Kingston announces “world’s fastest memory”

Memory maker Kingston claims that it’s just created the world’s fastest memory, with its latest DDR3 modules that can be clocked at 2,400MHz.

The clockable modules have the highly memorable name of KHX2400C9D3T1K2/4GX, and Kingston says that they can be safely clocked at 2,400MHz at just 1.65V, using latency timings of 9-11-9-27-2.

However, before we rush to congratulate Kingston on its record-breaking achievement, it’s worth noting that Kingston has really just created the world’s fastest memory to be qualified by Intel for Core i7 CPUs, rather than the actual “world’s fastest memory.”

A quick look at Intel’s memory qualification chart shows that Kingston’s memory is just in front of Corsair’s CMGTX1 memory, which runs at 2,333MHz at otherwise identical settings, and on the same Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P motherboard. Plus, as any owner of CMGTX1 will tell you, there’s an XMP profile for running the CMGTX1 memory at 2,400MHz using the same settings as Kingston’s; it just hasn’t been qualified by Intel.

Even so, if we ignore the schoolyard one-upmanship that’s clearly going on via Intel’s qualification process, this is still a worthwhile achievement for Kingston. The ability to run your memory at 2,400MHz without having to crank up the voltage is exactly what you need with Intel’s latest CPUs, as Core i-series CPUs can apparently be damaged if you push the voltage beyond 1.65V

There’s no word on pricing yet, but it’s clear that this memory isn’t intended for your average PC user. Kingston says that the new memory is targeted at “enthusiasts, gamers, and benchmarkers looking to scale new memory heights,” so we would expect it to be priced at an appropriate premium. A single 2GB Corsair CMGTX1 module currently costs $200 from Corsair, and we’d imagine that the Kingston memory will be priced in a similar league.

Kingston says the 2,400MHz memory will be available later in Q2 of this year, so we could see it as soon as next month.