G.Skill Trident Z 3200MHz CL14 DDR4 Review – 16GB (2x8GB)

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Introduction & Closer Look

Brand: G.Skill
Model: Trident Z 16GB (2x8GB) 3200MHz CL14 (F4-3200C14D-16GTZSK)
UK Price: £119.36 @ Amazon UK (at time of review)
US Price: $108.27 @ Amazon US (at time of review)

Memory or RAM (Random Access Memory) isn’t just a highly functional part of any computer setup, but without it, your PC/laptop/device just simply wouldn’t be able to operate. Over the years, many companies have thrown their hat into the arena offering many different variations since the days of the original DDR memory. Now that we are in the age of DDR4, the competition is fierce and pricing is as at its most critical peak.

One such company that is renowned in the memory sector is G.Skill; a Taipei-based giant that has been established since 1989. More recently they have moved some of their focus over to the peripheral market (check out our review of the G.Skill KM780 RGB Keyboard here); this hasn’t slowed down their memory division at all. Today we will be taking a kit from one of their top memory ranges, the G.Skill Trident Z.

Today’s particular sample features a relatively high clock speed of 3200MHz with very tight timings of CL14. This makes this particular kit of memory particularly suitable for overclocking and high-performance applications. The packaging isn’t exactly anything out of the ordinary, but it does feature implemented Z to highlight which memory range this kit comes from; Trident Z of course!

G.Skill Trident Z 3200MHz CL14 Review - 16GB (2x8GB)

Looking at the actual modules themselves, this kit features 2 x DDR4 modules which equal to 16GB or 2 x 8GB modules depending on how you look at it (means the exact same thing really). This means that this kit is supported for dual channel platforms such as Intel’s Z170 platform and would be the perfect companion to the Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Skylake processors. The G.Skill Trident Z range features large and tall heat sinks (44mm or 1.73”); these have a nice gun metal grey coloured finish which looks very sleek and premium.

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The top fins of the G.Skill Trident Z have slight incisions which give off a volatile and menacing look from a top down angle; pretty much how the memory will be seen when installed into a conventional case.

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Let’s take a look at the official specifications of this particular memory kit from G.Skill, take a look at our DDR4 testing set up and then see how it performs under our testing conditions…

Specifications

Memory Type DDR4
Capacity 16GB (8GBx2)
Multi-Channel Kit Dual Channel Kit
Tested Speed 3200MHz
Tested Latency 14-14-14-34-2N
Tested Voltage 1.35v
Registered/Unbuffered Unbuffered
Error Checking Non-ECC
SPD Speed 2133MHz
SPD Voltage 1.20v
Fan lncluded No
Height 44 mm / 1.73 inch
Warranty Limited Lifetime
Features Intel XMP 2.0 (Extreme Memory Profile) Ready

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  • Calvin Summerlin

    I agree that the board was the limiting factor, on Maximus VIII Gene or Impact you probably could have done 3866~4133C12.