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We've already seen DDR4 hit the shelves of Japan, and just a few days ago we saw official confirmation that ADATA had launched its new DDR4 kits. Now it's Crucial's turn, listing a bunch of DDR4-powered kits of RAM on OverclockersUK.
Every kit of RAM is quad channel, with 4x8GB (32GB) and 4x4GB kits (16GB) up for pre-order, with a shipping data of the 29th of August. We have multiple speeds on offer, starting from 2133MHz, with an option for 2400MHz, 2666MHz and the blistering 3000MHz option for a huge $1120 (or so).
DDR4 will make its debut later this year when Intel launches its Haswell-E and X99 platform, but ADATA has come out and officially launched its first kit of DDR4 RAM for consumers in the form of their new Premier line of DDR4 RAM.
We have JEDEC specifications on the DDR4 base frequency of 2133MHz, with sub-timing latencies of 15-15-15 at 1.2V. ADATA has hit this exact line of specs for its first DDR4 modules, but we should expect higher frequencies to be right around the corner. The first DDR4 pack from DDR4 comes in a 16GB kit, with two 8GB sticks in the pack. We should expect ADATA to officially have this on shelves within the next couple of months.
Micron has just shown off the world's first 8Gb DDR3 memory chips, something that will pave the way for massive kits of memory. Before now, 8Gb memory chips were created by stacking together multiple 2Gb or 4Gb chips.
This new 8Gb chip will allow the company to provide cost-effective, high-capacity solutions for servers, and more. Robert Feurle, Vice President of Compute and Networking Marketing at Micron said: "The ability to scale with our customers' accelerating memory demand was a key driver in developing this 8Gb DDR3 design. We are committed to working together with our partners to minimize risk, maximize flexibility and optimize total cost of ownership".
Micron bakes these 8Gb chips onto RAM using a 25nm process, with the first commercial products to come out of the oven being 32GB DDR3 DIMMs for servers.
The DDR4 game is heating up, with Smart Modular Technologies now shipping its DDR4 in sample quantities. The new DDR4 memory modules are designed for servers, micro-servers, workstations, storage and networking applications.
Smart Modular's lineup includes DDR4-2133 1.2V modules, including VLP (very low profile) and standard height RDIMMs up to 16GB in size. ECC SO-DIMMs are available, but only up to 8GB. The new DDR4 288-pin DIMMs feature everything that DDR4 has going for it, including improved power efficiency, higher performance, enhanced system reliability and more.
These samples are currently being seeded out for qualification in next-gen server, storage and networking applications, all of which are expected to launch later this year, and into 2015.
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.