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G.Skill TridentX 8GB DDR3-2400

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Posted July 3, 2012 by James Baranski (Drdeath) in RAM

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Closer Look

Just one look says it all: the TridentX memory modules look spectacular. The shape has been redesigned with a razor design on the very top of the heat spreader and as we will see soon, the razor top is removable. The PCB is black and the modules are crimson red. Needless to say, the colors will work well with any monochromatic (Black) motherboard but especially well with any black-and-red themed motherboards such as ASUS’ Republic of Gamer and ASRock Fatal1ty motherboards.

Here is a view of the opposite side of the modules. There’s a manufacturer’s sticker that displays the model, stock number and barcode. This sticker must stay attached for warranty purposes.

We can see the black PCB in the close up and the fine machining.

The left side finishes the detailing and we see the G.Skill logo.

The side view shows a little surprise as mentioned earlier. The Razor top is dual engineered; the top is removable via two screws.

After removing the screws, the top portion has a tongue and groove for easy removal. The top slides off, making the TridentX modules low profile and as we all know, large heat spreaders cause problems with large air coolers. This creative design eliminates this problem. And we have to say, G.Skill was very innovative with this approach.

This will help the TridentX design eliminate interference with large air coolers so we installed the modules both ways (with the razor top and without). The pictures do the talking so let’s take a look.

We see plenty of clearance with all the DIMM slots as the razor tops can be left as shown. Where no fan hangs over the DIMM slots, there’s no conflict so keep the TridentX sticks fully assembled.

However, when there’s limited space, typically due to dual-fan CPU coolers, as shown below, just remove the razor top to convert the TridentX modules to low profile.

Let’s look at some overclocking and see the TridentX modules in action.

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