Best RAM for AMD Ryzen 2022

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Random access memory (RAM) is vitally important for your PC to run properly without sluggish performance. Choosing the right memory for your processor can be tricky with various factors to consider and plenty of jargon to break through. To help alleviate this, we've rounded up the best DDR4 RAM modules for AMD Ryzen 3000 and 5000 series processors right here.

What is RAM?

RAM is a form of data storage in that the processor is able to access it quicker than other storage media like drives. Compared to the speed of the fastest M.2 SSD, RAM modules are considerably faster. The drawback of RAM compared to drives is it's considered short-term memory and is used temporarily to store data from drives.

When the PC is turned off (or loses power), everything stored in memory is lost. The operating system (OS) actively manages what is stored in RAM as the PC is used. When software is launched, it'll be loaded into RAM but not necessarily cleared completely when closed. Should additional RAM be required elsewhere, the OS will manage what's stored accordingly.

The faster the RAM, the better the overall system performance will be. The same goes for capacity, which allows for more data to be loaded into speedier memory before requiring slower drive storage. The sweet spot in terms of capacity for AMD Ryzen processors is 16GB, which is more than enough for the latest games and software.

Best RAM for AMD Ryzen 5000 processors

If you're planning to (or currently) use an AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processor like the excellent AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, we've rounded up some of the best DDR4 RAM to use with the CPUs. DDR4-3200 should be considered the minimum speed for AMD Ryzen 5000 processors (unless you're on a tight budget) with DDR4-3600 being considered the sweet spot.

Best RAM for AMD Ryzen 3000 processors

AMD Ryzen 3000 Series processors may be old news these days, but they're still worth considering for relatively powerful and efficient PC builds. Whether you're into gaming or doing some intensive workloads, the 3000 Series has plenty of options for most applications, allowing you to save a little in the process. RAM speeds should be DDR4-3000 or DDR4-3200 for best results.

Choosing the best RAM for AMD Ryzen 7000

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Picking the best DDR5 RAM for AMD Ryzen 7000 processors is an easy process. Have a budget in mind that you'd be willing to spend up to. Consider just how much RAM you will require (16GB is a good place for gaming PCs and those who run large software, 8GB is considered the minimum for a modern PC), and then choose the fastest that fits within your budget.

Our recommendations here will work well with any AMD Ryzen 7000 processor, from AMD Ryzen 5 up to AMD Ryzen 9. 

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.