"Insanely fast" would be a massive understatement!
DDR3 may still be a far worse option, in terms of price versus performance, than DDR2, but when it comes to draw-dropping speed, the more expensive choice runs rings around its predecessor. Need proof of that? Then refer to Corsair’s world record setting 1GB module, brought up to an astonishing 2,462MHz at – to whom this means anything – 9-9-9-24 latencies.
The overclock has been verified by that favourite tool of the enthusiast, CPU-Z, which also showed an Intel E8400 running on a 2,462MHz FSB (615.71 quad pumped), for a clock speed of 3,694.27MHz – not entirely unimpressive itself. It’s the RAM overclock that’s really astounding, though, as the module used to hit those speeds was actually rated as PC3-10700, meaning its stock clock speed is a mere 1,333MHz.
The results were achieved with an Asus P5E3 Premium, which uses Intel’s X48 chipset, apparently necessary to achieve these ridiculously high memory speeds.
Corsair’s Senior Director of Engineering, Martin Mueller, commented that “Corsair is obsessed with pushing memory technology to its limits and beyond. This World Record demonstrates the overclocking and high speed memory expertise within Corsair Labs and definitely pushes the memory enthusiast community to achieve even faster, more outrageous speeds.”
So who’s up for trying to beat the manufacturers at their own game?