G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 (2x8GB) Review in English
Today we are pleased to make our first review of a G.Skill product and nothing less than the new Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 (2x8GB) special memories for AMD Ryzen 3rd generation (and probably Threadripper 3rd generation). I mention “special”, since these memories are exclusive for this platform (it doesn’t work in Intel, for the moment) and we will see what kind of performance they give us, besides technical information and final analysis.
These memories have been assigned for today’s review, thanks to G.Skill.
G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 – Specifications
The G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 memories are specially made for the new AMD Ryzen 3000 (Zen 2) and Threadripper 3000 (Zen 2) processors because one of the first surprises we encountered was that the memories did not work on Intel processors (only activating the XMP profile).
This can also be confirmed by checking the QVL list of this model and you will notice that there is only compatibility with X570 boards.
The second surprise that gave us the memories, was that contrary to what we would have thought, this kit is not Samsung B-Die. Reviewing the information carefully, we saw that this kit uses Samsung D-Die (Single Rank). We’ve seen this kind of chips before, but not in high-end configuration (3600 MHz CL14).
The memories use 10 layers for the PCB and 1.4v in their XMP profile.
Recently this kit (at the time of the review) has received a price reduction (like the rest of the RAM price) lowering its original price from 259.99 USD to 239.99 USD (in the United States) making them relatively more attractive.
Specifications table – Summary – Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14
G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 (2x8GB)
|Series||G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14|
|Memory type||DDR4 (non-ECC)|
|Speed (Native)||2133 Mhz CL15|
|XMP Profiles||3600 MHz CL14|
|XMP Primary Latencies||14-15-15-35|
|Price (at the moment of the review)||-USA: 239.99 (Newegg)
-Perú: 355 USD (Aprox)
This product is aimed at the consumer who wants the best possible performance on the AMD Ryzen (Zen 2) platform without having to put a lot of hand (i.e. manual overclocking). There are few memories that bring this type of performance to the market and this is one of the options.
Not all users will be comfortable doing manual overclocking (especially validate) and these memories work at these frequencies and latencies simply by activating the XMP profile.
Timings applied on the X570 AORUS MASTER plate with this specific kit
We will also do overclock tests to the memories and discover how the Samsung D-Die chips behave, since B-Die, was very susceptible to temperatures (in overclock) and could become unstable when reaching a certain temperature.
Unboxing and photos – G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14
Benchmarks and overclock – AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (Zen 2)
Curiously for this review, we will create a new database exclusively for AMD, as these memories are currently exclusive for the X570/X470/B450 AMD platform with Ryzen (Zen 2) processors. We tried to test them in Intel and although they raised and entered the operating system, at the time of stress test, we launched a blue screen.
So finally we will have a pure category for AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors (Zen 2). Now our test bench.
CPU:Ryzen 9 3900X
Motherboard: GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER (F10) – AGESA 1004B
RAM (what we are testing):G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 (2x8GB)
Graphics card: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING OC
OS: Windows 10 Home Versión 1909
SSD:Trion OCZ150 480GB + 1TB SSD
Driver: 440.20 NVIDIA
PSU: Seasonic Prime 1300W Platinum
I just want to underline, that the performance in some benchmarks may vary, due to the changes AMD has in its different BIOS and AGESA code reviews. For today, we use the most recent code, although in the future there may be some difference in performance with today’s data.
Information about overclock in the G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14
At the time of writing, like its predecessor, the Samsung B-Die, the D-Die are also quite susceptible to temperatures. Setting them at 3733 MHz CL14 with aggressive secondary and tertiary timings, the memories have been unstable if no active ventilation is used on the memories.
Putting a fan did the magic to make them work stable for 24/7 use with a slight increase in voltage to 1.45v.
AIDA64 Memory bandwidth
AIDA64 Memory latency
Geekbench 4 – RAM Test
The Witcher 3 – 1080p Ultra
While the benchmarks above are synthetic, they can give us a reference of memory performance, using a game that is quite susceptible to RAM illustrates better information of the impact that RAM memories have on games.
The Witcher 3 is one of those games, where latencies play an important role in performance, other than having a video card/ processor overclock.
Here is the corresponding table in this controlled test, where we see the average FPS and 1% LOW.
Temperatures – G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14
To our surprise, the heatsinks that have G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 memories are quite good in themselves. At the time of manual overclocking, with very aggressive timings at 3733 MHz CL14 (1:1 IF) 1.45 voltage to RAM and stress test, the memories reached 48 degrees centigrade.
It is at this point that the memories become unstable with overclocking. We decided to try the same test with active ventilation over the RAM and not only was the overclock stable, but also the temperatures did not exceed 32.5 degrees Celsius (with an approximate ambient temperature of 22 degrees).
Our recommendation (as always) is to have a ventilated case, as like Samsung B-Die, today’s D-Die Single Rank is susceptible to temperature and stability. With sufficient airflow, temperatures will be kept in check, in addition to ensuring the stability of manual overclocking.
Conclusion – New level of performance for Zen 2 with a premium
The G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 memories bring a new level of performance to the world of AMD Ryzen (Zen 2) processors which users who are not as adept at manual overclocking will be more than excited to try.
The most curious thing about this product is that it is exclusive to AMD at the moment and the QVL list is limited to X570 boards. For users who are adept at manual overclocking, the memories probably won’t be as attractive, as they could go for a lower-cost kit and “play” Russian roulette, as well as take the time to verify the stability of them.
The G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 is aimed at those users who want the best performance just by activating the XMP profile and not having to worry about anything else. Although it already comes with a quite aggressive frequency, as well as slightly fast primary timings, we took the time to try a more aggressive configuration for this kit.
The result of manual overclocking with these memories is extremely phenomenal (you can check the benchmarks of The Witcher 3 in 1080p, a game quite susceptible to latencies) with an improvement of 11% in the title. Samsung D-Die is a new world which we have to try certain things out of a few.
The only thing that discourages the product is the rather high price, which we see partially justified. We say partially, because not all people are adept at manual overclocking, nor do they take the time to validate configurations (it can take days).
This value (of time saved) as well as selecting chips that are capable of running at such frequencies and latencies is part of the price. We hope to see a reduction in the price of the kit, but for those who have a fairly large budget and want the best of the best, without the need to put a lot of hand, G.Skill has an alternative.
-High performance, high frequencies and low latencies only by activating XMP profile.
-Quite friendly for those users who want performance simply by activating a click.
-Ability to overclock (adjusting timings / raising frequency) that raises the performance in a “spectacular” sensitive games.
-Dissipation is suitable for overclock scenario (although some kind of airflow is needed to maintain stability with aggressive timings).
-Memories only compatible with AMD (for the moment).
-Somewhat high price, especially the local one.
We give the platinum award to the G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 memories, for offering a performance worthy of the Ryzen Zen 2 platform. What surprised us the most was its overclocking capacity and how much it improved in gaming once overclocked (manually). Our recommendation also wins.
P.S. The Trident Z Neo DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 are a worthy successor to the 3200 MHz CL14, which already entered EOL (Samsung B-Die).
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