G.Skill Readies Trident Z Neo RAM for AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs, X570

G.Skill is showing its love for the new AMD Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs and X570 motherboard platform by introducing a brand new series of DDR4 memory kits under the Trident Z Neo brand.

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Much like G.Skill's other Trident Z offerings, the new Trident Z Neo modules carry a dual-tone heat spreader with an aggressive tri-fin design, which is complemented with eight-zone RGB lighting. You can customize the lighting to your taste via G.Skill's Trident Z software or through third-party motherboard software, including Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light and ASRock Polychrome.

G.Skill has engineered the Trident Z Neo memory kits specifically for Ryzen 3000-series processors and, as a result, they come with unique CL timings for providing optimal performance for your money.

Specs

FrequencyCL TimingVoltageKit Capacity
DDR4-266618-18-18-381.20V2x 8GB  / 4x 8GB  / 2x 16GB / 4x 16GB
DDR4-300016-18-18-38
1.35V
2x 8GB / 4x 8GB / 2x 16GB /4x 16GB
DDR4-320014-14-14-34
1.35V
2x 8GB / 4x 8GB / 2x 16GB / 4x 16GB
16-18-18-381.35V2x 8GB / 4x 8GB / 2x 16GB / 4x 16GB
DDR4-360014-15-15-35
1.40V
2x 8GB /4x 8GB
16-16-16-361.35V2x 8GB / 4x 8GB / 2x 16GB / 4x 16GB
16-19-19-391.35V
2x 8GB / 4x 8GB / 2x 16GB / 4x 16GB
18-18-18-381.20V2x 8GB / 4x 8GB
18-22-22-421.35V2x 8GB / 4x 8GB /2x 16GB / 4x 16GB

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The Trident Z Neo memory kits are available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Memory speeds start from 2,666 MHz up to 3,600 MHz. The DDR4-2666 kit features CL18-18-18-38 timings and runs at 1.2V, while the DDR4-3000 kit has its timings set at Cl16-18-18-38 and operates at 1.35V. 

G.Skill offers the DDR4-3200 memory kits in two flavors. The high-performance kit boasts CL14-14-14-34 timings, while the budget kit comes with CL16-18-18-38 timings. Both memory kits run at 1.35V. The DDR4-3600 memory kits, on the other hand, are available in five different presentations with timings that vary between CL14-15-15-35 and CL18-22-22-42.

G.Skill didn't reveal the pricing for the Trident Z Neo memory kits but said they will arrive on shelves this month.


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  • Ninjawithagun
    According to AMD, running 4 sticks in any configuration will only allow for speeds up to 2933Mhz. So why would G.Skill advertise higher speeds than are possible with the Ryzen 3000 memory controller?
  • TJ Hooker
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    According to AMD, running 4 sticks in any configuration will only allow for speeds up to 2933Mhz. So why would G.Skill advertise higher speeds than are possible with the Ryzen 3000 memory controller?

    Those are the officially rated speeds. You can run higher speeds, it's just technically an overclock at that point. E.g. Ryzen 1k/2k were only rated for up to 2666/2993 but lots of people were running 3200 MHz (or higher) on them.
  • Ninjawithagun
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    Those are the officially rated speeds. You can run higher speeds, it's just technically an overclock at that point. E.g. Ryzen 1k/2k were only rated for up to 2666/2993 but lots of people were running 3200 MHz (or higher) on them.

    Advertised vs. achievable are about the same in this case due to Ryzen's poor ability to adapt to higher memory speeds. Case in point - Ryzen 3000 CPUs can only use 3600Mhz max speeds vs. 3466Mhz max speeds of the 2000 series. To make matters even more disappointing, if the user decides they want to use 4 DIMMs, the speeds drop again to a horrible 2933Mhz. I was hoping for a more substantial improvement in memory speeds, but unfortunately it looks like we'll have to wait for Zen 3 before we see substantial improvements.