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Today we have another GSkill memory kit for review. Revered by gamers and overclockers, it’s one of the most desired brands of enthusiasts. The memory kit is from the Trident Z5 Neo series, designed for the latest AMD chipsets and equipped with an AMD EXPO profile for full compatibility. To make it more interesting, it’s a dual-rank memory kit rated at 6000MT/s and tight timings. All the best for the most demanding users.
Most memory reviews in the last few months have focused on the latest Intel platform, so I’m sure AMD users will find something interesting in our G.Skill Trident Z5 Neo review. Let’s not make this introduction any longer, as there are better things to read about. After a list of specifications and features, I will tell you more about the tested memory kit and its performance.
Specifications and Features
Trident Z5 RGB series DDR5 memory is designed for ultra-high performance on DDR5 platforms. Featuring a sleek and streamlined aluminum heatspreader design, available in metallic silver or matte black, the Trident Z5 RGB series DDR5 DRAM memory is the ideal choice to build a high-performance system.
The below key features come from G.Skill, and you can find them also on the product’s website.
- Blazing Performance DDR5 for AMD Ryzen
Designed for DDR5-enabled AMD platforms, Trident Z5 Neo RGB is created from high-quality, hand-screened DDR5 DRAM ICs to achieve high overclocked memory performance on DDR5 AMD platforms. To unleash overclocked memory performance, the Trident Z5 Neo RGB comes with AMD EXPO (EXtended Profiles for Overclocking) support to allow a simple memory overclocking experience in BIOS.
- Dual-Textured Streamline Design
Incorporating hypercar elements, the Trident Z5 Neo RGB is designed with a sleek and futuristic exterior. Featuring a black brushed aluminum inset into a matte black body with precision CNC highlight stripes and topped with a translucent light bar optimized for smooth RGB lighting, the Trident Z5 Neo RGB is ideal for a multitude of PC build themes.
- Engineered for Exceptional DDR5 Experience
Each Trident Z5 Neo RGB memory kit is tested under G.SKILL’s rigorous validation process to ensure outstanding quality.
- Streamlined RGB Light Bar
Designed with a streamlined light bar, the Trident Z5 Neo RGB looks sleeker than ever. Featuring customizable RGB lighting through the G.SKILL Trident Z Lighting Control software or supported third-party motherboard software, personalizing the colors and lighting effects of the Trident Z5 Neo RGB is a breeze.
- Sync Up with System Lighting
Want to sync up your system lighting? You can use Asus Aura, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, or ASRock Polychrome Sync software to personalize the colors and effects of your Trident Z5 Neo RGB memory and compatible motherboards!
- AMD EXPO Support
Just set and go. Programmed with AMD EXPO overclocking profiles, the only thing that stands between you and awesome performance is a simple BIOS setting.
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
All G.SKILL memory products come with a limited lifetime warranty, and the G.SKILL technical team is always ready to provide consumers with complete technical support via online forums, telephone, and email.
The tested Trident Z5 Neo memory kit contains two 32GB modules rated at 6000MT/s and tight timings of CL30-40-40. There are barely any memory kits on the market with similar specifications. Most brands stick with 16GB modules and don’t offer higher-capacity and higher-performance DDR5 kits.
6000MT/s is what AMD recommends for the latest Ryzen processor series, so the memory kit we are presenting perfectly matches the recommended specifications and the maximum capacity per module available.
The EXPO profile worked perfectly fine on ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene and ASUS Strix B650E-I Gaming WiFi motherboards. ASUS motherboards give us EXPO I and EXPO II options for optimized performance and compatibility, but the Trident Z5 Neo is equipped with only one EXPO profile. There is no need for more, as every motherboard should support 6000MT/s. The QVL for the tested memory kit includes multiple motherboards, but most are from higher series. The memory still should work on lower series motherboards as long as there is no problem with BIOS.
The Trident Z5 Neo RGB DDR5-6000 memory modules are rated to work at 1.40V, so about the highest voltage if we don’t have improved airflow in the PC case, and we still wish to overclock the RAM some more. As some readers probably noticed, the memory kit uses Hynix IC, which is easy to recognize as other brands won’t work at 6000MT/s and CL30.
Here is a specifications table which is gathering most things I mentioned above.
|Multi-Channel Kit||Dual Channel Kit|
|Tested Speed (XMP/EXPO)||6000 MT/s|
|Tested Latency (XMP/EXPO)||30-40-40-96|
|Tested Voltage (XMP/EXPO)||1.40V|
|SPD Speed (Default)||4800 MT/s|
|SPD Voltage (Default)||1.10V|
AMD EXPO Profile Ready
Below is a screenshot from ASUS Mem TweakIt software showing a timing table. Since the modules are of higher capacity, the timings can’t be too tight. Another thing is compatibility. Every respected RAM manufacturer won’t set too aggressive profiles as the RAM may not work on all motherboards. G.Skill is known to provide high compatibility; this time, we had no problems with the reviewed memory kit.
Packaging and Product Photos
The Trident Z5 Neo RGB kit arrived in retail packaging, a flat box similar to that of other G.Skill DDR5 memory kits. The main difference makes the RAM picture and added AMD EXPO logo.
In the box, we will find two well-protected memory modules, an info card telling us that it’s not recommended to mix memory kits if we want to be sure about stability, and a G.Skill logo sticker. The same as in the recently reviewed DDR5-6800 memory kit, the sticker is also black. We don’t need anything else for the installation as it’s straightforward, and most users won’t have problems. Those who aren’t sure how to install memory modules on the motherboard should look at the user manual available on the manufacturer’s website.
Trident Z5 memory has already been with us for some months, so we know how it looks. There haven’t been any significant changes as you don’t change a good design. Modules still have the same aluminum heatsinks and bright light bars on the top. The only difference in the Neo series is the silver stripes on the black heatsink. Not a big difference, but it looks more stylish than the regular Trident Z5 heatsink.
The height of the heatsinks is just right for most popular CPU coolers – 42mm (1.65 inches). It’s not such a big problem recently as most cooler manufacturers redesigned their products so they won’t interfere with tall RAM modules, and also liquid coolers are much more popular.
The tested memory kit was manufactured in the second week of 2023, so we could say it was still hot when we received it. The date is always on each module label. Since only one 64GB DDR5-6000 CL30 memory kit is listed by G.Skill, you can expect to find the same Hynix IC and specifications under every memory kit with the F5-6000J3040G32GX2-TZ5NR product number manufactured at the beginning of 2023. As I mentioned, other IC won’t even work at these specifications, and it can be only better when future ICs are released.
The RGB illumination works without issues on ASUS motherboards used to test our review sample. Trident Z5 memory kits were never causing problems on other popular brand motherboards, so I assume there won’t be problems with the Trident Z5 Neo. In each case, you will need the motherboard manufacturer’s software to make it work. The illumination runs in rainbow mode by default (without any software). Below are some test rig photos with RGB illumination on the ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene motherboard.
LEDs are bright, and the light bar is evenly illuminated. All the colors are perfectly synchronized with other light sources on the motherboard, fans, and graphics card.
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 9 7950X|
|Motherboard||ASUS Crosshair X670E Gene|
|Graphics card||Colorful RTX4080 Advanced OC|
|OS Storage||Kingston FURY Renegade 2TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD|
|Power Supply||Corsair HX1200, 1200W 80+ Platinum|
|Used memory kits|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Pro x64 with the latest updates|
Stability at Rated Speed
The XMP profile was tested in AIDA64 System Stability Test and passed without problems. Sixteen hours is more than enough to be sure about that.
Tests were performed on popular synthetic benchmarks and benchmarks included in popular games. The list consists of tests that react well to memory performance. Older popular benchmarks and tests based on pure CPU performance were skipped as we wouldn’t see any difference.
For readers’ convenience, I added the overclocking result for comparison so you see if it’s worth the overclocking.
Benchmarks list includes:
- AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark
- PCMark 10 – default benchmark
- 3DMark: Time Spy, Time Spy Extreme, and Fire Strike Extreme
- Superposition Benchmark – 8K Optimized
- Final Fantasy XV Benchmark – 4K High Details
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider – 1080p, high details, default benchmark
- Far Cry 6 – 1440p, high details, default benchmark
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – 1440p, high details, default benchmark
AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark
AIDA64 offers us the most popular synthetic memory benchmark. Results are easy to read; as we can see, it’s scaling great with memory frequency.
As usual on AMD chipset, results are not as high as on Intel, but they’re still quite respectable. The Trident Z5 Neo performs well and reaches the bandwidth of DDR5-6200 memory kits. Additionally, you can count on about 64ns latency out of the box and low 50′ after tweaking. Most memory kits in the comparison couldn’t go below 70ns.
PCMark 10 uses popular applications to perform tests close to daily tasks. Even though results are slightly different, you wouldn’t notice any difference when translated into daily work.
3DMark – Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme is not reacting well to RAM performance on our test rig. We can still tell that the Trident Z5 Neo is slightly faster than other memory kits.
3DMark – Time Spy
3DMark – Time Spy Extreme
In Time Spy Extreme, we can still see quite the performance gain at faster RAM settings, but it’s not as visible as in the Time Spy test.
The Unigine Superposition benchmark is not reacting to RAM performance on the test platform. All the results are at the edge of margin error. We could see a bit different story on Intel chipsets.
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
The Final Fantasy XV Benchmark shows better results on the Trident Z5 Neo memory. On the other hand, we won’t get much better scores at faster RAM settings in this benchmark.
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
The Tomb Raider results are surprising. At a low display resolution of 1080p, the Trident Z5 Neo could achieve even 27FPS more than DDR5-6000 RAM at more standard settings and even up to 48FPS better at overclocked settings!
Far Cry 6
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
There is always overclocking for users who expect more performance than at the manufacturer’s profiles. Let’s take a look at our results.
Temperatures and Voltages
The temperature in tests was relatively high. There are two reasons for that. One is a dual-rank design, so memory chips are on both sides of the PCB. Additionally, the test motherboard has two memory slots next to each other, which causes memory modules to have less space for airflow. The temperature should be lower on a typical four-slot ATX or micro ATX motherboard. On the other hand, we know that this memory kit can work at higher temperatures without stability issues. It’s a good sign for all SFF lovers searching for RAM that would work great in tight spaces. I still recommend any airflow, at least from the AIO cooler, if there is no space for additional fans.
For daily overclocking, including games, I’m not recommending anything above 1.45V as the performance gain at tighter timings, or higher frequency won’t be apparent. At the same time, memory may generate random errors, or we may require direct cooling or multiple push-pull fans in the PC to force good airflow.
DDR5-6400 CL28-38-38-36 1.50V
On our test platform, we could reach the DDR5-6400 at tight timings. The required voltage was 1.50V, which is still acceptable if there is good airflow in the PC case.
Secondary and tertiary timings could still be slightly lower, but the dual-rank modules don’t like too low values.
The test rig doesn’t work at DDR5-6600 or higher, so we couldn’t check any higher frequency. The performance is not improving much past DDR5-6000, so I can say again that the tested memory kit is well-balanced and gives all the best considering it uses 32GB modules. High performance and high capacity in one. It’s hard to find anything better for new AMD chipsets.
If you are into overclocking, feel free to share your results on our forums.
The Trident Z5 Neo RGB is the best memory series you may get for your new AMD Ryzen setup. The tested memory kit delivers top-notch performance and high capacity all-in-one. The programmed EXPO profile should be compatible with all motherboards, and the used IC still lets us overclock up to the current AMD Ryzen platform limits. It’s the perfect RAM for all who expect the best results and still needs 64GB for gaming or more professional usage.
The tested memory kit costs $369.99 in the Newegg online store, so it’s available at a very reasonable price for the capacity. If we compare what other brands offer in 64GB capacity, we could say it’s inexpensive as only G.Skill gives us such tight timings in a high-capacity memory series.
The memory kit looks fantastic, performs exceptionally well, and has high overclocking potential. There were no problems with compatibility or stability during tests. The EXPO profile was fully compatible with the ASUS motherboards we used for tests. Also, RGB illumination was working without issues. The Trident Z5 Neo RGB 64GB DDR5-6000 CL30 is a fantastic memory kit and should be on the top of the list if you are searching for the best RAM for your new AMD PC!
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Bartosz Waluk – Woomack
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