Best RAM for Intel Core i5-9600K in 2022

The Intel Core i5-9600K is a solid mid-tier processor that lets you enjoy all the latest games and get productive with video editors, but you need some decent RAM or else you'll bottleneck your system. We've rounded up some great module kits that pair well with the i5 CPU.

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Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit (opens in new tab)

Top Pick

This 3,000MHz kit from Corsair houses two 8GB RAM modules for a total of 16GB, which is more than enough for most tasks on Windows 10. It's fast, offers great value, and is compatible with the i5-9600K, making it our top pick.

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Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 16GB Kit (opens in new tab)

RGB RAM

Want RGB lighting? This 16GB Corsair RGB PRO kit has similar specifications to our top pick, including the clock speed of 3,000MHz and the same latency rating. Luckily, you also get some fancy RGB LEDs to light up your chassis.

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G.Skill Trident Z Royal Gold 16GB Kit (opens in new tab)

Premium Design

You probably don't need this kit from G.SKILL, but it would be neat to own one for installation inside your PC case. If you're tired of the usual boring RAM module design, this 16GB has a unique look with some RGBs for a unique finish. It's also fast at 3,200MHz.

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Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB Kit (opens in new tab)

High Capacity RAM

The difference between RAM running at 3,000MHz and 3,200MHz isn't huge, which is why we're recommending this 32GB kit from Corsair that's similar to our top pick, aside from the speed. Honestly, there's not much between them, but this one comes rocking double the capacity.

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If you're thinking of picking yourself up an Intel Core i5-9600K, you're going to need two important things: a motherboard and compatible RAM. If you want a no thrills experience that works, the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit (opens in new tab) is fast, affordable and compatible. Generally speaking, you want to invest in a kit that offers considerably high speeds, low latency, and good value. This is one of them.

When you're ready to take your RAM to the next level, there are some fine-looking kits available like the G.SKILL TridentZ kit (opens in new tab). It's popular with system builders due to the design and inclusion of RGB LEDs.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

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.