Dominator Platinum Orange DDR4-3400: Extreme Performance, Extreme Hardware

By Dustin Sklavos, on April 2, 2015

Any overclockable PC component, be it a CPU, a graphics card, or system memory, essentially exists in a few grades. There’s the entry-level – the “good enough for government work” grade – that typically works fine for everyone. For a lot of users, that’s really an i3 or non-K i5 at most, or a reference graphics card. Then there’s the performance grade, where you start getting the special sauce, and that bleeds into an enthusiast grade, where you start pushing performance limits while still gunning for 24/7 use.

And then, I would argue, there’s competitive overclocker grade. The cream of the crop hardware. Price-performance simply isn’t a consideration; even practical performance may not be a consideration. It’s stuff that’s the best…period.

Like, for example, our Dominator Platinum Limited Edition Orange DDR4 kit, four 4GB DIMMs running at a staggering 3400MHz with latencies of 16-18-18-36 at 1.35V. Top of the line ICs assembled in a kit that pushes the limits of what the host platform itself can handle. This is memory that runs at such a high clock that your CPU may not even be able to crack it.

It also more or less requires a very specific motherboard: the GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion.

This kit was developed in concert with Gigabyte’s motherboard, which goes down to four DIMM slots and offers a unique topology designed to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of your CPU and memory. The X99-SOC Champion also enables “Socket 2083” mode, adding pins to the socket that allows for more precise voltage control with your processor – a necessity when dealing with bleeding edge performance.

Even still, because of the variable quality of host CPUs and their memory controllers, XMP may not always work with this kit. For that reason, should you decide to walk this path, you may need to adjust your memory settings manually. Some chips will be able to handle the preferred 1.66x gear ratio to hit the kit’s rated 3400MHz speed, while others will require the lower 1.25x gear ratio. We’re providing settings here for either.

SETTING

Using 1.25x Gear Ratio

Using 1.66x Gear Ratio

Advanced Frequency Settings

Host/PCIe Clock Frequency

102.10MHz

102.00MHz

CPU Clock Ratio

24 or 25

19 or 20

System Memory Multiplier

26.66

20.00

Advanced CPU Core Settings

CPU Clock Ratio

24 or 25

19 or 20

Uncore Ratio

24

Matches CPU Clock Ratio

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

Auto

Auto

Advanced Memory Settings

System Memory Multiplier

26.66

20.00

Memory Timing Mode

Manual

Manual

Channel A Memory Sub Timings

CAS Latency

16

16

tRCD

18

18

tRP

18

18

tRAS

36

36

CPU Core Voltage Control

CPU System Agent Voltage

+0.300V to +0.450V

+0.300V to +0.450V

DRAM Voltage Control

DRAM Voltage (CH A/B)

1.350V

1.350V

DRAM Voltage (CH C/D)

1.350V

1.350V

This memory, developed in conjunction with Gigabyte’s X99-SOC Champion motherboard and competitive overclocker Hi Cookie, has already been used to set records that will no doubt last for some time to come.

Or at least until we break them again.


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