G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 C34 Review: Bringing That A-Die Flavor

Trident Z5 RGB memory gets faster and faster

G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 C34
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Tom's Hardware Verdict

The G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 C34 looks and overclocks as good as any DDR5-7200 memory kit. However, its strong out-of-the-box performance gives it an edge over the competition.


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    Exemplary performance

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    Good overclocking


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    Doesn't come cheap

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    Only compatible with Raptor Lake CPUs

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Today we're putting the G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 C34 memory kit to the test to see how it stacks up against the best RAM on the market. During the early days of DDR5, memory vendors didn't have a wide selection of dies for their memory kits. As a result, the first DDR5 products used SK hynix's M-die, Samsung's B-die, or Micron's M-die integrated circuits (ICs). No two dies are manufactured equally. It didn't take long for SK hynix's M-die to show its overclocking superiority over its competition. The M-die ICs effortlessly surpass rival ICs in overclocking. SK hynix has now developed the company's second-generation A-die ICs to further push DDR5 to its limits.

A-die isn't the replacement for M-die, though — SK hynix continues to manufacture both products in parallel. The ultra-fast DDR5 memory kits, specifically those higher than DDR5-7000, exploit the latest SK hynix A-die ICs. Until Micron and Samsung release something better, SK hynix's A-die ICs are currently the preferred dies for overclocking by many enthusiasts and performance seekers.

G.Skill hasn't drastically deviated from the Trident's core design over the last couple of generations, and it shows with the Trident Z5 RGB memory. It still features that familiar and aggressive fin-like exterior with sharp edges. The heat spreader, which is made of aluminum, has a matte black exterior and a middle strip with a brushed aluminum finish. G.Skill has many variations of the Trident Z5 design, but the memory modules conform to a height of 42mm (1.65 inches) for maximum compatibility with motherboards and CPU air coolers.

RGB lighting has become a requirement for gaming memory, and the Trident Z5 RGB sticks to the trend. The slim RGB light bar above the heat spreader shines vibrantly. There are two ways consumers can control it. If you're an avid fan of the brand, G.Skill provides the Trident Z Lighting Control software. If not, you can always control it with your motherboard's lighting software. Support extends to Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and ASRock Polychrome Sync.

G.Skill hand-screened the SK hynix H5CG48AGBDX018 (A-die) ICs that went into memory modules. It's a single-rank design with eight 2GB chips, amounting to 16GB of capacity per memory module. Richtek's 0D=9B J1U power management IC (PMIC) is responsible for voltage regulation on the Trident Z5 RGB memory modules.

Some DDR5-7200 memory kits default to DDR5-5600 natively, but G.Skill's memory still adheres to DDR5-4800. The default timings are 40-40-40-77. G.Skill designed the memory kit for Intel's latest 13th Generation Raptor Lake processors, which arrives with Intel XMP 3.0 support. There's only one profile, and it stores the settings for DDR5-7200 with 34-45-45-115 timings at 1.4V. See our PC Memory 101 feature and How to Shop for RAM story for more timings and frequency considerations.

Comparison Hardware

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Memory KitPart NumberCapacityData RatePrimary TimingsVoltageWarranty
TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGBFF3D532G7200HC34ADC012 x 16GBDDR5-7200 (XMP)34-42-42-84 (2T)1.40Lifetime
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGBF5-7200J3445G16GX2-TZ5RK2 x 16GBDDR5-7200 (XMP)34-45-45-115 (2T)1.40Lifetime
Corsair Vengeance RGBCMH32GX5M2X7000C342 x 16GBDDR5-7000 (XMP)34-42-42-96 (2T)1.45Lifetime
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGBF5-6800J3445G16GX2-TZ5RK2 x 16GBDDR5-6800 (XMP)34-45-45-108 (2T)1.40Lifetime
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGBCMT32GX5M2X6600C322 x 16GBDDR5-6600 (XMP)32-39-39-76 (2T)1.40Lifetime
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGBF5-6400J3239G16GX2-TZ5RK2 x 16GBDDR5-6400 (XMP)32-39-39-102 (2T)1.40Lifetime

Our Intel test system revolves around Intel's Core i9-13900K processor and MSI's MEG Z690 Unify-X motherboard, running the 7D28vA8 firmware. In contrast, the AMD testbed leverages the Ryzen 7 7700X and ASRock X670E Taichi currently on the 1.11.AS06 firmware.

Corsair's CUE H100i Elite LCD liquid cooler keeps the Raptor Lake and Zen 4 processor temperatures in line. In addition, the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Trio tackles our gaming RAM benchmarks.

Our Windows 11 installation, benchmarking software, and games reside on Crucial's MX500 SSDs, whereas the Corsair RM650x power supply feeds our system with the necessary power. Lastly, the Streacom BC1 open bench table ensures that our hardware is well-kept and tidy.

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ComponentIntel SystemAMD System
ProcessorIntel Core i9-13900KAMD Ryzen 7 7700X
MotherboardMSI MEG Z690 Unify-XASRock X670E Taichi
Graphics CardMSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X TrioMSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
StorageCrucial MX500 500GB, 2TBCrucial MX500 500GB, 2TB
CoolingCorsair iCUE H100i Elite LCDCorsair iCUE H100i Elite LCD
Power SupplyCorsair RM650x 650WCorsair RM650x 650W
CaseStreacom BC1Streacom BC1

Intel Performance

The memory kit exhibited good performance and stable operation during our tests. It placed second overall, outpacing the T-Force Delta RGB DDR5-7200 C34. However, G.Skill's memory kit only took first place in the Adobe Photoshop benchmark, which was 3.2% faster than its T-Force rival.

AMD Performance

The current state of the AGESA code and silicon limitations put AMD's Ryzen 7000 processors at a disadvantage regarding memory support. However, the good samples with a powerful IMC (integrated memory controller) typically support DDR5-6400 to DDR5-6600 memory.

For our particular Ryzen 7 7700X, DDR5-6400 is the ceiling, so DDR5-7200 is beyond the bounds of possibility.

Overclocking and Latency Tuning

We expected similar headroom from the Trident Z5 RGB memory kit as the T-Force Delta RGB memory kit since both use identical SK hynix A-die ICs. G.Skill's memory modules ran at DDR5-7600 without problems and with the same 1.45V as its rival. The memory timings were comparable, except that the Trident Z5 RGB memory couldn't run stably with the tRAS as 86. As a result, we had to stick to 115, the default tRAS for the advertised speed.

Lowest Stable Timings

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Memory KitDDR5-6800 (1.45V)DDR5-7000 (1.45V)DDR5-7000 (1.5V)DDR5-7200 (1.45V)DDR5-7400 (1.5V)DDR5-7600 (1.45V)
TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB DDR5-7200 C34N/AN/AN/A34-41-41-81 (2T)N/A36-46-46-86 (2T)
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 C34N/AN/AN/A34-41-41-81 (2T)N/A36-46-46-115 (2T)
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5-7000 C34N/AN/A32-42-42-96 (2T)N/A34-42-42-96 (2T)N/A
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6800 C3432-42-42-96 (2T)34-45-45-108 (2T)N/AN/AN/AN/A

However, at DDR5-7200 and with 1.45V, the Trident Z5 RGB managed to get on the same page as the T-Force Delta RGB. We used the exact memory timings of 34-41-41-81, and the G.Skill memory kit ran rock solid.

Bottom Line

The Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 C34 offers slightly better overall performance than the T-Force Delta RGB DDR5-7200 C34. The overclocking potential was similar on both memory kits, which was expected since the two employ practically the same SK hynix A-die ICs. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a lottery to the quality of the ICs. We managed to push the memory to DDR5-7600, but your overclocking mileage will likely vary. But one thing is certain: A-die is currently the best DDR5 IC for hitting high frequencies.

G.Skill sells the Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 C34 for $234.99. Its direct competitor, the T-Force Delta RGB DDR5-7200 C34, retails for $214.99. At the current pricing, there's a noticeable difference. However, that doesn't take away the fact that G.Skill's memory kit is the faster of the two memory kits. The Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 C34 is the way to go if you want pure performance. Aesthetics, as usual, are subjective, and brand loyalty also plays a role in the purchase decision.

Zhiye Liu
RAM Reviewer and News Editor

Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • biruja
    It would be interesting to see an article that compared various secondary timings too. In my experience, tREFI makes a bigger difference than 200 and sometimes 400 MHz of greater clocks. I'd also show results in AIDA64.