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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A Closer Look


The Royal kits all follow the award-winning Trident Z tri-fin design, which is already distinguished. The polished silver finish is absolutely beautiful, with the faceted light bar as the proverbial icing on the cake.


The Trident Z Royal Elite design is simple and elegant; the heat spreader is split into geometric patterns that reflect light at different angles. The back of the stick is identical for all but the mandatory specification sticker.


The branding on the G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Elite is very minimalist, an absolute masterstroke of design by G.SKILL. Aside from the specification sticker, "G.SKILL" features along the bottom edge of each side. Given the premium nature of this kit, it is only fitting that it has premium specifications to match. The kit is rated for a 4000 MHz XMP profile at 14-15-15-35 and 1.55 V.


The G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Elite sticks are single-sided and use Samsung B-die ICs on a PCB with 10 layers for added stability.


I like to weigh a stick from each kit I get as the difference in mass can be pretty drastic between kits. Mass is not the best indicator of cooling efficiency because material can matter, and of course, heat dissipation is reliant on surface area, not volume or mass. That said, it is still interesting to compare.


The G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Elite comes in at 57.25 g on my scale, which is on the high end. The aluminium heat spreader is thicker than most, and the silver aluminium insert adds a fair bit of mass. For height, the G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Elite comes in at almost 43.08 mm with my calipers, which is right at the average of 45–50 mm.
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