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4 out of 5 eggs Update 3rd and final adendum to previous review. 05/25/2012

This review is from: G.SKILL TridentX Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2666 (PC3 21300) Desktop Memory Model F3-2666C11Q-16GTXD


Ok, here is the final scoop. I returned the original i5 3570K processor of which this RAM would not run at any speed above 2400 regardless of any adjustments and or tweaks attempted.

Since then using the same Board Asus Maximus V Z77 with two i7 3770K and the Trident X RAM. RAM ran flawlessly on both i7s. I then installed two dif i5 3570K processors. In line with some opinions I had discussed with some fellow high ranking overclockers, the theory concerning the i5 3570K seems to be correct. He had stated that the units from Cost Rica did not like high RAM speeds above 2400. My original chip which would not handle above 2400 was indeed manufactured in Costa Rica. The other two i5s which did work fine at 2666 ironically were manufactured in Malaysia.

So if you plan on using this RAM on a i5 3570k make sure its from a manufacturing run in Malaysia. It may not be a guarantee however I am two for two with the Malaysia chips. Your experiences may differ.


Product support in my case was lacking, which is a surprise as G Skill touts themselves as being very customer oriented and most clients purchasing such RAM are usually pretty savvy and knowledgeable to start with

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Hope this helps anyone who might have run into the issues of which I had with the Trident X's not working, as well as keep you from having to go through a lot of trial and error troubleshooting. Most people aren't usually afforded the ability to have access or purchase numerous chips in order to find one which will handle such speedsThe manufacturer in my case did not seem to know about these issues and did not offer much in the way of support when contacted. Also if they are aware (which if they know their product, they should know such issues. Would have come up in testing and certification)one would think. It is in fact their duty to be familiar with their own product, as such should have been able to give generally the same info and supply a fix when approached with such a problem,.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer

Thank you for your G.Skill purchase and review. Glad to hear you were able to get this memory kit working properly. For all G.Skill Trident X series memory, an Intel i7-3770K or better CPU is highly recommended. With extreme memory, not all CPUs will be capable, so it is up to the user to test and determine whether the CPU can. Your provided information is appreciated, it should help others determine whether the chip they have may be competent. For any further questions or issues, please feel free to contact us directly.

Thank you

Quality and customer service are our top priorities.

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