A US based overclocker has achieved an impressive DDR5-7960 MHz speed with the Asrocks Z690 Aqua OC motherboard on air cooling. The result was impressive, as it was achieved with an air-cooled system consisting of an Intel Core i9 12900K, Asrock Z690 Aqua OC motherboard and a TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB 16GB module. MllrKllr (via wccftech) is convinced that he can achieve more when he switches to ln2 cooling.
ASRock’s Z690 Aqua series motherboards are ultra premium options that sit at the top end of the Asrock range. They compete with the likes of Asus Maximus Extreme, Gigabyte Extreme Waterforce and MSI Godlike. But the interesting thing is that there are two Aqua variants, one of which is an OC version with only two RAM slots. It’s a little strange that such a motherboard exists at all, since a board designed for extreme overclocking does not need all the bells and whistles that come with a flagship motherboard.
The memory used was a TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB DDR5-6400 module, which is rated at 40-40-40-84 at 1.35V. It contains the OC-friendly SK Hynix ICs. Coincidentally, we happen to have this exact memory set on hand for a review and will review its OC pace. Keep an eye on it in the coming days.
Overclockers always strive to achieve higher speeds and benchmark scores. We saw the same thing happen in previous generations. At one point, DDR4-4000 was a very good OC, but over time, DDR4-5000 + became possible, even with XMP! DDR5 is still at the beginning of its development and speeds and latencies will continue to improve. It’s only a matter of time before overclockers can break the 10000MHz barrier. As long as we can actually buy things!
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