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Micron is planning for the near-future by preparing a 'Hybrid Memory Cube' that will provide 15 times more bandwidth compared to traditional DDR3 memory sticks that you get today. Even with the newer DDR4 implementation, like the one in Japan retail shelves, the HMC is still going to provide fives times more bandwidth.
Along with the bandwidth boost, the new memory type will also draw 70 percent lesser energy. Micron plans to achieve this by stacking memory as stacked chips using a connection type called 'Through Silicon Via'. That said, the memory will be required to be soldered on the motherboard near the CPU.
HMC will also have other features that are not present in DIMM-type DDR implementations. These include debug, more error correction features and also have logic layers.
Intel is poised to launch its X99-based chipset in September, where we should see the launch of the 16-threaded processor from the company - the Core i7-5960X. Well, DDR4 is what will be getting slotted into the motherboards, something that has just hit Japan retail shelves.
The DDR4 RAM is being sold in 16GB and 32GB modules, which are priced at $350 and $685, respectively. Expensive, but you could actually build a system with 128GB of RAM, which is a great thing for high-perfomance and enthusiast users. Intel should better introduce us to both DDR4 and its X99 chipset at the upcoming IDF event, so continue checking back until then.
Computex 2014 - Looking at the G.Skill booth we got a chance to see the new RAM cooler that G.Skill had recently introduced. While that was indeed what got our attention at first; what sat under the cooler was what really made us excited.
G.Skill are no slouch when it comes to RAM speed and looking above you can see the company has got the 16GB kit which consists of four 4GB modules running at an amazing 3501MHz DDR3 with a 14-31-31-45-2T setup on the mATX ASUS MAXIMUS VII GENE using an Intel Core i7 4770K CPU.
Showing that the speed isn't just limited to one motherboard; we see the same kit running the same timings on the ASRock Z97 OC Formula next to it. The biggest issue with memory like this, though, isn't having a motherboard that can support these speeds; but having a CPU with a memory controller that can.
Computex 2014 Crucial revealed their new Ballistix Elite DDR4 RAM modules during a briefing this week. The Crucial Ballistix Elite will run at 2666 and 3000MHz in the initial release products, but expect speeds to ramp up quickly.
The new RAM modules will come in capacities of 4 and 8GB for early product, and then ramp up to 32GB sticks. The clean design of the modules are designed to allow wide compatibility with CPU cooling solutions.
The modules are very hefty and have a substantial weight to them. The heavy shroud allows for efficient cooling. DDR4 features a lower power draw of 1.2V, a significant reduction from 1.5V DDR3. This should ease cooling requirements a bit, as less power creates less heat. Once the DDR4-enabled X99 chipsets hit the streets in Q3 we expect rapid uptake of DDR4.
Computex 2014 - Hanging around the G.Skill both we got a chance to look at some samples of the companies upcoming DDR4 modules which will be launched later this year alongside Intels next generation X99 chipset. While looking a little bare at the moment we don't doubt that the memory will join the likes of the TridentX series when released.
While information on most things surrounding the next generation Intel Chipset continues to be quite limited. You can see we've got kits ranging from 2133MHz DDR to 2666MHz DDR in sizes of 4GB and 8GB.
Companies continue to tell us that it's hard to know just how DDR4 performance goes as getting all the pieces for an X99 based system are difficult with Intel holding everything quite close to their chest. There's no denying that the coming months will see more and more leaks regarding the chipset will come to fruition. We can't deny, though, that X99 chatter is quitter then expected as companies continue to not say too much.
Computex 2014 - During Corsair's party held in Taipei tonight, the company unveiled a bunch of new products, starting with the exciting new DDR4 RAM.
First up, we have the Value Select RAM from Corsair, which is the company's value set of RAM - but then we have the real deal, the Dominator Platinum memory from Corsair. Corsair's new Dominator Platinum DDR4 RAM is clocked at an impressive 2400MHz, and has the excellent heatspreader on top.
New DDR4 memory might not be available for a while yet, but the first samples of DDR4 memory have made it to the TweakTown Enterprise test lab today, fresh from the fabrication labs.
"Crucial DDR4 Memory Technology Process data faster. Reduce power expenses. Extend battery life. Double a system's memory capacity as module densities mature. Crucial DDR4 memory technology is up to twice as fast and delivers 50% more bandwidth and 40% more energy efficiency than DDR3 technology when it was introduced. Designed to enable the next generation of enterprise and consumer products, Crucial DDR4 memory works with next generation processors and makes everything you do on a computer or server faster and more efficient than ever before."
" Servers are constrained by memory bandwidth, capacity, and ever-increasing power costs. With the increased performance and efficiency of Crucial DDR4 server memory, boost bandwidth by up to 50%, and reduce power consumption and the need for cooling. Enable up to twice the installed memory capacity and process data faster."
This morning Crucial Memory announced that it has begun shipping samples of its new DDR4 modules to its partners through its new Technology Enablement Program. This program is aimed at channel partners who are actively developing and evaluating DDR4 platforms. Crucial says that this mornings announcement is the result of Micron's recent ramp-up in DDR4 module production.
"Memory is one of the biggest limitations when it comes to enterprise server environments. Many memory-dependent server applications are crucial to the day-to-day operations of a business, but they require higher densities of memory and increased performance," said Michael Moreland, worldwide product marketing manager, Crucial. "Crucial DDR4 memory enables servers to perform faster and run more efficiently than ever before, reducing power and cooling expenses along the way - essential for meeting the ever-increasing workload demands of data centers."
Micron Technology may hike its prices of DRAM chips by May as their inventory levels are running low and the supply of DRAM from other manufacturers Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix is also insufficient.
Few memory device makers have also reported that Micron has already raised its quotes to reflect the short supplies of DRAM chips. What also makes it worse that other DRAM manufacturing leaders are having issues of their own.
Samsung is affected by low production output of DRAM chips because of its migration towards 25nm process. Because of this, the South Korean based company is having tough times to meet with PC OEM contract orders. Samsung said that it is expecting a more balanced DRAM supply and demand by 2014, along with strong consumer and enterprise SSD demand to accelerate the process.
G.SKILL has been dominating the SO-DIMM market lately, continuing that lead today with the announcement of its new DDR3L SO-SIMM memory that is clocked at 2133MHz. Not only is that impressive, but it comes in a gigantic 32GB kit.
The 32GB kit comes in 4 x 8GB sticks, with a low voltage of just 1.35V and a timing of 11-11-11-31. It joins the ever-expanding RIPJAWS line from G.SKILL, and has been tested out in the high-end MSI GT70 2OC gaming laptop, where the new RAM was perfect under extreme load.