Nothing makes you know a new CPU is coming like leaked benchmarks and a press release announcing validation.
While we do not have any of the former, we received one of the later. Today Kingston announced that they have received a DDR3 1333MHz Validation for the upcoming Core i5 platform. The press release announced that two of Kingston’s kits (The KVR1333D3S9/1G and 2G SO-DIMM modules and the KVR1333D3N9/1G DIMMs).
The SO-DIMMs were validated on the P55 Express chipset using a dual-core 32nm Clarksfield mobile CPU, e.g. the next-generation "Centrino" [yes, we know Intel shunned the brand after Centrino 2 non-sense] and the DIMMs were validated on the destkop version of the P55 Express chipset and using a 45nm quad-core Lynnfield. Both kits are available as of this writing and are covered by Kingston’s lifetime warranty.
"Fountain Valley, CA – July 16, 2009 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced two of its 1333MHz DDR3 memory offerings were validated by Intel® for use in its upcoming Core i5 systems. Kingston’s 1333MHz DDR3 non-ECC SO-DIMM (Kingston part#: KVR1333D3S9/1G and 2G modules) was validated on Intel’s P55 Express Chipset using the “Clarksfield” mobile processor. The 1333MHz DDR3 non-ECC unbuffered DIMM (part #: KVR1333D3N9/1G) was validated on Intel’s P55 Express chipset using the “Lynnfield” processor.
The memory modules, available now, are optimized to take full advantage of the dual-channel architecture. Kingston® memory is backed by a lifetime warranty and free, 24/7 technical support."
There you have it folks, Core i5 is coming in September, and Kingston is first one out with a validation for the part. Please note that all JEDEC-spec DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 should work with Core i5 with no issues. Bear in mind that memory still has to use a maximum voltage of 1.65V, to avoid frying the on-die memory controller. But as JEDEC DDR3-1333 spec states 1.5V for the memory, you know there should be no issues.
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