When looking at RAM for the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, you'll want to pay attention to the speeds of each module and the capacity. The sweet spot right now for the processor is at least a kit of 16GB RAM clocked at 3000MHz. I've rounded up a few examples to get you started.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit (opens in new tab)
Ryzen processors love plenty of RAM to play with, and this 16GB kit (two 8GB modules) is perfect for a gaming or light productivity PC. You've got enough speed to make your programs and games run quickly, and enough capacity to run even more demanding apps.
Patriot Memory VIPER 4 16GB Kit (opens in new tab)
You don't have to spend countless hundreds on RAM to accompany your new Ryzen 5 2600 CPU. This 16GB kit from Patriot is tied with Corsair in affordability scoring, but you won't be losing much in terms of performance. It has the same 3000MHz speeds and other much-needed features.
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 16GB Kit (opens in new tab)
Light 'Em Up
G.SKILL's TridentZ RGB kits have RGB lighting, making them ideal for system builders who wish to add some light within their PC case. This kit isn't all about the looks, though you will pay slightly more for the RGB functionality. The same 3000MHz speeds are met with 16GB of capacity.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB Kit (opens in new tab)
If you want to futureproof your PC or happen to do video editing, you'll want to invest in 32GB of RAM. This Corsair Vengeance kit contains the same RAM modules as our first recommendation but with double the capacity of 32GB. In the long run, it'll be better value to pick this kit up now than at a later date, but only if you have the budget.
If we were to recommend RAM...
There's plenty of RAM out there, but not all of it plays well with Ryzen processors. We've made sure our suggestions do work out-the-box, and only the best value options are included. We've used Corsair's Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit (opens in new tab) in several Ryzen builds without issue and wholeheartedly recommend the modules.
If you have the money to splash out, G.SKILL TridentZ kits (opens in new tab) are becoming more popular thanks to a sleek module and heat spreader design matched with reliable performance. Treating your Ryzen CPU to the best RAM on the market can have a notable effect on performance.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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