With both AMD Ryzen and Threadripper platforms continuing to mature, we’ve seen an increase in the two platform’s ability to handle higher capacity and faster RAM and be stable. It is more common today to reach 3200MHz than it was upon release due in part to better BIOS from board partners and memory testing. To that end, G.Skill announced a new lineup of Trident Z RGB DDR4 Memory for AMD. The kits said to have enhanced compatibility on the latest AMD platform with faster and higher density kits including RGB LEDs for enhanced visuals. 

G.Skill's announcement includes a full range of memory kit capacity options with new kits available starting at DDR4 2400Mhz. They come in two, four, and eight module configurations with 8GB and 16GB modules allowing capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB. The high-capacity 128GB sets can reach speeds up to 2933MHz CL14 while speeds up to 3200Mhz CL14 are possible up to 32GB (4x8GB) setups. The kits are good for the both the dual-channel Ryzen platform or quad-channel X399 Threadripper platform. 

Buyers will be able to discern between the new Trident Z RGB kits from the original as the new product model number will have an “X” at the end. I’ll imagine we will see the Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper moniker somewhere on the retail packaging as well. The new Trident Z RGB models support OC profile DOCP – Direct Memory Profile, on compatible motherboards. Users should be able to enable DOCP in the BIOS and boot to the Memory’s rated speeds. For the best chance at success, be sure your motherboard has the latest BIOS. 

Trident Z RGB Model Compatibility List for AMD Platforms
DDR4 Frequency CL Timing Kit Capcity Voltage For Ryzen For Threadripper
3200MHz 14-14-14-34 32GB (4x8GB) 1.35   Y
16GB (2x8GB) Y  
2933MHz 14-14-14-34 64GB (8x8GB)
128GB (8x16GB)
1.35V   Y
16-16-16-36 64GB (8x8GB)
128GB (8x16GB)
  Y
2400MHz 15-15-15-35 64GB (8x8GB)
128GB (8x16GB)
1.2V   Y
32GB (4x8GB)
64GB (4x16GB)
Y Y
16GB (2x8GB)
32GB (2x16GB)
Y Y

The full lineup will be available through GSkill distribution partners in October. Pricing was not listed but is expected to be the same or close to its Intel counterparts. 

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Source: G.Skill

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  • boozed - Saturday, September 23, 2017 - link

    Huh?

    I thought we left desktop memory incompatibility in the 90s...
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  • Paul Tarnowski - Saturday, September 23, 2017 - link

    @boozed Tell that to the 32GB that wouldn't work with my 2400K and Asus MB that I had lying around until I installed it into client comps. Reply
  • Slaveguy - Saturday, September 23, 2017 - link

    I thought I left you in the tip of a condom in the 90s... we're both wrong. Reply
  • Omoronovo - Monday, September 25, 2017 - link

    The problem is that until June, 2017, JEDEC didn't have formally-defined specifications for DDR4 higher than DDR4-2666. These products - even intel ones - have been in development since well before then, and so any module above 2666 is technically not guaranteed to be following any kind of standard. That's impossible to build for. Additionally, the DDR4-3200 JEDEC standard sets timings to be 20-20-20-44, incredibly anemic to say the least. With this being AMD's first DDR4-equipped platform, it's going to take time for them to dial in out-of-bounds memory speeds to get compatibility up to the levels of intel hardware, which memory manufacturers have had many, many years to get to know. Until that happens for AMD, it's nice to see memory manufacturers taking the time to test/validate their ram on AMD platforms so that we don't have to.

    Worth noting that adding RGB LED's to ram also adds a surprising amount of pain points to compatibility, mainly around ripple suppression caused by the voltage of LED's changing depending on the current colour. This causes clock skew, since the power still has to come from the same socket that powers the modules themselves, and leads to unstable peaks/troughs in the waveform.
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  • realistz - Saturday, September 23, 2017 - link

    Mediocre speed. AMD offering only yesterday's performance meh nothing exciting coming out of that company. Reply
  • milkywayer - Sunday, September 24, 2017 - link

    Kicked Intel in the back hard enough to make it lower their $1700 CPU line to $1000. That's enough for me. Thanks AMD <3 Reply
  • Drumsticks - Sunday, September 24, 2017 - link

    Hell, I'm a fairly big proponent of Skylake-X in that I actually see value in the higher SKUs, but even with that said, what would you call Intel's current HEDT lineup if Threadripper is "yesterday's performance?" Reply
  • DanNeely - Sunday, September 24, 2017 - link

    In context, I suspect he's trolling over ram speeds. Intel's ram controller can be pushed an additional 1.4 GHz beyond spec. Which's kinda sad because AMD benefits a lot more from ultra high speed ram if only indirectly (the cross die interconnect runs at the speed of the ram bus). Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Monday, September 25, 2017 - link

    It will be interesting to see how those 1.5V sets work with the memory controllers. Hopefully they won't burn them out. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Monday, September 25, 2017 - link

    RGB... Yippee! Reply

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