When we look at the history of DDR3, a number of key advertising points were consistent across most of the memory manufacturers. First was high speed in terms of out of the box, and the other was high speed from overclocking. The big names all went for these records, and after we posted about Corsair’s DDR4-3400 kit a couple of days ago, G.Skill is also jumping onto the bandwagon. However, the kit is very slightly different – G.Skill is supporting 16-16-16-36 timings, compared to Corsair’s 16-18-18-40. Whether that means much in real-world usage is hard to say, but I would imagine G.Skill, given the history between the two, will also compete on price. So perhaps under $1000, which would be a big hit in anyone's build.

This 4x4 GB kit will also be flanked by a new DDR4-3200 4x4 GB kit, available at 15-15-15-35 timings, which also undercuts the competition. Both of the new kits from G.Skill are validated on the GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion and the ASUS Rampage V Extreme.

The kits will also come with G.Skill’s Turbulence III fans to provide extra cooling. There is no date currently mentioned by G.Skill, but 'released' often means 'heading to distributors'. Given the high specifications of the kit, I would imagine only a handful are actually going on sale.

We still have a round-up of DDR4 memory kits planned in the works, from 2133 to 3200 (perhaps 3400 if we can get them), so stay tuned for that.

Source: G.Skill

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  • jabber - Thursday, January 15, 2015 - link

    Well you know some people find great amusement in spending a whole weekend tweaking their expensive mega ram timings to get an extra 1.5FPS over some stock Crucial stuff.
  • Laststop311 - Friday, January 16, 2015 - link

    The messed up thing about ddr4 is if you compare ddr4 to ddr3 at the same speed the ddr3 actually beats it. For example ddr3 at 2400mhz and CL 10 has better read and write speed and lower latency than ddr 4 at 2400mhz CL15. The problem is ddr4's latencies are much higher at the same speed. Now obviously if you have ddr4 in quad channel it is faster vs ddr3 in dual channel but I think it's messed up you gotta pay more money for worse performance.
  • chekk - Saturday, January 17, 2015 - link

    This happens at the start with every new generation of DDR RAM and is the price one pays for being an early adopter. So, wait another year and DDR4 will out perform DDR3. However, I have to say that knowing all this does not prevent me from thinking that CL16 is bonkers.
  • tipoo - Sunday, January 18, 2015 - link

    Out of curiosity, were you into tech when DDR2 and 3 came out? Because it's like this every single time, the newer standard at the same speed has higher latencies than the previous one. The benefit is a higher theoretical top speed, and usually the bottom rung of the new standard is the highest rung of the last.
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - link

    "So perhaps under $1000, which would be a big hit in anyone's build."


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