When it comes to performance memory there are a variety of brands to choose from each with different product lines and product offerings with unique frequencies and module timings. Any one of those modules will give you adequate performance in a normal gaming PC however, when it comes to overclocking the list of vendors gets reduced down to a handful.
In this review I’ll be looking at the F4-4133C19D-16GTZR Trident Z memory modules from GSKill. This is a 16GB dual channel DDR4 memory kit running at 4133Mhz with a CAS latency of 19. What is really impressive about these modules is that while they are some of the fastest DDR4 modules you can buy they are also fully RGB enabled with a multi LED light bar across the top of the module.
While high speed memory modules are impressive they come with some pretty significant drawbacks when it comes to compatibility. The largest of these is motherboard support and while you can physically run these modules on any motherboard supporting DDR4 memory there is a good chance that the board may not be qualified to run them.. A good example is the Aorus (Gigabyte) Z270X Gaming SOC. This board supports the 4133Mhz frequency however will not boot with these modules configured for XMP. However, they do run quite well on the ASUS Maximus IX Apex and even allowed me to overclock them a little. Along with the motherboard there is also the question of CPU quality and if the onboard memory controller can run that fast.
Bottom line, when looking to buy high speed memory modules expect to spend time testing different motherboard and CPU combos to fine one that works.
The Trident memory series is a premier memory brand from GSKill designed for those who want the best performance and the highest quality modules you can buy. It is difficult to judge this when searching the vast ocean of available memory modules but if you look at what the overclockers are using you’ll quickly see that Trident Z is the module of choice and responsible for many of the X Series overclocking records set during Computex 2017.