If you like your RAM super-sized and face-meltingly fast, you’ll definitely want to check out G.Skill’s latest memory kit.
The newest member of the Ripjaws V lineup seems to check every possible box enthusiasts could ask for: It’s 128GB of cutting-edge DDR4 RAM clocked at a blisteringly fast 3000MHz, with ultra-low CL14-14-14-34 CAS latency times to top things off. The set of eight 16GB sticks was built to complement quad-channel X99 (a.k.a. Haswell-E Extreme Edition) setups, and not just ones rocking the swanky $1,000 Core i7-5960X either; the picture above shows the 128GB Ripjaws V set nestled next to an Intel Core i7-5820K processor.
Memory kits only crossed the 64GB barrier in 2015, and 3000MHz is almost twice as fast as the 1666MHz DDR3 RAM found in many people’s PCs. G.Skill didn’t announce pricing details even though the kit’s due to launch by the end of the month, but don’t expect it to go cheap. G.Skill’s 128GB DDR4 memory kit clocked at 2400MHz sells for a cool $800, and there is far less competition at the lofty 3000MHz heights.
The story behind the story: OK, OK, this outrageous memory kit is clearly overkill for your average PC enthusiast. G.Skill’s pitching it as an option for “content creation, 3D rendering, scientific calculation, or other professional applications.” When we stuffed a PC with Corsair’s 128GB Dominator Platinum DDR4 memory kit we actually had a “what now?” moment when we realized that we didn’t have any software on-hand to stress that much hardware—until we settled on creating a massive 100GB RAM disk with speeds that put even the most powerful SSDs to shame. The results were nothing short of glorious.