G.Skill has announced that it is developing a new dual-channel RGB memory kit that breaks the 5 GHz air-cooled barrier.
The company was able to reach the 5,000 MHz barrier on an existing 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) Trident Z RGB DDR4-4700 overclocked RAM by using an MSI Z370I Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard with an Intel Core i7-8700K processor CPU socket. Previously, you would have had to perform some kind of liquid cooling (via open ring waterblocks or LN2 boosters) on a single-channel RAM module to reach that speed, but G.Skill pushed its B-die DDR4 integrated circuits Samsung at 5 GHz in its overclocking experiment verified CPU-Z with standard Trident Z heat sinks and dual-channel operation.
A new record
The incredibly high memory speeds don't come without some drawbacks. RAM reached its frequency at the cost of CAS latency (RAM was verified with a CAS of 21-26-26-46) and surge (1.45 V). However, the fact that G.Skill has been able to achieve a stable system with these settings in dual-channel operation with stock heat sinks is impressive and the company plans to develop DDR4 RAM kits that reach 5 GHz now which is proven to be reachable.
"Previously, the 5 GHz memory speed was only possible with extreme overclocking and single channel. We are excited to share that we were able to reach the memory speed of 5 GHz not only under air cooling conditions, but also double channel. This is a milestone for us," said Tequila Huang, Corporate Vice President of G.Skill International. "We will make every effort to bring this specification to the consumer market and to offer users around the world the extreme performance experience."
Clearly, there is still work to be done before this type of RAM speed reaches the consumer market, but it's exciting to see G.Skill slowly shift the memory speed limit a little higher with the development of its product. A release date and prices is pure speculation at this point, but a 16 GB kit of G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-5000 will certainly not be cheap.