Computex Taipei 2011 - I mean absolutely no offence to Apacer here, but when I think of performance memory, they're not a company that comes to mind. Well don't they just want to tell me how wrong I am with some unreal looking kits.
Part of the Giant II series the new 4GB 2133MHz DDR kit offers fantastic speed with a 7-9-9-24-2T @ 1.65v setup. If that's not enough speed for you, or enough memory then the new ARES kit could be what you're after.
Offering 16GB of DDR3 at 2200MHz DDR with a 9-11-9-27-2T @ 1.65v setup this is just a massive amount of RAM at a massive speed. If that wasn't enough for you, though, Apacer had the kit overclocked to 2233MHz DDR at their booth on the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro board.
There's no denying that Apacer are ready to rock and roll in the high performance world with this new memory and we should hopefully be offering you a closer look at both kits in the near future.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Down on the Computex floor G.Skill are strutting their stuff showing us what the new 990FX chipset from AMD is capable of. In an ASUS Sabertooth 990FX board G.Skill has got a staggering 16GB of DDR3 running at 2133MHz DDR.
The timings come in at 9-11-9-28 at 1.65v and as you can see from a pic of the system this is achieved with four modules making all the banks full.
This is actually a really nice achievement, most the time we see AMD users miss out on high end RAM but like previously G.Skill have come to the rescue again with its Flare Series.
For exactly what's going on you can see a picture of the CPU-Z information. If you're eyes are shot like mine, though, and you can't zoom in let me tell you they're using an Phenom II X6 1100T at the 3336MHz. They've lowered the multiplier to 12.5x and pushed the FSB to 266.9 MHz. Combined with a 1:4 divider on the Sabertooth 990FX they've been able to achieve 1067.6MHz or 2135MHz DDR.
It's great to see G.Skill giving some love to the AMD platform and no doubt this will be a monster kit when we get our hands on Bulldozer. For up to the second updates on stuff make sure you check out our TweakTown Facebook page as we feed information too it during the show.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Earlier in the year we saw Crucial expand the popular Ballistix line by adding the new Sport series. The heatsink design was new and interesting and complemented the series well but today Crucial kick it up a notch by expanding the series again.
Outside of the Sport series you can see they've added the Tactical and Elite series into the mix. We don't have heaps of information on the series at the moment but it's fairly obvious that the Elite will no doubt carry the most aggressive speeds while the Tactical offers speeds slightly below that with more relaxed timings.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Corsair has got straight to work on what is officially Day 1 of Computex expanding the Vengeance series with a new LP Vengeance line. As you may have guessed from the title LP stands for Low Profile and compared to the current crop of Vengeance kits they are indeed not as tall following that more traditional height as you can see below.
We don't have exact data on what kits we'll see in the new line but offering an ultra-low 1.35v default voltage the kits will no doubt be sitting around the 1600 / 1866MHz DDR CL9 speeds. What we do know is that the kits will be available in both Triple and Dual Channel form for the X58 and P67 / Z68 platform.
Coming in a range of colors including Red, White and Blue the Vengeance LP series is a good looking one. The reduced height is also going to be appreciated for users who use massive air coolers and want good quality modules from a company like Corsair.
No doubt we'll be seeing more from Corsair over the next day or two, for up to the second updates on stuff make sure you check out our TweakTown Facebook page as we feed information too it during the show.
G.Skill has today announced that we'll be seeing a PC3-18400 RipJaws-X kit that carries a whopping default clock speed of 2300MHz DDR. This is achieved with a 9-11-9-28-2T @ 1.65v setup. Below, though, we can see in the screen shot G.Skill have actually managed to achieve 2303MHz DDR at 9-11-9-28-1T using the same voltage.
What makes the kit really stand out is the fact that it's an 8GB one versus 4GB, which is what we tend to see from these really high-end kits. Coming as no surprise the kit will be a limited edition and that's no doubt due to the fact it's such a high speed. Unlike the 2133MHz DDR kit, overclocking will be slightly more involved due to 2300MHz DDR not being a natively supported speed on the Intel P67 platform.
To achieve the default clock G.Skill tell us you'll need an ASUS Maximum IV Extreme or P8P67 Deluxe along with a CPU that's capable of achieving a 107.9 BCLK. While the first requirement won't be an issue for high-end users, a high BCLK achieving CPU comes down to luck of the draw.
Currently there's no pricing slated for the kit and the current ETA is "Coming Soon" but we should see the RipJaws-X PC3-18400 kit in the coming weeks with the G.Skill Turbulence II that you can see above...
There seems to be a theme over the recent months with military style gaming gear. We've got the latest Killer series from Gigabyte and the new ASUS P67 Sabertooth that sports what essentially looks like a massive heatsink over the whole motherboard.
Expanding upon much loved series like the Ripjaws and RipjawsX, we see the new Sniper series which aims at the gaming and modding enthusiast. Available in black and metallic green, this unique gun styled heatsink makes it the next weapon of choice in your PCs arsenal.
Available from next week we'll see kits ranging from 1333MHz DDR to 1866MHz DDR with a default voltage ranging from 1.25v to 1.6v. With 8 different speed kits hitting the market that offer support for AMDs AM3 chipset and Intels P55, P67, H61, H67 and X58, there's going to be a set for you.
Keep an eye out for a review on the new series as G.Skill has confirmed they've pulled the trigger on sending us a kit of the new series.
Make sure you check out the full press release to have a look at the speeds and timings G.Skill will be offering us.
Memory specialists Kingston may be moving to purchase a share of SSD controller supplier JMicron in the near future. Kingston, which already uses JMicron controllers in their SSD lineup, was reportedly brought into the deal after an investment partnership with Toshiba went south.
Kingston accounted for 30% of JMicron's controller shipments in 2010, with Kingston expanding its lineup of SSDs between 64 and 512GB. A meeting was scheduled for the 25th according to sources, but nothing further has been officially released at this time.
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OCZ has said hasta la vista to the memory market. After starting out in the memory market, they have expanded into other markets which has seen exponential growth.
OCZ's third quarter financial report has shown this, OCZ's SSD business have revenues that were up 325% over the same quarter last year for a total of $41.5 million. It was also 105% higher than the Q2 results.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Our first stop during the Digital Experience event last night here in Las Vegas was with Crucial Memory who showed us some recent software improvements to its line of Ballistix Tracer Smart memory.
Many of you will know what Ballistix Tracer memory is all about from our reviews with its fancy flashing LEDs. What Jeremy from Crucial explained to us in the video below is that they have been spending considerable time improving the accompanying software that goes along with it to give the user a high level of control over the funky lights.
The new "lights" tab in the software gives you a huge range of control over the lights so you can setup your RAM to just how you want it.
Here's an announcement that hardware fans have been looking forward to for some time. Samsung, one of the leaders in memory manufacturing, has announced today the development of a DDR4 DRAM stick that performs reads and writes with up to 40 percent more power efficiency than DDR3.
Samsung's DDR4 currently has a bandwidth max of 2.13Gbps at 1.2V, but these modules are expected to eventually be able to hit speeds of 4Gbps. This memory will be a godsend to mobile devices like laptops which will be able to use Samsung's Pseudo Open Drain technology to minimize battery drain by the modules. Samsung is also working with server manufacturers to acquire the JEDEC certification necessary for server implementation.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - G.Skill has announced that it will be showing off new RAM at CES 2011 that is specifically for the new Intel Sandy Bridge CPU platforms. The RAM is optimized for H67 and P67 platforms and is called RipjawsX. The new line has a number of products in it with the fastest being a 4GB kit running at 2,300MHz.
The 2,300MHz kit has latencies of CL7-10-10-27 and is made up of dual 2GB DIMMS with red heat sinks. The RAM will also be offered in other kits ranging from 4GB to 16GB with speeds of 1333MHz up to the 2300MHz kit I just mentioned.
Some of the RAM has heat sinks with fans and the heat sinks come in red, blue, or black depending on the kit. The RAM will ship with a lifetime warranty and the top of the line 2300MHz kit has data bandwidth of 25K MB/s bandwidth. Pricing and availability are unannounced, but we should hear more when CES kicks off.
Just in time for CES, Patriot has announced two new series of memory kits to their lineup. Geared towards the second generation Intel Core processor platforms, the Viper Extreme Division 2 Edition and G2 Series DDR3 memory modules are here.
The Viper Extreme memory is geared towards the extreme enthusiast, offering speeds of up to 2133mhz and advertised with "plenty of headroom for adventurous overclockers." The G2 Series, the successor to Patriot's original G Series, are more budget and stable minded with speeds between 1333mhz and 1600mhz with effective low profile heatsinks. Prices and official release dates were not released.
I like to see what's on the inside of my gadgets and hardware as much as the next geek as long as that doesn't mean I have to kill my gear. If you like gaming RAM for the speed and performance you probably know that each time a new set of RAM comes out it has increasingly garish and complex looking heat sinks to help keep it cool. Most of the heat sinks are for looks as much as cooling through. If you prefer your hardware to look like hardware with no aluminum or flashing lights Kingmax has your memory.
The company has just unveiled a new set of fast 2400MHz DRAM modules that have no heat sink. The RAM is designed for overclocking and is the only module that can operate at 2400Mhz without a heat sink according to the maker. The Nano Gaming RAM uses nano thermal dissipation tech to cool the chips.
The RAM promises bandwidth of 19.2GB/sec with 1.65v of power. Latencies are 9-11-9-27 and the maker promises the RAM is perfect for gamers. The Nano Gaming RAM series has modules with operating frequencies of 1600MHz, 2000MHz, 2200MHz, and 2400MHz that will work with different computer platforms. The 2400Mhz RAM is for Intel P55 chipsets.
Crucial have just added Thermal Sensors to their Ballistix line of memory - the memory comes in two-flavors. The first being the DDR3-1866MHz capable, available in 2GB and 4GB dual-channel kits, with triple-channel 6GB kits also available.
Secondly, they have the DDR3-2133MHz available in 2GB and 4GB dual-channel kits. The new memory incorporates a new thermally improved design and a built-in thermal sensor. The new kits are also compatible with Crucial's recently announced Crutial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan.
Our lovely and friendly GIGABYTE Tech Support forum admin Lsdmeasap has been at it again and has managed to achieve something pretty special.
Using a set of Mushkin Radioactive DDR3-2000 3 x 2GB memory modules and a GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD6 motherboard, he has been able to push the RAM well above spec and hit the mighty 3000MHz DDR zone. Actually, the exact speed he was able to reach was 3025.80MHz at timings of a pretty decent 9-12-9-31 considering the extreme memory speed.
Using a RAM cooling block that is usually designed for water cooling, Lsdmeasap instead used some dry ice and sent the memory down to a chilly minus 41 degrees Celsius. You can see the results and all the pictures over at this forum thread. Nice work again Lsdmeasap!
Corsair has announced that it has launched some new RAM that might be perfect for the next enthusiast or gaming rig you are building up. The new RAM is in the Vengeance series of DDR3 and is aimed at making for some great overclocking on current and coming Intel platforms. All of the Vengeance modules run at 1.5V.
The RAM will be offered in single, dual, and triple channel modules kits and will come in capacities from 4GB up to 16GB. The entire line has the same aluminum heat spreaders of thermal performance and has a cool appearance as well. The RAM really does look good too; it reminds me of the suit in Crysis for some reason.
Memory is already at insanely low prices, but lower prices is not a bad thing, right?
The price of DRAM is set to continue falling throughout the first half of 2011 - the wholesale price of a 2GB DDR3 module has dropped 46 percent since the start of 2010, from around $46.50 to $25 - it could also drop to as low as $20 before the end of the year.
Gone are the days of Billy boy saying 640k will be enough, most systems I sell go with 4GB of memory, some with 8. Triple channel kits come in 6, 12 and 24GB so memory is going up and up and up. Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer plan to combat this with LR-DIMM's.
LR-DIMM's are a JEDEC version of the late MetaRAM tech - which basically faked a DRAM chip with a heap of small ones. LR stands for Load Reduced, and that's exactly what the buffer on the DIMM does.
Corsair is unleashing a new line of DDR3 RAM on the tech world just in time for the holiday season. Their new Vengeance series comes in a runs at 1600mhz at 1.5V in 2GB and 4GB modules.
The Vengeance kits will come in dual and triple-channel sets from 4GB to 16GB. Their "Light" heatsinks look to consist of thick metal plates with elongated heatsink fins. CL8 and CL9 timings will be available.
When it comes time to build up a new gaming PC most of us want something that performs really well. We also tend to want the machine to look good and with many of the cool computer cases on the market today have clear side windows the way the hardware inside the machine looks is as important as how the case looks on the outside.
Kingston has been selling a fan specifically made for its HyperX RAM for a long time now with the same blue color that the HyperX RAM sports. That blue fan might not go well if you are into the stealth look and are using one of the many cases that are black on the inside and out. If the blue color puts you off the fan, Kingston has announced a new black colored fan that cools just as well as the blue one.