One of the most interesting aspects of Taipei’s Computex event is the large number of overclocking competitions being held. This is especially true this year, since Intel has just launched its Z97 chipset, as well as its Devil’s Canyon CPUs (which Robert wrote about earlier).
Well, I am sure multiple world records will be broken here, but the first to reach me is from GIGABYTE’s HiCookie, who managed to reach DDR3-4500 speeds using a DDR3-2933 Kingston HyperX 4GB module and GIGABYTE’s Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2 motherboard. At the moment, this module isn’t available for sale, but the press release hints that it will be at some point.
Based on the screenshot, HiCookie had to apply rather high timings on the module to make this frequency possible. The CAS latency of 14 is actually fantastic, but the tRCD, tRP and tRAS are out-of-this-world loose, at 31-31-63. Nonetheless, what matters here is the frequency.
In the coming days, Kingston will be holding its own overclocking competition, called “HyperX OC Takeover“, so it’ll be interesting to see if another overclocker will overtake HiCookie’s frequency. At this point, that seems like a lofty goal.