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G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3600 16GB Low Latency Kit Review

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From a technical perspective, this G.Skill F4-3600C16D-16GTZ memory kit is clearly an achievement. There are higher clocked kits with much looser timings and tighter timed kits with much lower clock speeds, but none are as well balanced. With DDR4-3600 speeds and 16-16-16 timings, this model stands alone as the most aggressive 16GB DDR4 memory kit on the market right now.

These impressive specs are all thanks to the new Samsung B-die memory chips, which aren’t yet widely used but will inevitably become the de facto enthusiast-class IC for large 16GB to 32GB memory kits. When you combine that hot new silicon, with a custom 10 layer PCB, and a killer heatspreader design you end up with a very appealing memory kit with a not unreasonable $160 USD / $220 CAD price tag.

The big question is what are you getting for that money when it comes to performance gains? If you are an average joe, not much. If you’re using a discrete graphics card, the gaming frame rate difference between DDR4-2133 and the XMP or even overclocked configurations is generally minimal to non-existent. Simply put, there are no games that need the 30GB/s+ of memory bandwidth that even our lowliest default memory speed configuration could muster. The same is true in most other applications as well, but in our most bandwidth-limited workloads like WinRAR extraction and LuxMark 3D rendering, there was actually a large performance improvement which only got bigger when we further tightened the timings or increased the memory frequency.

This is a great memory kit, the specs alone establish that fact, even though it is not going to benefit everyone equally. It can provide worthwhile performance gains in bandwidth intensive applications, and it has a fair bit of additional frequency and timings headroom available for those who want to run it even faster. As is the case with most high-end memory kits, it is a fun piece of hardware for hobbyist to play around with but it don’t expect it to revolutionize your system’s overall performance.

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