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Memory manufacturer G. Skill has released its high-speed DDR5 memory for the latest Intel 12th generation Alder Lake processors and Z690 motherboards. Offering frequencies as high as 6800 MHz, the memory kidollar series is based on the company’s premium Trident Z5 family.

DDR5-6800 RAMs do not offer timings like the CL36 like the recently announced DDR5-6600 kidollarser. G. Skill is selling the Trident Z5 DDR5-6800 32GB (2x16GB) memory kidollar series in two variants. Modules using Samsung integrated circuits (ICs) were rated 38-38-38-76, while modules with Hynix ICs were rated 42-42-42-76. Unfortunately G. Skill hasn’t disclosed the DRAM voltage for either memory kit, but we expect at least 1.25V to remain stable on DDR5-6800.

The DDR5-6600 memory kit offers high memory bandwidth of up to 52.8 GBps, while the DDR5-6800 memory kit reaches 54.4 GBps with a 3.8% improvement. If we look at the single access latency, the DDR5-6800 C38 memory kit is at 11.2ns, while the C42 variant is slightly higher at 12.4ns. For reference, the latency of the DDR5-6600 C36 memory kit goes up to 10.9ns.

The Trident Z5 DDR5-6800 memory kidollar series we’ve been waiting for takes advantage of Intel’s XMP 3.0 technology. Note that XMP 3.0 now supports up to five XMP profiles, two of which are user-customizable.

G. Skill did not share availability or pricing information for Trident Z5 DDR5-6800 RAMs. The manufacturer backs DDR5 memory like Corsair with a limited lifetime warranty, but some vendors like TeamGroup have reduced the warranty to three years.


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