Every major CPU platform announcement brings a host of new motherboards and faster memory modules to the market. The launch of Intel’s 9th Gen Core processors and Z390 chipset brings no surprises from this point of view. There are dozens of motherboards based on the new PCH from various makers. To that end, G.Skill has already introduced its “Double Capacity” 32 GB UDIMMs and, of course, it also has new high-performance memory kits that push the bar further.

To support performance-hungry enthusiasts with platforms based on the Z390 chipset, G.Skill introduced two high-performance Trident Z RGB dual-channel memory kits: a 16 GB (2×8 GB) kit rated for DDR4-4800 CL19 22-22-42 operation, and a 32 GB (4×8 GB) kit rated to work at DDR4-4500 CL19 22-22-42. Just like other contemporary UDIMMs designed for extreme data transfer rates, the new Trident Z RGB modules are based on 8 Gb Samsung B-die chips, feature XMP 2.0 SPD profiles, and are outfitted with aluminum heat spreaders.

G.Skill's Trident Z RGB Memory for Intel's Coffee Lake/Z390 Platform
Speed CL Timing Voltage Kit
Family DIMM PN
DDR4-4500 CL19 22-22-42 1.5 V 2×8 GB 16 GB Trident Z RGB F4-4500C19-8GTRG
DDR4-4800 CL19 22-22-42 4×8 GB 32 GB F4-4800C19-8GTRG

The new kits are “torture-tested” on the latest ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene motherboard, but they should work at DDR4-4500 and DDR4-4800 speeds on other high-end mainboards with a quality and clean DRAM power supply as well. Both kits require 1.5 Volts, which is a 25% increase over default DDR4 voltage, so they have to be installed in an enthusiast-grade mainboard.

G.Skill traditionally announces products weeks before their actual availability, so expect its 16 GB DDR4-4800 and 32 GB DDR4-4500 dual-channel kits in November or December. Pricing will depend on market conditions, but since we are dealing with unique and exclusive products for enthusiasts, expect them to be priced accordingly. Right now the fastest thing G.Skill sells are dual-channel 16 GB DDR4-4600 kits priced at $384 - $500, depending on the color. So, the new flagship DDR4-4800 kits will either be in the same range (pushing DDR4-4600 lower), or will go higher.


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  • sa666666 - Friday, October 12, 2018 - link

    But you just said that software development is your main use case, which is where AMD excels with more cores. And being cheaper is nice too.

    Sorry, but it seems you've already made up your mind on exactly what type of CPU and RAM you want, and with every suggestion you kind of miss the point and go back to your original ideas. If you weren't willing to entertain other opinions, why even ask for advice? Just go ahead and buy what you want.

    BTW, I am also a software developer, and have a 64GB RAM development system based on AMD. Probably will upgrade to Threadripper next year. This was the fastest system I could build for this purpose. You should really consider all the alternatives before just blindly buying Intel.
  • Oxford Guy - Friday, October 12, 2018 - link

    "it seems you've already made up your mind on exactly what type of CPU and RAM you want, and with every suggestion you kind of miss the point and go back to your original ideas."

  • happyfirst - Saturday, October 13, 2018 - link

    My mind isn't made up until it's shipping. Brand loyalty is for idiots. I don't care what brand I have. No chip is the clear winner in every single test. I've been googling intel vs amd for a long while , looked at tons of comparisons with ryzen etc, and sorry, I don't see either as the clear winner. It's not that I'm sticking with my original idea or am not listening to advice. That is just some people are hell bent on their priorites becoming everybody else's priorities and then get all upset when people don't drop everything they've researched and just accept their advice of which there is ALWAYS conflicting advice.

    Since the comments, I am REresearching ryzen again and of course I'm back to where I was this summer, i7-8700k, 1700x, i9-7900x, and now the newer i9-9900k, 2700x, 2950x, i7-9800x or just #@(#@# it and go for something like an i9-9940x or higher. As far as AMD is better, that all depends on what one's PRIMARY priority is. If your definition of apples to apples is to compare similarily priced processors, AMD is better. If you compare core for core, Intel is better. Cost is not 'really' an issue for me. That doesn't mean I will just blindly get a new 9980XE. I have to ask myself is it worth it for me? NOT was it worth it for you. I want the fastest overall machine that can remain dead silent when pushed but I don't want to get into custom water cooling. I'm not watching netflix, playing a game, encoding a video, rendering an image, photoshopping, and compiling an app all at the same time. Very little info on the newer chips. And then this whole ECC for a desktop. Am I lucky that I've never had a problem using non-ECC memory? And then 8 memory slots, what's better 8x8 or 4x16? Why is all the desktop memory fancy with heatsinks and the ecc memory a plain old board? I'm not building a flashy machine, everything going in a fractal R6 solid case that will be hidden away so that it's that much harder to hear so I don't care what the memory looks like, just is it worth it. On a 2950X, is the real world performance difference between slower 2666 ECC and 3200CL14 non-ECC 1%, 10%, 25% ?

    I DO appreciate all the advice and now back on the fence of which way to go. It seems to all boil down to what is the right balance of single vs multi threaded performance for the types of apps I run and what all am I really doing at the same time.
  • Peter2k - Monday, October 15, 2018 - link

    If your workload can use more cores/threads then its AMD
    If you need higher clocks and better boost for single core apps, then Intel

    That said, Threadripper offers the most pcie lanes for lots of M2 drives, something Intel HEDT costs more

    Also the 9900K is soldered, the HEDT chips might not be (the older ones were not) making it easier to tame them cooling wise
  • vbigdeli - Saturday, October 13, 2018 - link

    Yes I have two Intel workstations right now but I'll buy AMD in future due to more security and less costs..I just hope to see some models in Zen and threadripper series with onboard graphics..I don't use them for any graphic or game related programs.
  • RSAUser - Sunday, October 14, 2018 - link

    Intel currently has better virtualization.
    We'll need to wait for the 7nm shrink and see if the click speed improvement will help out there.

    Price/performance, AMD wins and I'll probably get an AMD machine for my next rig as I render on the side, but pure performance Intel wins, so if your work can pay the difference off quickly, it's worth.
    Saving just over a minute or two a day is a workday a year, that easily pays the difference for me.
  • Ej24 - Friday, October 12, 2018 - link

    If you want a crap ton of super fast memory go HEDT. Quad channel memory even at like 2400mhz will trounce dual channel at 4000mhz. I never understood why my heavily overclocked i7 with OC'ed memory at home got destroyed on most workloads by an old haswell era Xeon e5 quad core workstation at work. Its because the Xeon has quad channel memory.

    On dual channel 4000mhz memory you may get 47GB per second bandwidth rather than 39GB per second at 2933mhz. But quad channel will get 80 or 90GB per second at 2400mhz, that's before overclocking.

    Go HEDT, overclock the cpu and the memory and you'll get even more performance gains.
  • Peter2k - Monday, October 15, 2018 - link

    Could be, depends on workload

    But his seems to be more professional

    New HEDT is hex channel btw (I think to have read that)
  • TitovVN1974 - Friday, October 12, 2018 - link

    Having an elder 5820K,
    I would personally go with new Skylake-X Refresh (OR some Xeon, if I could afford it)
    p.s. You may even consider lesser EPYC with 8 channel RAM (make sure first that it suits the workload)
  • TitovVN1974 - Saturday, October 13, 2018 - link

    p.s. Maybe it is worth searching for benchmarks of VMs with your apps and guest OSes, in your host OS, or asking other professionals in Your field ?
    If typical runtime is short, ECC may be less essential.

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