G.Skill Uncorks Brutally Fast DDR4-4600 Trident Z Memory For Intel Kaby Lake-X

Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition Processor
G.Skill has rolled out some RAM for computer enthusiasts out there who have the cheddar to plunk down for the Intel's Kaby Lake-X/X299 HEDT platform. This would be THE memory to cram into your Intel Core i9 X-Series rig. The RAM kit is DDR4-4600MHx CL19 and is built using hand-selected, high-quality Samsung B-die IC components.

What that means is that the memory was built with the ultimate performance in mind. G.Skill is offering the RAM in two color variations with one featuring a silver body and white accents and the other with a black body and black accents. Other than the color, the RAM is the same. G.Skill says that before this memory kit debuted, the only way to get DDR4-4600MHz was to use liquid nitrogen for cooling.


Memory timings are claimed to be CL19-23-23-43 at 1.5V. The Trident Z Series DDR4-4600MHz kits consists of a pair of 8GB modules for 16GB total memory. A screenshot of the memory running stress tests is below showing stable operation. That screenshot was from a test system running a Kaby Lake-X Core i7-7740X on an ASRock X299 OC Formula mainboard.

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The memory does support Intel XMP 2.0 and the two color versions are due to launch at the end of September. Pricing is unannounced, but we expect this RAM to be quite expensive; it is after all performance oriented and performance always costs. After all, the range-topping Skylake-X chip, the Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition, sells for a whopping $1,999.

The processor has a base frequency of 2.6GHz and can run at 4.2GHz Turbo on all cores (there are 18 onboard). The chip can run at 4.4GHz in turbo mode when focusing on one core, has 24.75MB of L3 cache, supports quad-channel DDR4 RAM and has a 165W TDP.