Earlier this month component and peripheral manufacturer G.SKILL launched a new memory range to coincide with the release of AMD's Ryzen 3000-series CPUs. The Trident Z Neo DIMMs exploit Zen 2's more robust memory controller to offer speeds up to DDR4-3600 at low voltages and with timings down to CL12 in certain models. These DIMMs also included configurable RGB lighting and brushed aluminium heatspreader, making them a compelling enthusiasts choice for new systems in need of some added bling alongside performance.
Since the release of these initial range of models the market has become better educated on the platform's so-called 'memory sweet-spot'. The Zen 2 memory controller is capable of very high memory speeds, but practical application of those frequencies remain limited by Infinity Fabric clock speeds (which are normally directly proportional to memory clock speeds). In order to optimise effective memory latency the best memory speeds to operate at are around 3733MHz with CL16 timings; any faster and the X570 memory ratio function automatically kicks in to step down the effective Fabric speed.
Addressing this need beyond DDR4-3600, G.SKILL are introducing new Triden Z Neo models which can reach the heights of performance necessary. The new kit, available in 16GB (8GB x 2) and 32GB (8GB x 4) variants, are manufactured with Samsung B-die components and clocked at an impressive DDR4-3800MHz.
The new memory kits have been tested for stable operation at CL14-16-16-36 using both the MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE with Ryzen 9 3900X, and ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII Formula with Ryzen 5 3600X, making them very impressive additions to the range. And it's always possible that judicious tinkerers could push those timings still further.
Next-generation Ryzen is shaping up to shake up the DDR4 memory market in desktop PCs considerably, this may just be the start. For more information on the Trident Z Neo DDR4 DIMMs visit GSKILL.com.