If you've already laid out the dough for a Sandy Bridge-E proc and an X79 motherboard, there's no point skimping on the RAM. Lots of memory is, without a doubt, a good thing; lots of speedy memory is a very good thing. G.Skill's Ripjaws line of high performance RAM has a long history of pushing DDR3 to its limits, and the company continued the proud tradition at the CeBIT exhibition in Germany, where G.Skill showed off what it calls "the fastest quad channel memory" around.
How fast is fast? CeBIT's 1.65V, 16GB kit (4x4GB) clocked in at 2666MHz with timings of 10-12-12-31. Other memory sticks top out at 2400MHz. G.Skill knows how to pitch to its audience, too: "(The kit) allows extreme overclockers to unleash the maximum power of their X79 systems," the company boasts in its press release. The rig holding the RAM consisted of an Asus ROG Rampage IV Extreme mobo, a Core i7-3960X CPU and a Thermaltake cooler.
G.Skill showed off another pair of quad channel 16GB X79 memory kits while it was at it, with these sets clocking in at a comparatively paltry (ha!) 2400MHz. One ran on a Gigabyte G1.Assassin2 mobo with timings of 9-11-11-31; the other ran on a BIOSTAR TPower X79 with timings of 11-11-11-30. The company also showed off a new 32GB dual channel kit compatible with Z77 mobos/Ivy Bridge chips; this one ran at 2133MHz.
Unfortunately, there's no word yet on release dates or prices, but don't expect RAM like that to come cheap.
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