Kingston introduces new liquid-cooled memory modules
By Paul Ridden
August 4, 2010
Rather than rely on noisy fans to cool computer systems, overclockers and gamers have been using the chilling power of water to keep processors from overheating for quite some time. Now Kingston is offering three new flavors of water-cooled DDR3 memory modules to help keep the temperatures down while users try to squeeze even more performance from their machines.
"Water cooling is desirable for its quiet operation and long-term reliability," explains Kingston's senior technology manager Mark Tekunoff. "We are bringing HyperX H2O to market as a solution for PC enthusiasts who want to build water-cooled systems using high quality Kingston products."
The HyperX H2O module delivers its water-cooled goodness via a 0.23 inch thick, 4.17 inch long tube that sits atop a 0.34 inch thick heatsink. The units are available as kits and all support Intel's Extreme Memory Profiles, described by Intel as being "a robust, overclocking solution designed to take advantage of the mega-gaming features built into Intel technology-based PCs."
The 4GB dual-channel kits run at either 2000MHz or 2133MHz with CL9-11-9-27 low latency timings at 1.65V. As the descriptive suggests, each kit is made up of a couple of modules containing 16 x 128MB 8-bit DDR3 FBGA components with the 2000MHz kit costing US$157 and the 2133MHz kit coming in at US$205.
There's also a 6GB triple-channel version running at 2000MHz with low latency timings of CL9-10-9-27. This kit consists of three modules based on the same 16 x 128MB 8-bit DDR3 FBGA component setup as the others mentioned here and has a price tag of US$235.