G.SKILL Trident Z Royal 16GB 4000MHz Review

G.SKILL, a staple name in the PC memory arena, was established in 1989 by a group of enthusiasts dedicated to producing extreme performance memory products, high-end gaming peripherals, and storage solutions. With over two decades of experience in researching and developing extreme performance memory, G.SKILL has achieved numerous world records and offers some of the world’s fastest performing memory kits on the market. In today’s review, I will be looking at the Trident Z Royal memory, from the impressive product line that took home the European Hardware Award for “BEST SYSTEM MEMORY SERIES” five years in a row now.

Trident Z Royal is the latest addition to the Trident Z flagship family and the culmination of years of design refinement. Infused with the G.SKILL extreme performance memory DNA, each Trident Z Royal module is built with hand-screened memory ICs on a custom 10-layer PCB for optimal overclocking performance. These luxurious DIMMs are made of solid CNC-cut aluminum heatspreaders, electroplated in either gold or silver color, and a unique crystalline light bar. All wrapped in the legendary Trident Z tri-fin design.

The kit featured in this article includes two 8GB Trident Z Royal modules for a 16GB total of fast DDR4 4000MHz memory. Under the Gold heatspreaders, these modules are rated for CL17-17-17-37 at 1.35V. Knowing G.Skill’s track-record in producing high-end memory products, I’m sure this kit has some tremendous overclocking potential hidden behind the glamorous RGB crystalline light bar.

Memory Type



16GB (8GBx2)

Multi-Channel Kit

Dual Channel Kit

Tested Speed


Tested Latency


Tested Voltage



Limited Lifetime


Intel XMP 2.0 (Extreme Memory Profile) Ready

The Trident Z Royal memory ships in a nondescript black cardboard box with embossed G.SKILL logo and a sleeve showing the product name. The back has the company’s info on the bottom left corner and a couple stickers with the product details in the bottom right corner. The kit we got here is the F4-4000C17D-16GTRG.


Opening the box reveals what G.SKILL was aiming for by selecting this type of packaging. It reminds me of jewelry boxes, simple yet elegant black boxes that radiate luxury and quality. Inside, we get a G.SKILL case badge and a branded microfiber cloth. A nice touch from G.SKILL since the smooth and shiny heatspreaders will need some buffing every now and then. The two memory sticks are nested in a high-density foam tray. Looking at the dazzling Trident Z Royal gold modules in this packaging, I can literally see 2 Chainz rocking a pair of these on a thick Venetian box chain necklace!


Looking closely, the Trident Z Royal adopts the now classic tri-fin design. It’s simple, clean, and iconic. The thick heatspreaders are made of solid CNC-cut aluminum, which is electroplated to a rich gold colour then buffed to a perfect mirror finish. Resting on top of the black PCB and framed by the tridents on each side is the crystalline light bar. The multi-faceted transparent material is designed to refract light from the 8 RGB LED zones on each module. 


To control the RGB effects, G.SKILL makes available its own lighting control software for the Trident Z Family, which include the RGB, Royal, and Neo variants. It’s a pretty barebones piece of software with profiles, various lighting effects and the ability to control each LED zone individually. 

For users wishing to sync up their different RGB components, these modules are also compatible with the major motherboard RGB control solutions including Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, and ASRock Polychrome Sync software. Here’s a little GIF showing the Trident Z Royal modules in action. I turned off the LEDs on the MSI Z390 MEG ACE and DEEPCOOL GAMER STORM CASTLE 240RGB to let the memory shine. I was a bit worried that the gold finish would look off, but the mirror finish and clean lines make these stick blend right in by reflecting the surrounding colors and textures.

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