When it comes to buying a new video card we are all used to getting the cards bundled with coupons for game downloads or with full versions of a video game inside the package ready to play when you are. We don't see many games bundled with other gear like peripherals and computer memory. Mushkin has announced a cool new RAM series called the Radioactive Series that is bundled with a game that fits right in with the radioactive theme.
The RAM kits will be bundled with a full version of the game Fallout: New Vegas when purchased at Newegg.com. That will probably be one of the coolest video games available this year so if you need new RAM, this kit is looking very good. The Radioactive RAM kits have a cool heatshield that has the radiation symbol on it and a sickly green color that fits the theme well.
Patriot has been in the memory game for a long time and is one of the names many enthusiasts look to for RAM for their computers. Patriot has announced a new RAM line that is aimed at Intel platform users that offer an interesting heat shield that promises to improve the cooling capacity, which should mean the RAM can be overclocked further than similar RAM using conventional heat sinks.
The new Viper Xtreme heatshield has a copper insert that runs across the DRAM chips that is then covered with an anodized aluminum heatshield. The custom heatshield provides 5% better cooling that an aluminum only heatshield according to Patriot. The RAM will be offered in three kits to start with that are each hand screened and tested in the Patriot labs before they are shipped.
When it comes to memory for your computer or AIO it's often cheaper to buy the machine from the maker with the minimum memory inside and then purchase the RAM you want and put it inside the machine once you get it. Many Mac fans out there do this with MacBook notebooks and the iMac AIO computer. Patriot has announced an expansion to its line of memory for the iMac.
Patriot now has some new SODIMM RAM that has been qualified for use inside the iMac AIO machines. The RAM is part of the Patriot Signature line and will be offered in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB kits. The 2GB kits have a single 2GB NAND, the 4GB kit includes a pair of 2GB modules, and the 8GB kits have dual 4GB modules. Patriot will offer two different kits for users to choose from.
OCZ has all sorts of computer hardware that it offers that ends up inside the computers of lots gamers and enthusiasts. OCZ first made a name for itself in the memory market with some high performance memory kits that are offered for just about any platform out there. OCZ was among the first companies to offer RAM to support the Intel Core series with the low 1.65V max when the CPUs first surfaced.
OCZ has now announced that it has a couple new RAM kits that comply with the latest JEDEC DDR3L low-voltage standards designed to make the RAM run cooler and more efficiently during high demands. Less heat may also mean that the RAM kits are more overclockable than standard offerings.
Computer enthusiasts are into all sorts of things when it comes to their computer systems. Some like gaming, some like crunching numbers, and some like to see how far they can push their hardware when overclocking. The most hard-core overclockers get away from liquid and air cooling and go for more exotic methods like liquid nitrogen to keep components cool.
Corsair announced today that its Dominator GT GTX6 RAM modules have been use to break memory speed worked records for DDR3. Overclocker Matthias Zronek used the Corsair RAM to break frequency records with CPU-Z validated speeds of 3078.2MHz at CL8-11-8-31 and 3059.4 MHz at CL7-11-8-31.
We see some very impressive overclocking results from time to time out of some of our DDR3 samples that pass through the TweakTown labs, but nothing holds a candle to what was achieved out of some Kingston branded modules at GamesCom 2010 last week.
Overclockers Benjamin 'Benji Tshi' Bioux and Jean-Baptiste 'marmott' Gerard used their overclocking prowess on a pair of HyperX KHX2333C9D3T1K3 modules from Kingston; these rated for a stock speed of 2333MHz. The rest of the platform comprised a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard, an Intel Core i7-870 processor, a Radeon HD 5670 graphics card and a Kingston 512GB solid state drive.
In order to push for the best possible outcome, extreme cooling measures were used in the form of liquid nitrogen.
The result? A massive 3068 MHz out of the memory, while the CPU ticked away at 4347 MHz.
Kingston has been building and selling enthusiast RAM for computers for a long time. The company has a line of RAM that is popular with gamers and overclockers in the HyperX series.
The new HyperX H2O series RAM is notable because rather than having the traditional aluminum heat sink the RAM has a heat sink that has barbs for liquid cooling. The heat sink allows water to be circulated through the heat sink for better cooling.
Apple announced some new and updated gear recently and among those items were updated iMac AIO computers. There are many people out there who order machines with the minimum RAM available to save some money.
If you ordered your iMac this way OWC has announced that it now has RAM updates ready for the new iMac machines. You can get a single 2GB DIMM for $59.99, a pair of those 2GB DIMMs will cost you $117.99.
When it comes to RAM most of us are still happy with 4GB or 6GB of memory. For some people that just is not enough RAM though. G.Skill has announced a new RAM kit with 48GB of total memory.
The kit has 12 hand-picked 4GB DIMMs and is specifically designed for machines using the EVGA Super Record 2 mainboard. That board has dual Intel Xeon CPU sockets.
Blimey Charlie! Words that not all of you will understand. But let us just say when I just got word now of Lsdmeasap aka Ed, GIGABYTE volunteer tech support and all-round great guy from our forums, hitting a 2700MHz DDR3 memory speed, I got just a little excited. We all know this guy knows his motherboards inside out, but even I didn't know he was really into extreme overclocking.
Using a GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 motherboard and a Mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz Blackline triple-channel kit, oh and of course some lovely cold dry ice, he managed to hit an incredible memory speed of 2700MHz DDR. This was with the memory set at a 2:16 ratio and the timings set at 9-12-11-31. And remember this is in triple-channel mode!
And you thought you had to buy G.SKILL, Corsair or OCZ RAM to get the big clocks. Welcome back Mushkin! Head on over to this forum thread for the full details and more impressive photos.
After an extended break, Kingmax are making another big splash in the memory market as they strive to make their way back up to the top tier enthusiast class segment.
It's been mentioned this week that they are planning something quite unique to stand out from the pack with an upcoming dual channel kit for LGA-1156 systems.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - We found ourselves back at the A-DATA booth where we got an introduction into its line-up of XPG memory that is designed for overclockers, enthusiasts and gamers.
The Xtreme Series now includes an active fan cooling unit that is like others on market. It is installed over the top of the RAM and the two fans push air down over heatsink to aid in stability and performance when pushing the memory as fast as you can go.
The Plus Series includes cooling as well, but in the form of a heatpipe design. The Gaming Series doesn't come with any external cooling besides of course the standard heat spreader on the RAM. All these modules are now made using a 2oz copper PCB design which is designed to improve overclockability.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - G.SKILL was a hive of activity during the show today as Kingpin and crew were on hand to provide live overclocking demonstrations using LN2. Just imagine the types of results they would have seen if our own OC champion Deanzo was put in charge at the event.
In any case, Frank from G.SKILL was on hand to give us a rundown on their newest range of memory modules. They had AMD modules that work at 2000MHz DDR, as well as a triple channel kit that operates at 2400MHz that Frank called the fastest on the market for this type of setup since three modules running together adds some complexity.
Finally we finished off with a uber l33t dual-channel 2500MHz DDR3 kit that was displayed at the show running an amazing 2500MHz at impressive timings of CL8 considering the speed at which the memory chips are working at.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Crucial today introduced a new addition to their Ballistix line of products. In this revision Ballistix gets a new look from a new heat spreader, gains a temperature sensor and a downloadable utility to log data from the drive just as a Formula One car would monitor and report data from its sensors.
I was talking with a few members from Crucial today and asked about different skins for the new Ballistix utility and received a wealth of information about what is to come in the future.
Team Group is thinking green with its latest release of Elite series DDR3 memory modules. These are rated to run at speeds of 1333MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24 whilst only requiring 1.35v to do so reliably.
The modules come in both 2 and 4GB kits (as well as being available singularly) and are supported by lifetime warranties.
For further details, you can find Team's announcement here.
A-DATA has entered the DDR3-2000MHz ring with some new "v2.0" XPG Gaming Series modules this week which are even better optimized for Intel's X58, P55 and H55 platforms, sporting 9-9-9-24 timings at 1.65v.
The new modules use improved aluminum heat spreaders with increased surface area for faster heat dissipation. Both 4 and 6GB kits are available and the kits come with lifetime warranties. Pricing isn't yet known, however.
For full details, check out the announcement here.
Corsair is a huge part of the memory market for computers of all types for enthusiasts and gamers. The company makes all sorts of gear like flash drives and power supplies in addition to PC memory. Corsair is always out to prove its memory is tops and the company has announced that it has broken a record.
Corsair reports that it has broken the world record for dual-channel memory on AMD Phenom II processors. The record breaking run was made on a machine using Dominator GTX4 Memory, a Hydro Series H50 CPU cooler, and a Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition CPU.
Corsair was able to get the RAM to run stable at 2287.6MHz and the record setting run was independently validated. That is some fast memory for sure. The board in the record setting PC was an Asus Crosshair IV Formula.
Patriot has some nice playing cards for Computex this year. The strong standing storage and memory maker is readying up some super fast DDR3-2500MHz "Sector 5 Edition" memory kits under its Viper II Series that will be available in both 4 and 6GB kits. Their 2500MHz speeds will be possible with timings of 9-11-9-27T at 1.65v.
Word has it that Patriot is also preparing to release a new series of SSDs to market which will make use of the proven SandForce SF-1200 controller; a new favourite in the SSD market.
Come Computex I'm sure we'll be hearing and seeing a lot more about these parts.
Corsair has pushed memory boundaries yet again with today's release of some new super fast DDR3 memory modules under its top-end Dominator GTX line-up.
The new Dominator GTX4 series brings with it modules that are guarenteed to handle speeds of up to 2533MHz. Each RAM chip used for these modules is individually screened and graded for performance. The top performing chips are kept aside for these modules whilst the remainder return to normal manufacturing lines.
These modules can run their 2533MHz rated speed with latencies of 9-11-10-30 at Intel's acceptable 1.65V. Being part of the Dominator GTX series, the modules include Corsair's DHX+ high-quality heatsinks which sport extended aluminum fins for improved heat dissipation.
It goes without saying that if you want a pair of these modules in your rig you'll be digging extra deep into your pockets. But as always, if you want the best expect to pay a significant premium to have it.
For further information on Corsair's Dominator GTX4 2533MHz modules, you can read the official announcement here.
Patriot has just claimed to have brought the world's fastest DDR3 memory to market with its new Viper II series Sector 5 Edition memory kit that boasts rated speeds of 2500MHz.
The kit comprises 2x2GB modules and thus is suited to Intel's P55 platform. The modules run at their rated 2500MHz speed thanks to more relaxed latencies of 9-11-9-27.
As a member of their top-end Viper II Sector 5 series, the modules sport larger than usual heat spreaders with aluminum fins protruding out the top to better assist in heat dissipation.
Patriot also offers Viper II Sector 5 series modules with speed ratings of 2400MHz and 2133MHz. All kits carry with them lifetime warranties.
For further details, you can get to the official announcement here.
G.Skill has just launched its new Flare series high-performance DDR3 memory kits that are primarily suited to the AMD AM3 790 and 890 platforms with AMD C3 stepping CPUs.
The modules are good for speeds of 1800MHz out of the box and come with high quality over-sized heatsinks to better assist in heat dissipation which also gives the potential for a higher overclock ceiling if the user's looking to push beyond the norm.
The modules come in 2x2GB kits and can be purchased with the following specifications :-
DDR3 1800MHz 4GB (2GBx2) CL6-8-6-24 1.65V
DDR3 1800MHz 4GB (2GBx2) CL7-8-7-24 1.65V
DDR3 1800MHz 4GB (2GBx2) CL8-8-8-24 1.65V
DDR3 1800MHz 4GB (2GBx2) CL9-9-9-27 1.65V
No word on pricing just yet.
G.Skill's press release on the new AMD optimized Flare series can be found here.