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G.Skill TridentX F3-1600C7D-16GTX Introduction:
Having looked at more than a few 2133MHz to 2666MHz kits here lately, it is interesting to get my hands on a lower speed bin to see just how well they perform not only in the synthetic tests, but in some real world testing. I am curious to see if you really need a big clock speed memory kit to have fun with the latest Haswell-based Core series processors from Intel. G.Skill's TridentX series is the halo modules in its product stack, designed and built for the rigors of the enthusiast and hardcore gamer. We know that tighter latencies usually equate to better performance at a lower memory speed than when you run big clock speeds and loose timings. 16GB has become about the standard size memory for the Z87 platform, but can come in multiple configurations including what I have here today in the G.Skill TridentX F3-1600C7D-16GTX 2x8GB kit. This TridentX kit is rated at 1600MHz using 1.5v and is priced at a middle of the road $169 from the normal sources. Equipped with G.Skill's lifetime warranty, you get some long term piece of mind in case something goes horribly wrong – we all know that happens when pushing the limits of the hardware. Let's see how this kit performs in my test system and see how it compares to the Z87-ready memory kits I have already looked at. This could be fun!
G.Skill TridentX F3-1600C7D-16GTX Closer Look:
The packaging for G.Skill's TridentX F3-1600C7D-16GTX modules is a standard blister pack with the modules displayed on the front of the ad card that shows the company name and series on a dark red and black background. The back side of the package talks about G.Skill holding the current world record frequency at the time (over 3000MHz). Also discussed is the fact that these modules feature a removable heat sink to facilitate usage with extreme cooling methods, such as liquid nitrogen. Inside the packaging is a red case badge with the G.Skill logo used to show your support for the brand.
Each of the modules is equipped with a very robust TridentX heat sink package that measures 54mm in height to provide the cooling necessary to let the TridentX modules scream. This set of TridentX modules, part number F3-1600C7D-16GTX, is a 16GB DDR3 kit consisting of two 8GB modules rated for operation at 1600MHz with latencies of 7-8-8-24 using 1.5v. The front side of the modules shows the G.Skill name and TridentX logo, which is partially covered by the serial number/warranty tag. The back side of the modules mirrors the front side minus the warranty label. Looking at the side of the modules, the red section of the heat sink is almost flame-shaped, though is meant to replicate the look of a Trident. The screw seen on the side allows the upper (red) section of the heat sink to be removed for sub zero cooling. The graphic from G.Skill illustrates how this works.
Having seen what G.Skill's products are capable of in the past, I have some high expectations for this set of modules. So let's see what they can do, especially with G.Skill's overclocking-friendly margins!