GOODRAM is a brand of storage and memory products made by the Polish company Wilk Elektrnik. The GOODRAM brand exists since 2003 and is used for mobile storage such as SSDs and USB sticks, but also for RAM. They offer products for consumers and solutions for the industry. In addition, they have their own R&D department and quality control procedures so that the products are innovative and reliable.
For this review GOODRAM provided us with a set of 16 GB RAM memory, consisting of 2 slats of 8 RAM: IRP-3600D4V64L17S/16GDC.
The GOODRAM IRDM PRO DDR4 have been designed for gamers and more professional users. The modules are made of memory chips and 8-layer black PCB. Around this are black heatsinks with golden accents. The memory is available in one color (black with white accents) and comes in four flavors. One bar of 8 GB or 16 GB or two bars of 8 GB or 16 GB, but all product codes start with IRP-3600D4V64L17S. These RAM slats all have a clockspeed (with XMP) of 3600 MHz and timings of 17-19-19. GOODRAM gives a lifetime warranty on this memory, that’s worth mentioning.
For more information we refer to the manufacturer’s website.
|UDIMM DDR4 PC4-28800|
|8 – 16 GB, DC: 16, 32 GB|
An unboxing isn’t going to be much simpler than this one, the ram slats are both wrapped in a separate plastic. When you open this plastic the memory will appear. On the front you will find information about the most important specifications of the memory, such as size and speed.
We are actually quite satisfied with the design of the IRDM PRO. The design is sleek but looks luxurious with the golden accents. As mentioned before, the RAM laths are made of a black PCB with a black heatsink. The heatsink is made of matte coated aluminum. On the front we see the IRDM logo just like on the back. In the lower right corner we find “IRDM PRO by GOODRAM”.
The test setup consists of the following, in which Windows 10 Pro runs from a Samsung NVMe SSD.
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200)
DX Feature Level: 11.0
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core Processor (16 CPUs), ~3.6GHz
Radeon RX 580 Series, 4273MB, Driver Version 26.20.15029.20013
Graphics Card Vendor Id 0x1002 with Device ID 0x67df
For many potential purchasers of RAM, it is important that they know what kind of origin the chips have. This is because they can then often determine the overclock potential to get the most out of the RAM bars. We have not overclocked the RAM ourselves, other than using the XMP setting. With Thaiphoon burner we looked where the DRAM components came from. However, GOODRAM does not seem to reveal this in the software, although the company itself claims to use premium sorted DRAM components. The manufacturer is “undefined” just like the “part number”. Interestingly, the memory module states that it is actually a GOODRAM Iridium, i.e. the slats are rebranded with a different heatsink.
For the benchmarks we used Aida 64 Extreme, MaxxMem^2, GTAV and 3D Mark Time Spy (V1.0) and CineBench R20. If we look at the rough results of Aida and MaxxMem, we see a performance boost of about 10 percent of the GOODRAM memory at 3600 MHz compared to the Crucial at 3200 MHz. Also in the CPU scores of 3D Mark Time Spy and CineBench we see a gain of about 5%. In applications where the graphics card is dominant, we actually see little or no performance boost.
For durability we look at 5 properties:
- Sustainable ambitions of the company
- Durable packaging
- Durable design
- Energy efficiency
When it comes to GOODRAM’s sustainable ambitions, there is little to be found on the website. However, under fire there is a heading “ecology”, in which GOODRAM explains that it is important to recycle equipment at the end of its life. For example, GOODRAM in Poland also has a certain collection point for used electronics, so that this can be recycled in an environmentally friendly way.
The packaging of RAM is minimal, but made of plastic.
The RAM memory contains a heatsink of aluminium. In general aluminium is very easy to recycle, but the question is whether this aluminium is recycled. The temperature range for use is not known. GOODRAM gives a lifetime warranty on the RAM memory.
Nothing is known about the energy efficiency other than that the ram works at 1.35 V when using XMP. In case XMP is not used, the ram will run at 1.20V.
Safety includes quality control, which is very good with GOODRAM. The company is ISO 9001 certified for the production and sale of DRAM modules and FLASH storage. The reason why GOODRAM started the production line in Europe instead of outside Europe in 2003 was to be able to guarantee the quality of the products.
As you have read in this review the GOODRAM IRDM PRO DDR4 RAM is a good choice when it comes to RAM memory. In practice the 3600 MHz memory performs about 5 percent better than memory with a frequency of 3200 MHz. If the surcharge is low, this can certainly be a very interesting choice. At the moment RAM is not very well available on the Dutch market, but we believe this will happen soon.
It would adorn GOODRAM by indicating in the RAM from now on which manufacturer the DRAM chips are, for example Samsung, Micron or Hynix. This would allow consumers to assess what the overclocking possibilities are. Now it is true that there is always a silicon lottery, so it could also be that you get Hynix memory, which is very easy to overclock.
Anyway, the performance of the GOODRAM IRDM PRO DDR4 is very solid. So we think that with this kit you not only buy a reliable set of memory because of the lifetime warranty, but also a stylish kit that actually fits well in any cabinet.
- Beautifully subtle but premium design
- Good performance
- Lifetime warranty
- Good price
- Manufacturer of DRAM unknown (Samsung, Micron, Hynix, etc.)
Review GOODRAM IRDM PRO: Touch of gold
The performance of the GOODRAM IRDM PRO is very solid. The kit is reliable because of its lifetime warranty but also looks very stylish. Who the manufacturer of the DRAM is, is not known.
Product SKU: IRP-3600D4V64L17S
Product Brand: Goodram