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G.Skill unleashes 2GHz 24GB memory kit

Overclockers often have to make a trade-off between clock speed and the amount of RAM in their system, but premium memory maker G.Skill has just released a new 24GB DDR3 RAM kit that can hit speeds of 2GHz (PC3-16000).

The triple-channel kit was designed for Core i7 motherboards using Intel's X58 chipset, and spreads the 24GB capacity over six 4GB modules. The modules come with a 2GHz XMP profile that sets the latency timings to 8-10-8-25 with the standard maximum voltage setting of 1.65V.

To prove its point, the high-end memory maker has supplied a screenshot (below) showing a 2.8GHz Core i7 930 system kitted out with the full 24GB. The CPU-Z screenshots show the memory running at slightly tighter timings of 8-9-8-24, using a 2T command rate.

G.Skill is no stranger to clocking up large amounts of RAM, and previously demonstrated 24GB of DDR3 memory running at 2GHz at Computex this year. However, this demonstration had the CAS latency set to 9, and the final modules are capable of running at a CAS latency of 8, making it very slightly quicker.

As a point of comparison, Patriot's recently announced 24GB Sector 7 RAM kits top-out at 1.6GHz (PC3-12800) with latency timings of 9-9-9-24, and the 2GHz triple-channel kits only come in capacities of up to 6GB. Similarly, Corsair's top 24GB kit is also clocked at 1.6GHz.

G.Skill claims the new 24GB kit has "already attracted a large number of extreme gamers and professional users who expect higher memory capacity can improve their PC performance, and describes it as the "absolute ultimate choice for the extreme users."

There's no word on pricing yet, but a kit such as this is going to be ridiculously expensive. A 1.6GHz 24GB Corsair kit will currently set you back $1449.99 (£955), and this modules are likely to be even pricier. Basically, you'd have to be an affluent overclocker who uses a hell of a lot of virtual machines for this memory upgrade to be worth your while.