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Corsair Overclocks DDR3 Memory Module to 2580MHz

Date: 2008-8-2

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   Corsair Memory, a leading manufacturer of high-end memory products, on Thursday said it had broken another world’s record with its DDR3 memory module operating at a frequency higher than...

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Corsair Memory, a leading manufacturer of high-end memory products, on Thursday said it had broken another world’s record with its DDR3 memory module operating at a frequency higher than 2.50GHz, which is more than two times higher compared to memory clock-speed in a performance mainstream personal computer.

“We are proud that our Dominator memory once again hit a new world record. Our proprietary technology used on Dominator DDR3 allows for incredible overclocking results; we believe our technology is far superior to any other when it comes to overclocking memory modules,” said Martin Mueller, senior director of engineering at Corsair.

The record was set using Asustek Computer’s ROG Rampage Extreme mainboard based on Intel X48 core-logic. In single-channel mode engineers at Corsair have managed to overclock a 1GB Dominator DDR3 memory module to 2580MHz with CL9 9-9-24 latency settings, which provided 20.64GB/s bandwidth. In order to ensure that the memory, core-logic and Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor functioned stably when overclocked, Corsair had to chill the entire platform to -20°C.

Even though the achievement demonstrates overclocking potential of Corsair Dominator DDR3 memory modules as well as skills of the company’s engineering staff when it comes to overclocking, the result has little practical meaning. Modern core-logic sets have two memory channels, which means that two PC3-10600 (DDR3 1333MHz) memory modules provide higher bandwidth (21.328GB/s) than one operating at 2.58GHz in single-channel mode. Contemporary applications tend to require more than 2GB of memory, hence, enthusiasts acquire 4GB dual-channel kits consisting of two 2GB modules. Finally, hardly any gamer could use a system frozen to -20°C for a long period of time due to potential damage to components.

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