Need fast memory? I mean really fast? If you also happen to have a thick wallet and don’t need more than 8GB of the stuff, Corsair has definitely got you covered. Its just-released Vengeance Extreme looks modest on the outside, but on the inside, the story is very different.
The kit comes in one flavor: DDR3-3000. Given CAS 11 timings are pretty standard on DDR3-2133 kits, it’s rather impressive to see this one spec’d at CAS 12. The tRCD, tRP and tRAS timings are 14-14-36, respectively. At 8GB, this kit isn’t going to be for those who have a need for as much RAM as they can pack into their rig, and in all likelihood, it will be mostly sought out by the most extreme overclockers. For proof of that, look no further than the fact that Corsair bundles in a Kingpin memory cooler designed specifically for LN2 cooling.
Corsair states: The extreme-speed 3000MHz rating of the Vengeance Extreme memory kits is the result of a rigorous internal four-stage hand-screening process performed by Corsair engineers. This process is passed by fewer than one in 50 memory ICs. Performance qualification is performed on select Intel® Z77 based motherboards, including the ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE and ASRock Z77 OC Formula. To hit their rated speeds, the modules require a 3rd Generation Intel Core™ unlocked processor with an Integrated Memory Controller capable of running 3000MHz.
If this sounds like a memory kit that’s right up your alley, be prepared to part with $750 – ~$100 of which covers the LN2 cooler.