G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Elite DDR4-4000 MHz CL14 2x8 GB Review 20

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Elite DDR4-4000 MHz CL14 2x8 GB Review

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With memory prices falling, now is a great time to be looking for memory upgrades. Fall hardware releases are in full swing, there is competition from both Intel and AMD, and the Red brand has thoroughly fixed the memory issues of generations past. No longer do users have to worry about memory compatibility or shopping for expensive AMD-branded kits. With 3200 MHz natively supported on the new Ryzen platform, options for enthusiasts have never been more open.

G.SKILL, the Taipei-based memory manufacturer, has a history of producing performance-oriented memory products. The brand has some iconic designs, from the classic Ripjaws to the popular Trident series. G.SKILL has consistently delivered competitive performance in a striking aesthetic package. The culmination of this evolutionary process has materialized into some of the most refined memory designs on the market, most thoroughly within the Trident Z line of DDR4 memory kits.

The G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Elite is "meticulously crafted to display just the right amount of light refraction" with a crystalline light bar that "scatters the RGB colors in a magnificent display of LED lighting." This glamorous new light bar design has been paired with polished aluminium heat spreaders available in either a gold or silver finish. The new kit is glamorous to the point of excess and may leave customers wanting it on a shelf rather than in their system. G.SKILL is still committed to providing top-notch performance with their kits, and this one is no exception.

The G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Elite kit I have for testing today features 2x 8 GB sticks at a blazing fast 4000 MHz speed and 14-15-15-35 timings. So is the G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Elite as fast as it is flashy?


Speed Rating:DDR4-4000
Rated Timings:14-15-15-35
Tested Capacity:16 GB (2x 8 GB)
Tested Voltage:1.55 V
PCB Type:10 layers
Error Checking:Non-ECC
Form Factor:288-pin DIMM
Warranty:Limited Lifetime
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