Kingston flaunts 2GHz DDR3 RAM kits for Core i7

You can add another company to the list of memory makers with triple-channel DDR kits. OCZ announced DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333 kits earlier this month, then Corsair one-upped it with 1,866MHz kits the following week. Now, Kingston says it has Core i7-ready DDR3 kits that can run at up to 2,000MHz—and a few other triple-channel offerings for good measure.

Here's Kingston's entire triple-channel lineup for upcoming Core i7 systems with X58 Express motherboards:

Model number Specifications Price
KHX16000D3K3/3GX 3GB 2000MHz (CL9-9-9-27 @ 1.65v) $334.00
KHX14900D3K3/3GX 3GB 1866MHz (CL9-9-9-27 @ 1.65v) $317.00
KHX14400D3K3/3GX 3GB 1800MHz (CL9-9-9-27 @ 1.65v) $312.00
KHX12800D3LLK3/3GX 3GB 1600MHz (CL8-8-8-24 @ 1.65v) $285.00
KHX11000D3LLK3/3GX 3GB 1375MHz (CL7-7-7-20 @ 1.65v) $192.00
KVR1333D3N9K3/6G 6GB 1333MHz (CL9-9-9 @ 1.5v) $240.00
KVR1333D3N9K3/3G 3GB 1333MHz (CL9-9-9 @ 1.5v) $132.00
KVR1066D3N7K3/6G 6GB 1066MHz (CL7-7-7 @ 1.5v) $240.00
KVR1066D3N7K3/3G 3GB 1066MHz (CL7-7-7 @ 1.5v) $132.00

The kits with "KHX" model numbers are part of Kingston's HyperX lineup, and they all support Intel's Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) specification for more straightforward configuration. As for the "KVR" models, they're less fancy ValueRAM offerings.

Kingston stresses that it stuck to the 1.65V Core i7 "platform recommendation" on even the 2GHz kit. (As we heard earlier this month, running memory above 1.65V could damage Core i7 processors.) The KHX16000D3K3/3GX kit should be available immediately, but Kingston says it's only tested it at 2GHz on Asus' upcoming P6T Deluxe motherboard.

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