Memory specialist Kingston Technology was kind enough to demonstrate its latest creation: highly overclockable SO-DIMM memory starting at an impressive 1,600MHz - the fastest modules around, it claims.
The modules, which were housed in a custom-built mini-ITX testbench system for the demo, run at the fastest speed currently possible in a SO-DIMM - but the company was keen to point out the overclocking possibilities for owners of high-end gaming laptops and small-form factor systems.
Using Intel's latest 55W Core i7 Extreme 2920XM processor in a tweaked ASRock HM65-MXM motherboard, the company was able to push the memory frequency well beyond the already impressive 1,600MHz mark to 2,128MHz as measured by CPUz - a speed pretty much unheard of from small-outline memory modules, and within the software's margin of error for 2,133MHz which the company informed us was the actual speed at which the RAM was running.
While the company is clearly hoping to tempt the overclocking crowd into turning their attention to the growing range of Huron River-based laptops and Sandy Bridge-based small form factor systems, Kingston is also pushing the benefits of the new memory for the mainstream market.
"Our latest HyperX SO-DIMMs are the best way to boost the system performance of notebook PCs, as well as mini-ITX motherboards and mobile-based systems, by replacing standard memory with high-speed, higher capacity modules," claimed Kingston's Mark Tekunoff. "With the memory’s simple plug and play feature, system performance is enhanced fast and effortlessly without the need of having to manually adjust the BIOS or load overclocking profiles."
The new 1,600MHz modules, as used in the technology demonstration platform, will be available in the form of dual-stick kits: the 4GB kit will hit the market for around £40 excluding VAT, while the 8GB kit is a pricier £72 excluding VAT.
"2,133Mhz was shown to be achievable, and now it would be up to the OEM and ODM community to choose which 'performance' frequencies are best for them," Tekunoff explained, stating that the most likely 'standard' clock achieved as a factory overclock with the modules will be 1,866MHz.