Corsair launched what it boasts to be the world's fastest rated production PC memory kit: the new Vengeance Extreme 8 GB dual-channel DDR3 kit (opens in new tab). The kit's two 4 GB memory chips are rated at a blazing 3,000 MHz (air cooled), and fitted with low profile "Corsair Racing Red" heat spreaders. They also have latency settings of 12-14-14-36, at 1.65V.
"The extreme-speed 3000 MHz rating of the Vengeance Extreme memory kits is the result of a rigorous internal four-stage hand-screening process performed by Corsair engineers," the company said. "This process is passed by fewer than one in 50 memory ICs. Performance qualification is performed on select Intel Z77 based motherboards, including the ASUS P8Z77-I DELUXE and ASRock Z77 OC Formula."
To hit their rated speeds, the modules require an unlocked third-generation Intel Core processor with an Integrated Memory Controller capable of running 3,000 MHz. However, speed freaks will be treated to a Kingpin Cooling memory cooler, which is included for overclockers who want to use LN2 (liquid nitrogen) to reach memory speeds well beyond 3,000 MHz.
"There's a reason why world-champion overclockers, extreme gaming enthusiasts and high-end system builders all trust Corsair for high-performance memory that they can install with confidence and pride," the company said. "Whether you're breaking your own records or you're simply building a dream gaming rig, you can count on Corsair memory."
As expected, the Vengeance Extreme 8 GB dual-channel DDR3 kit won't come cheap, costing a hefty USD 749. Corsair said these super-fast memory chips are hand-built, so quantities will be extremely limited. That said, the new kit will be made available exclusively from Corsair sometime in March, so stay tuned.