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G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB Review

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G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB Conclusion:

G.SKILL has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. From a once obscure brand to juggernaut standing up in front of the class, with products that run at some of the highest clock speeds on the market for the enthusiast as well as the consumer not looking for that really high end set of memory. Really, that's not the end of the pool we play in, so we will stick to the high performance side of the fence. G.SKILL's Trident Z series modules are some of the best looking DIMMs that you can buy. The brushed finish just screams high end. The robust 44mm tall heat spreaders hang out in the airflow through the chassis to keep the hand picked memory ICs cool when cranking on the clock speeds. I found that even while running 1.5v through the Trident Z modules they never got hot. Add a little bit of directed airflow and they stay right at ambient temperature.

This particular set of 3200MHz rated DDR4 Trident Z modules, part F4-3200C14Q-32GTZKW, come with a white accent bar. Different accent bars are available depending on the specific Trident Z memory kit you are looking for. Orange, red, yellow, white, and black are available, along with two different brushed finishes.

Looking at the performance delivered by this set of G.SKILL Trident Z modules, it's clear that the modules do stand up well with the tighter timings. However, the secondary timings were loose enough that comparative performance took a hit when you look at the performance delivered by a similar kit from the competition. The looser secondary and tertiary timings let the modules overclock much further than the comparison modules, but you have to work a bit to tune these modules and the board for better performance. That being said, these modules will overclock to at least 3400MHz using the XMP 2.0 applied timings. To get there I needed to crank up the voltage to the modules to 1.5v to get the modules stable at 3400MHz 14-14-14-34. I cannot advocate pushing 1.5v through your modules, but G.SKILL has a limited lifetime warranty on the modules should anything happen.

Priced at $229, this set of modules from G.SKILL delivers comparable performance for an entry point in the $229 range. There are plenty of 32GB DDR4 kits that run at 3200MHz out of the box, but very few run timings this tight. Setting them up is a simple as applying the XMP 2.0 profile in the BIOS and then booting into the operating system. If you want to take the time to maximize the performance, G.SKILL's modules are up to the task.

Pros:

  • Tight timings
  • Great cooling
  • Performance
  • Overclocking
  • Multi color availability
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • Looser secondary timings
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