G.Skill Flare X Review

Developed specifically for AMD Ryzen processors, this kit is ideal for non-overclocking users, and even if you already have a much more expensive 3200 MHz version, you will not notice a significant performance penalty during use.

Pros
  • Wide cooling block
  • Performance
  • Low module height
Cons
  • Overclocking abilities

G.Skill’s exclusive solution for AMD Ryzen processor systems Flare X DDR4-2400 dual memory kit on test!

As it is known, AMD entered the market very quickly and succeeded in selling the eight-core supported Ryzen series processors at a reasonable price to overtake the CPU industry. Behind Intel, AMD has not been able to go beyond DDR3 in its chipsets that support its processors. That being the case, all DDR4 memory kits on the market were Intel processors, including optimized XMP 2.0 profiles for the mainstream. Socket AM4, which goes with Ryzen, requires DDR4 memories. For this reason, memory manufacturers have begun not to add AMD-approved models to their DDR4 options.

G.Skill’s special solutions for AMD Ryzen operating systems are Fortis and Flare X series. The Fortis series includes only economic models supporting 2133 and 2400 MHz. The Flare X is a step up from the two, offering 3200 MHz, but the model to review is a 2400 MHz supported entry level dual channel kit.

Design

G.Skill Flare X Review

The memory kit comes in a transparent plastic vacuum box that can be opened and closed as usual with other G.Skill modules. From the front, memories can be seen and a company logo is added as a label.

We see symmetrical design, of course, when we arrange the antagonism as one of the memories comes from the front and the other from the back. Technical information can be obtained with a label attached to a face. The same kit has two different color options: gray and red. The choice is up to you.

As you can see from the top, there are cuts on the aluminum cooling plate. It has to play a role in terms of design and cooling performance. We think that the memory modules on the printed circuit are bonded with thermal layers. We did not force you to open it.

Performance

G.Skill Flare X Review

This memory kit with black color printed circuit board can be set to 16-16-16-39 when DDR4-2400 MHz speed is reached, which is not pretentious. 1.2V operating voltage complies with JEDEC standard. There is also an alternative version with the same chitin timing 15-15-15-39, which is more meaningful if you can find it.

It is not a question of installing and running the memory kit in the motherboard. However, we would like to point out that the AMD Ryzen motherboards are equipped with memory modules. For example, our ASRock X370 Fata1ty Professional Gaming motherboard is equipped with a second and a fourth slot if there is double memory. You can visit https://www.gskill.com/en/product/f4-2400c16d-16gfxr for the compatibility list.

The timing and voltage settings are loaded when you enter the BIOS and load the XMP 2.0 profile before starting the system. It was turned on with a 16-16-16-39 timing as a dual channel at the specified 2400 MHz and it did not cause any problems, but this motherboard supports 3200 MHz and above which is not the ideal choice.

Apart from the JEDEC profiles, there is an XMP 2.0 profile, but there is not much to say about it, which is essentially the same as JEDEC 5, and we did not overclock even if we applied 1.35V. The same kit will also be available in 4 x 8 GB, 2 x 16 GB, 4 x 16 GB versions.

In experiments, we could first reduce to 15-15-15-39 1T for 2400 MHz. Then we went to 2666 MHz and we made a stability test by holding 16-15-15-39 1T without exceeding the timing and passed.

In the last step we could hold a maximum of 2933 MHz of stability, but we had to make the voltage 1.35V and loosen the timing. Nevertheless, the memories are 2400 MHz certified and the 533 MHz increase is a bonus. Of course, you can not guarantee that you will get this with other mainstream or programmers, but on the contrary, it could be better.

The resulting memory test results are not surprising, and as long as the frequency of the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X in the system is kept at the standard value, there is a single changing memory frequency and timing values. These are not expected to have much impact on everyday applications, but the 2400 MHz memory kit is more economical and can climb higher speeds than the top models.

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