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Hands-on: Netac Shadow RGB RAM

Netac’s Shadow RGB RAM looks fast out of the box but how does it fare against a similar kit from Corsair when it’s under the hood?

Updated: Jan 20, 2022 11:12 am
Netac Shadow RGB DDR4

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You might not have heard of Netac or the Netac Shadow RGB RAM but you’ll definitely have used a product the company invented way back in 1999 – the USB stick. It’s hard to imagine life without them now, but we’ve got Netac to thank for USB drives, and the company, founded in Shenzhen, China, also became a big player in other flash storage. 

Fast forward to 2013 and Netac the pioneering company moved into RAM, with the release of ‘Netac basic DDR3’ DIMMS. While we wait for Netac to release the rumored 10GHz DDR5 RAM kits, we’ve managed to get our hands on a 16GB DDR4 Netac shadow RGB 3600Mhz kit.  

Hey, good lookin’

Netac Shadow RGB DDR4 3

We really like the look of the Shadow RGB DIMMS, with the heat sinks consisting of sleek geometric shapes and layers, creating visuals reminiscent of hypercar bodywork. It looks fast and robust without even getting into the technology or speed. The glossy black coat on the heatsink contrasts beautifully with Netac’s Horsehead logo, again perfectly referencing speed. 

Every stick of RAM in 2022 should be equipped with RGB and the Shadow RGB is obviously no exception. The full-spectrum RGB LED lights are capable of integrating into the most well-known RGB ecosystems, including ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and Asrock Polychrome Sync. 

Netac Specifications

Netac Shadow RGB DDR4 specs

Here are the exact specifications for our kit of Netac DDR4 RAM: 

16GB capacity is more than adequate, even when facing the gaming industry’s triple-A titles. This capacity can also be applied to some light video-editing, as video rendering and editing are both tasks that can be particularly RAM heavy. 

This Netac Shadow RGB kit is on the upper end of DDR4 clock speed, boasting a respectable 3600Mhz. This happens to be the exact upper-end speed supported by current generation Ryzen processors, putting the Shadow RGB in a good place for those late to upgrade this often neglected PC component. 

Netac NA45B61GX8 1024MB chips are the DRAM chips of choice in the Shadow RGB DDR4 kit. Aligned on one side of the DIMM, along with an ENE controller chip, these eight well-designed, efficient Netac chips promise performance and longevity, backed up by a full lifetime warranty against natural failure or fault. 

Netac Shadow RGB performance 

Netac Shadow RGB DDR4 performance

To keep things simple, we tested the Netac Shadow RGB kit against a rival kit from a big name in the space, the Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO, in both synthetic and real-world scenarios. 

Both kits are the exact same speed, capacity and timings so they should theoretically perform the same in Aida 64’s Cache and Memory Benchmark. That wasn’t the case, though.

Aida 64 performance 

Aida64 Cache and Memory Benchmark netac shadow rgb

The Netac Shadow RGB came out with a bit of an edge over Corsair’s Vengeance RGB PRO with a read speed of 49,756MB/s over Corsair’s 49,690MB/s.

Corsair’s kit came out on top in write speeds, with a speed of 28,713MB/s over Netac’s 28,687MB/s.

The tables flipped back to Netac with copy speeds where it managed 45,012MB/s to Corsair’s score of 44,987MB/s. The last test was for latency, with Corsair getting a 0.5ns lower latency than Netac’s kit – 12.5ns over 13.0ns.

The results saw a lot of back-and-forth between the two kits, and on average they seem to perform on the same spectrum. Where one RAM kit lacked slightly in one speed, it made up in another area. 

Gaming benchmark – Cyberpunk 2077 4k no RT 

Cyberpunk 4k Ultra FPS netac shadow rgb

Cyberpunk has almost replaced Crysis in the “But can it run…” meme because it is objectively one of the hardest triple-A titles to power. That makes it the benchmarker’s best friend when looking to put hardware through the wringer. 

To keep things simple we’re only going to be covering the RAM and its role within a gaming rig while gaming. RAM stores information temporarily and supplies data to the CPU once called on – this goes for almost all tasks a PC computes. 

In gaming, the process is no different, but your experience depends on the speed and the synergy of all installed parts within your PC. Bad parts or less-than-optimal synergy means lag, so speed is key. 

With both of our RAM kits performing very similarly in the Aida64 Cache and Memory Benchmarks, we expected a similar performance in Cyberpunk.

As you can see from the results, Netac’s kit performed better by a very small margin. It averaged 42fps, 1% lows of 28fps, and 0.1% lows of 17fps. Compare that to Corsair’s kit which pulled in a 41fps average, 1% lows of 28fps, and 0.1% lows of 15fps. 

Conclusion

Netac Shadow RGB DDR4 conclusion

In short, this RAM is magnificent. The Netac Shadow RGB not only plays the part but looks the part too, even coming out slightly ahead of a titan in the component industry. We don’t know why Netac isn’t already a household name in the space but we think it might be soon. 

Versatile, stylish, and functional must have been the buzz words when the Shadow RGB was conceptualized because it does all these three things beautifully. 

Netac has a promising future ahead of it in the consumer space, and if everything being published about its DDR5 RAM is true, we’re expecting fireworks. We’re looking forward to reviewing it.

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