G.Ability on Friday launched its quickest dual-channel reminiscence package designed particularly for Intel’s Kaby Lake-X processors and Intel’s X299 HEDT platforms. The brand new Trident Z DDR4-4600 DIMMs not solely boast the best formally supported DDR4 switch price within the trade to this point, however are additionally among the many first to make use of 1.5 Volts to hit that milestone.

The brand new excessive Trident Z DDR4 reminiscence modules, as G.Ability calls them, are primarily based on Samsung’s well-known eight Gb B-die reminiscence ICs produced on their 20 nm fabrication course of. Trident says that to construct its F4-4600C19-8GTZ eight GB DIMMs rated for DDR4-4600 with CL19 23-23-43 operation, it needed to cherry decide DRAMs with the best frequency potential and enhance the voltage of the reminiscence modules all the best way to 1.5 Volts. It is a whopping 25% enhance over DDR4 normal's default voltage of 1.2v, and in AT's collective reminiscence we will't recall the final time we noticed a reminiscence package ship with a voltage thus far over the usual. To G.Ability's credit score they’re now pushing DDR4 properly above the specification's authentic most 3200 MT/sec switch price, so the payoff is clearly there, but it surely's additionally clear that the corporate is pushing present DDR4 expertise and Samsung's B-dies to their limits.

Such a excessive voltage is (clearly) not unattainable to work with, but it surely does include some challenges each for customers and the producer. The largest is sheer energy consumption – do not forget that energy consumption will increase with the sq. of the voltage – so a 25% voltage enhance will enhance the facility consumption of those DIMMs by much more than that. G.Ability claims that the DIMMs don’t have any overheating points and it had run a great deal of burn-in checks to make sure stability and reliability, however these are top-of-the-range enthusiast-class merchandise that can want ample cooling. In the meantime on the manufacturing facet, G.Ability not solely must closely bin chips to search out these that may function at these speeds, however then construct an entire DIMM that may deal with the frequency and the facility supply wants. Equally, a strong motherboard is important to deal with these speeds on its finish, in addition to the upper energy supply.

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G.Ability has validated secure operation of its “excessive” Trident Z dual-channel package at 4600 MT/s on Intel’s Core i7-7740X (Kaby Lake-X) CPU and ASRock’s X299 OC Method motherboard. The latter was designed by ASRock in cooperation with Nick Shih, a widely known overclocker, and it solely has 4 reminiscence slots with the intention to reduce interference and guarantee a “clear” energy provide. The modules include XMP 2.zero SPD profiles that can simplify their arrange on all Intel X299 platforms, however take into account that the package is meant just for dual-channel operation and G.Ability examined it utilizing a selected config.

G.Ability's Trident Z Reminiscence for Intel's X299 Platform
PaceCL TimingVoltageEquipment ConfigurationEquipment CapabilityHousehold
DDR4-3600CL16 16-16-361.35 Vfour&occasions;eight GB
eight&occasions;eight GB
32 GB
64 GB
Trident Z
Trident Z RGB
CL17 19-19-39four&occasions;16 GB
eight&occasions;16 GB
64 GB
128 GB
DDR4-3733CL17 17-17-37four&occasions;eight GB
eight&occasions;eight GB
32 GB
64 GB
CL18 19-19-39four&occasions;16 GB
eight&occasions;16 GB
64 GB
128 GB
DDR4-3800CL18 18-18-38four&occasions;eight GB
eight&occasions;eight GB
32 GB
64 GB
CL19 19-19-39four&occasions;16 GB
eight&occasions;16 GB
64 GB
128 GB
DDR4-4000CL18 19-19-39four&occasions;eight GB
eight&occasions;eight GB
32 GB
64 GB
DDR4-4200CL19 19-19-391.four Veight&occasions;eight GB64 GBTrident Z
DDR4-4400CL19 19-19-391.four V (?)2&occasions;eight GB16 GBTrident Z Black
DDR4-4600CL19 23-23-431.5 V2&occasions;eight GB16 GBTrident Z

G.Ability will provide its DDR4-4600/CL19 package with all black and gray with white aluminum heatsinks. The corporate isn’t going to supply an RGB LED-equipped model of those DDR4-4600 modules (not less than initially) as a result of putting in LEDs would have an effect on energy provide of the modules and due to this fact their frequency potential.

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G.Ability plans to start out promoting its 16 GB (eight GB&occasions;2) DDR4-4600 CL19 23-23-43 reminiscence package late this month. The corporate historically doesn’t contact upon pricing of the set, however since that is an unique and closely binned product, it’s logical to anticipate it to be costly.

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