G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3600Mhz DDR4 (4x8GB) 32GB Memory Review: Page 4 of 7

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Posted by Heath Coop on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 8:00am

System Configuration, Installation, and Software

Testing Setup

Testing Hardware

  • Gigabyte X99 Designare EX Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 5820K Processor
  • Patriot Ignite 960GB Solid State Drive
  • Custom Water Cooling
  • Spotswood Small Tech Bench
  • XFX PRO850W XXX Edition 850w Silver Power Supply
  • PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo Graphics Card

Testing Software:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • AIDA64 Engineer Edition
  • Passmark Performance Test
  • SiSoft Sandra
  • 7-Zip
  • Super Pi Modded 1.5
  • Fritz Chess
  • Unigine Heaven
  • 3DMark - Firestrike

Configuring the Bios

Configuring the RAM for the test Intel X99 based system wasn’t as simple as selecting XMP. The Gigabyte X99 Designare EX motherboard isn’t designed to run memory faster than 3333 MHz. Through quite a bit of trial and error we eventually mamnaged to get the Trident Z RGB to run at 3600 MHz and with XMP timings, though the timings had to be manually entered.


If you’ve used Asus’s Aura lighting control software, than G.Skill’s lighting control software for the Trident Z RGB is going to look familiar, as they’re virtually identical. If you own an Asus Aura capable motherboard you can control the Trident Z with Aura’s software.


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