Pros: Love the heat spreaders, looks premium. Color matches the rest of my MB well. Runs at rated specs on my Asus Maximus VIII with some slight voltage adjustments in bios.
Cons: The first set I received had a bad stick...argh...great, I get to be "that unlucky guy" this time. Even worse was the RMA return before Christmas and not receiving a replacement for 3 weeks. Three weeks Newegg... I had to play a Playstation 4 for three weeks straight. I was ready to scrape my eyes out with a spoon. I hope you're proud of yourselves.
Users who think they should be able to install the memory and turn the PC on and it'll be running at DDR4 3200 and post reviews when it's "only stable at 2166 for some reason". 3200 is overclocking, your Skylake CPU officially supports 2166. Don't blame the RAM. You're going to have to make bios adjustments.
Overall Review: For your own sake, never RMA for a Replacement around the holidays. What with the closures and "year end inventory" that Newegg is doing it's going to be a while. It was two weeks before Newegg confirmed they'd received my return. For your own sanity, return the broken item(s) for a refund if at all possible and order a new item. You'll get it about 2 weeks faster.
Pros: Absolutely love the heat spreader and build quality. Looks and feels awesome. Definitely the best RAM I've owned. I have some older Ripjaws X that I thought were great, but this supersedes that. Typical G.Skill lifetime warranty so I feel safe with my investment.
Now to more technical details:
Every forum there seems to be a division between whether 'performance' RAM is beneficial over standard RAM. Personally I don't see why not, otherwise why would RAM companies care to do their jobs? So I decided to run some tests in a quest to determine the difference.
AIDA64 Memory Benchmark
- Read: 32,488 MB/s
- Write: 23,821 MB/s
- Copy: 30,141 MB/s
- Latency: 72.6 ns
- Read: 39,645 MB/s
- Write: 24,702 MB/s
- Copy: 36,983 MB/s
- Latency: 59.4 ns
Unigine Valley 1.0
- FPS: 74.2
- Score: 3105
- Min FPS: 15.2
- Max FPS: 154.9
Unigine Valley 1.0
- FPS: 79.0
- Score: 3290
- Min FPS: 19.3
- Max FPS: 172.6
Ram Disk (Crystal Disk Mark)
- Sequential: Read = 7,371 MB/s, Write = 7,558 MB/s
- 512k: Read = 8,294 MB/s, Write = 8,402 MB/s
- 4k: Read = 1,922 MB/s, Write = 1,680 MB/s
- 4k QD32: Read = 1,955 MB/s, Write = 1,116 MB/s
Ram Disk (Crystal Disk Mark)
- Sequential: Read = 8,541 MB/s, Write = 8,612 MB/s
- 512k: Read = 8,908 MB/s, Write = 8,833 MB/s
- 4k: Read = 2,106 MB/s, Write = 1,799 MB/s
- 4k QD32: Read = 1,955 MB/s, Write = 1,171 MB/s
Cons: XMP is probably designed for Z170 chip set. I used manual settings, tweaked voltage a little bit and it appears to run great.
Overall Review: There were gains to each reading for every test, so it is safe to say high speed RAM makes a difference, but whether it is significant especially during gaming or other software will require further testing. Personally, I am more than happy to accept these gains for the price paid even if it may not prove to enhance much right now. Alls I want to know is my computer is in tip top shape. Specs below:
Gigabyte X99-SOC FORCE
EVGA GTX 980 SC
SuperNOVA 1000 G2
Pros: Worked right away at defaults (2133) no problems.
Works fine at 3066 so far.
Cons: Title says intel...but works just fine with Ryzen. I initially thought I ordered the wrong ram.
Overall Review: I set the XMA profile to 3066 cas 16 and so far it is running great. No stability issues, I haven't tried the 3200 profile yet.
Running the ram with a Ryzen 7 1700x on a MSI x370 gaming pro carbon with bios 1.90.
Pros: Overclocked to XMP profile for rated timings on my ASRock X370 Gaming-ITX/ac motherboard with a Ryzen 7 1700.
It works without any problems whatsoever.
It was on sale and a great deal.
Cons: none at this time
Overall Review: I'm able to overclock to 3.7ghz at 3200Mhz on the memory with a slight vcore of 1.25v running stable. Anything about 3.7ghz, I have to drop the memory speed to 2933Mhz for it post properly without power cycling on every reboot.
Pros: I have had nothing but positive experience with the TridentX series on Z87 and Z97 platforms. So it was only natural to go with TridentZ on my latest Z170 build. My decision was sound, these perform as advertised. Bought this set during an early Black Friday sale. And as I suspected, they run at 16-16-16-38 1T timings with stock 1.35v voltage.
Overall Review: Paired with a Maximus VIII Hero, i7 6700K@ 4.7GHz, and twin 780 Ti's. Life is short, go for the best in it's class and never look back.
Pros: Installation of these modules was a breeze. I initially wanted to order the 32GB kit but it saves you about $4-$5 to buy two kits of the 2x8GB modules versus the one 4x8GB kit (Go figure, you'd expect it to be the opposite). I bought these to replace my 32GB HyperX RAM that would not work in my system (only two of the HyperX modules would work at a time, once I put in all 4 my system would not post), a Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7, despite the HyperX being listed on the RAM compatibility guide for my motherboard. Needless to say I RMA'ed the HyperX kit once I was able to get all 4 of these modules installed and I am completely satisfied with the results.
Cons: The heat spreaders are a little sharp so it was a little difficult to get them seated properly in the slots, but it is so inconsequential that I won't even knock it down an egg. Completely happy with this purchase.
Pros: They rock, love the color and they are fast!
Cons: I don't have any cons.
Overall Review: If you are looking for speedy RAM and red and silver.. THEY ROCK.
Pros: Runs stable at 3200 at the correct voltage for Ryzen 2600 on Asrock 470 master with a simple change in the bios.
Overall Review: got on sale for $120