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G.Skill bumps speeds of Trident DDR4 memory kits for Kaby Lake

by Mark Tyson on 4 January 2017, 14:31


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PC memory and peripherals specialist G.Skill has released some new faster DDR4 memory kits, timed to coincide with the launch of desktop Intel Kaby Lake processors and 200-series motherboards.

The new memory kits are part of G.Skill's Trident range, they look like they are based upon the recently released Trident Z RGB modules. G.Skill says there is increasing demand for kits of 16GB and 32GB in size so it has prepared fast new kits in these capacities. The speedy new Kaby Lake and Z270 inspired kits are as follows:

16GB (8GBx2) Kit - DDR4-4266 CL19-19-19-39 (1.4V): G.Skill says it has managed to achieve a 4266MHz headline memory speed without sacrificing CL timings. Please check out the test validation screenshot, below left, from a system equipped with an Asus ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard and Intel Core i7-7700K processor.


32GB (8GBx4) Kit - DDR4-4133 CL19-21-21-41 (1.35V): Increasing memory capacity makes it more difficult to achieve the best speeds. However, G.Skill claims it has leveraged its "decades of experience," to ready 8GBx4 kits that can achieve DDR4-4133MHz. Again it has prepared a screenshot as the proof of the pudding, which you can find below. Note that G.Skill tech bods did their testing on a system equipped with an Asus ROG Maximus IX Formula motherboard and Intel Core i5-7600K processor. Please check out the test validation screenshot above, right.

Record breaking

Alongside the above announcements, G.Skill is happy to relay the news that its memory has been used to break a total of 8 world records and 21 global first place records in the short time since the launch of Intel's 7th Gen Intel Core processors for desktop PCs. You can head on over to see the benchmark record breaker table at HWbot.

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Would you see much improvement from the increased speed?
Would you see much improvement from the increased speed?

No. I'm still checking out reviews for DDR4, and still noting with bafflement that there is no significant advantage for any speed rating in the family. In some aspects, there is no performance difference at all. People are paying silly amounts of money over the odds for imperceptible gains, if any.

When buying DDR4, just look for price vs the CAS latency and get your best balance - ignore the MHz rating. Also, don't bother buying more than 32GB. I'm quite a heavy resource user, due to making big multi-channel 24-bit audio projects as soundtrack to video (I need video and audio running simultaneously for this). I could be wrong about this, but I have never yet seen a PC software operation that will demand resources above those that a 32GB system can provide. If all you're doing is running some apps and playing games, you definitely don't need to put 64GB in your system.
To add to the above, I have only recently seen one or two specific games barely go over the 8GB mark (watch dogs 2 for example), so even 16GB should be sufficient for a couple of years I would say.

I do have a similar question though, is there much performance increase from say DDR3 at 1600/1866 to a highly clocked DDR4? (I am not asking in regards to a straight upgrade as I know they would require different motherboards, but putting that aside…) I have noticed that there seems to be some discussion in relation to GTAV where people think faster ram is making a difference for example, is this completely wrong, a funny quirk or a sign of the future?
If you check out Linus's YouTube Channel there are a few good videos on this topic, lots of testing and proof that upping the RAM speed (or size beyond 16Gb for games) makes hardly any difference at all.
Above 2400 is useless if you are just gaming…let alone getting a board that supports those high numbers