by Anton Shilov
06/06/2012 | 12:48 PM
At the Computex Taipei 2012 trade-show, G.Skill, which produces one of the world's most advanced memory modules, unveiled the industry's highest-capacity 96GB DDR3 memory kit as well as 3GHz-capable memory modules designed for workstations and performance-enthusiasts, respectively. Both were demonstrated in action at the event.
Up until now, manufacturers of ultra high-end workstations either used server memory modules, or utilized several enthusiast-class memory kits in case they did not require technologies like ECC or other functionality that Intel Xeon processors support. In a bid to enter a new market of memory for ultra high-performance dual-processor workstations, G.Skill introduced Ripjaws Z-series memory kit that utilizes twelve 8GB PC3-12800 (DDR3 1600MHz, CL11 11-11-29) memory modules and provides 96GB capacity.
At the Computex 2012 trade-show the company demonstrated operation of the 96GB DDR3 kit on two eight-core Xeon E5-2680 microprocessors running on EVGA Classified SR-X mainboard. The system was up and running without flaws, but it did not perform any workstation or high-performance computing specific tasks that such machines are meant to perform. Pricing and availability timeframe of G.Skill's 96GB PC3-12800 memory kits are unknown.
Although G.Skill is currently not ready to announce its own memory modules offficiall rated to work at 3GHz clock-speed, the company managed to easily overclock its dual-channel TridentX 16GB 2.80GHz (CL11 13-13-35) memory kits (4*4GB) using Intel Core i7-3770K processors as well as Asus Z77 Maximus V Formula and Gigabyte Z77A-UD5 mainboards to 3002MHz and 3001MHz clock-speeds, respectively.
By now, only Team Group and Corsair Memory have formally introduced 3000MHz DDR3 memory modules. Given the recent advancements in manufacturing process of DDR3 memory as well as Intel's Ivy Bridge ability to run DRAM at extreme frequencies, it is logical to expect G.Skill and many other makers of enthusiast-class memory to unveil their 3GHz and faster modules in the next couple of months.