G.Skill Trident X 2400MHz Reviewccokeman - May 29, 2012
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Memory is often hard to separate from one kit to another in gaming, but when it comes to number crunching and computing, some memory provides an extra boost in comparison. To see just what kind of performance this kit has to offer, I will be running the sticks through a series of benches to see just how they compare. There will be 4GB and 8GB kits ranging in speed from 1600MHz - 2133MHz, tested at native speeds as well as overclocked. Overclocking of course will be dependent on exactly how far the testing rig will allow, but I'll push it as far as I can. The testing setup used for these benchmarks is listed below, where Turbo Boost has been disabled to eliminate uncontrolled clock changes that may offset results. The CPU will be run with default clock speeds for baseline testing and bumped up to 4.5 GHz where possible for OC testing. All current updates and patches are installed for Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and the current AMD Catalyst driver of 12.4.
- Processors: Core i7 3770K
- CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H100
- Motherboard: Maximus V Gene
- Memory: G.Skill Trident X 2400MHz 10-12-12-31 2n 2x4GB
- Video Card: XFX HD 7970 Black Edition
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-ray
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Comparison Module #1: Mushkin Redline 993997 9-11-10-28 2133MHz 2x4GB
- Comparison Module #2: G.Skill Sniper F3-12800CL7D-8GBSR 7-8-7-24 1600MHz 2x4GB
- Comparison Module #3: Corsair GTX8 10-12-12-28 2400MHz 2x2GB
CPU-Z: This application visually shows the settings that we have chosen in the BIOS. Items shown in this application include CPU speed and bus settings, motherboard manufacturer, BIOS revisions, memory timings, and SPD chip information.
Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file, and processor usage.
- Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K
- Memory: G.Skill Trident X 2400 2502MHz 10-12-13-35
Getting the Trident X modules in and running at 2400MHz was as simple as point-and-click, with most of the secondary settings on auto. Tweaking them higher than 2400MHz was fairly simple with the timings relaxed. 2500MHz at 11-13-13-35 with the default 1.65 volts was possible, but try as I might, 2600MHz was a no go. Voltages of up to 1.75v would allow the modules to boot and POST, but fail as soon as a load was applied. Since 2600MHz was out, the challenge was to see where the modules could be tweaked and how they would respond. The maximum clock speed for this set was right over 2500MHz using latencies of 10-12-13-35 with an applied 1.72v. Adjusting the memory controller voltage to just under 1.10v was needed, along with the higher applied vdimm. At just over 100MHz, the gains were not huge, but the modules do show potential. With a $99 price tag, you can have modules that reach over 2400MHz — something not seen lately, as higher speed bins usually come with a hefty price premium.
The maximum memory speed for each set of overclocked modules is indicative of how well the modules ran on this test system. As such, your results may differ in either a positive or negative way based on the capabilities of your hardware. In other words, your mileage may vary!
The benchmarks used in this review include the following:
- CPU-Z Version 1.58
- Windows Task Manager
- PCMark 7
- PCMark Vantage
- Geekbench 2.1
- Super Pi 1.5
- SiSoft Sandra 2012
- Metro 2033