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We see some very impressive overclocking results from time to time out of some of our DDR3 samples that pass through the TweakTown labs, but nothing holds a candle to what was achieved out of some Kingston branded modules at GamesCom 2010 last week.
Overclockers Benjamin 'Benji Tshi' Bioux and Jean-Baptiste 'marmott' Gerard used their overclocking prowess on a pair of HyperX KHX2333C9D3T1K3 modules from Kingston; these rated for a stock speed of 2333MHz. The rest of the platform comprised a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard, an Intel Core i7-870 processor, a Radeon HD 5670 graphics card and a Kingston 512GB solid state drive.
In order to push for the best possible outcome, extreme cooling measures were used in the form of liquid nitrogen.
The result? A massive 3068 MHz out of the memory, while the CPU ticked away at 4347 MHz.
Kingston has been building and selling enthusiast RAM for computers for a long time. The company has a line of RAM that is popular with gamers and overclockers in the HyperX series.
The new HyperX H2O series RAM is notable because rather than having the traditional aluminum heat sink the RAM has a heat sink that has barbs for liquid cooling. The heat sink allows water to be circulated through the heat sink for better cooling.
Apple announced some new and updated gear recently and among those items were updated iMac AIO computers. There are many people out there who order machines with the minimum RAM available to save some money.
If you ordered your iMac this way OWC has announced that it now has RAM updates ready for the new iMac machines. You can get a single 2GB DIMM for $59.99, a pair of those 2GB DIMMs will cost you $117.99.
When it comes to RAM most of us are still happy with 4GB or 6GB of memory. For some people that just is not enough RAM though. G.Skill has announced a new RAM kit with 48GB of total memory.
The kit has 12 hand-picked 4GB DIMMs and is specifically designed for machines using the EVGA Super Record 2 mainboard. That board has dual Intel Xeon CPU sockets.
Blimey Charlie! Words that not all of you will understand. But let us just say when I just got word now of Lsdmeasap aka Ed, GIGABYTE volunteer tech support and all-round great guy from our forums, hitting a 2700MHz DDR3 memory speed, I got just a little excited. We all know this guy knows his motherboards inside out, but even I didn't know he was really into extreme overclocking.
Using a GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 motherboard and a Mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz Blackline triple-channel kit, oh and of course some lovely cold dry ice, he managed to hit an incredible memory speed of 2700MHz DDR. This was with the memory set at a 2:16 ratio and the timings set at 9-12-11-31. And remember this is in triple-channel mode!
And you thought you had to buy G.SKILL, Corsair or OCZ RAM to get the big clocks. Welcome back Mushkin! Head on over to this forum thread for the full details and more impressive photos.
After an extended break, Kingmax are making another big splash in the memory market as they strive to make their way back up to the top tier enthusiast class segment.
It's been mentioned this week that they are planning something quite unique to stand out from the pack with an upcoming dual channel kit for LGA-1156 systems.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - We found ourselves back at the A-DATA booth where we got an introduction into its line-up of XPG memory that is designed for overclockers, enthusiasts and gamers.
The Xtreme Series now includes an active fan cooling unit that is like others on market. It is installed over the top of the RAM and the two fans push air down over heatsink to aid in stability and performance when pushing the memory as fast as you can go.
The Plus Series includes cooling as well, but in the form of a heatpipe design. The Gaming Series doesn't come with any external cooling besides of course the standard heat spreader on the RAM. All these modules are now made using a 2oz copper PCB design which is designed to improve overclockability.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - G.SKILL was a hive of activity during the show today as Kingpin and crew were on hand to provide live overclocking demonstrations using LN2. Just imagine the types of results they would have seen if our own OC champion Deanzo was put in charge at the event.
In any case, Frank from G.SKILL was on hand to give us a rundown on their newest range of memory modules. They had AMD modules that work at 2000MHz DDR, as well as a triple channel kit that operates at 2400MHz that Frank called the fastest on the market for this type of setup since three modules running together adds some complexity.
Finally we finished off with a uber l33t dual-channel 2500MHz DDR3 kit that was displayed at the show running an amazing 2500MHz at impressive timings of CL8 considering the speed at which the memory chips are working at.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Crucial today introduced a new addition to their Ballistix line of products. In this revision Ballistix gets a new look from a new heat spreader, gains a temperature sensor and a downloadable utility to log data from the drive just as a Formula One car would monitor and report data from its sensors.
I was talking with a few members from Crucial today and asked about different skins for the new Ballistix utility and received a wealth of information about what is to come in the future.
Team Group is thinking green with its latest release of Elite series DDR3 memory modules. These are rated to run at speeds of 1333MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24 whilst only requiring 1.35v to do so reliably.
The modules come in both 2 and 4GB kits (as well as being available singularly) and are supported by lifetime warranties.
For further details, you can find Team's announcement here.