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Review: G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 (F4-3600C16D-16GTZNC)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 27 August 2019, 14:00

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Test Methodology

Comparison Memory

 
G.Skill Trident Z Neo
G.Skill Trident Z
HyperX
Model
F4-3600C16D-16GTZNC
F4-3200C14D-32GTZ
HX434C19FBK2/16
Capacity
16GB (2x8GB)
32GB (2x16GB)
16GB (2x8GB)
Speed
3,600MHz
3,200MHz
3,466MHz
Timings
16-19-19-39-1T
14-14-14-34-1T
19-23-23-43-1T
Voltage
1.35V
1.35V
1.20V

Test Platform

CPU AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Motherboard Asus Crosshair VIII Hero WiFi (0803 BIOS)
Primary Storage Device SK hynix Canvas SC300 512GB
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
Power Supply Corsair HX1000i
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit

Benchmarks

AIDA64 v6.00.5100 Memory analysis tool supporting the latest CPUs
HEXUS.PiFast Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
CINEBENCH R20 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
HandBrake 1.2.2 Converting a 4K video file to YouTube 1080p60
PCMark 10 Default test
3DMark Time Spy DX12, Default Test
Civilization VI DX12,1,920x1,080, 8xMSAA, Ultra Quality
Total War: Three Kingdoms DX11, 1,920x1,080, Ultra Quality
World of Tanks DX11, 1,920x1,080, TSSAA HQ, Ultra Quality

Notes

We have tested from the ground-up using a fresh, up-to-date Windows build and the latest BIOS on the Asus Crosshair VIII Hero WiFi motherboard.

Putting the performance into context, we have compared the Trident Z Neo against our go-to solution of G.Skill's Trident Z 32GB DDR4-3200 with 14-14-14-34 latencies. This set it used for all CPU and graphics benchmarks and, we reckon, is the gold standard for enthusiast memory. It's a question of timings versus frequency.

Adding a same-capacity HyperX DDR4-3466 CL19 pack provides useful insight into the benefits, if any, of running with faster RAM, as specified on the Trident Z Neo.

Overclocking

  Max speed at 14-14-14
Max speed at 16-18-18
Max speed at 20-22-22
G.Skill Trident Z Neo @ 1.45V
3,333MHz
3,733MHz
3,900MHz

Tested using an enhanced 1.45V, we dial in the prescribed latencies and increase the frequency until failure.