Kingston serves up 12GB memory kit for Core i7

Ever fancied spending almost a grand and a half on a preposterous amount of RAM for your desktop PC? Well, thanks to Kingston’s latest HyperX memory kit, you’ll soon be able to.

The freshly announced Kingston HyperX 1600MHz 12GB triple-channel kit is made up of just three modules. Each stick packs 4GB’s worth of memory chips, which Kingston says are capable of reaching 1,600MHz at 1.65V with respectable 9-9-9-27 timings. (The modules use Intel Extreme Memory Profiles to make configuration easier, as well.) Suggested retail price: $1,400.

Coincidentally, $1,400 is almost the price of the Core i7-powered Sweeter Spot build from our last system guide. With Kingston’s new 12GB kit instead of the 6GB bundle we picked, that system would’ve added up to just over $2,600.

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    • Ihmemies
    • 11 years ago

    I’d rather buy 6x2GB for $200..

    • albundy
    • 11 years ago

    isnt it just cheaper not to buy kingston? i am finding they are charging 3 times more than other brands.

    • shank15217
    • 11 years ago

    Its more economical to go for a dual socket i7 based xeon and 2GB ram modules than this.

    For example.. you can get the following for less than $2400 total from Newegg.

    2 x 2.13 Ghz Nehalem Xeon
    *[<36GB<]* Ram 4 x 1 TB HD 850 Watts PS Lian Li Aluminum Black tower case Tyan Motherboard I rest my case 🙂

      • yuhong
      • 11 years ago

      Yep, an unfortunate side effect of Nehalem and K8’s IMC is that the number of memory sockets depends on how many CPUs you have, so buying more CPUs can let you save on memory.

        • DaveJB
        • 11 years ago

        There can be a bit of a latency penalty though, as Quad FX proved, so it’s not an ideal solution for everybody.

    • flip-mode
    • 11 years ago

    Well, this does not make a shred of sense to me.

      • pedro
      • 11 years ago

      Not much to me either. Okay, I understand PS and virtual machines, but ye gods!

      I’ve yet to crack the 2 GB barrier, try as I might (simultaneously encoding a DVD to x264/AAC/MKV using ogmrip, Firefox with 30+ tabs open, teh GIMP with some layers, chess with a large opening book, Skype, Pidgin, OpenOffice and torrents).

      How the hell can I use 12 GB?

        • loophole
        • 11 years ago

        Your OS will use anything it can for page cache to speed up disk accesses.

        Although, I guess that’s not you really using it…

        • Meadows
        • 11 years ago

        Try playing games, or better yet, serious image-editing using 64-bit software. Photoshop has easily broken the 5 (probably 6) GiB barrier here several times now.

          • pedro
          • 11 years ago

          Not trolling – which games can utilize 12 GB of RAM?

    • indeego
    • 11 years ago

    Spent close to $3000 on a PPro system in the mid-nineties. It was well worth itg{<.<}g

      • oldDummy
      • 11 years ago

      hmm…that wasn’t the 200 PP chip….must of been the 180 chip

    • drsauced
    • 11 years ago

    AT LEAST YOU CAN RUN CRYSIS!!!1

    VMWare (or VirtualBox) and an i7 it is almost compulsory to cram as much RAM as you can fit or afford.

    And yeah, ePeen. It just feels right.

    Edit: Aw, shoot, coulda sworn I hit reply…

    • astrotech66
    • 11 years ago

    Great. Now how about an 8GB kit for my new Phenom II AM3 build?

      • xzelence
      • 11 years ago

      srsly. dzang.

      • Synchromesh
      • 11 years ago

      I’m running 8GB of DDR2 in my Phenom II rig. Everything runs great and I paid under $100 for all of the RAM.

    • edh
    • 11 years ago

    I’m running 12GB (6x2GB OCZ “Platinum” 1600MHz) now on a Ci7 920 X58 machine using the latest versions of PhotoShop and Bibble Pro and am often maxing out memory usage with large and/or multiple images. I don’t think I could justify Kingston’s current prices; however, 3x4GB kits will come down over time. When they get to ~ $250 a set, I’ll buy two.

      • xzelence
      • 11 years ago

      lol. I first read that as “Bible” Pro.

      “Minimum system requirements for God: 12GB of RAM”

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 11 years ago

      Out of curiosity, what are the large images generally for? Lol I don’t think I’ve ever seen this computer use much more than 2GB of RAM, even doing things that are somewhat memory intensive.

    • bdwilcox
    • 11 years ago

    I’m personally holding out for the 36GB kit, myself. Anything less and what’s the point? (That’s sarcasm, BTW).

    • valrandir
    • 11 years ago

    You can already do two 6GB kits for a i7 for ~$200 for a total of 12GB of RAM. A factor of 7 price premium isn’t going to last very long.

    4GB DDR3 modules will be under $100 within a year or two, probably.

      • 0g1
      • 11 years ago

      I hope so. Hopefully in 1 year we will have quad channel desktop for 16/32 GB too. I think that in 1 year with 12 cores we’ll start seeing raytracing and successful voxel octree renderers, we’ll need at least 8GB.

    • Kurkotain
    • 11 years ago

    so, 2 of these = 24 gb RAM for 3000 $$$ ??
    WHAT A BARGAIN!

      • XaiaX
      • 11 years ago

      Remember when 8 MEGABYTES of RAM cost $200?

      These chips are bigger than several hard drives I’ve owned.

      Hell, those new octoNehalems have more cache than machines used to have fixed disk space.

      The future is SWEET.

        • Rakhmaninov3
        • 11 years ago

        lol yeah we paid $200 for a 4MB upgrade in 1995 and it made that machine soooo much faster

          • moshpit
          • 11 years ago

          Those are the days I often quote when speaking of how crazy ram used to be priced. Now I have something to point at that’s even sillier then that.

        • PetMiceRnice
        • 11 years ago

        I go back to the days when we were paying $75 per megabyte of memory, and a 40MB hard drive was around $225, so things have definitely changed a lot.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 11 years ago

    Is there any point to 12GB of RAM?

      • bittermann
      • 11 years ago

      Bigger epenis?

        • xzelence
        • 11 years ago

        I whole-heartedly concur with this statement.

      • blubje
      • 11 years ago

      VMWare… Excessive gobs of memory is an absolute requirement when throwing several VMs around at the same time.

        • 5150
        • 11 years ago

        That’s why I have 12GB. I’m pretty sure I paid far less than $1500 for it though.

          • colinstu
          • 11 years ago

          6x2GB…..

            • 5150
            • 11 years ago

            Guess I should RTFA

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      How about comment #1?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      In 2008 I overheard a certain Bill say that 2GB of RAM is all anyone will need.

        • Buzzard44
        • 11 years ago

        In all seriousness, 640TB of RAM is all I’ll ever need.

          • khands
          • 11 years ago

          940 Petabytes FTW

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            I’m pretty sure I won’t need more than 64 GiB in the foreseeable and unforeseeable future.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 11 years ago

            Better than petabytes yottabytes are.

          • xzelence
          • 11 years ago

          Seriously…. especially for like, CS 1.6.

      • continuum
      • 11 years ago

      Some of our clients do lots of image processing here in ENVI… if we can get, say 24GB without having to go to Xeons or Opterons… well it’s almost worth thinking about. Almost.

    • Meadows
    • 11 years ago

    Talk about a speedy scratch disk for Photoshop.

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