Gigabyte appears to be raving about the exceptional memory performance of its new Z790 Aorus Xtreme and Master motherboards for Intel 13th Generation Core ‘Rapid Lake’ processors. When paired with TeamGroup’s T-Force Delta RGB DDR5 7200 memory modules, these new Aorus motherboards were able to boost DDR5 memory rates to a blazing 7950MHz. In addition to this already outstanding success, the memory did not require LN2 or liquid cooling; all the system needed was an efficient air cooler.
With the introduction of Intel’s 12th generation Core ‘Alder Lake’ CPUs, DDR5 entered the general market, and memory overclocking records were set between DDR5-8000 and DDR5-8704. However, in the example provided, the overclockers employed an ‘extreme’ means to attain these speeds, such as liquid nitrogen ‘LN2′ cooling. Aorus and TeamGroup accomplished their goal using an air cooler. It would have been advantageous for Aorus’ marketing staff to display a photograph of the test rig, but they lost the opportunity.
So, there must be something unique or extraordinary about the Aorus / TeamGroup gear to accomplish such remarkable speeds without a nearby LN2 tank. The motherboard and memory modules have also undergone advancements, claims Gigabyte’s press release, to enable the blistering but not scalding speeds.
The PC tech teammates’ accomplishment is due to an innovative shielded memory routing design. Gigabyte states, “By optimising memory trace width, length, and style from HPC simulation to actual implementation, overall impedance is lowered between the CPU memory controller and memory modules.” “Furthermore, with low signal-loss PCB, the signal loss inside PCB and external interference are considerably minimised, allowing high-speed DDR5 signal transmission to attain greater DDR5 speed.” Gigabyte’s efforts in HPC and server architecture appear to have trickled down to its consumer equipment, which we should applaud, albeit at a price premium.
In addition to the underlying electrical design concerns, Gigabyte provides a highly configurable variety of BIOS options to help in the rapid and steady overclocking of RAM. The Z790 Aorus Xtreme and Master motherboards provide comprehensive support for CPU overclocking with up to 20+1+2 phases of digital power VRM and up to 105 amps per phase. Aorus uses its Fins-Array III heatsinks, thermal control, and other hardware and firmware features.
Via Hot Hardware