Memory Kits Performance Tests on Intel Z490 Platform

Intel Z490 / Core i9-10900K Memory Test Setup

For testing, I used the latest Intel Core i9 10900K processor along with the ASUS ROG Maximus XII HERO motherboard which can support higher frequencies memory without any issues. The XMP profile for each respective ram kit was enabled. That's 4400 MHz CL18 for the G.Skill and 3600 MHz CL14 for the T-Force kit.

Intel Z490 / Core i9-10900K Memory Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i9-10900K @ 3.7 GHz (Stock)
Motherboard:ASUS ROG Maximus XII HERO
Power Supply:ASUS ROG THOR 1200W PSU
Solid State Drive:Samsung SSD 960 EVO M.2 (512 GB)
Memory:G.Skill Trident Z Royal 16 GB (8 GB x 2) DDR4-4400 CL18
T-Force Xtreem ARGB 16 GB (8 GB x 2) DDR4-3600 CL14
Case:Corsair Graphite Series 780T Full Tower
Video Cards:MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z
Cooling Solutions:ASUS Ryujin 240mm AIO
OS:Windows 10 64-bit
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The memory kit comprises of 2 DIMMs that operate in dual channel mode. Since we were running a Z490 platform, the memory was operating in dual channel mode. Additionally, I managed to get an overclock of DDR4-3733 MHz with the T-Force kit while retaining the CL14 (14-15-15-35) timings at 1.5V. For G.Skill's kit, I pushed the memory up to DDR4-4600 MHz with CL19 (19-19-19-38) timings at 1.5V or DDR4-4000 with CL16 (16-18-18-36 2T) timings.

DDR4 Memory Kit Performance Tests With Intel Core i9-10900K

I have separated the performance tests into two sections. The first section consists of pure synthetic and general workload tests while the second section would be focusing on gaming performance and how different games are affected by higher clocked memory sticks.

AIDA64 Memory Bandwidth Benchmark

For AIDA64 memory tests, I ran the kits at both at stock and overclocked speeds. The stock speed was configured at the XMP profile of 3600 MHz CL14 for the T-Force and 4400 MHz CL18 for the G.Skill kit.

AIDA64 Memory Tests
Copy
Read
Write
Latency
0
11667
23334
35001
46668
58335
70002
0
11667
23334
35001
46668
58335
70002
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4400 MHz CL18
56.6k
62.2k
60.1k
35.3
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4600 MHz CL19
55.6k
61.8k
59.8k
35.9
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3733 MHz CL14
52.4k
58.6k
57.9k
33.2
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3600 MHz CL14
51.4k
58k
59.2k
33.8

SuperPI

Super PI is used by many overclockers to test the performance and stability of their computers. In the overclocking community, the standard program provides a benchmark for enthusiasts to compare “world record” pi calculation times and demonstrate their overclocking abilities. The program can also be used to test the stability of a certain overclock speed.

SUPERPI
Seconds (Lower is Better)
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4400 MHz CL18
7.4
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4600 MHz CL19
7.4
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3733 MHz CL14
7.4
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3600 MHz CL14
7.4

Winrar

WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP, and other files downloaded from the Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.

Winrar
Kb/s (Higher is Better)
0
7000
14000
21000
28000
35000
42000
0
7000
14000
21000
28000
35000
42000
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4400 MHz CL18
39.4k
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4600 MHz CL19
39.2k
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3733 MHz CL14
37.5k
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3600 MHz CL14
37k

Gaming Performance Tests

Gaming applications generally don't see huge gains with different memory kits but DDR4 has enabled a huge gain in memory frequency which can impact gaming performance. Moving from the stock 3200 MHz to 3600 MHz and beyond 4000 MHz can have a slight effect on performance and the improved CAS timings on some of the high-end SKUs can result in better overall FPS and system responsiveness.

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Battlefield V DX12 4K Ultra
FPS (Higher is Better)
0
40
80
120
160
200
240
0
40
80
120
160
200
240
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4400 MHz CL18
108
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4600 MHz CL19
108
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3733 MHz CL14
107
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3600 MHz CL14
107
GTA V 4xMSAA 4K Ultra
FPS (Higher is Better)
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4400 MHz CL18
70
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4600 MHz CL19
70
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3733 MHz CL14
70
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3600 MHz CL14
69
Watch Dogs 2 4K Ultra
FPS (Higher is Better)
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4400 MHz CL18
64
G.Skill Trident Z Royal RGB 16 GB 4600 MHz CL19
63
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3733 MHz CL14
63
T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4 16 GB 3600 MHz CL14
62

Furthermore, while 8 GB has become the standard for gaming PCs, modern applications such as editing software and multi-tasking users can benefit hugely from 16 GB and 32 GB kits which have become more common in the gaming market over the last couple of years.

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