The RAM clocking masters at Corsair have once again taken the lead in the DDR3 clock speed race, announcing a new memory module that's guaranteed to run at 2.65GHz.
The new Dominator GT GTX6 sticks aren't intended for your average punter's system setup, though. Corsair says the high-speed modules were specifically designed for "CPU and memory benchmarking as well as for world record attempts."
As John Beekley, Corsair's vice president of technical marketing, points out while the modules are "not really designed for day to day use, these modules make superb weapons for your overclocking arsenal."
As such, the capacity is irrelevant, as is the number of modules you get for your money. Accordingly, Corsair's new PC3-21000 is only available in individual sticks, each of which only hold 1GB.
However, the memory is single-ranked, meaning both sides of the module are seen one rank of memory, rather than two. Single-rank memory is often found in registered ECC memory for servers, but most standard desktop memory is currently dual-ranked, where each side of a module is treated as a separate rank.
The modules feature an XMP profile that runs the memory at 2,625MHz with latency timings of 9-11-10-30 and a voltage of 1.65V. Corsair says that while single modules are capable of hitting 2.65GHz, it's also had pairs of the modules happily running at 2.6GHz.
Not only that, but if you have access to any of the more esoteric cooling technologies, such as dry ice or liquid nitrogen, then you should be able to push the memory much further. In its own tests, Corsair managed to overclock the memory all the way up to 2,976MHz using liquid nitrogen and a Gigabyte P55A-UD5 motherboard, which isn't far off the 3GHz mark.
According to Corsair, each 2.65GHz GTX6 memory module is screened by hand in multiple passes at its lab in Fremont. However, given the level of screening involved, the company points out that the GTX6 RAM is only available in "very limited" quantities.
You can pick up a single 1GB Dominator GT GTX6 module for $175 (£116) from Corsair's online store. In fact, it looks as though Corsair's made a bit of a cock up in its shop at the moment, as the sale price for the modules is currently $0.00, so get your orders in quick before the web monkeys notice.