When I speculated about breaking the 8000MHz barrier for DDR5 when G.SKILL did 7000MHz a couple of days ago, it seems that they are already eyeing for 9000MHz as their latest record is creeping near that figure.

G.SKILL Trident Z5 DDR5-8704

The official number for the highest frequency for DDR5 is currently sitting at DDR5-8704 achieved with not the 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K but rather the i7-12700KF. Surprisingly, G.SKILL credited the success of this marvelous record to the motherboard which is the ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Apex. In case you don’t know, the APEX motherboards from ASUS are designed to push hardware components to the limit that is loved and testified by many overclockers around the world. But of course, the 8700+ number is only possible thanks to liquid nitrogen cooling bringing the components down to subzero temperature zones to really crank up the capabilities of the silicon chips by removing the thermal constraint. Practically speaking, the 7000MHz is still the top record that is accessible within a standard rig and does not require my system to be as cold as Antarctica.

Anyway, a big round of claps for ‘hocayu’, the man behind this spectacular achievement.


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