Today marked the official launch of the new Intel Core i5 CPUs. Those of you who have been waiting for prices of the Core i7 parts to go down may find that the new Core i5 parts are the way to go. The catch is that systems using the new Intel platform will need new RAM because the Core i7/i5 platform supports a max of 1.65V for RAM.
Kingston has announced that it is offering a new line of RAM specifically for Core i5 and Core i7 machines that is the first 4GB RAM kit running at 2133MHz for the Intel platform. The RAM hits the fast 2133MHz speeds at the needed 1.65V. Kingston will also offer 8GB kits for the platform at 1333MHz and 1600MHz starting in late September.
The new 4GB 2133MHz kit has latencies of CL8-8-8-24 will sell for $US394 and is optimized for XMP. A lower cost 4GB kit with the same 2133MHz frequency but offering latencies of CL9-9-9-27 will sell for $US269 ($AU311).
“Kingston has worked with our terrific partners including Intel Asus Gigabyte and MSI worldwide to develop a series of memory kits that deliver top-notch performance on some of the finest motherboards being launched this week” said Mark Tekunoff senior technology manager Kingston. “While the 2133MHz modules are engineered for benchmarkers and overclockers our new 1600MHz frequency is the perfect choice for mainstream users who want to build their own rigs with P55 motherboards and 1156-pin processors.”