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Computex 2012 - Over in Nangang today for Computex we found our eyes drawn to a EVGA Classafied SR-X motherboard over at the G.Skill booth that was packed full of RAM. Sitting along side two Intel Xeon E5-2680 CPUs was a massive 96GB RAM kit from G.Skill which consisted of a massive 12 modules.
While on the speed front the kit doesn't sit the highest coming in at only 1600MHz DDR and a 11-11-11-28 at 1.5v setup, the sheer amount of memory and cores present on the system was enough to grab our attention.
While no doubt the kit isn't going to be for everyone, the sheer awesomeness that was present meant that we couldn't help but take a picture and show it off to our readers.
Computex 2012 - Yesterday we had an early visit to the Corsair suite where we were introduced to a range of new products that were being displayed.
First up is Corsair's Dominator Platinum memory which is still in development, but is being announced today. It's still a little while out from shipping, but at this stage the modules are able to operate at overclocked speeds of 3000MHz DDR at CL12.
Besides the obviously impressive speed, the modules also include a swappable light bar which allows you to pick a color that suits the rest of the parts inside your PC, Corsair also claims that the ICs are all hand screened. Then you get DHX cooling, but the big deal with this memory is that it includes Corsair Link compatibility that allows you to check RAM temperature along with the other parts inside your system that also work with Corsair Link.
At this stage we don't have any details on pricing or shipping dates, but we indeed look forward to getting this RAM in for review soon.
Gigabyte makes some quality overclocking gear. I have managed to take a dual-core i5 up to 5.5GHz using a mini-ITX Gigabyte board, so it comes as no surprise to me that HiCookie, Gigabyte's staff overclocker, managed to take some G-SKILL 2800MHz RAM up to 3100MHz using one of their Z77X-UD5H motherboards.
Sure, it took some extreme cooling, but by using what appears to be liquid nitrogen, he managed some impressive clocks, even with all four memory slots populated. The system used included the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H with BIOS F8c and 4 x 4GB G-SKILL 2800MHz RAM. Often when overclocking, it is easier to use the minimum channels of memory to lessen the load on the memory controller, so having all four slots populated is even cooler!
HiCookie has managed some other impressive feats in the past, and I'm sure he will manage more impressive feats in the future. Keep an eye on Gigabyte as they are doing some cool stuff. Something about creating the lightest notebook or something like that. They should also have some boards with Thunderbolt in the pipeline as everyone else is releasing them.
Without good RAM, your system overclock isn't really going to get off the ground. That's why Team Group has released their latest RAM clocked at 3000MHz which allows for 24,000Mbps data transfer rate. The timings are also really tight so as to provide the best possible experience for users. The timings are set at CL11-13-13-35.
The RAM is compatible with Intel's Z77 chipset and is equipped with the latest XMP v1.3. With this kind of speed, don't exactly expect capacity records. The chips can go up to 8GB by using two 4GB sticks. If you have to have the very fastest, there is nothing that can compete with this RAM as it stands. The full press release is below:
Micron have announced that they have begun shipping the very first engineering samples of "fully functional DDR4 DRAM modules" in DIMM form factor to their major customers. Micron expects to have DDR4 ready for mas production by Q4 2012, where fast adoption of the new DDR4 tech will be scooped up by key industry players next year.
DDR4 focuses on reducing power consumption, while at the same time offering a performance increases over DDR3. The memory was developed in conjunction with Taiwan's Nanya, where they've used Micron's 30nm process node.
The new sticks, 4 Gigabit, 512MB DDR4 x 8 memory chip is offering memory densities up to 8GB for a single DIMM. This means we're looking at DDR4 hitting us with systems capable of 32GB of RAM in the mainstream, with 64GB and 128GB hitting up the high-end. Micron plan on making the memory chips with x8, x16, and x32 solder connections, which should reach clocks from 2.4-3.2 billion transfers per second, or "effective GHz" as the memory vendors like to say.
Yesterday we visited the friendly folks at the ADATA headquarters here in Taipei where we were introduced to some new products. The one product we want to focus on right here is its upcoming Intel Ivy bridge memory kit for the new Z77 Express platform.
The new Gaming Series RAM from ADATA is rated at 2666MHz DDR3 and comes in a capacity of 32GB which is four 8GB modules in dual-channel mode since that is what Z77 motherboards support. The timings at this rather high memory speed come in at 12-13-13-35 at 2T. ADATA is said to be working with ASUS to bring the cache latency time down from 12 to 11 before this memory kit actually makes it way to the market.
As you can see in the picture above, the memory at this stage of development requires active cooling to operate 100% stable. It's not sure at this stage if ADATA will bundle a memory cooler with their RAM or if they can figure out how to make it run stable without active fan cooling and just the passive installed heat spreaders.
The ASUS Z77 Ivy Bridge system was able to complete a 32M run of Super PI in 12 minutes and 16 seconds with this speedy 32GB memory kit installed from ADATA.
With the launch of Ivy Bridge successfully completed, other companies now get to launch their new equipment that compliments the features of Ivy Bridge. One of the first up in the RAM department is G.SKILL. G.SKILL is no noob when it comes to high performance RAM, so these new sticks are expected to amaze.
And, they do! The modules feature some innovative features such as removable heat spreaders and are overclocking headroom, even with their already high stock speed. The new modules range from from 2400MHz 8GB to 2800MHz 16GB. According to the release, "the TridentX 2800MHz 16GB kit has successfully achieved DDR3 3320MHz speed," so these modules are no slouches.
Just a couple of weeks ago we were talking about Intel bringing DDR4 into the market by 2014, but Samsung Electronics thinks this is too far away and are trying to talk Intel into launching its DDR4 memory supporting server platforms ahead of the 2014 release dates. Inside sources are saying that Samsung are concerned that making DDR3 chips are now unprofitable due to low prices.
At the moment, only Samsung and Hynix Semiconductors have completed the development of DDR4 products and are readying for the transition to the next-generation of memory standards. At the moment, the memory market is quite shaky thanks to the near collapse of one of the biggest manufacturers, Elpida. It's said that the early release of DDR4 should restabilize the market.
If DDR4 is pushed quicker, it would put Samsung in a very lucrative position, where they'd sit at the top spot in the channel. Memory industry standards body, the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, is scheduled to publish the DDR4 standard, which is said to bring a big advancement in performance with reduced power consumption when compared to previous generations of memory, sometime in mid-2012.
Gigabyte have come along way over the years. Gone are the years of motherboard manufacturers not endorsing overclocking, to employing, listening and catering to the entire enthusiast and overclocking market. It's a great move, and I applaud Gigabyte for doing so.
The latest news comes from Taiwanese power user "Coolaler" who has smashed Gigabyte's previous memory overclocking record with his Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H motherboard. He pushed his memory up to an insane 1530MHz (which is 3060MHz in dual-channel) with 4 DIMMs.
I will add that it's not too hard to hit high overclock results on 1 or 2 DIMMs, but 4 DIMMs? That's another challenge altogether. Nice work, Coolaler!
DDR4 memory has eluded us for a while, but it seems the next-gen RAM should hit us in 2014, but not for the mainstream consumer market. It seems we should expect the new memory in the high-end Haswell-EX 4-socket platform, with each chip capable of sporting 16 or so cores.
These insanely high-end chips are capable of upward of 60 cores on each four-socket motherboard, will definitely impress most people. DDR4 will bring along with it lower power consumption with 1.2v power supply, as well as better parity protection and recovery from errors. Will we see DDR4 on the desktop side, and not server side in the same year? Probably not.
Both the 22nm Haswell and its 14nm Broadwell successor should share the same LGA1150 socket, thus, supporting DDR3 memory only. DDR4 support will most likely arrive with their 2015 successors, and a new micro-architecture at that time. This means we'll experience a one-year gap between the high-end and low-end for the new generation of memory support.