lighting, programmable lighting effects, speeds with wide operating frequencies ranging from 2666MHz to 5000MHz, easy overclocking with Intel XMP 2.0.

“The XPG SPECTRIX D41 16GB DDR4 RGB memory brings together outstanding performance and mesmerising RGB lighting to give you a worthy upgrade for your system. Featuring stunning speeds up to 5000MHz the SPECTRIX D41 delivers smooth, fast gaming and overclocking, all the while supporting Intel X299 and AMD AM4/Ryzen platforms. What’s more, with vivid RGB lighting that is compatible with a range of lighting control software, your gaming setup will outshine the competition.”

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Gigabyte X399 Designare Threadripper Motherboard

Specs: Supports AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, quad channel ECC/Non-ECC unbuffered DDR4, 8 DIMMs, 3600MHz+(OC), fast front and rear USB 3.1 Type-C Interface, 4-way graphics support with dual armor and ultra durable design, server-class digital power design, gold plated solid power connectors, dual Intel GbE LAN.

“The GIGABYTE X399 is an enthusiast motherboard with AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor. Do everything, do it all at the same time, and do it without sacrificing responsiveness. Render. Stream. Compile. Encode. Work or play. Real-world productivity or virtual reality entertainment. The GIGABYTE X399 enthusiast motherboard has the power to overwhelm your most daunting workloads.”

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Ballistix Sport LT

Specs: Speeds start at 2400 MT/s, Intel XMP 2.0 profiles for easy configuration, optimised for the latest Intel 300 series platforms, AMD Ryzen ready, limited lifetime warranty, multi-channel memory architecture maximises data rates, digital camo heat spreader available in white, gray, and red.

“Compared to standard DDR4 memory, that’s exactly what Ballistix Sport is engineered to do. Get faster speeds and run demanding applications with ease. Multitask at will with increased bandwidth, and strike first with better latencies and reduced load times.”

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MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard

Specs: Supports 9th/8th Gen Intel Core/Pentium Gold/ Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket, supports DDR4 memory up to 4500(OC) MHz, Mystic Light Infinity: 16.8 million colours/29 effects controlled in one click, pre-installed I/O Shielding, 3x Turbo M.2 with Shield Frozr, dual front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C.

“With a unique and infinity design, the MSI MEG Z390 ACE combines 13 phases of VRM and is optimised for the rich specification of the Intel Core. Features include Mystic Light Infinity, Triple Turbo M.2 with Shield Frozr, Audio Boost HD, Game Boost and dual front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C connectors. MSI enthusiast gaming motherboards are packed with all the features required for a refined gaming experience.”

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Transcend JetRAM DDR4 Memory

Specs: 2400MHz-2666MHz, 4GB – 8GB capacities, for laptop, mini- PC and SFF.

“Transcend’s JetRam memory modules are manufactured with true ETT grade, brand-name DRAM chips that have passed Transcend’s strict screening process and rigorous environmental testing. The modules provide excellent compatibility and fully-tested reliability – ideal for laptop, mini-PC and SFF upgrades at an attractive price. Each memory module is rated to greatly increase data transmission efficiency up to 21GB/s.”

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Specs: Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel Core Processors, dual channel Non-ECC unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs, Intel Optane Memory ready, advanced thermal design with Fins-Array Heatsink and Direct Touch Heatpipe, onboard Intel CNVi 802.11ac 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi.

“Optimised for users to skyrocket the new 8-core Intel Core i9-9900K processors to 5GHz+ across all cores via overclocking and with a 12 phase digital VRM design and robust heat dissipation. Offering exceptional power and temperature management for maximising the performance and overclocking potential of these new processors, the flagship Z390 AORUS Master brings highly sought-after features such as Triple M.2 Thermal Guard for its PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe M.2 slots, superb audio configuration, and feature-rich I/O interface, rounding out a versatile package of excellent system performance, power management, heat dissipation, and audio quality for the ultimate user experience.”

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Ortial Server Memory

Specs: Memory types: DDR2, DDR3, DDR4, capacities: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, ranks: Single, dual, triple, quad, speed: 800 – 3000 MHz.

“Ortial’s server memory range allows you to experience fewer delays during routine operations with the capability of running multiple programmes at one time, with a faster toggler between them. Our server memory modules are fully compatible with the world’s leading server manufacturers and come with a global lifetime warranty.”

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Patriot Viper 4 Series DDR4 DIMM System Memory

Specs: 8GB to 32GB, up to 3200MHz, heat shield.

“The Viper 4 series uses a custom-designed, high-performance heat shield for superior heat dissipation, ensuring rock solid performance even using the most taxing applications. Built from the highest quality materials, Patriot Memory’s Viper 4 Series memory modules are hand tested and validated for system compatibility.”

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ASUS ROG Strix Z390-F Gaming Motherboard

Specs: Designed for 9th and 8th generation Intel Core processors, revamped 5-way optimisation, pre-mounted I/O shield, Aura Sync RGB lighting, 8-channel HD audio with ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220A codec.

“Fully command your gaming experience on 9th generation Intel Core processors with the ROG Strix Z390-F Gaming featuring AURA Sync, 5-Way Optimisation for dynamic system control with AI overclocking. Dual M.2, Gigabit LAN and USB 3.1 Gen2 deliver maximum connectivity speeds while ASUS OptiMem II ensures better DRAM overclocking stability. With comprehensive cooling options and upgraded power delivery to fuel CPUs with more cores, plus support for faster memory and storage, ROG Strix Z390-F Gaming provides all the essentials you need to harness the full potential of components in your build for top-tier gaming performance.”

Contact: VIP UK

Ortial Notebook SODIMM Memory

Specs: Memory types: DDR2 DDR3, DDR4, capacities: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, ranks: single, dual, triple, quad, speed: 800 – 2666 MHz.

“Ortial’s reliable SODIMM notebook memory modules are designed with users requirements in mind to allow a faster response rate, for maximum output and improved reliability and efficiency. Ortial SODIMM memory is competitively priced, comes with a global lifetime warranty, meets industry specifications and is fully compatible with all branded notebooks.”

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ASRock Z390 Extreme4 ATX Motherboard

Specs: ARGB, VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB Type-C, Dual M.2, 8 x SATA, 6 x USB ports.

“With built-in RGB illumination, ASDRock’s new Z390 Extreme4 features onboard RGB headers and an addressable RGB header which can be synchronized with other Polychrome RGB LED devices to create unique lighting effects. It supports DDR4 4300+, features 8 x SATA and 6 x USB ports, Nvidia Quad SLI/ AMD 3-Way CrossfireX support and ASRock’s A-Tuning overclocking software.”

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Crucial DDR4 Laptop Memory

Specs: Available in modules up to 16GB and kits up to 32GB, speeds start at 2133 MT/s.

“In the ever-changing world of technology, any component more than five years old is usually in need of an update. At seven years old and counting, that’s where DDR3 memory is at: laptops can only do so much with it. Since the introduction of DDR3 memory technology in 2007, processors have doubled in capability, SSDs have revolutionised throughput, and graphics cards have drastically increased frame rates, leaving memory as a limiting factor. With Crucial DDR4 SODIMMs, crush the DDR3 memory bottleneck and unlock a new standard of performance.”

Contact: CMS Distribution

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