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Review: G.Skill Trident Z Royal Elite 16GB DDR4-3600 (F4-3600C14D-16GTESA)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 20 July 2021, 14:01

Tags: G.SKILL

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Test Methodology

Memory Comparison Configurations

Model
Model number
CMK16GX4M2Z3200C16
F4-3600C14D-16GTESA
F4-3200C14D-32GTZ
Capacity/Models
16GB (2x8GB)
16GB (2x8GB)
32GB (2x16GB)
Frequency
3,200MHz
3,600MHz
3,200MHz
Timings

16-18-18-36-2T

14-14-14-34-2T
14-14-14-34-2T
Voltage
1.35V
1.45V
1.35V
CPU
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Motherboard
Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition
Primary Storage Device
2TB Corsair MP600
CPU cooling
Corsair iCue H150i Elite Capellix
Power Supply
be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1,000W
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro

Memory Benchmark Suite

CPU Benchmarks
HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
Cinebench Release 23 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
Blender 2.92 Running the Classroom benchmark
Synthetic Analysis Benchmarks
AIDA64 Benchmark that accurately depicts memory bandwidth and latency
System Benchmarks
3DMark Time Spy DX12 graphics benchmark run using the Time Spy test
PCMark 10 Extended System test using the standard preset
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm AI benchmark
Gaming Benchmarks
Borderlands 3 1,920x1,080 badass settings
Final Fantasy Shadowbringers 1,920x1,080 maximum settings
F1 2020 1,920x1,080 ultra-high settings

Notes

We're choosing to compare these modules to the 32GB G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200 CL14 that have been the bedrock of our last two test systems. We use them because they exhibit a fine balance between speed, capacity and latency.

As we spoke about cheaper DDR4-3200 sets on the previous page, it also makes sense to see how such a pack stacks up against this cutting-edge G.Skill, and we have a 16GB offering from Corsair, priced at around £90, on the shelf.

For what it's worth, we managed to run the sample pack at 3,733MHz with the same tight timings. Loosening them doesn't offer much scope for higher headroom, suggesting they're tuned for this particular sweet spot.