G.Skill Trident Z RGB LED memory shines bright

G.Skill has its ticket into the RGB-LED-illuminated memory party with the Trident Z RGB Series memory modules. The company says the Trident Z RGB DIMMs require "no additional power connections," though it doesn't mention precisely how the LEDs are controlled. Nevertheless, the results look fairly good as these things go. The DDR4 memory sticks will be available in speeds up to a massive 4266 MT/s.

The RGB LEDs are controlled by some means more complex than a switch on the modules. G.Skill says that the DIMMs will light up in a wave-style rainbow pattern by default, and that a future software release will enable additional lighting modes. The Trident Z RGB memory modules are built on a ten-layer PCB and are protected by a black anodized aluminum heat spreader. The modules have full support for XMP 2.0 for easy setup and overclocking.

G. Skill says its Trident Z RGB LED memory modules will be available world-wide in January, and that the control software is scheduled for release in Feburary. There's no word on pricing, but given the usual pricing of the speedy Trident Z DIMMs, we wager the RGB LED-lit version will ring in at a premium.

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    • juzz86
    • 3 years ago

    The absolute worst, most terrible thing about all these RGB LED-enabled things?

    Every single manufacturer requires you to use a proprietary piece of software to control them. So if you’re after a colour-coded machine for display or just because, you end up with twelve fucking tray icons so you can run all the software to marry the LEDs. If you’re lucky, you may be able to double-up stuff bought from the same manufacturer.

    I put a machine together for a young bloke recently and the request was ‘I want lights (actually, verbatim it was “I want RGB” – it’s working, marketing). Easy enough to buy but by the time it was imaged and finished I had CorsairLINK for the AIO, the MSI motherboard utility, the Gigabyte GPU utility, the (absolutely horrid) Thermaltake keyboard one AND a Hue+ for his case fans.

    He was absolutely rapt in the machine and that he could change all his colours on the fly, but I felt dirty handing over the keys once it was finished. I lessened the blow a bit by sending it home with him with just a few of the LEDs lit in white (it was a very pretty machine going out the door) but still, I usually send my machines back pristine with one, maybe two tray icons max.

    They’re 12V LEDs, all working over the same bus. Surely this can be sorted easier than individual utilities.

      • TwistedKestrel
      • 3 years ago

      You’ve just identified an opportunity for an enterprising developer – unified RGB software, something in the vein of SpeedFan. Probably wouldn’t even be too hard, how many USB attached RGB controllers can there be out there. (Or SMBus, how I presume these DIMMs will be controlled)

        • juzz86
        • 3 years ago

        Well, you’d think so mate. No money in unifying the user experience though – proprietary all the way!

      • yuhong
      • 3 years ago

      I wonder if they mostly use SMBus to control them, given that it is also used for the SPD.

    • meerkt
    • 3 years ago

    I want RGB LEDs where each sub-LED is itself an RGB LED.

    • Anovoca
    • 3 years ago

    When they can turn the ambient heat from the memory modules into the energy required to power the light nodes I will start to pay attention.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    That’s how you do RGB LED DIMMS right. Not how Geil did it

    • thedosbox
    • 3 years ago

    LMAO @ the over the top orchestral soundtrack on the video.

    • wingless
    • 3 years ago

    When did RGB become a thing. Apparently you’re not PC Master Race if you DON’T have RGB. I purposefully have as few lights and fan noise as I possibly can. The power LED is even turned away from me.

    How can you game in a dark room if it’s lit up like a Christmas tree?!

      • VinnyC
      • 3 years ago

      War on Christmas confirmed

      • Marios145
      • 3 years ago

      Who needs a Christmas tree, if you have RGB LEDs everywhere?

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    I think they look cool. Down vote me, bitches!

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      UPVOTED!! YOUR PLOT IS FOILED!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Reverse psychology gets them every time! Dance for me, puppet!

          • chuckula
          • 3 years ago

          SIDEVOTED!

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            It’s ok, I still think these are cool. Vote how you will.

    • tay
    • 3 years ago

    At the bottom of the article, it should say Tags: Memory, RGB. This way I can just look at the tags that I’m interesting in (RGB obv).

    • DancinJack
    • 3 years ago

    Ugh.

      • Philldoe
      • 3 years ago

      ditto.

        • DancinJack
        • 3 years ago

        I Just don’t get it, man.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I agree with Chukula, my retinas are unseared, so no sale.

      • caconym
      • 3 years ago

      If this what photonic computing is about, I don’t see the big deal.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    You say they shine bright, but they still look DIMM to me.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      If we were doing a “smartass award” in the giveaways, you’d win fo sho.

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        BEST CONTEST IDEA EVAR!

        • DrDominodog51
        • 3 years ago

        Is that a challenge I hear? 😀

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      Don’t let the LEDs color your opinion…

        • cpucrust
        • 3 years ago

        TR is a LEaDer in exposing and illuminating new memory module technology.

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      Epic.

      • AnotherReader
      • 3 years ago

      Punchy pun

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      They’d be the star of any system.

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