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).
With Nehalem being confined to DDR3 only, memory makers are beginning to leave DDR2 in the dust as they push to release bigger and better DDR3 kits. Patriot has just announced a kit with the best of both worlds in capacity and high performance.
The new Viper Series 4GB PC3-16000 kit is capable of operating at its rated 2000MHz speed with timings of 9-9-9-24 at 2.0v. If you're running an NVIDIA 790i SLI platform these modules also feature EPP2.0 to optimize their specification automatically.
You can read more about Patriot's new DDR3 PC3-16000/2000MHz 4GB kit within the official PR here folks.
Patriot Memory, a global provider of premium quality memory module and flash memory solutions, today unveiled their 4GB DDR3 2000MHz low latency Viper series memory kit. The newest addition to Patriot's Viper series, the 2000MHz kit boasts both high-density and high-frequency, enhancing overclocking capabilities for gamers and PC enthusiasts alike on today's latest DDR3 platforms.
"Patriot's DDR3 2000MHz memory kits are perfect for PC gamers and enthusiasts," said Les Henry, Technical Director of Patriot Memory. "Capable of handling the demands that high-bandwidth multimedia programs and PC games require, the 4GB PC3-16000 2000MHz memory has the perfect combination of density and speed to push systems beyond what is currently imaginable."
It has been confirmed that Bloomfield (Core i7) CPUs will initially support only DDR3 800 and 1066 MHz memory. DDR3 1333 MHz support will not will be part of Intel's initial equation, yet would be within reach via dabbling in the arts of overclocking.
Speeds in excess of DDR3 1600 are also possible, yet will of course not be supported by Intel.
The article concludes with claims that Intel may, shortly after launch, validate support for DDR3 1333 MHz and higher, yet further information is not available at this time.
Team Group has today announced its latest high-end overclocking series DDR3 memory.
The so-called "Overclocking Heroic Duo" DDR3 memory by Team comes in a 4GB dual-channel kit and runs at either 2000MHz or 1800MHz DDR. The modules feature an 8-layer PCB design and over-sized Xtreem heatsink to keep things nice and cool.
If you are running the memory at 2000MHz DDR, you'll need to set the memory voltage to 1.9 volts and run timings of 9-9-9-24 and 2T and at 1800MHz DDR, you'll also need to set the memory voltage to 1.9 volts and run timings of 8-8-8-24 and 2T.
Not too shabby at all for a 4GB kit - we'll try and get a kit in for review soon, but for now take a look at the press release, over here.
The folks over at Nordic Hardware have scooped up a bunch more interesting information in relation to the behaviour of Nehalem's memory system and how DDR3 will perform on it under overclocked conditions.
As has been mentioned previously, the Nehalem platform has been said to only carry official support for DDR3-800 and DDR3-1066, though some sources are indicating that DDR3-1333 memory support will also be included. Nordic explain that although there has been some confusion as to why Intel Core i7 would not support DDR3 memory clocked at higher frequencies, the first thing you need to be aware of is that it is not the frequency of the memory that is the culprit.
The problem is rather that the memory and the processor internals are fed synchronized voltages. Previous reports have stated that anything above 1.65V would fry a Nehalem processor and it would certainly be hard to get any of today's DDR3 memory modules to any kind of decent speeds at this voltage. But, these stories are exaggerated, but the fact remains that Nehalem processors are not going to like voltages above 1.7V.
So, it would appear the limitation comes from not being able to make use of higher voltages without potentially overheating/killing the processor. For this reason, the memory will not be able to be pushed as much as on a current-day Core 2 platform where the memory controller is seperate, thereby having its own voltage circuit.
Hopefully as DDR3 further matures, we will see modules hit the market with extreme speeds at low voltages to counter-act this problem.
In a report over at HEXUS, it is begin suggested that Corsair is set to release an 8GB DDR2 kit later this month with low latency.
Since DDR2 memory pricing is still good, Corsair clearly reckons that there is a market out there for users wanting 8GB. The report says that Corsair guarantees that the modules will operate together at 800MHz with a low latency of 4-4-4-12.
The kit is set to consist of four matched CM2X2048-6400C4DHX DDR2 modules and also feature Corsair's Dual-Path Heat Xchange (DHX) technology.
And here I was thinking 4GB was plenty enough...
There appears to be a new competitor ready to get a foothold in the, increasingly competitive, memory marketplace.
Gingle, is throwing its hat into the ring with a 4 GB DDR3 kit offering, claiming 1800 MHz speeds on an Intel P45 platform and, 2000 MHz speeds on an NVIDIA 790i solution.
The modules are endowed with, what the company believes are, lower latency timings of 8-8-8-24 and feature striking black heatspreaders, with gold accents and trim.
Circa 1.84V on an Intel P45 platform and 1.94V on an NVIDIA 790i platform are the power requirements stated, with Gingle hedging its bets on this one by comparing the attractiveness of its product, on a like-for-like basis.
With an 8 layer PCB forming the foundations, will Gingle gets its competitors quivering in their boots?
Alongside the launch of its Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card earlier today, Gainward has also introduced its own design HD 4850 "Golden Sample" edition which boasts a very nice overclock thanks to the 0.8ns memory used on the PCB.
The core comes clocked at 700MHz (up from the stock 625MHz) whilst the memory operates 200MHz faster than stock models at 2200MHz DDR. Stability is ensured with the inclusion of a superior heat-pipe cooler.
You can find the official announcement on it here.
August, 2008 - Gainward, the world's highest quality graphics company, announced it's own design graphics card of HD4850 chipset, the Gainward HD4850 graphics cards to the market. From performance point of view, the GAINWARD HD4850 Golden Sample brings a 700MHz core clock and 1100MHz memory clock, designed with higher efficiency heatpipe and special cover for better protection and air flow. Designed with 512MB, DDR3 memory and 256bit memory bandwidth, supports PCI-express 2.0 interface and 800 units of stream processors.
It's been a while since we've seen Shuttle expand on its XPC lineup with anything new. Today brings a refreshing adjustment to its range with the new SX48P2; based on the Intel X48 chipset with DDR3 memory and 1600MHz FSB support. It also sports two PCIe 2.0 slots for Crossfire goodness, though the cards would of course need to be using single-slot coolers and I can't imagine the temps looking very pretty with a pair of HD 4850s wedged into such a small space.
In any case, the SX48P2 is an attractive XPC with stacks of features and a solid base for powerful portable gaming. You can get the full rundown on it within the official PR here folks.
Shuttle Inc., market leader in the mini-PC segment and manufacturer of Multi-Form-Factor solutions, today unveils a new XPC Barebone from the P2 model series building on Intel's X48 Express chipset. Specially designed for high performance systems, the XPC Barebone SX48P2 Deluxe is ideally suited for Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors with up to four cores.
The lads at PCGamesHardware have become the first to lay eyes on PowerColor's HD 4870 PCS OC, with the interesting aspect of this card not so much being the superior Zerotherm cooling solution and higher clock speeds, but the choice to go with double the memory at 1GB GDDR5.
It will be interesting to see what the extra memory does for the card, though it's pretty much a given we should see some big increases from it at the higher resolutions. Hopefully we can get hold of a sample for review in the near future; we'll do our best!
All the partners' HD 4850 cards we've seen hit shelves thus far tend to be much of the reference design, but PowerColor have taken a huge step away from the same ole' approach by whacking on 2GB of GDDR3 memory. This is a huge leap from the usual 512MB, and although probably overkill, it should certainly help the card under higher resolutions where the memory buffer is more likely to be filled.
Further to that, PowerColor has also cranked up the memory frequency to 2000MHz and the core to 665MHz out of the box. The icing on the cake is the inclusion of a superior full-copper cooling solution from ZEROTherm.
Pricing and availability hasn't yet been disclosed, but thanks to Expreview for the pics and info on the card.
Contrary to conflicting reports, AMD's eagerly anticipated HD 4870X2 will indeed ship with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, according to confirmation received by Fudzilla.
Refreshed AMD, is clearly holding no punches, with the HD 4870X2, codenamed 'Spartan', heading for a late-August debut, according to reports.
The company is either undecided, or, holding final clock speed information very close to its chest, but as excitement builds, rival NVIDIA undoubtedly has something or the other up its sleeve.
The HD 4800 solution hoping to eclipse all others, is definitely on its way.