G.Skill has been around for a while with its memory modules, and the Trident Z Neo offers very cool looks and great performance for AMD boards.
Here you are also spoiled for choice: They offer speeds of up to 3800 MHz and capacities of up to a whopping 256 GB. Today we’re looking at the quad channel kit that squeezes out 32GB of RAM at a speed of 3600MHz.
That’s not cheap, however – at $ 249.99, this particular kit is more expensive than what G.Skill offers. You can always opt for a two-channel kit instead to bring the price down a bit, as that depends entirely on your particular PC setup and budget.
Whichever kit you choose, you are primarily getting a great looking piece of hardware. Each storage module has a two-tone design made of black brushed aluminum and powder-coated silver for a very elegant look. The fins on top also help dissipate heat, although a warning sign is that they can be a little sharp when installing the modules on your motherboard.
8-zone RGB lighting sections adorn the top of each module, which can be controlled via G.Skill’s own software for a variety of effects. Alternatively, it can be synchronized via software from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI or ASRock if you do not want to install additional software (depending on your motherboard model). Each module comes with a custom 10-layer circuit board and is tested on various motherboards for maximum compatibility. The modules are operated at 2133 MHz as standard. So to get the full DDR4-3600 performance you need to enable XMP in your BIOS.
Handbrake: (1080p 1 minute video) 54 fps
3DMark: Timespy 13418
AIDA64: Read 50,235 MB / s; Write 28,736 MB / s
Our test system has a Biostar Racing B550GTQ motherboard, which is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 3700x CPU. With XMP switched on, we immediately saw the clock rate of 3600 MHz in CPU-Z with 16-19-19-39 timings. This kit can be pushed past its 3600 MHz limit to around 4000 MHz, where it remains stable, but attempting to beat it even slightly made our test system unstable after just a few minutes of use.
The default XMP settings at 3600 MHz are still pretty fast. So, unless you are absolutely determined to get every speed out of your RAM, all you can do is use your motherboard’s XMP profile.
In terms of performance, it is always difficult to rate RAM simply because, ultimately, what makes the biggest difference is its use in the real world. Just running synthetic benchmarks as the only test isn’t really an indication of how good a particular RAM setup is.
Nevertheless, the Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 performed very well in benchmarking mode as well as in real use. While gaming, we noticed a slight increase in frame rates, sometimes even 5 fps at very high settings in games like Shadow of Tomb Raider. Opening multiple Chrome tabs (a normal memory issue) never stalled our test system and was still more than able to run multiple apps in the background without any problems.
The Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 is a great choice for any AMD manufacturer looking to add both performance and good looks to their PC build. It offers great read / write speeds for most PC tasks, and gamers will enjoy the few precious frames they can win in most modern games.
For speed enthusiasts, there’s enough wiggle room to play around with the settings to get the most stable speeds, but even out of the box, the Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 is a great addition to any rig. The RGB lighting is well thought out and looks great too – the only downside here is whether or not you want to swallow the $ 249.99 price tag.