G.SKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4 4000 Memory Review

For the subsequent reminiscence evaluation, we’re taking a look at a newly launched product from G.SKILL. We’ve got seen over the previous few years that DDR4 reminiscence has been dressed as much as make them stand out; nevertheless, G.SKILL has taken issues to a brand new degree. The Trident Z Royal is G.SKILL’s try at a high-end, premium RGB reminiscence that’s assured so as to add a luxurious component to your subsequent construct. There are a number of totally different XMP’s out there and two totally different colour choices, however at the moment we’re wanting a the DDR4 4000 CL17 package in silver.

Specs and Options

Progressive designs and distinctive overclocking prowess will not be new phrases to explain G.SKILL, as they’ve been a pacesetter within the fanatic reminiscence world for a very long time. As you could or might not know, G.SKILL was “Established in 1989 by PC hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL specializes in high performance memory, SSD products, and gaming peripherals designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Combining technical innovation and rock solid quality through our in-house testing lab and talented R&D team, G.SKILL continues to create record-breaking memory for each generation of hardware and hold the no. 1 brand title in overclocking memory.” (supply: G.SKILL)

Within the desk under we look at the actual particulars of the reminiscence being evaluated at this time.

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal SpecsHalf QuantityF4-4000C17D-16GTRSCapability16 GB (2×eight GB)SortDDR4 U-DIMMVoltage1.35 VVelocity SpecPC4 32000Rated FrequencyDDR4 4000 (2000 MHz)Package SortTwin ChannelRated Timings17-17-17-37 2TPricingGuaranteeLifetime

When buying DDR4 reminiscence, the primary elements to think about, aside from reminiscence measurement or bodily options, are the working frequency and timings. The XMP is a reminiscence profile saved contained in the precise reminiscence, which permits the consumer to simply apply the rated frequency and timings. This package of reminiscence comes with a really quick XMP 2.zero profile of 4000MHz with main timings of CL17-17-17.

For these , here’s a nearer take a look at the actual particulars of this package of reminiscence. Under is a screenshot of Thaiphoon Burner, which is an excellent free software that permits one to learn the Serial Presence Detect (SPD) firmware of the DRAM. The SPD info is important in figuring out how the stick will carry out and the way the pc will acknowledge it.

Thaiphoon Burner Info

Because the Thaiphoon Burner screenshot exhibits, this particular package of reminiscence consists of Samsung B-DIE ICs. Moreover, to a pointy observer, the rated velocity of 4000MHz with CAS 17 is an effective indicator that this package of reminiscence is utilizing B-DIE ICs. It’s because the rated velocity of 4000MHz with tight timings of CL17-17-17 is virtually unattainable to obtain with different IC producers, corresponding to Hynix. This reminiscence makes use of a complete of eight ICs, all of that are situated on just one aspect. As you may know, Samsung B-DIE has grow to be synonymous with excessive frequency and tight timings.

G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 4000 Royal Options 

Radiant Crystalline Mild Bar

Intricately crafted mild diffuser for max mild refraction, even when positioned in low-light circumstances. The crystalline mild bar scatters the RGB colours in a powerful show of LED lighting. To handle the sunshine present, G.SKILL has included a brand new model of their RGB management software program which is suitable with all widespread motherboard makers, absolutely customization. and programmable.


Product Line

The Trident Z Royal lineup provides one thing for everybody. The reminiscence kits are outfitted with the newest Intel XMP 2.zero profiles for straightforward one-click reminiscence overclocking, and most kits can be found by way of G.SKILL worldwide distribution on the time of posting. From the finances concision 3000 MHz package to the efficiency minded 4600 MHz package, the Trident Z Royal line is uniquely versatile to satisfy your wants.


Fashion and Perform

Complementing the patented high-class design, polished aluminum warmth spreaders of gold or silver colours cool the reminiscence modules with the award-winning basic Trident Z tri-fin design. With the inherently restricted design real-estate of a DRAM module, G.SKILL has managed to pack in an unimaginable quantity of favor and aptitude on your subsequent construct.


Asus AURA Sync

The Trident Z Royal is suitable with Asus Aura software program. This distinctive function permits customers with Asus Aura motherboards to sync each the reminiscence and the motherboard. When paired with an Asus motherboard, the G.SKILL management software program relinquishes management to the Asus Aura software program to permit syncing of the varied suitable hardware.


The packaging is usually an ignored factor to a completed product, however it shouldn’t be. The packaging is just a supply mechanism to ship the product safely, however it additionally serves as a preview of what’s to return. We have now all opened merchandise with cheaply-made packaging, and whether or not you consider it or not, we consider that it has an impact on the primary impression of the product.

The Trident Z Royal packing is the primary indicator that one thing particular lurks under. The general look could be very glossy and professional, consisting of an all-black exterior with a easy slide-off band to carry it collectively. The lid hinges as much as reveal probably the most eye catching reminiscence you’re more likely to see. This reminiscence isn’t purely useful. Once you put these sticks in your rig, you’re taking a definitive stance on type.

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The general form may look acquainted, as a result of we’ve got seen this similar tri-fin design on all the Trident Z DDR4 fashions. Nevertheless, for the Trident Z Royal lineup, they’ve chosen to function this reminiscence with highly-polished, all-aluminum warmth spreaders. Because of the polished nature of the reminiscence modules, G.SKILL has kindly included a microfiber material to wipe away these pesky fingerprints.

The whole prime of the reminiscence module is one contiguous plastic mild diffuser, which G.SKILL is looking the “crystalline light bar”. This serves the perform of softening the sunshine from eight individually selectable RGB LEDs. It additionally serves the perform of including a premium factor to your construct with the distinctive diamond-shaped mild bar.

Of the 2 shade choices obtainable, we’re reviewing the silver selection at present. This is perhaps the apparent selection for extra pc builders, since it’s extra of a common shade tone in comparison with the gold choice.

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As seen under, the Trident Z Royal places on a really distinctive mild present. Booting up the system we discover that the reminiscence comes from the manufacturing unit with a pre-programmed, rainbow-like fade impact. Every module cycles by way of all colour choices as the colour shifts from one finish of the keep on with the opposite.

The sunshine present is gorgeous proper if you plug within the reminiscence. Nevertheless, this reminiscence options extremely programmable RGB LEDs, so that you don’t have to hold the inventory settings for lengthy. The RGB management software program for the Trident Z Royal is free and out there for obtain from their help web site. The software program is straightforward to make use of and setup is a breeze. I commend them for having the braveness to supply software program which is extraordinarily streamlined and easy, but extremely efficient. Inside the software program, one can find extra choices than you thought potential. The mixtures of lighting configurations are almost limitless, and the reminiscence modifications colours as quickly as you hit “Apply”. The software program is suitable with all mainstream motherboards.

Within the footage under you’ll be able to see one of many many potential choices which you’ll be able to set inside the software program. Right here we’ve got each sticks set to a strong, non-blinking colour that shifts from one colour to a different on a sluggish time delay.

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Testing and Overclocking

The general goal is to guage the reminiscence beneath quite a lot of totally different circumstances in an effort to guage efficiency for every day life duties. To perform this, we’ll flip to benchmark packages to look at the efficiency of the reminiscence and general system beneath numerous circumstances. The strategy is to first check the Intel XMP profile. As soon as we’ve got established that the XMP profiles are engaged on the check system, then the actual enjoyable begins as we consider the reminiscence from an overclocking perspective.

We will look at the overclocking potential with out expressly voiding the guarantee as a consequence of over-voltage. In response to the XMP 2.zero certifications, absolutely the most allowable voltage is 1.50 V VDDR. Thus, all overclocking endeavors shall be carried out with lower than 1.50 V. Nevertheless, afterward on this evaluation we’ll look at what occurs if we expressly void the guarantee and push this reminiscence to the acute limits with greater than 2.zero V.

Under are the check system and ensuing reminiscence speeds that can be used to guage the reminiscence and run the benchmarks.

As is the case with all overclocking adventures, your outcomes might range, so proceed provided that you assume all danger. To view and look at all the numerous reminiscence profiles we use two main instruments, which embrace AIDA64 and ASRock Timing Configurator. AIDA64 is a strong system diagnostic and benchmarking software that may be bought for an inexpensive worth. Subsequent, we can be utilizing the ASRock Timing Configurator, which is a free piece of software program that permits customers of all main motherboard manufacturers to see the first, secondary, and tertiary timings which have been utilized within the bios.

Under is the XMP profile. This specific package of reminiscence comes with an XMP profile of 4000MHz CL17-17-17 which is rated at 1.35 V. The manufacturing progress of Samsung B-DIE reminiscence is clearly evident. Just some years in the past this XMP profile wouldn’t be attainable with out using greater volts and significantly extra relaxed timings.

The enhancements in XMP profile speeds are significantly attributed to trendy manufacturing processes and reminiscence PCB layouts; nevertheless, they may not be attainable on all motherboards. The profile is meant to be a one-click overclock, nevertheless it doubtless solely applies to enthusiast-grade motherboards. In case you are constructing a pc based mostly on a finances motherboard, don’t bee stunned for those who can’t obtain stability with this XMP.


Timing Profile XMP

Memory overclocking is all about pushing the frequency greater and decreasing the timings. One hurdle for reminiscence overclocking is the motherboard. The space between the CPU and the reminiscence modules has a direct relationship with the overclocking potential of the reminiscence. Motherboards with a bigger distance between the CPU and the reminiscence may have greatly-reduced overclocking potential in comparison with motherboards with a shorter distance. Subsequently, motherboards with solely two twin, in-line reminiscence modules (DIMMs) may have a greater probability of elevated reminiscence overclocking potential than motherboards with 4 DIMMs, as a result of the space is inherently shorter.

As soon as the XMP profile has been efficiently examined, we will dive into overclocking. The methodology is to set my most working voltage of 1.490 V and see what might be completed, after which decrease the voltage to seek out the steadiness level. The motherboard getting used is the ASRock z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX, which is a really cheap motherboard that has elite degree reminiscence overclocking capabilities because of it solely having two reminiscence slots.

For the primary check case, solely the working frequency was elevated with no different settings adjusted. With an extremely modest voltage improve from 1.35 V to 1.40 V, the frequency was capable of be elevated by an astonishing 400MHz. Under is the ensuing first overclock check case.

AIDA64 4400MHz CL17-17-17 1.40 V

Timing Profile 4400MHz CL17-17-17 1.40 V

For the second overclock check case, the identical very small voltage improve of 1.35 V to 1.40 V was used. Opposite to the primary check case, this time solely the reminiscence timings have been decreased to offer an alternate instance of what forms of overclocks are attainable. The working frequency was held on the XMP 4000MHz, however the main timings have been decreased so far as attainable whereas nonetheless sustaining relative stability. Under is the ensuing second overclock check case.

AIDA64 4000MHz CL15-15-15 1.40 V

Timing Profile 4000MHz CL15-15-15 1.40 V

For the third, and remaining overclocking check case, the objective was to realize the most effective overclock attainable whereas nonetheless staying inside the most allowable voltage of 1.50 V based on XMP 2.zero specs.  Discovering the optimum overclock for a given standards like voltage just isn’t a precise science and requires a excessive diploma of data, endurance, and the best mixture of kit. Nevertheless, the outcomes might be fairly spectacular. The ensuing overclock was a 500MHz improve in frequency from XMP, with tighter timings as nicely. Given the check gear and the voltage constraint, this can be a very exceptional overclock.

AIDA64 4500MHz CL16-16-16 1.50 V

Timing Profile 4500MHz CL16-16-16 1.50 V


Benchmark Outcomes

Benchmark packages permit us to look at the efficiency achieve or loss from making modifications to the varied pc elements such because the CPU, GPU, or reminiscence. On this case, the aim is to take away all variables and look at solely the efficiency change from reminiscence overclocks. To perform this, all benchmarks have been run with the CPU held at a continuing 5 GHz for each benchmark. I’ll examine the overclock potential not simply because it’s enjoyable, however as a result of it has real-world implications and will help with the productiveness of every day duties.

First up, I used AIDA64 Cache and Memory Benchmark. Particularly talking, “Memory bandwidth benchmarks (Memory Read, Memory Write, Memory Copy) measure the maximum achievable memory data transfer bandwidth. The code behind these benchmark methods are written in Assembly and they are extremely optimized for every popular AMD, Intel, and VIA processor core variants by utilizing the appropriate x86/x64, x87, MMX, MMX+, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE4.1, AVX, AVX2, and AVX-512 instruction set extension.” (supply: www.aida64.com)

Within the graph under, it’s clearly seen that every of the 4 totally different reminiscence speeds we in contrast had a noticeable enchancment within the benchmark outcome. Because the frequency goes up, or the latency turns into quicker, the ensuing rating has an almost linear development of efficiency. Nevertheless, an fascinating development has additionally developed. Overclock check case 2, 4000 CL15, exhibits a really slight achieve in efficiency in comparison with the opposite check instances.

AIDA64 Memory Benchmark

Subsequent up is Geekbench three, and it has confirmed itself to be a superb software for figuring out the real-world efficiency of the system being examined. One of these benchmark is only 2D calculation-based and there’s no graphical processing factor, so it’s an amazing analytical software to guage reminiscence efficiency. Particularly talking, “Geekbench 3 features new tests designed to simulate real-world scenarios. This helps make Geekbench an invaluable tool to determine how your current computer (or your next computer) will handle your tasks and applications.” (supply: www.geekbench.com)

Under, it may be noticed that the overclock check instances present a noticeable enchancment in efficiency for the reminiscence checks. The general system checks, resembling multi core and single core, present very small good points in efficiency. The small positive aspects in efficiency are anticipated as the primary two exams are primarily CPU-based and solely mildly influenced by reminiscence. As with the primary benchmark instance, it may be noticed that overclock check case two was comparatively ineffective at growing efficiency, irregardless of the truth that the timings are considerably tighter.

Geekbench three Benchmark

The subsequent benchmarks are Intel XTU and Hwbot x265. These benchmarks are getting used, as a result of they’ve been recognized to yield noticeable enhancements within the general rating from reminiscence overclocking. Extra particularly, “HWBOT x265 Benchmark is based on the open source x265 encoder. It can take advantage of modern CPUs instruction sets, and multithread support is also very good. However, this benchmarks is also capable of running even on old processors, such as the AMD Athlon or Intel Pentium III. Of course, on the legacy hardware, the encoding time is rather long. There are two presets available – 1080p and 4k. The main goal of both of them is to convert H264 source video to H265/HEVC and measure average fps.” (supply: hw-museum.cz)

By wanting on the 4 reminiscence speeds in contrast within the graph under, it’s clear to see that reminiscence overclocking has a small general impact on the entire system efficiency. Apparently, for the XTU outcomes, all the overclock check instances confirmed a noticeable enchancment.

Hwbot x264 and Intel XTU Benchmarks

The subsequent benchmarks we’ll look at are ones centered round 3D rendering and video games. The Futuremark 3D Mark suite of benchmarks is a real-time graphical rendering benchmark that additionally accommodates a component of reminiscence and CPU testing. For every of the benchmarks from Hearth Strike to Time Spy, we’ll solely look at the CPU/reminiscence testing portion and disrespect the graphical check parts.

Within the graph under we observe that the efficiency improve from reminiscence overclocking is small. It is rather fascinating that overclock check case 2 truly performs worse in each benchmarks. The distinction is lower than 1/four%; nevertheless, it’s clear that the 3DMark benchmark suite prefers excessive frequency to tight timings, as timings can even have a detrimental impact.

3DMark Benchmark

Excessive Overclocking

Many individuals inside the aggressive overclock group run very tight timings with excessive frequency to extend benchmark efficiency. Right here we check out what could be completed by voiding the guarantee and taking overclocking to an excessive degree. With probably damaging voltages of two.10+ V, the reminiscence comes alive and permits really astonishing timings and frequency. The gold commonplace for Samsung B-DIE inside the excessive overclock group has been 4000MHz with CL12. Nevertheless, with new B-DIE ICs on the requirements are altering.

Right here we have now the utmost passing frequency of 4216MHz that might be completed in Geekbench3 utilizing CL12-12-12 timings. The secondary and tertiary timings are additionally significantly tighter when in comparison with XMP. There was no type of unique cooling used for this outcome.

With appreciable danger of damaging the reminiscence and voiding the guarantee, you is perhaps asking your self if it’s value it. Within the graph under, we will see a achieve of as much as 25% for the reminiscence rating and a achieve of 16% for the multicore rating. For day by day duties and even moderately-competitive benchmarking, the danger will not be well worth the reward.

Geekbench three Benchmark


Our general expertise with the Trident Z Royal reminiscence could be very constructive. Whereas it will not be for everybody’s style or suited to all construct designs, this reminiscence clearly has an unprecedented visible look. The mixing of their distinctive ‘crystalline light bar’, extremely excessive polished aluminum warmth spreaders, and eight individually addressable RGB LED’s make the reminiscence sticks actually stand out. The addition of a high-end field, microfiber material, and G.SKILL sticker spherical out the package deal to make this a pleasant unboxing expertise.

On this evaluation, we confirmed three attainable potential overclocks that could possibly be simply completed. Past what was seen right here, the chances for overclocking are very open and versatile. Whereas overclocking the system reminiscence is just not for everybody, relaxation assured that it’s not solely potential, but in addition fairly straightforward with this package of reminiscence. On the acute overclocking finish of issues, we estimate that lower than 1% of the outcomes ever posted on Hwbot or elsewhere can attain or exceed speeds of 4200 CL12 that this reminiscence completed with out using unique cooling.

We’ve got proven that the Trident Z Royal offers distinctive overclocking capabilities with unparalleled type. The upsides to this reminiscence are definitely plentiful, however it doesn’t come with no very appreciable draw back. Whereas we would not have pricing info for this specific package in the meanwhile, by taking a look at retail costs we will see that Trident Z Royal kits are about 30% costlier in comparison with common Trident Z or Ripjaws V of the identical XMP score. This package has fashion and velocity, however these attributes don’t come and not using a hefty price ticket.

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