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

Introduction

Introduction
 
It's been ten years since G.Skill was born and in that time they have evolved into a leading manufacturer of memory components. While they are most commonly known for their high performance memory kits, such as the Trident kit we have review today, they are rapidly gaining a foothold in the SSD market with drives such as the Falcon we reviewed previously which to date is the fastest SSD we have had the pleasure of testing. So then, can G.Skill back this impressive feat up with a high performance product they are famed for?
 
I've sampled quite a few triple channel kits designed for use with Intel's Core i7 CPU and none have failed to impress. Some have been mediocre, some amazing but none have been disappointing, so G.Skill had better not break that run of good fortune now! Also, with so many kits claiming extreme performance, G.Skill have some stiff competition so it remains to be seen if the G.Skill Trident kit can hold it's own against it's competitors.
 
Running at a stock speed of 2000MHz you would think that this was G.Skill's premier product but they actually do a faster memory kit, the 'Perfect Storm' which runs at a stupidly high speed of 2133MHz! We will try and get a sample of that kit for review in the near future but for now we'll investigate whether the the kit I have in my hands is just a speed binned kit or not but at 2000MHz, the G.Skill Trident triple channel kit is certainly not going to be slow out of the blocks.
 
Here's what they had to say:
 
We are here to provide superior memory products, with satisfactory services in order to keep pace with our customers' growing needs, and help them by adding value to their purchases. We pledge we will continue to do so and enable both sides to obtain significant competitive advantages in the market segments.
Investing in human resources is just one of the reasons why G. SKILL is able to provide such high levels of efficient and cost effective services.
G. SKILL is managed as a family, providing a dynamic, challenging and harmonious working environment for all employees. With the open-minded management, each individual with potential talent can be fully developed.
With this clear goal of providing satisfactory services for customers, our R&D department is constantly developing the fastest and best performing products; our marketing and sales departments ensure all the information needed is available and presented in a clear and understandable format.
 
 Specifications
 
The following specification was taken directly from the G.Skill website. 
 
 Product nameGSkill [TRIDENT] F3-16000CL9T-3GBTD
Main Board
Intel
System
 Desktop
Type
 DDR3
M/B Chipset
Intel X58
CAS Latency9-9-9-24
SpeedDDR3-2000 (PC3 16000)
Test Voltage
1.65v
Registered/Unbufferd
Unbuffered
Error CheckingNone - ECC
Type240-pin DIMM
WarrantyLifetime
 
Nothing too much out of the ordinary here. With a relatively slow speed of CAS9, the G.Skill will be hard pushed to be the fastest kit on test but G.Skill will dispute, this is not the fastest kit they supply while other kits have the same speed as their flagship model. Worthy of note though is G.Skill's lifetime warranty should you run into difficulties throughout your time using the kit.
 
Let's take a look at the Trident modules...
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Most Recent Comments

03-08-2009, 15:22:01

JN
"2000MHz kits are becoming more and more popular now that memory prices are dropping. Does the G.Skill Trident kit have what it takes to find it's way onto your i7 setup? Find out inside..." - by w3bbo

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

03-08-2009, 15:25:16

FarFarAway
Hmm not much of an overclocker, but green PCB aside they look lush. Great price too

03-08-2009, 15:29:21

Rastalovich
Quick reaction, but this seems a pretty damn good 2nd to the OCZ Blades and I'd have to check the prices but it's a load cheaper aint it ?

03-08-2009, 15:49:21

tinytomlogan
Nice review, Id consider them tbh.

03-08-2009, 16:08:50

VonBlade
Amazing performance for the price. Word I'm not allowed to use ridiculously good.

03-08-2009, 16:39:25

w3bbo
To be fair to the OCZ, the Blade have dropped too although nowhere near the level of the GSKill. Price is very much based on latency these days and the OCZ is CAS7 vs the CAS9 of the GSkill so the chips used on the OCZ are alot more expensive.

Hard to justify the cost though when the benchmarks don't show such a big difference in performance.

Thanks for the kind comments as always guys.

06-08-2009, 18:04:46

Bungral
Very good value that there... I just wish manufacturers would make some black memory with electric blue or something rather than the red that seems to turning up all over the place.

Nice review Rich... With all this Asus hunting going on, I realised you've been writing reviews for a little over a year now! How time flies!

09-08-2009, 15:51:36

w3bbo
Cheers m8. Jim got me a nice bottle of Glenmorangie which wasn't expected but very welcome! Whatta guy

10-08-2009, 17:31:21

Bungral
Well ya deserve it... To regularly keep churning out reviews of a high standard and keep them interesting is quality. Also to keep motivated yourself is quite impressive... So yeah anyway... well done that man!

11-08-2009, 08:16:10

mayhem
well done and a nice tipple to supp on the long nights of hammering out over clock's and testing equipment .

11-08-2009, 12:46:19

w3bbo
Sadly the Glen was been drunk dry some time ago. Got a nice 12yr old malt here though so here's to another year!

Edit: Dammit - now everyone knows where the spelling mistakes come from - Pished while writing reviews!

11-08-2009, 13:51:36

mayhem
Lol ...

16-09-2009, 04:24:17

Johnbear
Quick reaction, but this seems a pretty damn good 2nd to the OCZ Blades...

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16-09-2009, 07:43:10

w3bbo
...and so they are. If the latencies were tightened then the kit could well be better if priced lower than the Blades.

17-09-2009, 10:14:02

Freak
From the testing that you have done you think that the larger heatsinks dont yield much of an improvement on overclocking, compared to those that are smaller?

17-09-2009, 12:24:21

w3bbo
I wouldn't say they gave much gain at all tbh. They perhaps prevent errors through overheating when pushed to the limit. What the sinks most likely do is lengthen the lifespan of modules.
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