G.Skill Launches Trident Neo Memory Modules for AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUsby Anton Shilov on July 10, 2019 1:00 PM EST
After every major CPU launch leading suppliers of memory modules release DIMMs validated to work with the new platform. This time around G.Skill not only announced DRAM modules that have been tested to work with AMD’s latest Ryzen 3000-series processors (codenamed Matisse) on AMD X570-based motherboards, but actually released a brand new product family, the Trident Z Neo.
Rated to run in DDR4-2666 CL18, DDR4-3000 CL16, DDR4-3200 CL14/CL16, and DDR4-3600 CL14/CL16/CL18 modes, G.Skill’s Trident Z Neo will come in dual-channel kits featuring 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB capacities. Some of the kits will require 1.2 Volts, whereas other will need 1.35 Volts or even 1.40 Volts and therefore entail a higher-end motherboard. G.Skill itself validates the new DDR4-3600 modules using the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula or the MSI MEG X570 Godlike motherboards.
G.Skill’s latest Trident Z Neo DIMMs rely on the company’s custom 10-layer PCB and share design with Trident Z RGB DIMMs with RGB LEDs that can be controlled using software from leading motherboard makers, such as ASUS, ASRock, GIGABYTE, and MSI. Higher-end modules use Samsung’s memory chips, but the company says nothing about DRAMs used for entry-level sticks.
It is necessary to note that the Trident Z Neo are not rebadged Trident Z RGB DIMMs. The new modules feature different sub-timings and voltages that are guaranteed to work optimally with AMD’s Ryzen 3000/X570 platform.
G.Skill’s Trident Z Neo memory kits will be available later this month worldwide from the company’s resellers.
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FreckledTrout - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkThat DDR4-3200 CL14 in 16GB x2 for 32GB total looks really nice. I bet that would boot with my Gen1 Ryzen system and I could use it later for a 3xxx or 4xxx upgrade that is if 4xxx is still AM4.
Nikijs - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linknop. please read new documentation (and tests) = new mb + cpu, or there will be memory bottlenecks.
ps my upgrade in next few month will be to ryzen 3xxx. my old haswell cores are strugling.
FreckledTrout - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkDo you have a link to a review showing this? As far as I am aware dropping a 3xxx CPU into a x370 or x470 motherboard will have no impact on performance other than you wont get PCIE 4.0. I have read the latest documentation there is no mention of memory bottlenecks or any other performance side effects.
Targon - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkFirst and second generation Ryzen run Infinity Fabric at half the RAM speed, while third generation Ryzen will run Infinity Fabric at up to 3733 with a 1:1 ration with the faster RAM. The CPU will be fine, you just won't be able to take full advantage, and even then, you can't be 100% sure that the RAM will run at the full settings on first or second generation Ryzen chips(you may need to adjust the sub-timings or even run the RAM at below the listed speed).
.vodka - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkUh, no.
1st and 2nd gen Ryzen runs memclk and fclk at 1:1 ratio, it is 3rd gen that adds the possibility to decouple both and run memory higher while sacrificing fabric speed. Remember that RAM is DDR so for example, 1:1 1800MHz fabric + memory results in DDR4-3600 effective speed. In the end it's not worth it.
Latest AGESA on both 300 and 400 series boards results in a relatively pain free experience for 1st gen and 2nd gen parts if you're not using plug and play Samsung B-die. Whatever you do just don't use the crappy XMP profile, manually configure what 1usmus' DRAM calculator spits out for any particular kit, then some testing to validate.
FreckledTrout - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkThat DRAM calculator is pretty nice. I ran with safe settings at 3200Mhz for my Flare-x kit and ran fine. Got a little better benchmarks than the stock kit.
Oliseo - Thursday, July 11, 2019 - linkHave to agree about the XMP profile, even on Intel. The amount of people who do OC, and then use XMP and complain they can't OC to levels they expected....
Targon - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkYou may have missed the point that the memory WOULD probably work with first generation Ryzen(DDR4-3200CL14 implies Samsung B-die). Much better performance with third generation, but that's another issue.
FreckledTrout - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkThat is where I was going. Could get memory to run with my x370 board now as this is very likely B-die so should have no issue. Later upgrade to the 3xxx gen CPU. Likely will do something like that. I'm hoping AMD will have a higher binned 8-core like say a 3850x running at little faster clocks later this year. Would make a nice anniversary edition CPU.
Targon - Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - linkThat DDR4-3600CL14 looks interesting, even with the 1.4 volt, it would be great for system performance. I just need my Ryzen 9 3900X to get here.