G.Skill Trident X 2400MHz 8GB Review
Published: 29th June 2012 | Source: G.Skill | Price: |
How quickly things change in the Memory world. Considering that beneath the many heatspreader designs we generally find the same chips, and now 8GB is pretty standard we're not seeing any large changes in capacity, you'd be forgiven for thinking that one kit is identical to another.
To a certain extent this is true. Even power-hungry users will struggle to differentiate between a 2133MHz kit at CAS9 and one at CAS10. The average man-on-the-street will have a hard time telling between a 1600MHz kit and a 2133MHz one in normal usage. Once you pass a certain threshold, usually 4GB capacity, the rest of the gains are mainly to be found in benchmarks.
That doesn't mean that we're not all eagerly anticipating the potential gains from the latest Z77 chipsets, with their native ability to run 2400MHz+ kits. After all, with pricing so competitive, why wouldn't you go for the fastest kit you can get?
Enter G.Skill, with their Trident X 2400MHz CAS10 8GB kit. We're big fans of G.Skill here at OC3D. Along with Kingston, Corsair and Crucial they're one of the big four memory suppliers, giving high performing sets at good price points. Does the Trident X continue this theme, or is the gap between 2133MHz and 2400MHz too small to justify the upgrade?
There are a few models of the Trident X in the G.Skill range. Today's test setup is the second fastest, the 2400MHz model. Of course if there is a faster one the thought occurs that these are the chips that can't run at the 2600MHz speed of the range-topper.
|Multi-Channel Kit||Dual Channel kit|
|Tested Speed||DDR3-2400 MHz (PC3-19200)|
|Tested Latency||10-12-12-31 2N|
|SPD Speed||1600 MHz|
|Height||54 mm / 2.13 inch|
Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) Ready