Any enthusiast will tell you they always want more speed. Faster processors, faster storage, and faster RAM is what we are all about. Corsair has announced a new and very speedy RAM kit today that is called the Dominator GTX 2250MHz RAM kit.
The RAM is for systems using Intel X58 and P55 chipsets and operates at latencies of 8-8-8-24 at 1.65 volts. Corsair claims that the new memory is the fastest for overclocking around.
The modules will also operate at up to 1800MHz on CL6 Socket AM3 mainboards for AMD Phenom II processors. The RAM operates at 6-6-6-18 latencies on the AMD platform. The CMGTX2 RAM is hand screened and will be available exclusively on the Corsair online store starting on December 8 at 9am in limited quantities at unknown pricing.
G.Skill has just hightened the DDR3 desktop memory market with its latest PI Series 2200 CL7 kit. These are the fastest rated DDR3 modules now available with latencies of just 7-10-10-28 at 2200MHz , 1.65v.
The kit comprises 2x2GB modules and it optimized for use with Lynnfield Core i7 870 and 860 processors.
As a part of the PI series, G.skill includes the latest design PI series heatspreader on these ultra high-speed modules along with G.Skill's Turbulence memory fan. The company says this will help give a good amount of overclocking headroom should you want even more than the already highly impressive stock speeds on tap.
The modules are already shipping to distros everywhere, but pricing hasn't yet been confirmed. You can find the official PR on the modules here.
How would you like 50% more efficient RAM? I know I would love some. Right now despite speeds and latency improvements the current DDR technology just does not really give everything it is capable of.
Kingston and RAMBUS are working to change all of that. They have announced a new type of RAM that uses DDR3 modules, but in s slightly different way.
What they are doing is optimizing them for multi-threaded applications and CPUs. These new DDR3 modules will have the ultra-creative name of threaded memory modules. The will use industry standard DDR3 devices and the usual infrastructure (which means no new mainboards to but hopefully).
The new TMMs will be able to run 64-Byte memory transfers at full bus utilization. If all this is truly possible then we could see up to a 50% performance increase. Since the RAM is able to process data more efficiently there is also a corresponding 20% reduction in power usage.
Like I said the other day 2010 and beyond are going to have some pretty impressive technology debuts. Things like this are just the beginning.
In the days running up to the launch of the P55 and the Core i5 companies will be vying for attention on their supporting products. This has been seen with the number of previews for P55 based boards that are out right now.
But we are also seeing more memory kits with high OC values and lower voltages coming out. These are going to be perfectly positioned to work with the P55 in Dual channel mode and should see something of a buying frenzy just before and after the Core i5/P55 launch.
One of these comes from Kingston. The new kit is listed as a 2133MHz with a voltage of only 1.65. This puts it under the "danger" range that Intel once stated for the Core i7 and could possibly exist in the Core i5.
The new memory will have some fairly decent latency of 8 for such a high speed. No word on pricing or availability just yet but you can bet they will be out soon.
The gang over at A-DATA has added a nice little update to their DDR3 line. They have added a 4GB single module option for all of their DDR3 products. This includes Desktop, Laptop and Server Memory.
This move matches a few other companies that are increasing the capacity of their single modules, with the exception of making the move across the entire line.
The new modules should start showing up in the channel immediately and if the pricing is in the right area could open up good options for memory upgrades.
Of course there is the small problem of support. While Linux has support for more than 4GB of RAM in a 32-bit OS, Windows 7 and Windows Vista do not. This could make the market for these slightly limited outside the enthusiast and x64 community.
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There is an unconfirmed rumor that Corsair will stop using Elpida in their High-end dominator RAM.
According to a forum post on the Corsair help pages Corsair has been seeing a higher than normal failure rate of Dominator RAM with Elpida Hyper based modules.
This has lead to a recall of more than a few Corsair products. The TW3X4G1600C6GTF, TR3X6G1866C7GTF, TR3X6G2000C8GTF, TR3X3G2000C7GTF, and TR3X6G2000C7GTF are all listed as affected.
If you have one of these kits and are having trouble you might want to head over to their warranty page and see what they can do for you.
Although there has been no "official" announcement from Corsair on this other than the Forum page, it is very nice to see a manufacturer like Corsair standing behind their products even though the flaw is not their direct fault.
More information here
In a creepy tale better suited to Halloween, we're hearing whisperings that a fair few Elpida hyper memory chips have been reportedly arriving dead on arrival on customers' doorsteps. *Scream!*
Elpida memory chips are thought to be best in class at the moment, being the only chips capable of 2000 CAS7 on just 1.65V, but it seems something is going terribly wrong. Dozens of people are reporting their brand spanking new memory was found dead in its packaging, with the cause a mystery.
The chips apparently work fine when they are tested at the factory, but somewhere between packaging and opening, fatality strikes.
We've heard RMA rates - the percentage of all systems returned under warranty that are suspected of being defective - have shot up by 50 per cent for high end memory kits based on Elpida chips, a problem we're told Elpida has been made aware of.
Elpida has not replied to our queries on the subject but there are rumours the firm is recalling recent batches which have been failing at voltages as low as 1.5V. There is also speculation Elpida is trying to replace those chips as soon as it can with newer DDR3 chips which both clock and perform better.
G.Skill has officially launched the world's fastest memory, Perfect Storm DDR3 2133 CL9 6GB.
G.Skill's new triple channel DDR3 kit runs has 2,133MHz, pushing overclocking to the limits. It comes in a 6GB kit with its own cooler and a CAS latency of 9. G.Skill says the new addition to the Perfect Storm series "provide overclockers and enthusiasts the best overclocking potential for their Core i7 platforms with affordable price and lifetime warranty."
They have also announced the retail availability of the Turbulence Fan memory cooler. G.Skill first announced the product at CeBIT this year and since then has received a lot on interest in the product. G.Skill didn't announce a price for the cooler but did say that it will be available in black or grey.
nVidia might be getting back in the game with their new 40nm mobile offerings. Although they are certainly behind AMD in terms of DX they are making a significant move in terms of memory support for the GPUs.
According to Fudzilla nVidia has opted for GDDR5 on their mobile GPUs instead of the usual GDDR3. This could mean a significant improvement in memory bandwidth allowing for better performance in the mobile segment.
Of course we still have to wait and see if TSMC can improve their leaky 40nm process but it is still a good sign of things to come; at least in the mobile market.
Read more here.
Nvidia's new 40nm mobile generation is getting closer to launch and DirectX 10.1 support is not the only surprise. The new mobile generation is also going to support GDDR5 memory, something that will work very well with notebooks.
GDDR5 can double the memory bandwidth over the GDDR3 and this will certainly result with a nice boost of Nvidia new mobile generation.
GT200 with GDDR5 was rumoured last year and now, it's becoming a reality and without any expectations we even got DirectX 10.1 with it
Computex Taipei 2009: We finally managed to stop by and visit the friendly people at the G.Skill booth in Nangang and they had a mighty fine demo on display for all to see.
The highlight product was its Perfect Storm Series DDR3 memory operating at a super fast DDR3-2200. While we cannot be entirely sure, it is probably the fastest true and working DDR3 memory on display at Computex this year.
Get a good look at it working in the video below:
Very tasty indeed!
Computex Taipei 2009: One of our last stops today out in Nangang was our visit to the Patriot Memory booth where they gave us a look at its fresh new high-end Viper 2 DDR3 memory as well as its newly launched Torqx SSD drives.
We'll have full reviews online of both products shortly - stay tuned!
Kingston has announced their lastest memory accessory, this time specifically aimed at keeping their HyperX memory modules cooled down.
The HyperX Fan is a RAM cooler that packs dual 60mm fans illuminated by eight blue LEDs. The fans run nearly silent between 25dBA and 28dBA. The entire unit is made of annodized aluminum (except the fans) and is color matched to go with Kingston's HyperX memory modules.
Kingston has made the fan available on its own as well as bundled with their 6GB 2000MHz and 1800MHz triple-channel DDR3 memory kits. The HyperX Fan retails for $23, the 2000MHz DDR3 bundle goes for $334, and the 1800MHz bundle will set you back $297.
Computex Taipei 2009: When you visit a company at a trade show like Computex, there is always one truly standout product for us and for ASUS this year out in Nangang it was its Mars GTX 295 demo.
What's special about the ASUS Mars GTX 295? Well for starters each is a limited edition and labeled as such and each comes with a massive 4GB of onboard video memory. Double them up in SLI and of course you have 8GB of video memory which is much more than the average user has of actual system memory.
ASUS were running a demo showing Far Cry running silky smooth at 2160p, the next big jump up from HD 1080p, to extreme high def. That resolution works out to be 3840 x 2160 - eat your heart out in the video we prepared below:
Wicked? Yes, we think so ASUS! And in case you missed it, this extreme VGA setup managed to recently break the 3DMark world record just before the start of Computex, if they were any surprise. The score to beat is X25057, but as ASUS said, it will be a hard score to beat until the next gen cards come out from NVIDIA and AMD.
Computex Taipei 2009: Kingston just let us know that it has uploaded a funky introduction video of its HyperX memory cooling fan.
We'll get a closer look at it once it officially launches later this week at Computex.
GlobalFoundreis and T-RAM Semiconductor have entered into an agreement. The Agreement is a joint development agreement that centers around T-RAM's Thyristor-RAM embedded memory.
GlobalFoundries is excited (as is to be expected) about this as Gregg Bartlett, Senior Vice President of Technology and R&D at GLOBALFOUNDRIES stated "We are pleased to be jointly developing T-RAM memory for 32nm and 22nm technologies. T-RAM's embedded memory technology shows a great deal of potential for use in low-power, high-performance dense cache applications for advanced technology nodes."
The question now is what and whose advanced technology nodes will this new memory go into. There are still rumors that TSMC cannot get the 40nm process working right. So this could mean more business for GF if the persistent rumors are true. The Deal with T-RAM only makes things more attractive.
Read more here.
Sam Nakib, President and CEO of T-RAM, added, "We are excited about working with GLOBALFOUNDRIES on the next generation embedded memory technology. T-RAM has successfully completed extensive development of the Thyristor-RAM technology and has delivered a fully manufacturable and robust memory solution with proven yield, reliability, and low-cost of integration in earlier technology nodes. We believe that GLOBALFOUNDRIES and their customers' products provide a great opportunity to further develop and show-case T-RAM's significant performance and economic advantages.
Patriot is pleased to announce immediate availability of their now DDR3 Registered and DDR3 ECC Unbuffered DIMMS.
Patriot says that the new kits are designed to compliment the Triple Channel technology of the Core i7 platforms. In total, Patriot is offering 16 new DDR3 kits, ranging in sizes from 2GB to 12GB and speeds of 1066MHz to 1333MHz.
All of Patriot's server memory is supported by lifetime warranties and free tech support. Patriot is hoping that their server memort will help spearhead the transition to DDR3 technology especially for those partners that are focused on servers, workstations, embedded systems and networking applications."
"Compared to DDR2, the transition to DDR3 server memory can reduce the average power consumption by as much as 25% to 35%," says Phil Rombs, Patriot's Senior Applications Engineer. "We understand the significance to our partners for efficient, reliable, cost effective, technology." "Patriot's server memory will help spearhead the transition to DDR3 technology especially for those partners that are focused on servers, workstations, embedded systems and networking applications."
Andy Paul, CEO and president of Corsair Memory, says that by the end of the year he expects most dual-channel memory kits will be 8GB.
Paul backs his statement by talking about the price of memory continuing to decrease, Windows 7 launching before the end of the year is up, and the push towards 64-bit computing which allows the additional address space for applications to take advantage of. This shouldn't be a surprise to most though. Windows XP popularized the 2GB kits, Vista the 4GB kits, and the next step up becomes the 8GB kits.
Perhaps the irony in Paul's comment is that Corsair doesn't even offer an 8GB kit, but does offer 6GB and 12GB triple-channel kits for Intel's Core i7 systems. However AMD has released the dual-channel supporting Phenom II's and Intel is working on some dual-channel Nehalem chips so there will certainly be a market for such a kit.
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.
Read more here
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.