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G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB Review


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

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 modules through a series of benches to see just how they compare. SInce I only have a pair of DDR4 modules, these will represent the comparison field. Each kit will be tested at its native 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 set up used for these benchmarks is listed below, with the XMP profile applied to show where the modules settle in at after training. The CPU will be run with default XMP settings with the CPU running at the XMP 2.0 set 4.0GHz for the basleine testing. The memory will then be overclocked while keeping the clock speed as close to 4.0GHz as possible for OC testing. All current updates and patches are installed for Windows 10 64-bit and the latest driver for the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition will be used.


Testing Setup: Intel Socket 2011 v-3

  • Processors: Intel Core i7 6950X
  • CPU Cooling: Corsair H115i
  • Motherboard: ASUS X99 Strix
  • Memory: G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz 32GB 14-14-14-34
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  • Power Supply: Corsair RM 1000X
  • Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SATA 3
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray
  • Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit


Comparison Modules:


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.




Whereas Corsair's modules had incredibly tight secondary timings, this set of Trident Z modules from G.SKILL were set up a little looser out of the gate, allowing for a bit more of the easy overclocking before having to really tune the modules. Keeping the settings applied by the XMP 2.0 profile, I was able to bump the modules up to 3400MHz by increasing the applied voltage to 1.5v and tweaking the modules a bit for better performance in the ASUS TweakIt tool. Loosening the primary timing up any more to 15-15-15 did not allow a post with up to 1.5v to the modules. Pushing 1.5v to the modules did not seem to really impact how warm the Trident Z modules ran without airflow. The robust heat spreaders really did handle the thermal load quite well.



Maximum Memory Speed:

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:


  • PCMark 8
  • Geekbench 3
  • Hyper Pi 0.99
  • SiSoft Sandra 2016
  • X.265
  • AIDA64
  • Tom Clancy's The Division

  1. G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB: Specifications & Features
  3. G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB Testing: Synthetic & Real World Tests
  5. G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB Testing: Gaming
  6. G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB: Conclusion
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