G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3600 16GB Low Latency Kit Review
While the Skylake LGA1151 platform has proven to be exceptionally capable when it comes memory speed - as we illustrated in our Corsair DDR4-4000 review - the fact of the matter is that to achieve memory speeds over DDR4-3733 requires an above average motherboard and the willingness to significantly overvolt your processor's memory controller. Another issue is that those ultra-fast factory tested kits tend to only come in 8GB capacities, which is a little small for a high performance day-to-day system.
With this in mind, we went looking for a 16GB memory kit that wouldn't need special skills to run and that would still appeal to enthusiast users. We still wanted a kit with an aggressive performance profile, so what we lost in frequency we wanted to make up with low timings. Needless to say, since you're reading this review, we found exactly what we were looking for.
The model that we are reviewing today - the G.Skill F4-3600C16D-16GTZ - is a 16GB (2x8GB) memory kit clocked at DDR4-3600 and featuring tight 16-16-16 timings. While these timings might not seem tight to those accustomed to DDR3, they are when you consider the high memory speed. By comparison, all other 16GB kits with equal timings range from DDR4-2400 to DDR4-3200. There is no other currently available product that comes even close to this G.Skill model. Furthermore, with a retail price of about $160 USD / $220 CAD, this memory kit is not inexpensive, but it doesn't carry much of a price premium over other large kits with identical speeds but worse timings. To top it all off, as with all G.Skill memory kits, this model is covered by the company's long-running lifetime warranty policy.
So in this review we are going to see how this kit performs at a wide range of frequencies, and we will also be overclocking with an emphasis on further tightening the timings. If any of that sounds interesting, keep reading!
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