After seeing all the big clock speeds handed out to dual-channel RAM kits earlier this year, overclockers with triple-channel X58 systems are now getting a taste of the big numbers. Memory maker Kingston has just announced the "world's fastest" triple-channel DDR3 memory kit, running at 2,333MHz.
Of course, we've heard that "world's fastest" claim before, and it can mean anything from the fastest tested speed to the fastest speed qualified by Intel's XMP-qualification labs. In this case, as with Kingston's dual-channel 2,400MHz memory, it's the latter.
According to Kingston, its 6GB HyperX KHX2333C9D3T1FK3/6GX kit was fully tested with a hexacore Core i7 980X CPU and an Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard. The company claims that it's now qualified by Intel's XMP labs to run at latency timings of 9-11-9-27 at 1.65V, and proudly pointed us to Intel's latest Core i7 XMP qualification chart for proof.
Unfortunately for Kingston, though, it looks as though Intel hasn't updated its triple-channel XMP-qualification chart since Kingston and Corsair had their 2,000MHz kits tested, so we'll have to take the memory maker's word for it for the moment.
The 6GB 2,333MHz kit will come with a fan, and will be priced at a Visa-busting cost of $543 (£371.47). However, Kingston says it also has a slightly slower 6GB kit that's qualified to run at 2,250MHz with the same latency timings, which will cost a much more palatable $369 (£252.33).
In addition to these kits, the memory maker also promises two 3GB triple-channel 2,333MHz kits, which also run at the same voltage and latency timings. These will cost $252 (£172.30) for the memory, and $272 (£185.98) for the same memory with a fan.
Kingston's senior technology manager, Mark Tekunoff, said the memory was targeted at "overclockers who want to max out memory performance in their Core i7 systems." He also claimed that the XMP-certification process required that the memory was, "created with the highest design-engineering principles and subjected to OEM-quality production and testing standards."