What you need to know
- G.SKILL announced a 64GB DDR5-6000 RAM kit with a latency rating of CL30.
- This new kit marks a major step in making DDR5 a more appealing upgrade for new PC builds.
- No word on pricing, but availability will hit Q2 2022.
DDR5 memory has enjoyed a similar launch to DDR4 in that the earliest kits that manufacturers have released to the market aren't that much faster than existing DDR4 counterparts. Clock speeds are considerably higher, but so too is latency, which is what results in more of an even playing field. Now we're starting to see a glimpse of what's to come as DDR5 matures.
G.SKILL announced a 64GB DDR5-6000 kit, which is already an incredible feat with that capacity. But the company has also highlighted a considerable reduction in latency, knocking it down to CL30. That's still a far cry from the CL16 we've come to know and love with the best DDR4 RAM kits, but we're making good progress here.
The actual rating is CL30-40-40-96, which isn't too bad and should result in some comfortable gains over DDR4 modules. It's going to be part of G.SKILL's Trident Z5 RGB series of module kits, which sport striking designs and RGB lighting. We were impressed by what we saw with early RAM kits, including the XPG Lancer RGB DDR5-6000, but found that real-world results didn't differ from DDR4 RAM.
Having lower latency, but retaining the higher frequencies is what's going to allow manufacturers like G.SKILL to push the boundaries further with just how fast DDR5 RAM can become. Using 32GB modules for maximum capacity is the icing on the cake for those with high-end best Z690 motherboards.
We'll hopefully have a review sample in to confirm just how much of an improvement these lower-latency modules are. G.SKILL hasn't confirmed pricing just yet, but I don't expect this kit to be affordable by any means.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.