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FEATURED G.Skill TridentZ Royal 2x8GB DDR4-3200 CL14 - F4-3200C14-16GTRS

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Woomack

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Today I have a memory kit which is in use for about 4 months and I had no time to test it before - G.Skill TridentZ Royal 16GB DDR4-3200 C14.
The main difference between this memory kit and previous TridentZ series is the heatsink design and lighting. Used IC and overclocking potential is similar to what we could already see in previous Trident Z 3200 CL14 kits. On the other hand, I'm glad that G.Skill still uses the same, top series Samsung IC.

Some photos:

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Here is a screenshot from Thaiphoon Burner which is showing more details about the memory modules and used IC.
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As expected there are no issues at rated speed. XMP profile runs at 3200 14-14-14-34 1.35V.
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[email protected] 3200 14-14-14-34 1.35V



In next post will be some benchmark results. I will add some more in next days/weeks as I finally solved issues with my motherboard and it runs at a bit tighter timings now. Anyway, most users can count on settings which are presented in post #2 and I think they are more than enough unless you think about competitive benchmarking where additional tweaking will be required. Not all motherboards can handle the same sub timings or clock at given voltages. Tests were performed on ASUS Maximus XI Gene which is let's say below average so out of the box won't run at 4000+ and Command Rate 1N.
 
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Woomack

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3200 13-13-13-28 1N 1.35V


3600 16-16-16-36 1N 1.35V (somehow couldn't run stable at CL15)


4000 17-17-17-37 2N 1.35V


4133 18-18-18-38 2N 1.35V


4266 18-18-18-38 2N 1.35V - main timings and voltages the same as 4133, the motherboard is automatically setting a bit relaxed sub-timings


4500 19-19-19-39 2N 1.35V


4600 19-19-19-39 2N 1.40V


4700 19-19-19-39 2N 1.50V



Results were performed on the i7-8086K with pretty good IMC. On my i9-9900K I couldn't make it run stable at the same settings above 4500 so in case of any comparison, keep in mind there are more variables which are affecting final results.
I will try to add some more results as I already mentioned. For now can only confirm that 4000 12-11-12 1N works in benchmarks at ~1.95V without problems.

Feel free to comment or ask questions.
 
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Woomack

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Little update. As I mentioned, on a motherboard with better slots, it can probably run at 4133+ CL12 but my motherboard needed additional signal adjustments to even run at stable at 4000 1N. With motherboards is like with processors or RAM. Some OC better, some worse. For sure Trident Z Royal overclocks great.

4000 12-11-11 1N 1.95V



Added some photos to the 1st post.
 
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Woomack

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Grabbed a quad set of these just yesterday, I believe these are the same sticks you are currently testing aside from them coming in a quad kit of these: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820232793
They should get here today so I can see what they can do a little later - Great job on the review!

Thanks. Should be the same memory just in a quad kit. I feel that my kit can make more but simply platform can't.
I was counting on a review sample but since I didn't get one then I just ordered it from EU distribution. Back then prices were higher (not to mention tax). I got this kit in Dec last year but had no time to bench it till this month. It was just a nice background for reviews till now.
When I finish some other things then I will try some more at tight timings and will update the thread. I wish I had quad kit of this memory as today will probably arrive X299 Dark.
 

Dr. McCoy

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If needing two sets (based on dual channel) the quad set is actually a little cheaper, not by alot but we'll take what we can get. I noted this when I was shopping and although it is more expensive to get if only needing two sticks it's still nice to have the extras if you'd ever run into a problem but then again don't break the bank over it.

For setups running quad channel this is the way to go vs buying two dual channel sets.
 
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Woomack

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This is what you risk if you want top results in competitive benchmarking. For sure not recommended for 24/7 or more casual overclocking like for games or something. Safe voltage for 24/7 would be ~1.5V.
I wasn't checking how low I can go with voltage. It's just typical that the best IC runs at these settings at 1.95-2.05V. However, a lot depends on the motherboard. Even these top series not always work at 4000+ CL12 or CR1.
 

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I haven't worked up enough nerve to try upping voltage to 1.5 yet, But, I did try 1.45v and was able to get over a hump and was finally able to benchmark Geekbench 3 with these settings (not claiming it's 100% stable yet, that's all I had time to do so far). I'm trying to get the best OC with CL 15 timing.

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Guess I'll try 1.5v now. If I vanish and never return, you'll know my computer blew up and took me out.

EDIT: Nope, that's all it'll do at CL 15. It might be more of a limitation of the chipset rather than the RAM itself. Ok, I don't want to muck up your review thread and I'm starting to get off track...
 
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