G.Skill TridentZ Royal Elite DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 review

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CPU-Z – DDR4 with an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X/Intel Core i9 10850K, with XMP enabled

X to the MP yo!

Let’s start with CPU-Z. It’s an essential tool for checking the current configuration of the system. In most cases, you should enable XMP, and that’s it. Otherwise, at default settings, the memory will be running at 2133 MHz, and that can slow down your rig. Sometimes XMP won’t work, so you might have to set the timings manually. With the Asrock Z590 Taichi, all it took was to change one setting (XMP with DDR4-3600), save the BIOS, and reboot.



(it's a photo because the F12 function stopped working correctly recently on my motherboards BIOS). We haven’t encountered any problems when booting the Intel system, and it started with the memory running at 3600 MHz without any issues. It was straightforward with AMD as well, as the Infinity Fabric divider can stay 1:1 till 3600-3733 MHz.




Then the Intel system.




Now what we have here for AMD:


 And for Intel:




DDR4 does indicate a double data rate, so you don’t have to worry about the displayed memory clock, as the effective RAM frequency is 3600 MHZ. For X470/X570 or Z370/Z390/Z490/Z590, there’s no problem with achieving even higher frequency clocks.

Please make a note of this: In Ryzen 3000 systems, as soon as you go higher than DDR4-3733, a 2:1 multiplier kicks in, and Infinity Fabric starts working at half the memory clock frequency (you can force a 1:1 setting, although this might make your system less stable). So, for the best overall system performance/stability, we recommend stopping at DDR4-3600.

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