New DDR5 overclocking world record hits 9560MT/s

Closing in on 10GT/s!

Hongkongese extreme overclocker lupin_no_musume achieves a new world record in DDR5 overclocking.

Two weeks ago, Asus and G.Skill announced a record 8888MT/s (4444MHz) memory overclocking by lupin_no_musume, using the Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake-S processor paired with an Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Apex motherboard, which is a special board designed specifically with extreme overclocking in mind.

This time around, lupin_no_musume broke his previous record by achieving 9560MT/s (4779.7MHz) using the same motherboard and the same single 16GB memory module (F5-6000U4040E16G). Timings were understandably loose at 120-120-120-120-127-2T, and liquid nitrogen cooling was used to eke out the last bit of performance. In all, this represents an eight per cent uplift over the prior record.

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As its naming says, this is a seat-of-your-pants record, not an everyday use scenario, especially when looking at those timings. However, it does provide a glimpse into what DDR5 modules may achieve in the future.

DDR5’s lofty pricing and lack of supply do not help its adoption, either, plus Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake processors are the only consumer chips capable of using DDR5 modules (in addition to DDR4, depending on your motherboard).

For most, DDR4 is still the way to go thanks to its good price-to-performance and motherboard compatibility. Things should start picking up with AMD’s launch of Zen 4 CPUs later this year, and it’s just a matter of time until the 10,000MT/s barrier is passed.