While fancy heat spreaders and RGB lighting does tend to help sell DDR4, for those looking for the best of the best, it all comes down to performance for us, and to be blunt, outside of a select few runs, the TridentZ NEO memory delivered quite the punch to the competition we have it up against! With more chart-topping results that you can shake a stick at and most of the tests it does struggle with, still has G.Skill into the top half of the charts. There are a couple of instances where we wished this kit would have done better, but the majority of those hits to performance were found on the Intel system. As for AMD testing, the TridentZ NEO blasted through what we threw at it, smiling along the way, taking out the competition as we went on.
Keep in mind though, there are five kits under the NEO name, and while we cannot guarantee anything from the majority of them, our overclocking results with lowered timings do reflect what the C14 kit could do. As for the rest, we would venture to say that the out of box performance would not be as good, due to the increased timings on the Hynix based kits. Out of all of the options, we feel that we got the best of the bunch, not only due to the use of Samsung B-die memory, but because these feel like the perfect middle ground to what is offered from G.Skill.
We also liked the familiarity. Taking many of the styling cues from the TridentZ series, with only a few minor changes to the aesthetics, is something we appreciate. Even if it is just as simple as a few exposed fin tips to see when in use, those who know will immediately recognize you have a set of NEOs clipped into your motherboard. While it is nice to keep an eye on your temperatures, we only got them into the low forties using 1.45V when overclocking, and that was with no direct airflow, just room circulation at work on the open-air bench.
For those with tightly packed cases, or in passively cooled situations, the RAM will run warmer, but not to the point you should be too worried about it. We are also fans of the RGB lighting, as G.Skill not only delivers some of the best illuminations in the game, and the fact that motherboard software can control them without issue is also a plus. What we love, though, is that the default spectrum of colors displayed is terrific, and most times, when using G.Skill in our rigs, we leave it showing the default effect.
As we went shopping, selecting similar kits to go through, if you are looking for RGB DDR4, the Trident Z NEO, on Newegg, is some of the best money can buy! If it were our money, we would stay away from Amazon right now, as charging nearly $50 more from some random third-party seller does not sit well to us. If, like us, you are looking for the complete package, on either an AMD or an Intel rig, G.Skill and the TridentZ NEO deliver in performance, the aesthetic is very similar to what many already love.
At around $160 to get all of that chart-topping goodness, we fully support what G.Skill has done! For those in need of memory that falls into the sweet spot for both AMD and Intel, as well as these do, we see no reason to look any further. On top of all of that, there is plenty of meat left on the bone to try to sort out even more performance from them, and our testing is tame compared to what many users will do to DDR4. We feel there is more to give; you just need the grapes to be willing to take the loss if you go too far!
Last updated: Dec 20, 2019 at 06:11 am CST
The Bottom Line
In a select few scenarios, they can falter, but on the whole, G.SKILL's TridentZ NEO DDR4 is some of the best we RAM have tested! Strong performers out of the box, a look similar to what we are all used to, and while not the most affordable, they are well worth the investment.
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