With memory manufacturers clamoring over themselves to push out DDR5 in time for the upcoming launch of Intel's Alder Lake processors, G.Skill has unveiled its latest premium Trident Z5 kits. The latest Trident kits are based on Samsung's new DDR5 memory chips and range in speed from DDR5-5600 to DDR5-6400, with latencies of either CL36 or CL40. Meanwhile, G.Skill has also opted to use this opportunity to undertake a complete design overhaul from its previous DDR4 memory, with a fresh new look and plenty of integrated RGB.

G.Skill Trident Z5 DDR5 Memory Specifications
Speed Latencies Voltage Capacity
DDR5-6400 36-36-36-76
??? 32 GB (2 x 16 GB)
DDR5-6000 36-36-36-76
??? 32 GB (2 x 16 GB)
DDR5-5600 36-36-36-76
??? 32 GB (2 x 16 GB)

Looking at performance, the top SKU comes with fast speeds of DDR5-6400, with either a latency of CL 36-36-36-76 or CL 40-40-40-76. Both the lower-rated kits of DDR5-6000 and DDR5-5600 are available with the same latencies, while all of the six combinations will be available in 32 GB kits, with 2 x 16 GB memory modules. The new G.Skill Trident Z5 and Z5 RGB memory kits will also feature the latest Samsung memory ICs, with G.Skill hand screening the memory chips themselves to ensure maximum stability and performance.

At the time of writing, G.Skill hasn't confirmed the operating voltages of each kit. G.Skill also hasn't unveiled its pricing at this time, but it did say that the Trident Z5 and Trident Z5 RGB kits will be available from November.

Meanwhile in terms of aesthetics, the G.Skill Trident Z5 DDR5 memory features a new design compared with previous Trident Z series kits. The Trident Z5 comes with a new dual texture heat spreader design and is available either with a black top bar (Z5) or a new translucent RGB light bar (Z5 RGB). It's also available in black and silver, with a black brushed aluminum insert across both colors, making it stand out.

With the RGB enabled G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5 memory kits, the lighting can be customized via its Trident Z lighting control software or synced with other third-party software supplied by vendors such as ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI's own RGB software.

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  • Xajel - Sunday, October 17, 2021 - link

    Do you recall how DDR3 & 4 initial sticks capacities started at?

    Apple is rumoured to start the new MBP M1x at 16GB, this mean no 8GB for the new models, and the higher-tier capacity at 32GB (will they offer 64GB?).

    I was saying this since 2018 to make 8GB the minimum for new systems, and in 2019/2020 I rised that minimum to 12-16GB, this is all because of increased RAM usage from every app, including Windows OS it self. And then in 2018, MS announced a Surface with 4GB soldered !!, in 2019/2020 they have 8GB soldered !!.

    I hope Apple's move will also be reflected in the PC section and make 16GB the new 8GB, especially with the new trend of soldered RAM for no reason (yeah even some 16" laptops now comes with soldered RAM!)
  • Byte - Sunday, October 17, 2021 - link

    32GB ought to be enough for everyone. But seriously, I have 64GB at work ant 32GB at home. It is really hard to use up 64GB even with some VMs spun up. I can have all of adobe, office, all going and have CoD on top and it's will be fine even at 32GB. 16GB maybe if you don't close anything while launching a large game. I hate how a lot of laptops still have only 8GB and a lot cannot even be upgraded.
  • 29a - Friday, October 15, 2021 - link

    Seems like pretty lose timings.
  • dullard - Friday, October 15, 2021 - link

    They are all equal to or faster than the JEDEC fast timing standards. The 6400 MHz, CL 36 version has 11.25 ns latency, which isn't too bad. Better latency than many DDR4 sticks, but yes it is a slower latency than the fastest overclocked DDR4.
  • dullard - Friday, October 15, 2021 - link

    Sorry, meant to type "MT/s" not "MHz". Off by a factor of 2.
  • Freakie - Friday, October 15, 2021 - link

    6400 ÷ 36 = 177.7... That's an even lower performance index compared to basic 3000 CL16 DDR4. You don't even need XMP to beat this RAM, as the latest from Intel and AMD support JEDEC up to 3200MT/s @ CL15. That's up to 20% faster than 6400 MT/s @ CL36.
  • ballsystemlord - Saturday, October 16, 2021 - link

    There's more to DDR5 than just a raw MT/s increase that will give you a speed boost and latency decrease.
    You'll get a 6% increase in performance (-6.2ns) speed increase just from the "Single Bank REFresh" command. They've also doubled the number of banks allowing more memory to be open at a time thus lowering latency.
    There's a lot more reading I, and you, could do on the subject.

  • whatthe123 - Monday, October 18, 2021 - link

    Since when is JEDEC 3200@CL15? That's XMP territory, which are overclocks, and usually b-die for timings below 3200/16.
  • sonny73n - Saturday, October 16, 2021 - link

    Yeah crank up the speed along with higher latency. Nice trick!
  • Silver5urfer - Friday, October 15, 2021 - link

    Nobody should buy these DDR5 kits or ADL junk. It takes at-least 8000MHz+ speed to make it an improvement in absolute CPU performance boost equivalent to DDR4's top kits.

    Anyone having Z390, X470 and up should avoid these until 2024. Then DDR5 and PCIe5.0 will be matured enough along with Mobos and new 16-Pin Power supply standard for GPUs.

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