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G.SKILL isn"t the largest brand for PC components and accessories, but the company has quickly become quite the niche option for those with deep pockets & who prefer uniquely styled hardware. The Trident Z Royal has long been viewed by many as aước ao the best-looking RAM modules you can buy.

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The company relies on Samsung RAM modules, utilizes an aluminum heat spreader with a gold or silver finish. There"s — of course — RGB lighting. Still, instead of using basic diffusers as you"d find on the excellent Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro range, G.SKILL meticulously crafted a crystalline light bar to lớn ensure the right amount of light shines out.

Everything about the Trident Z Royal RAM modules screams overkill, but it"s also part of the charm. Looks aren"t quite everything, so let"s see how this kit fares in real-world use. Is this one of the best DDR4 RAM for your PC?


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Bottom line: G.SKILL"s Trident Z Royal RAM kit is perfect for creating one awesome-looking PC build. Not only do these DIMMs look better than anything else on the market, but they"re also extremely fast. Reliability is also right up there with the build chất lượng, making this one of the best kits you can buy right now.


Pros

Gorgeous designAmazing performanceExcellent lighting effectsPerfect for gaming

Cons

Pricey

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G.SKILL Trident Z Royal tech specs


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Source: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central


We received a 16GB sample kit from G.SKILL, which consists of two 8GB DDR4 DIMMs. Being DDR4, you can use this RAM with AMD or Intel motherboards & CPUs, so long as the processor & board can handle the higher speeds. Using extreme memory profiles (XMP), it"s possible khổng lồ hit the 4000MHz clochồng tốc độ.


What sets this non-ECC RAM apart from some of the competition is the price, coming in at almost $300. It"s not all about the thiết kế with the Trident Z Royal since this kit has a latency rating of CL15, which is incredibly low for the supported cloông chồng speeds. On paper, this is one serious package.

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal design & features


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Source: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central


G.SKILL designed the Trident Z Royal to be a premium RAM module that you"d think would be better suited on a display shelve sầu in a jeweler"s, not on Amazon or some other online retailer"s web page. Even before you unbox the kit, it"s contained within a premium blaông chồng box instead of a simple cardboard or plastic package.

Once opened, the two RAM DIMMs are presented alongside a branded microfiber cloth & sticker. The modules themselves are contained within high-density foam, which provides adequate protection when the kit is in transit. You may wonder why the cloth is included, but it"ll become obvious once you discover just how fingerprint prone the aluminum spreaders are.

G.SKILL"s Trident Z Royal RAM kits are better suited on display in a jeweler"s.

This kit is the 4000MHz (CL15) kit, but G.SKILL sells its Trident Z Royal in an array of configurations. Starting at just 2666MHz, it"s possible to save a little by going with slower modules (you can buy a 64GB 2666MHz kit for less than this 16GB Review sample) or spover even more on up khổng lồ 4800MHz DIMMs.

Each DIMM has fancy CNC-cut aluminum heat spreaders available in gold or silver, but both look amazing. These spreaders are huge và provide some heft to the DIMM. They"re not quite as large as some other RAM modules, namely the aforementioned Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro, which can cause issues with installation in smaller chassis. G.SKILL kept the dimensions standard.


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Source: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central


RAM performance can largely be determined by looking at the core clock speeds (both standard & XMP tested), as well as latency ratings. 2666MHz is the bare minimum for DDR4 these days, but most modern processors from Intel & AMD will gladly work with 3000MHz & beyond. The price difference between 2666MHz và 3200MHz isn"t so much, making the latter the better choice.

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G.SKILL Trident Z Royal is super-fast with low latency for excellent performance.

When you get into lớn the region of 4000MHz, this is where things can get really interesting. Not two RAM kits are the same, and it"s easy to lớn be too fixated on clock speeds và overlook latency ratings. CL stands for column access strobe (CAS) & simply determines how quickly the DRAM module can access data. The lower the CL figure, the better the overall performance.


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Firing up AIDA64, latency came in at 75.4ns, which isn"t too shabby và fits in line with other RAM modules. Considering the boost in clock tốc độ, it"s a svào result, but not quite as compelling as 55.3ns with the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro. Read, write, and copy values were vastly superior, however.

Gaming-wise, you won"t see much of an improvement here. Firing up numerous games, including Grvà Theft Aulớn V, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, Stellaris, & Tomb Raider, I found a slight increase in FPS compares lớn 3200MHz of around 2. That doesn"t sound much, & it"s not, especially when the price difference between 3200 và 4000MHz kits is a fair chunk of change.

Anything above sầu 3200MHz is considered diminishing returns, & this is evident throughout our testing. It"s when you plan to start overclocking a system or build an enthusiast rig where the extra headroom really comes to life. There are faster kits than this at 5000MHz, but at that point, you"re not getting much else if you can manage to lớn find motherboard and CPU tư vấn without tinkering, and even then, the timings can be a little off.


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G.SKILL Trident Z Royal vs. Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro.Source: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central


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Who it"s for

If you need super-fast RAMIf you"re building an AMD Ryzen PCIf you want excellent performanceIf you plan on overclocking RAM

Who it isn"t for

If you want to lớn build a budget PC

When looking for RAM kits to lớn install inside a PC build, you plan khổng lồ take great care regarding the overall design và finish; it"s easy khổng lồ save sầu some money và choose a standard looking RAM kit. If you want khổng lồ take things khổng lồ a whole new màn chơi và separate your PC build from everyone else, G.SKILL"s Trident Z Royal RAM is perfect for creating one excellent-looking PC.


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Whether you opt for the silver or gold finish, the modules will look great once installed on a motherboard, & the RGB lighting is but a bonus. I"m not one who usually finds RGB lighting on hardware lượt thích RAM và headsets appealing, but there"s something about how G.SKILL designed the diffusers with the aluminum spreaders.

Looks aren"t everything, & G.SKILL made sure it has the performance to lớn justify that high price tag. If you can stretch your budget to cover 4000MHz modules, I"d wholeheartedly recommover it for a gaming PC, especially if you"re rocking the lakiểm tra Intel or AMD Ryzen processors. These are easily aước ao the best RAM modules on the market.


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Best of both worlds


Sometimes you need khổng lồ sacrifice performance in favor of looks or vice-versa, but G.SKILL proved it"s possible to lớn nail both with the Trident Z Royal range of RAM. The 4000MHz C15 kit we reviewed here is simply sublime.