G.SKILL TRIDENTX 8GB 2400C10 Dual Channel RAM Kit Review

Memory by leeghoofd @ 2013-02-04

The G.Skill brand has become one of the more popular ones in the enthusiast community. This Taiwanese RAM company has won the hearts of many overclockers, especially due their binning methods and affordable price tag. Therefore G.Skill manages time after time to launch RAM kits in multiple speed/timing versions, different quantities and best of all they usually sport some overclocking headroom. G.Skill introduced simultaneously a new series of RAM, baptized TridentX, together with Intel's launch of the Ivy Bridge CPU. The RAM vendors had to readjust their binning methods, mainly due to the high ram speed support of Intel's 3rd generation CPU. Enthusiast RAM isn't solely based anymore on just tight timings, high RAM speeds is one of the new requirements. The TridentX kit reviewed today is one of the medium specced kits, comprised of two 4GB dimms running at a whopping 2400MHz RAM speed, however affordably priced at sub 75 euros.

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Test Setup and Methodology

Our test platform was swapped from our trusty little ASUS GENE V, to the ASUS Z77 flagship version, the ASUS ROG Maximus V Extreme board. For RAM testing the ASUS Z77 ROG lineup is amazingly versatile, coupled by a very easy going BIOS, which is optimised for maximum compatibility with any RAM version you throw at it. The included RAM presets are a good starting point and allow to unleash some more headroom. Tweaking your setup in a blink of the eye.

The hardware setup of the day looks like this:

  • Intel I7-3770K@4500Mhz (1.26Vcore)
  • ASUS ROG Maximus V Extreme motherboard (0020/0022 bios)
  • ASUS GTX 480 296.10 WHQL drivers
  • Western Digital 1TB Green CAVIAR series
  • Corsair AX1200 PSU



Now what have we tested: first it has to become clear if a high speed RAM kit is worth the extra cash over a more budget friendly mainstream kit. Hence why we opted to simulate a 1600C9-9-9-27 kit with our TridentX kit.

Secondly G.Skill has some other TridentX versions besides this 2400C10 kit. This 2400C10 kit is pretty affordable, retailing around 75 euro's for a dual channel 8Gb kit. Alike the 1600 speeds we try to replicate the performance of higher specced versions. With this 2400C10 kit, we managed to replicate the TridentX 2600C10-12-12-31 kit.

Last but not least we included the results of the Avexir 2400C11 overclocked at 2800C11-14-14-35 as comparison.

A quick sum up of the tested speeds:

  • 1600Mhz C9-9-9-27 1T 1.6Vdimm ( TridentX simulated )
  • 2400Mhz C10-12-12-31 2T 1.65Vdimm ( Stock speeds )
  • 2600Mhz C10-12-12-31 2T 1.725Vdimm ( TridentX overclocked )
  • 2800Mhz C11-14-14-35 2T 1.73Vdimm ( Avexir overclocked )

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