G.Skill Trident Extreme Performance F3-16000CL9 DDR3 P55 Kit


When I received the 4GB kit to review I was a little dismayed to see that GSkill appeared to have simply removed one module from the 6GB kit, tweaked the packaging adjusted the price to reflect this change. I would definitely liked to have seen at least a different module sticker, perhaps in blue to distinguish this kit from the 6GB brethren. While the old adage of if it isn't broken why fix it still applies, there is no excuse for being lazy. I would also have liked to have seen a little more attention to details as Green PCBs are so yesteryear and need binning as soon as possible. Black is the new green guys. That said, I do like the aesthetics of the Trident kits which look both classy and cool at the same time; just a few tweaks from being perfect.
Where this kit does distinguish itself from the 6GB kit is with the overclocking. I was delighted to see that the GSKill Trident 4GB kit overclocked very easily and surpassed my expectations by a fair margin. Not only did it hit the dizzy heights of 2150MHz but also managed latencies of 7-8-7-24, not bad when you consider this was done with only a very slight bump in voltage. I expected multiple BSOD at these speeds but alas my worries were unfounded as the kit was rock solid stable which was very impressive.
 The good news does not stop there though. Priced very competitively at around the £87 mark, it is clear DDR3 prices are now beginning to become very affordable and with DDR2 prices rising day by day, the two formats will soon pass one another on the price index ladder making DDR3 the more attractive choice. When you consider that some comparative kits cost upward of double that of the GSkill Trident, it doesn't take a Astrophysicist to figure out where your money should go. Couple this with the fact this kit also overclocks like a dream, you would have to be a fool not to consider the GSkill Trident 4GB kit.
The Good
- Amazing overclocking
- Competitively priced
- Cool running
The Mediocre
- Same packaging as the 4GB kit
- Green PCB
The Bad
Thanks to GSkill for providing the 4GB DDR3 memory kit for todays review. Discuss in our forums.
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09-10-2009, 19:56:01

Awesome review as always W3bbo. Nice looking kit too. Glad to see they didn't mess with the 6GB sinks/scheme. Damn fine bandwidth for dual channel too.

Small thing, red text on blue background gives VB a headache. Nearly impossible to focus on.Quote

10-10-2009, 12:28:48

Out of interest what's wrong with the packaging being the same as the 4GB pack, isn't it a 4GB pack (mediocre bit)Quote

10-10-2009, 15:34:20

Other manufacturers such as Corsair are differentiating there P55 kits (4G from the X58 (6G kits. Albeit they are most likely the exact same modules, little touches such as blue fins instead of red for the Dominator GT's make the difference from a mediocre package to a good package. All it takes is a little thought and imagination rather than boxing them up in the same format minus one stick.Quote

10-10-2009, 18:03:41

Nice review, this is the ram I've had my sights on the last few weeks, Corsair too expensive for what you get.

The Corsair 1600C8's use mediocre Micron IC's & cost more than these G.Skill Tridents, the Corsair GT's are around £125 for the 1600C7 & £160 for the 2000C8 although they are probally Elpida Hypers.

In general UK retail is poor for P55 ram choice at the moment, OcUK only offering the widest choice at present & that lacks somewhat as they dont compete with choice with the likes of Newegg in the USA.

Ebuyer, Novatech, Misco, MemoryC, Dabs, MicroDirect, CCLonline, Aria, Scan, Ebuyer, Tekheads, Yoyotech all rubbish at their actual product range of DDR3 P55 Ram.

I spoke to memoryc who go also under the name of gobeyond who are a ram distributor requesting ram not stocked, they wasnt interested which is very poor considering they have a crap range at present. Novatech just want to sell G.Skill ram.

I would like to see more retailers stocking Team, A-Data, Mushkin, Geil DDR3 Ram for the P55 chipset, I know it's the same ic's but it would be nice to have a choice of kit instead of everyone having to be boring using G.Skill because no one stocks any other product.Quote

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