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G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB Introduction:
G.SKILL has long been a top tier, high end memory company. As time passed, the company has gone from a niche company with a ton of buzz on the Internet to a brand that is looked to for top tier modules. Thanks to not only brand recognition, but the time and work it does to build a quality product, G.SKILL is now at the forefront when the discussion turns to high end memory. Over the years, I have looked at more than a few sets of G.SKILL's modules either as review samples or kits I purchased to build a rig. The one constant is that I could count on getting a set of modules that had some overclocking headroom left for the enthusiast.
No matter the series, G.SKILL has a set of modules for every occasion. Intel's move to the X99 platform brought with it the move to DDR4 memory, closely followed up by the Intel 100 series platform to drive the latest technology down to the mainstream level. Initially, costs were high, but now you can find 32GB kits, like this Trident Z kit, for just over $200, with 16GB kits hitting your wallet for just half that amount. The DDR4 Trident Z kit I am looking at today is 32GB in capacity, running at 3200MHz with incredibly tight timings for the speed at 14-14-14-36. These modules come in both black and silver brushed aluminum finishes with a variety of accent colors to fit just about every board color scheme on the market.
If past history has anything to say about it, this set of modules should perform well when paired with Intel's Core i7 6950X and X99 refresh motherboards. Let's see if history repeats itself.
G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB Closer Look:
Rather than shipping modules in a plastic clamshell, G.SKILL put together a nice looking box to carry the Trident Z modules. It's much the same packaging I saw when I looked at the 16GB 3400MHz kit designed for Intel 100 series chipsets back in February. The unique packaging showcases the DIMMs on the front panel. The Trident Z logo is across the top, with the statement "performance for the Truly Extreme" underneath, letting the potential user know that these modules are built for speed. The back of the packaging speaks to the consumer about the benefits of using G.SKILL memory, offering groundbreaking performance when installed in your high end gaming system. Additionally, these modules come with a lifetime warranty and support from the G.SKILL team vis several different mediums. At the bottom left are the SKU tags that list what set of modules this kit includes, as well as the individual serial numbers of each of the modules. The information you can get from these tags pretty much sums up the specifications. Inside the clamshell is a G.SKILL sticker if you want to show the parts you are running in your rig.
The Trident Z line has been at the top of G.SKILL's product stack and offer up plenty of potential. Decoding the speed and latency is a simple as looking at the part number. F4-3200C14Q-32GTZW is a 4x8GB 32GB kit of DDR4 memory in the Trident Z lineup, rated to run at 3200MHz with a CAS latency of 14. What you do not get from the part number you can get from the data on the DIMM's serial number tag. The rest of the timings on this set of modules are 14-14-14-36 and are set to use an applied 1.35v to get the job done.
As part of the Trident Z lineup, these modules come with an 8-layer PCB and hand picked highly binned memory ICs. These modules come with an XMP 2.0 profile that makes memory set up a one stop shop, if you apply the profile. What sets the Trident Z modules apart from the pack is the robust brushed aluminum heat sink package used on these modules. Available in both black and silver, you get several options to choose from. The white color accent clip is removable, suggesting that you could swap these out if other colors were available for purchase. At this time they are not, so the best suggestion to get the color you want would be to pick the modules that would best match your system out of the available color palette (red, white, yellow, black, and orange) and speed combinations. On the edge of the 8-layer PCB, the capacity of the module and its speed rating are stamped just so you know that you are getting what you paid for.
G.SKILL has put together this promotional video that walks through the benifits of the Trident Z Modules. Take a quick look to see what the company has to say.