Gigabyte Team overclocker HiCookie has achieved a new DDR5 speed world record. Using a single 16GB stick of Aorus branded DDR5 RGB memory, HiCookie hit and verified 5,011 MHz, or DDR5-10022 (10,022 MT/s). This is just a smidgeon faster than MSI Team chalked up in a milestone achievement earlier in the week, but a record is a record. It is also interesting to see some significant diversity among the component choices – there appears to be no 'winning formula,' but DDR5 consumer platforms are Intel-only for now.
In the video above, you can see the DDR5-10022 world record-breaking moment captured as it happened. The excitement of HiCookie and teammates can be heard as the DRAM frequency edges upwards. After DDR5-10000 is achieved, there is an anxious wait before we see it hit a new world record. It is then tweaked higher again, with the team settling and verifying 5,011 MHz or DDR5-10022. As well as sharing the on-screen CPU-Z DRAM Frequency readout, we see Hicookie verify the frequency of his DDR5 memory stick using a bench oscilloscope.
We commented earlier on the component choice diversity shown with the two recent DDR5 world records. As part of Team Gigabyte, Hicookie used as many home-team branded components as possible. Housing the Intel Core i9-12900K was a Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Tachyon motherboard. HiCookie has apparently been instrumental in the design of this motherboard.
The memory being put through its paces is said to be Gigabyte-branded with reference ARS32G70D5C32. This will be Aorus branded memory, one stick of a 32GB matched kit, and Aorus PR says it is an RGB LED module. However, there is no DDR5 memory on Gigabyte's product pages with this exact model reference. As this is an overclocking record attempt by Team Gigabyte, it isn't surprising that perhaps unreleased or special edition memory gets put through its paces by HiCookie and colleagues.
The MSI Team world record from earlier in the week, now beaten into second place, relied on the following key components: an Intel Core i9-12900KS fixed to an MSI MEG Z690 Unify-X motherboard with a single 16GB stick of Kingston Fury Beast DDR5 RAM.
The rival OC teams used a different motherboard, different RAM, but a very similar processor. For his new world record, HiCookie left two performance cores of the i9-12900K enabled, and this effectively 2C/4T chip ran at a modest 2.1 GHz. This is a slightly different tactic compared to Kovan Yang of Team MSI, who ran his i9-12900KS with 2C/2T and a lowly 425 MHz CPU clock speed.
What might be next for DDR5 speeds in the near future? Well, MSI and Gigabyte could swap places a few more times in this DDR5 speed ranking. However, it would be most pleasing if Asus could be next in line and prove the worth of its ROG Maximus Z690 Apex at the pinnacle of DDR5 RAM overclocking achievements.