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G.Skill achieves 5000MHz DDR4 RAM on an air-cooled system

G.Skill is forever pushing the boundaries of its Trident Z memory kits, reaching as high as 4700MHz just last month. The company has now gone one step further, achieving a record breaking 5000MHz on a dual-channel module while being cooled by air.

“Previously, the 5GHz memory speed is only achievable in extreme overclocking and in single-channel,” explains G.Skill corporate vice president, Tequila Huang. “We’re excited to share that we’ve been able to achieve the 5GHz memory speed in not only air-cooling conditions, but also in dual-channels. This is a major milestone for us.”

And it’s a major milestone for pretty much any company. Transitioning from the highly impractical need for liquid nitrogen cooling into air cooling allows for the kit to eventually make its way into the hands of consumers. Unfortunately, unlike the previously announced 4700MHz kit that is just around the corner from a release in the second quarter, the new 5000MHz isn’t quite ready to land on shelves just yet.

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As always, G.Skill attributes a lot of the new achievement towards its use of high performance Samsung DDR4 B-die ICs, proving that it was possible on an MSI Z370I GAMING PRO CARBON AC motherboard with an Intel® Core™ i7-8700K processor.

It won’t be long before 5000MHz is the standard, but for now it will inevitably cost a premium when it does eventually hit the market for what is a marginal performance increase to the everyday user.

Currently there is no time frame on when this kit will be retail ready, Huang notes that the company “will make every effort to bring this specification onto the consumer market, and bring the experience of extreme performance to worldwide users.”

KitGuru Says: I always find it impressive to see how far G.Skill and its competition go when it comes to speed, size of memory and the short span of time these achievements are made. Now, it will be interesting to see which company can hit shelves with the product first. Do you think G.Skill will beat out the competition? Would you have practical use for 5000MHz?

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