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The variety of components for the new LGA1366 platform continues to shape up. Right after the official launch any mainstream user could purchase a new Intel Core i7 processor and a corresponding mainboard in order to put together a new platform just like that. However, overclocking fans and computer enthusiasts faced certain complications. First of all, there were very few mainboards to choose from, normally just one or two models – now the choice is becoming richer day by day. At first, it was very difficult to find an efficient processor cooling solution – now all the leading cooler makers are offering special LGA1366 retention kits for their existing high-end products and make all their new solutions compatible with the new platform right from the start.

Choosing the right memory for a platform like that also turned out a little challenging. The first problem is evident: one or two memory modules are no longer enough, because triple-channel memory access can only be implemented with three DIMMs in the system. And again, it was no big deal for a mainstream user. He or she could go and buy any three regular DDR3-1066 memory modules, because in LGA1366 platform they would work at 533MHz frequency in the nominal mode at 133MHz base frequency setting. Overclockers and enthusiasts prefer to work at higher memory frequencies, that is why there have long been special high-frequency DDR3 memory kits available to them. But there is one problem: to get these memory DIMMs overclocked to higher frequencies they needed to increase their voltage to 1.9-2.0V. However, it is not recommended to push the memory voltage beyond 1.65V on LGA1366 platforms, because of the memory controller integrated into Intel Core i7 processors. As a result, it turned out impossible to take full advantage of the “old” DDR3 overclocker kits in the new systems. Insufficient voltage wouldn’t let them reveal their full potential.

However, this problem has already been solved. All leading memory makers offer special memory kits for the new LGA1366 systems. They include three DIMMs that can work at high frequencies and only 1.65V voltage. Today we are going to discuss one of these kits. We will study its features and functionality and check how big of a performance boost it will grant us in the nominal as well as overclocked mode.

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