The high-tech industry loves milestones that are round numbers, be it frequency, number of cores, transistor count or something else. It is not that extra 100 MHz – 200 MHz or a couple of additional CPU cores radically improve performance or user experience these days, but because milestones symbolize an achievement, a new height from where we will go and hit the next ones. Today, the industry has reached a milestone as Corsair introduced the industry’s first commercial DDR4-5000 memory modules. We saw numerous companies 'promote' DDR4-5000 earlier this year at Computex, but none were seriously considering bringing them to retail. Corsair is the first.

Corsair’s dual-channel Vengeance LPX DDR4-5000 (CMK16GX4M2Z5000C18) memory kit comprises two 8 GB unbuffered modules featuring a CL18 26-26-46 latency and a 1.5V voltage. The memory modules use Micron’s cherry-picked memory ICs and use a custom 8-layer PCB from Corsair. The enthusiast grade modules are equipped with aluminum heat spreaders, and are compatible with Corsair’s Vengeance Airflow fan to maximize their cooling.

Corsair says that its Vengeance LPX DDR4-5000 (CMK16GX4M2Z5000C18) memory kit was tuned to hit the desired data transfer rate on high-end platforms based on AMD’s Ryzen 3000 processor and X570 chipset. To be more precise the modules were developed and validated on MSI’s X570 Godlike, MEG X570 Ace, MEG X570 Unify, and Prestige X570 Creation motherboards. 

It is unclear how well the modules will work in DDR4-5000 mode when used with other platforms. In any case, keep in mind that modules require 1.5 Volts, which is a whopping 25% increase over standard DDR4 voltage, so they have to be installed in an enthusiast-grade mainboard with a quality and clean memory power supply. In order to reach the DDR4-5000 mode requires some user intervention beyond just setting the XMP profile: to set up the right settings Corsair recommends to check out its Ryzen 3000 memory overclocking guide.

Designed for die-hard performance enthusiasts, overclockers, and benchmarkers, Corsair’s dual-channel 16GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-5000 memory kit is certainly not cheap at all. The company sells it for a sizeable $1,224.99 in the USA ($76.56/GB) and for €1,334.99 in Europe.

Corsair says that there are limited review samples available - if we get one in to test, what would you like to see?

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  • mjz_5 - Saturday, October 12, 2019 - link

    People with logic don’t buy products like this.
  • haukionkannel - Sunday, October 13, 2019 - link

    People with Logic don`t buy Ferrari... there Are allways peoples who has money to do whatever They like. So somebody will buy these and have something that most other people don`t have... yet. Three four years from now and these speed can be normal enthusiast speeds in Intel 13000 series and amd 6000 series ;)
  • WaltC - Sunday, October 13, 2019 - link

    Kind of amusing and absurd...all they have to do is sell maybe one or two sets, call it quits, and it makes "good" advertising PR for them for awhile...;) My current ram is 2x8GBs, Patriot Viper Elite PV416G320C6K @3200mhz 16 16 16 36 1T @ 3733Mhz 18-19-19-19-38-68 1T @1.35v, x570 Aorus Master, 3600X. Ram is P95-tested stable--100%. I actually have my BCLK slightly overclocked to 100.59MHz, which pushes the ram bus to 3757MHz. My jaw dropped when I discovered I could do this kind of ram OC successfully. The difference in performance is noticeable and measurable--I used the AIDA 64 benches to chart the performance increase over stock 3200 with much tighter timings.
  • fotcorn - Monday, October 14, 2019 - link

    der8auer already did a test with these modules and a Ryzen 3900X:
  • fotcorn - Monday, October 14, 2019 - link

    TL;DR: Not really better than some 3600/3733 Mhz modules with good timings.
  • ToTTenTranz - Monday, October 14, 2019 - link

    The price difference from regular DDR4 3200 1.2V modules is enough to upgrade to a Threadripper platform instead, which will provide significantly more bandwidth due to quad-channel and shorter latency values, probably at a much lower power consumption.

    This really isn't usefull for anything besides record-setting overlcocks.
  • peevee - Monday, October 14, 2019 - link

    Ryzen would need to be set into 2:1 mode for it to work, so the on-package IF is going to be 2500 instead of the normal speed (say, 3200), isn't it?
  • Blaab1 - Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - link

    I would like to see how DDR4 5000 compares to lower spec'd memory with a lower cas ratings. Its tough to rationalize higher speed memory when they all seem to work at a higher cas rating = more clock ticks to transfer data. Is there a way to calculate the improvement of a faster memory as it pertains to a lower speed memory but at a (for example) cas 7? If I have a cas 8 3200 memory and a 4000 cas 15 memory is available, is it worth the upgrade? Does the faster speed overcome the higher cas?

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