With the next generation of Intel's CPUs around the corner, G.Skill decided to jump the gun and announce its new DDR4 memory kits that you'll be able to pair with them. Meet the Trident Z and Ripjaws V memory modules.
The Trident Z is the high-end memory from G.Skill, and the new modules come with a very stylish sleek cooler. They'll range from DDR4-2800 MHz speeds through DDR4-4000 MHz, and are all built using Samsung memory chips. They also come with XMP support and will therefore be very easy to install and set up in your BIOS.
The Ripjaws V memory modules work on a lower tier, although many of the modules share the same hardware as the Trident Z. They come with a new Ripjaws cooler design, which is a little less aggressive than that of older models. Frequencies will range from DDR4-2133 MHz through DDR4-3733 MHz.
A heap of different capacities, timings and kits will be available. Module capacities include 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB, with kit capacities ranging from 8 GB through 64 GB with varying numbers of modules. The lower frequency modules run at 1.2 V, while the speedier units will need 1.35 V to maintain good timings at higher frequencies. The 4000 MHz Trident Z modules may even need to hop over the DDR4 specification and sip 1.4 V to perform optimally.
G.Skill did not provide information for the timings of all the modules, but did mention that the 3600 MHz modules will run at 17-18-18-38; the 3733s will run at 17-19-19-39; the 3800s at 18-20-20-38; and the 4000s will run at 19-25-25-45.
Last, but not least, it should be noted that the 4000 MHz Trident Z kit is the first retail 4000 MHz memory kit, according to G.Skill.
G.Skill did not specify prices or shipping dates, but of course, prices will range from reasonable for the reasonable speeds to unreasonable for the top-end 4000 MHz modules, as they always do.