In the lab: RAM for TR's next-gen test rigs, courtesy of G.Skill


— 12:33 PM on December 12, 2016

Over the past year, you've probably seen G.Skill's Trident Z RAM turn up in TR test systems in a variety of speeds and capacities. That's no mistake—this memory has proven nothing but rock-solid no matter what we throw at it. It doesn't hurt that it's probably the best-looking RAM on the market, as well. When we started to plan for our next-generation CPU test system, it only made sense to grab another Trident Z kit to support our benchmarking efforts, and G.Skill happily obliged us. Behold:

Looks pretty standard, right?

Oh. Yow. Yeah, that's 16GB of DDR4-3866 memory with 18-19-19-39 timings. This may be the single fastest RAM kit I've ever laid hands on, and I'm looking forward to seeing how that extra speed translates into real-world performance. This kit is so new that you actually can't buy it yet—the closest analog on the market right now is this 4x4GB Trident Z kit with looser timings. Expect a hefty premium for this smokin' RAM when it does arrive on store shelves.

Ever since we've started benchmarking with DDR4 RAM, we've been blessed with faster-than-stock kits. That's all well and good, but those speed demons have left us wondering how good old DDR4-2133 performs versus the hot stuff in regular use. So that we can answer that question in future reviews, G.Skill graciously sent along a 16GB (2x8GB) kit of its Ripjaws V DDR4-2133 memory, as well. We've long recommended this RAM in our System Guides, so it'll be nice to see how it performs in the flesh. Our thanks to G.Skill for sending these memory kits our way—keep an eye out for them in our upcoming articles.

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