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If you have been around the computer scene for any length of time you might remember one of the first SSDs out. It was a product that used DDR RAM and ran through a normal SATA port.
DDRdrive LLC, has decided to revisit some of that older technology, but this time instead of using the SATA port they are using a PCI-e X1 connection and they are also using a combination of NAND and DDR Memory.
The new product, called DDRdrive X1 can hit an amazing 300,000+ IOPs and seems perfect for I/O intensive tasks. It is not the greatest performer in read/write speed though; as it can only hit a peak of 250 MB/s read and 150MB/s in writes.
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The DDRdrive X1 is a PCIe Gen 1-based hybrid SSD, that combines 4 GB of DDR memory and 4 GB of NAND flash memory. Both solid-state technologies work in concert to provide the superior characteristics of DRAM (speed, reliability, and longevity) with the NAND part used for backups. In terms of read/write speeds, the DDRdrive X1 is not that spectacular. Limited by the PCIe x1 interface it can "only" do about 250 MB/s in reads and 155 MB/s in writes. But it's the Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS), where X1 really shines. A single drive can hit 300,000+ IOPS Random 512B Reads and 200,000+ IOPS Random 512B Writes. That's a massive bump in operation speed compared to practically all other solid-state drives currently in production. For comparison Fusion IO's enterprise drives are estimated at 200,000 IOPS 512B read, while other consumer SSDs are rated at about 100,000 IOPS 512B read.
Team Group has announced four new Triple Channel DDR3 kits. The new kits are available in both 3GB (3x1GB) and 6GB(3x2GB) and comes in both 1066MHz and 1333MHz varieties.
All four Team Group Team Elite memory kits come with a lifetime warranty and feature a 6-layer PCB, 128x8 die layout, operate at 1.5V. They also have aluminum heat spreaders and are unbuffered, non-ECC modules.
The 1066MHz kits offer lower timings of 7-7-7-21 but offer a lower memory bandwidth of 8528MB/Sec. The 1333MHz kits have timings that are a little more loose, but offer the increased memory bandwidth of 10,664MB/Sec.
The full press release is available here.
After Intel rolled out its next generation Corei7 processors, many memory device manufacturers are vying to be among the first to push out their compatible memory storage devices with 3-channel architecture. These devices have unexpectedly ignited a DDR3 war, where manufacturers are striving to grab a piece of this lucrative "3-channel" market pie. Team Group Inc, the world's leading memory device brand, will not step aside in this intense competition and announces today its latest Team Elite DDR3, 3-channel memory device series that promises users gigantic memory storage that fulfill JEDEC standards. This marks the start of the "3-channel era".
Galaxy sent us an email notifying us that they are working on a new custom addition to the GTX285 serics cards.
The GTX285 2GB will have 2GB of GDDR3 with a 512bit interface and the core speed with be 648MHz. The cooling system is equipped with Arctic Cooling with 5 heat pipes and 3 PWM fans which run at 2000 RPM to provide a balance between performance and noise. The card comes with a digital PWM design whereas the reference design comes with 6 phase analog power.
Silicon Power has introduced its first DRAM product meant for overclocking and gamers alike. The new Xpower series is available as DDR2-1066.
The Xpower memory is available in 2GB and 4GB dual channel kits. By incorporating the advanced FBGA package technology and 8-layer PCB thus enabling higher module densities and higher performance. The new Xpower series also features an exclusive heat sink to reduce temperatures by dissipating heat more effectively. The RAM has supports CAS latency of 5-5-5-15 at 2.0 volts.
The full press release can be found here.
(Taipei, Taiwan) Silicon Power has unveiled its first overclocking DRAM product called the Xpower series for gamers, and all power users having a strong appetite for powerful memory. Incorporating FBGA package technology and original chips, Silicon Power Xpower DDR2-1066MHz 4GB (2GBX2) features high performance, superior heat spread ability and low power consumption. In Xpower overclocking series, the DDR2-1066MHz also supports CAS latency of 5-5-5-15 at 2.0 volts. Silicon Power exclusively developed Xpower series for the computer enthusiasts and gamers to DDR2 based computer systems that are demanded by overclockers.
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Today AMD makes another push forward with the introduction of its new AM3 based Phenom IIs, with the most significant advancement being DDR3 memory support via its dual mode memory controller (allowing for backward compatibility on an AM2+ socket board with DDR2 support).
The new AM3 family of processors shapes up as follows :-
Quad Core AM3
Phenom II 805: 2.5GHz Core Clock, 4MB L3 Cache, 0.875v - 1.425v Voltage
Phenom II 810: 2.6GHz Core Clock. 4MB L3 Cache, 0.875v - 1.425v Voltage
Phenom II 910: 2.6GHz Core Clock, 6MB L3 Cache, 0.875v - 1.425v Voltage
Triple Core AM3
Phenom II 710: 2.6GHz Core Clock, 6MB L2 Cache, 0.875v - 1.425v Voltage
Phenom II 720BE: 2.8GHz Core Clock, 6MB L2 Cache, 0.875v - 1.425v Voltage, Unlocked CPU multiplier for better overclocking
We now have our AM3 based Phenom II introductory article online, entitled "AMD Socket AM3 Arrives - The Real Phenom II Detailed" which talks about the architectural advancements of the AM3 platform in detail, but sadly we aren't able to show any benchmark numbers just yet due to a hardware failure with our memory going kaput over the weekend. However, we'll have everything in full swing within the next 24 hrs and look forward to bringing you our full AMD Socket AM3 Performance Analysis very soon. so keep your eyes peeled for that one.
In the meantime, to coincide with the launch is also this bunch of coverage floating around the web:
- Lost Circuits
- Hot Hardware
- Overclockers Club
- PC Perspective
- Benchmark Reviews
- Hartware (X3 720)
- Hartware (DDR2 vs. DDR3
- Legit Reviews
- XBit Labs
We'll update the above listing over the next 12 hrs or so as more coverage shows up.
To start things off on our AM3 processor, AMD has revolutionised the latest addition to the Phenom II family. All of the 800 series and 700 series CPU's have a dual mode memory controller. That is, it has a DDR2 and DDR3 memory controller onboard. This is the first CPU to incorporate two memory controllers on one CPU die.
AMD has used the same memory controller that exists in the current AM2 Phenom II processors with a maximum rated speed of 1066MHz. This allows the CPU to be inserted into AM2+ motherboards to run off up to four DDR2 memory slots, which is another plus for AMD as they have not limited the CPU to only two DDR2 memory slots on AM2+ boards.
Samsung has announced the production of the first 4GB DDR3 chip. The new chip is based off of a 50nm process and allows for up to 32GB modules if manufactured in a "Dual-Die" package.
Samsung was the first to begin development on a 50nm 2GB DDR3 chip back in September and now offer the broadest line of 50nm DDR3 DRAM (4GB, 2GB, 1GB).
The new DDR3 chips come at a time when individuals and corporations are demanding more system memory at a lower power cost.
While the faithful await the AM3, Fudzilla seems to think they will be let down in terms of Price/Performance.
According to Fudo, the AM3 on an AM3 board with the current BIOSes out will not give enough of a performance boost to warrant the extra cost of DDR3. He says that even with tweaks to the BIOSes there will only be a roughly 5% performance gain using an AM3 board over an AM2+.
Does this bode well for AMD? In the end I do not think it will matter. The AM3 CPUs will run happily in an AM2+ board with DDR2. This means that some will buy them and run them in current boards waiting for DDR3 prices to drop.
Others will not buy AMD anyway as they cannot compete performance wise with Intel's current and even last generation CPUs, even if they do have a price advantage.