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FRONTPAGE G.Skill Trident Z Royal Elite DDR4-5066 MHz Review

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Nov 1, 1998
Intel's newly released Z590 chipset offers a few advancements over previous platforms, but perhaps the most influential is its memory overclocking capabilities. The changes Intel made to the memory controller frequency, have enabled companies like G.Skill to offer XMP ratings of 4800 MHz and above for mainstream motherboards. Today we're testing and overclocking one such newly released product. The Trident Z Royal Elite comes with a whopping 5066 MHz XMP rating. We're pretty excited to show you G.Skill's latest release, so follow along as we break down what we liked and didn't like.

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Mar 29, 2015
No, there's definitely still a difference. However, based on the fact that Samsung stopped improving B-Die long ago, and Hynix is still improving on D-Die, we've seen the gap narrow substantially in the last year.

At this point, we can say that the effective difference comes down to just three timings: tRCD, tRAS, and tRFC. Hynix still needs much higher values for those timings than Samsung does. However, Hynix can clock much higher frequencies than Samsung, so there's a tradeoff. There are other timings and factors that differentiate the two ICs, but that's a quick summary based on what I've observed. Samsung is still the flavor of choice for most overclockers, but Hynix just cannot be ignored any longer.


Apr 29, 2010
Central FL
Thanks for the info. One thing of note I saw at Newegg. It seems the non-elite version of these sticks is about $40 cheaper but shows the same speeds and timings without the fancy new heat spreader.