G.Skill has launched the fastest retail DDR5 memory kit on the market. Clocking in at DDR5-8000, the new Trident Z5 RGB memory is ready to compete (and possibly even surpass) the best RAM on the market.
The DDR5-8000 memory kit belongs to G.Skill’s Trident Z5 RGB lineup and is available in both Matte Black (F5-8000J3848H16GX2-TZ5RK) and Metallic Silver (F5-8000J3848H16GX2-TZ5RS) trims. It comes with two he 16GB DDR5 memory modules rated at DDR5-8000. G.Skill binned the memory modules with timings of 38-48-48-128, requiring 1.45V to reach the advertised data rate.
The Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-8000 requires a capable processor with a powerful IMC (Integrated Memory Controller), not your run-of-the-mill memory kit. Plus, we’re going to need his one of Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake chips. This is better than AMD’s Ryzen 7000 lineup when it comes to Integrated Memory Controller (IMC) strength. Even the most exceptional Ryzen 7000 sample stays at DDR5-6600.
G.Skill tested the Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-8000 memory kit with flagship Core i9-13900K on Asus’ ROG Maximus Z790 Apex, a motherboard that explicitly supports overclocking. Unfortunately, it’s the only motherboard that G.Skill has validated with the new high speed DDR5-8000 memory kit. Like most DDR5 memory kits, Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-8000 supports XMP 3.0. However, unless your processor has a strong IMC, it’s unlikely that your memory kit will work out of the box without manual tuning.
The Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-8000 memory kit will be available this month. Newegg listed a metallic silver version $529.99 (opens in new tab)the cost of the matte black version $534.99 (opens in new tab)Both should be in stock soon. However, the DDR5-8000 memory kit is not the fastest kit G.Skill has. Memory vendors have already demonstrated DDR5-10000 with air-cooling, so it should be a problem before G.Skill brings these speeds to retail for a penny.