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Since the entrance of Gainward (and Palit) into the realm of AMD graphics solutions, we've seen a positive increase in the creativity levels displayed by the Sunnyvale, CA based company's AIBs.
As this report from TechConnect Magazine conveys, PowerColor has been hard at work to bring GDDR4 memory to an HD 4850 offering near you. Whilst the HD 4850 was relegated to GDDR3 memory and not, the GDDR5 brethren bestowed on the HD 4870, PowerColor has worked to partially readdress the balance.
Its PCS+ HD4850 512MB GDDR4 SKU, as the name suggests, is endowed with a ZEROtherm cooling solution and clocked at 675 MHz and 2200 MHz for the RV770 GPU and GDDR4 memory, respectively.
Well you knew it had to happen. After a couple of years dealing with high voltage requirements for fast DDR3 the memory makers had to find a way to come down on that to work with the new Core i7.
Kingston has just announced a complete line up of DDR3 tri-channel kits all the way up to DDR3 2000. All of these kits run at 1.65v which is a big departure from the current dual channel 2000MHz kits that need 2.0 to 2.1 to run properly.
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"Kingston is excited to bring the fastest DDR3 triple channel memory products to market as we are the first to deliver 2000MHz gaming kits of three with Intel's reduced voltage," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston®. "All of our triple-channel kits can be overclocked manually or by using XMP-ready profiles. The 2GHz modules have been tested to support up to that speed on ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboards while the Intel DX58SO motherboards have been tested up to 1600MHz."
eva2000 of i4memory.com has compiled a list of all the memory manufacturers to have released triple channel kits for the Core i7/X58 platform thus far and he will continue to update it as more are announced.
For those of you looking to get the most out of your new Nehalem rig, this may help in deciding which kit is the right one as there are now quite a few triple channel offerings on the market from the likes of A-DATA, Corsair, G.Skill, Kingston OCZ and others.
Hexus has just discovered that Corsair are currently testing out a mega serious piece of cooling tech for memory modules to bring temps lower than ever, which theoretically should allow heavy overclockers to pump insane amounts of volts (allowing for higher clockspeeds/lower latencies) with a bit more peace of mind.
What you see there is one very chunky waterblock which also includes a TEC/Peltier to help brings temps down to sub-ambient temps. However, they still have quite a bit of rigerous testing ahead of them yet. And depending on how things go, we may or may not see it come to market.
The hardest thing to get around will be condensation buildup, which can lead to a potential death sentence for hardware.
It is assumed that should it make it into mass production, it will likely be further complimenting Corsairs existing enthusiast lineup that we know to be the Dominator series. It will certainly be interesting to see how the progress of this thing turns out. We'll keep you posted as we hear more about it.
Coinciding with the launch of Intel's new Core i7 + X58 Express platform today, Gingle has just announced its first triple-channel DDR3 memory kit.
This kit coming in either 3GB or 6GB configurations is said to work at 1600MHz DDR at 1.65 volts and scales up to 1800MHz at 1.80 volts with timings of 8-8-8-24.
It's interesting that a voltage of 1.80 volts is required since Intel recommended a voltage no higher than 1.65 volts, or it could damage your processor.
We haven't done enough extensive testing to prove this or otherwise, but it will be interesting to see what we come up with our testing of this and other triple-channel DDR3 memory kits over the following weeks and months.
For now, you can get the full run-down on the new Gingle RAM over at the press release, which is here.
The folks over at Patriot issued a news release earlier today stating that they will soon be shipping its line-up of Viper DDR3 triple channel memory kits.
Designed specifically for Intel's X58 based chipset for its Core i7 processor, Patriot is preparing a full range of memory in both 3GB and 6GB kits from 1333MHz up to 1600MHz DDR.
Each feature Patriot's stylish blue Viper heat spreader cooling, along with Intel XMP technology for easier overclocking on the X58 platform.
3GB PC3-12800 Viper Series Low Latency Tri-Channel Kit, 1600MHz (3 x 1GB) 8-8-8-24
6GB PC3-12800 Viper Series Low Latency Tri-Channel Kit, 1600MHz (3 x 2GB) 8-8-8-24
3GB PC3-12800 Viper Series Enhanced Latency Tri-Channel Kit, 1600MHz (3 x 1GB) 9-9-9-24
6GB PC3-12800 Viper Series Enhanced Latency Tri-Channel Kit, 1600MHz (3 x 2GB) 9-9-9-24
3GB PC3-10666 Viper Series Low Latency Tri-Channel Kit, 1333MHz (3 x 1GB) 7-7-7-20
6GB PC3-10666 Viper Series Low Latency Tri-Channel Kit, 1333MHz (3 x 2GB) 7-7-7-20
3GB PC3-10666 Viper Series Enhanced Latency Tri-Channel Kit, 1333MHz (3 x 1GB) 9-9-9-24
6GB PC3-10666 Viper Series Enhanced Latency Tri-Channel Kit, 1333MHz (3 x 2GB) 9-9-9-24
You can find more details over at the press release, which we uploaded here.
During their rounds at IDF earlier today, Fudzilla has acertained that Core i7 will in fact have an unlocked memory multiplier. It wasn't that long ago that a very sour rumour had emerged regarding Nehalem's ability (or therelackof) to run high speed (1600MHz+) DDR3 independantly of the CPU clockrate and voltage; this due to what was believed to be a limitation of the combined memory controller.
This report clears a few things up and puts those fears to rest, also making mention of Nehalem's ability to run different memory configurations (including mismatched modules) without any hiccups.
The granularity is 64MB, in other words, the smallest size on one interleave would be 192MB, although it's unlikely that someone would end up with such a configuration, as the smallest DDR3 modules are 512MB. Again, this is good news for people planning to upgrade, as it's possible to run with unevenly configured memory, but according to Intel you get the best performance if you keep the same amount of memory in the same channel, although this doesn't mean the same size modules in each channel.
For example, if you own a 2x2GB DDR3 kit today, you can compliment it with a 2x1GB kit and split it into 2GB per channel for the best overall performance. This means that triple-channel memory kits might not be as popular as first expected and it could possibly upset a few memory manufacturers that hoped to sell a lot of triple-channel DDR3 memory kits.
Check out the full report here.
While sadly ASUS forgot to invite us to its X58 launch event last week in Taipei, A-DATA were kind enough to send through plenty of data about the event for us to talk about right here.
ASUS were out in force showing off their ranges of Core i7 supported X58 Express motherboards to attending press but maybe more interesting was the fact that A-DATA displayed its DDR3-1600X triple channel memory working at 2000MHz DDR (and beyond) - oh and by the looks of things, there were plenty of showgirls on standby incase the crowd got bored.
This was all done with an ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard and Core i7 processor. Using the Everest benchmark, a memory bandwidth read speed score of 20,515MB/s was achieved.
Clearly we can see that A-DATA are well and truly ready for the Intel Core i7 on November 17th and we look forward to checking out this memory and more - it is going to be interesting comparing single channel, dual channel and triple channel to see what different there really are.
You can find the full details of the press event over at the press release, which we uploaded here earlier.
Following the launch of A-DATAs new triple channel memory kits for the upcoming X58 platform, the company decided to get together with ASUS and stick the three modules into a P6T Deluxe motherboard, which we've heard and seen a lot of in recent times.
Not satisfied at the rated 1600MHz speed, A-DATA pushed the modules to speeds of over 2000MHz and then proceeded to demonstrate just how awesome the memory bandwidth is on Nehalem.
As you can see above, the result was a massive 20GB/sec read speed and just under 17MB/sec write; leaving any Core 2 setup well in the dust.
I'll now leave you to feast your eyes on ASUS' fully fledged Rampage II Extreme X58 board, ready and waiting for those with deep pockets.
Credit goes to Hexus for the coverage.
Lexar Media has just launched its new line-up of Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) memory, sold individually as 1 and 2GB modules or 2 and 4GB dual-channel kits. Being the newest members to the Tracer series, these modules incorporate an eye-catching new black heat spreader design with Crucials proprietory activity-indicating LEDs. The black PCB of the modules themselves further compliment the new design.
You can see in the above shot, four additional blue LEDs are positioned on each side of the modules for added bling. The modules will run at their rated speed of 1333MHz with latencies of just 6-6-6-20 at 1.8v.
Pricing for the modules come in at $54.99 for the 1GB module, $99.99 for the 2GB whilst the 2 and 4GB dual-channel kits are $109.99 and $199.99 respectively.
You can read more about the new Tracer DDR3 series of Crucial Ballistix memory in the press release here.
Fremont, CA, and Glasgow, UK, 7 October, 2008 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced immediate availability of Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333MHz) high-performance, low-latency memory modules. These modules are the world's first high-performance DDR3 memory modules to incorporate activity-indicating Light-Emitting Diodes (LED).