Just when you thought having 2GB of RAM in your smartphone was great, Samsung have gone and moved the goal posts, yet again. The South Korean company have just announced they are mass-producing 3GB LPDDR3 packages.
These new 3GB LPDDR3 packages are just 0.8mm (0.03-inch) thick, and can be slid into virtually any smart device. The first smartphones rocking this new 3GB LPDDR3 RAM should arrive later in the year, something I didn't expect until 2014. Samsung will unveil which smartphones will rock the new, thin, super-fast RAM in the near future.
I'm guessing we should expect it to be built into the Note III and maybe an upcoming Galaxy S5?
Computex Taipei 2013 - We stopped by the Avexir booth today where we finally had a chance to bump into Hans Cheng, the General Manager, of this fast growing enthusiast memory company. He briefly introduced me to their new Blitz II memory that will hit the market soon.
In the video embedded above you can see Avexir had a nice display that shows the development of Blitz II from conception all the way up to final design, well really close to the final design.
The effect of the Blitz II lighting atop the RAM was quite simply amazing. While we haven't had a chance to test Avexir RAM yet for its performance numbers, if the lighting is anything to go by, we're quite excited. We'll have some reviews up of Avexir in the next few weeks - stay tuned for those.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Following the trend of most memory companies; GeIL had some new Haswell ready memory kits that are due to hit soon. While information on the modules was a little scarce; we know that the new EVO POTENZA memory modules will offer speeds of up to 3000MHz DDR; a number that we're seeing a lot of companies offer.
Outside of 3000MHz DDR we'll see the company offer the modules in a number of other speeds but as we mentioned the exact numbers weren't on display at the moment. Looking above, though, you can see some of the color combinations the new kit.
As soon as the kits are available we'll be sure to get some samples and let you know how GeIL is going with Haswell memory in the coming weeks
Computex Taipei 2013 - Memory is pretty big this year at Computex thanks to the new Haswell platform which is offering us some truly insane speeds out of the box. G.Skill was showing off its new 3000MHz DDR with a 12-14-14-35 setup. What's really impressive, though, is not just the out of the box speed but also the fact that we're dealing with a 16GB kit instead of an 8GB one.
Showing that the memory was more than capable on multiple boards we saw the new kit running on both the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC and ASUS Maximus VI Extreme with both boards of course running the new Haswell-based Core i7 4770K processor.
Computex Taipei 2013 - ADATA had some cool new memory modules on show but none where as cool as the new Chameleon series from the company. While only being shown off at lower 1600MHz DDR, the new Chameleon series has a new heatsink design like nothing we've really seen before.
Depending on the heat being generated by the modules we can see that the heatsink design color changes; much like a chameleon, hence the name. On the left you can see what the kit looks like normally while when we're up and running a little warmer you can see the difference on the right hand side. This is something very cool and we're looking forward to taking a closer look at the kit.
Crucial and Micron give us the low-down on the current state of DDR4 memory, with nice pictures of course
Computex Taipei 2013 - One of our meetings at Computex today was with Crucial and Micron who not only had some of its new RAM to show off to us, but also we had a good chance to sit down and talk about its current state of DDR4 memory, among some other interesting topics.
While pictures of Crucial's DDR4 memory is nothing new, during our meeting we were updated on the current state of affairs for Crucial and Micron memory. Crucial is already producing DDR4 memory in limited quantity at the moment with what sounded like no issues in the yield department, even though that wasn't specifically disclosed. They are producing DDR4 memory at this moment for their own internal validation tests and to hand out to companies like Intel who are using its memory for validation of upcoming platforms that will support DDR4 memory next year on future chipsets.
As for the DDR4 memory itself, while it's not a hard and dry fact at this stage of the game, Crucial sees its DDR4 memory coming in at clock ranges anywhere from 2400MHz DDR all the way up to 3200MHz, at launch. Crucial pointed out that they are quite pleased with the extra performance users will get from jumping from current DDR3 based systems to DDR4 systems, the jump from 1600MHz DDR to 2400MHz is rather positive.
Computex Taipei 2013 - If you've caught the theme, there are a lot of new products debuting at Computex. Corsair isn't being left out and has introduced a new line of Vengeance Pro DDR3 RAM for extreme overclockers and pro users around the world.
The new RAM ranges in speed and capacity from 1600MHz to 2933MHz and from 8GB (2x4GB) to 64GB (8x8GB). The Vengeance Pro RAM supports Intel's XMP 1.3 and comes in a range of colors, seen above and below.
According to Corsair, the RAM ICs are "specifically selected for speed and overclocking headroom." They come with a limited lifetime warranty. Pricing and availability have not been divulged as of yet.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Crucial have just unveiled some sexy new DDR3 memory in the form of their Ballistix Sport XT range. The Ballistix Sport XT comes in 4GB and 8GB kits, and in both 1600Mhz and 1866MHz bundles.
Crucial's new Ballistix Sport XT memory is designed for high-performance systems and features XMP profile for advanced speeds and timings. Crucial's new high-performance RAM has a limited lifetime warranty, which is limited to within ten years of the date of purchase. Crucial's new Ballistix Sport XT DDR3 RAM comes in both single DIMM's, dual-channel kits and quad-channel kits.
Computex Taipei 2013 - G.SKILL have just unleashed your new dream RAM, which is the world's fastest DDR3 RAM, arriving at 3GHz. Yes, that's 3000MHz DDR3, and it comes in a 32GB kit.
The new 3000MHz DDR3 RAM from G.SKILL is the latest member of their TridentX series of memory, and is designed to work perfectly with Intel's new fourth-generation "Haswell" processor and Z87 motherboards. G.SKILL have even proven that their new wonder RAM works at a low voltage of just 1.65V, which is quite the feat in itself.
AMD has announced their new 2133MHz Gamer Series of RAM is now available. AMD has been venturing into different markets so that they can build an AMD Platform, much like Intel used to push that "Intel is better together." The new 2133MHz RAM comes as a 4x4GB kit, totaling 16GB of RAM.
It runs at 1.65v and comes with a CAS10 latency. One thing that you wouldn't expect about the RAM is that it comes programmed with Intel's XMP profiles, meaning it can be used and overclocked in nearly any system. The RAM also comes with AMD's own RAM profiles known as AMP (AMD Memory Profiles).
The RAM is also shipping with AMD's RAMDisk software. For those who don't know, a RAM disk is a disk created in the RAM. It allows for much faster transfers as the bandwidth from RAM is much higher than that of an SSD.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Jeremy in the US after a 32GB kit of DDR3 RAM.
Q: I am in the middle of a new PC build and have almost all of my components except memory and a few other misc items. My motherboard is the ASUS Rampage Extreme IV and I am wanting to go with a 32GB kit.
I have been searching forums and trying to get a clear answer on what is the best but no luck so far. In the past I have had Corsair but recently been looking at Geil, G.Skill, and a few other brands. My PC will be a gaming machine and want something that will perform extremely well as well as overclocking too. Any help and feedback would be much appreciated.
A: You can view the answer to Jeremy's question right here.
Samsung's new mobile memory could speed mobile devices up exponentially, giving mobile devices PC-like performance for multimedia-intensive features. The new 20nm class low-power DDR3 mobile RAM features 4GB of memory and is capable of speeds of up to 2,133 Mbps per pin.
Samsung have stated that at those speeds, you could transfer three full HD videos in one second in a mobile device. Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, mobile sales & marketing for Samsung has said:
By providing the most efficient next-generation mobile memory with a very large data capacity, we are now enabling OEMs to introduce even more innovative designs in the marketplace. Our 20nm-class four gigabit mobile DRAM provides another example of our ability to deliver well-differentiated, high-performance, high-density memory to customers in a timely manner.
Corsair have just unveiled their new Vengeance Extreme RAM, which is the world's fastest rated PC memory kits. Vengeance Extreme comes in at a DIMM-busting 3000MHz, in dual-channel kits of 8GB. The new Vengeance Extreme comes with low profile "racing red" heat spreaders, too.
The 3000MHz RAM is air-cooled with latency pegged at 12-14-14-36 at 1.65V. If you want to overclock this already super-fast RAM, included with the kit is a Kingpin Cooling memory cooler, which can be used for some LN2 action to push the ram far beyond its already quick 3000MHz. In order to even use this new kit of RAM from Corsair, you'll need a third-generation Core processor from Intel, with an Integrated Memory Controller capable of pushing 3000MHz.
Corsair's Vengeance Extreme 3000MHz 8GB kits are priced at $749.99 and will be available exclusively from Corsair.com later this month.
Ask the Experts: I want to get some new RAM for my computer but want to make sure its compatible first!
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Oded in Israel wanting to get some new G.Skill DDR3 RAM for his motherboard, but wants to make sure he's buying the right RAM first.
Q: Hi, i want to buy a new 2x4GB RAM kit to my computer. I have a GA-EP45T-UD3LR mobo and wanted to know if when choosing the memory i gotta stick to the supported chipset of each company and model.
For example, i really wanna get some G.skill set of memories but the product details says that the supported mobo chipsets are P67/Z68/P55/AMD7xx.....
Will i be able use it on my mobo? If so, then will it run at max speed supported by my mobo?
is there any risk or other issues that might pop up?
A: You can view the answer to Oded's question right here.
CES 2013 - Corsair have announced the release of the Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade Kits, which allow users to pimp their ride, or should I say RAM, with lighting for their Dominator Platinum DDR3 RAM.
Each of the Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade Kits will include two light bars which will replace the existing bars that come stock on the memory, sporting translucent colored inserts which come in Cerulean Blue and Arctic White which will allow the user to customize the lighting color. The light bars are designed in a way that the new top openings radiate more light upwards.
Ask the Experts: I have a Z77-based motherboard and want to install 32GB of 2400MHz RAM, should I buy 2 x 16GB kits?
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Sinclair in the UK wanting to find 32GB of DDR3 RAM at 2400MHz, but wants to know if he should get it in two 16GB kits or not.
Q: I have a Z77 motherboard and ivy bridge i7 processor and would like to make use of it's full potential by fitting 32gb RAM. As the Z77 only uses Dual Channel RAM I am finding it very hard to find a set of 4 x 8GB 2400mhz dual channel RAM modules. Would it work it I bought 2 sets of 2 x 8gb 2400mhz Dual Channle kits and fitted them both?
A: You can view the answer to Sinclair's question right here.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Wesley in Bahrain who wants to know if RAM speed affects gaming performance.
Q: Hi, does RAM speed affect gaming performance?
A: You can view the answer to Nashat's question right here.
G.Skill's TridentX Extreme Performance Memory used to break records, becomes the fastest RAM on Earth
I've got to admit, this stuff is so cool - professional overclockers "HiCookie" and "Christian Ney" have just made world records for G.Skill, using their latest flagship memory series, the TridentX Extreme Performance Memory Series.
Earlier this month, HiCookie first teased the world with an official memory clock score on HWBot.org, showing off the world's fastest memory frequency with DDR3 speeds at a blistering 3,354MHz with Ultra-Low CAS Latency CL11. All of this was done on Intel's Ivy Bridge-based Core i7 3770K CPU and Gigabyte's Z77X-UD4H motherboard.
Just a few days later, Christian Ney beat his own personal world memory frequency record on the AMD platform, using G.Skill's TridentX memory and pushing it to an insane DDR3 3,900MHz using another Gigabyte board, the GA-A75-UD4H. VP of G.Skill, Bill Wang, has said:
Despite being world's fastest RAM manufacturer, G.Skill will continue to strive for first-class quality at a most competitive pricing to the market.
Samsung have reportedly starting the mass production of what they consider the first 2GB LPDDR3 (low profile DDR) chip for mobile applications, just 10 months after the South Korean company started production on DDR2 memory.
Samsung have hit a milestone that sees the first time 2GB LPDDR3 density chips are made available as an all-in-one package, since they sport four LPDDR3 chips stacked together. Samsung says that LPDDR3 will be a requirement moving forward, as mobile devices ship with faster and faster processors, higher resolution displays, and 3D graphics. Samsung have also pointed toward the fact that LPDDR3 features a transfer rate of up to 1600Mbps per pin, which gives us transmission rates of up to 12.8GB/s at the package level - compared to LPDDR2 that maxed out at 1066Mbps, makes LPDDR3 parts around 50% faster.
LPDDR3 will usher in the ability of allowing real-time viewing of high-quality video, without having to download the content first. Samsung have also teased that the mass production of 128GB eMMC for mobile devices, which will see the new products being much faster than their predecessors, while offering the increased storage space. Samsung's 128GB eMMC products will sport NAND with a toggle DDR 2.0 interface, built on a 20nm manufacturing process.
Kingston, one of the world's largest memory manufacturers, produced a HyperX Red line as a limited edition product earlier this year. The HyperX Red line was designed to be a budget part, an offering to compete against "major on 3rd" products, which have dominated the budget market.
"Major on 3rd" means that a company has taken a major brand memory, such as Toshiba, and added it to a 3rd party vendor's PCB. This is where most of your budget memory comes from. Now, Kingston wants to take some of this market. That is why they have permanently added the HyperX Red product to their line up.
The HyperX Red brand is designed for system builders who want to use major brand memory or for enthusiasts who don't want to spend a lot of money on their RAM and still want to get some performance.
"HyperX red was a tremendous success when it was launched earlier this year as a limited edition product," said Ann Keefe, Regional Director UK & Ireland. "We decided to make it a permanent part of the HyperX family because demand was so great. The vivid colour, fast speeds and excellent value make it perfect for any system, especially red, gray and black schemed motherboards".