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Test: G.Skill Trident X 2400 MHz with 16 GB

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GSkill TridentX SmallG.Skill has had their Trident X series on the market for some time, and we already had a corresponding kit in our testing rooms, though it was a Trident X with eight gigabytes of capacity and 2400 MHz. For many of our readers, 8 GB are somewhat lean nowadays; the trend is going for 16 GB of RAM, at least for those who do not have to save every penny in a new PC system. In this test, we will be looking at a DDR3-2400 kit with 16 GB of RAM, split into four modules with 4 GB each.

The kit with the designation F3-2400C10Q-16GTX consists of four modules, each with a capacity of four gigabytes. The effective memory frequency of 2400 MHz is achieved at latencies of CL 10-12-12-31 and requires a voltage of 1.65 volts for operation. The memory is commercially available for prices starting from 152 euros (as of 20.04.2013).

Specifications
Designation F3-2400C10Q-16GTX
Effective Memory Clock 2400 MHz
Package Size Four modules with 4 gigabytes each
Timings CL 10-12-12-31
Operating Voltage 1,65 volts
Buying Source starting from 167 at Amazon
Manufacturer Link G.Skill Product Page

At least on paper, the memory kit is quite impressive. The high guaranteed clock speed at decent latencies is definately something, but unfortunately the price puts the kit only in mid-table among the competition. We will have to wait for the performance check to see whether the price-performance ratio is as positive as the specifications.

There is little change in the design: the quite massive heatspreader bears a red and black color combination with a slight glitter effect in the red portion. The black side parts wear large stickers with descriptions and technical data, the upper part consists of a red jagged ridge. Apparently, G.Skill has taken the criticism seriously: the mid-part of the ridge is now flatted, enabling for a simpler installation, the rest of the ridge was slightly rounded, and the sharp ridge was removed after complaints.

The only slight criticism that remains is the overall height of 54 mm, granted, not the highest; but some combinations of cooler and mainboard, this is certainly too high. In this respect, G.Skill came up with a little trick: it is possible to loosen two small screws and push down the red crest from the heatspreader. This way, and losing only a bit of optical fancy, the height decreases by as much as 14 mm, making for a total height of around 40 mm, a very good idea.

A look at the SPD shows the following:

SPD_GSkillTridentX
CPU-Z result of the SPD of the TridentX

At first glance, in this area there is no reason for complaints as well: G.Skill provides the appropriate settings for all major clock speed steps, and for maximum clock, we find the usual XMP profile. CPU-Z yields the wrong timings, both XMP profiles are created for 2400 MHz at CL 10-12-12-31. As is customary in this sector, the low clock frequencies are provided with wary settings in latencies for maximum stability, even if the resulting performance is not necessarily optimal.

However, the practical test showed some problems. The XMP profile was correctly started by the motherboard, but the Subtimings were not correctly applied, regardless of which of the two profiles we used. Our testing system seems to be not entirely compatible with the programming of the memory. By manual adjustment, we were then able to run benchmarks benchen with the designated timings.