Are you the type of person that wants the fastest of everything? Sure you are - and you will love this. A-DATA has today launched what they are calling the world's fastest Compact Flash memory card at a remarkable 350x.
A-DATA's Compact Flash 16GB Ultra cards sport read speeds up to 52MB/s and write speeds up to 47MB/s.
Previously the fastest CF cards on the market were 300x but A-DATA managed to find the chips to get its 350x product out onto the market. It uses SLC (Single Level Cell) flash memory.
We will be testing this CF card next week along with a whole bunch of others using an uber l33t industrial flash testing machine in Taipei - stay tuned!
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 G.Skill showed us the new cooling solutions like the passive and active clip on that fit over the DDR slots.
Their new SSD is ready to roll out with the other companies who were also showing their products in Taipei this week.
And their DDR3 running at some nice speeds and the kicker is... its 2000MHz DDR at CL8.
Most companies who make decent RAM had memory operating at around or near 2000MHz during the show this week but most were running CL9, so this is impressive.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 our friends at bit-tech have discovered that NVIDIA plan to harness GDDR5 based memory in conjunction with its D12U codenamed graphics cards, though these arn't likely to be launched before late 2009. Although the sooner to be released D10U based models are also yet to hit the market, it's been ascertained that these will stick to GDDR3 memory.
Obviously, D12U probably hasn't even left the drawing board yet, but it's clear that Nvidia is already in discussions with memory manufacturers about the supply of high-speed GDDR5 memory. We already know that ATI's next-generation graphics cards support GDDR5, and we're likely to see the new memory technology used on the RV770XT-based products.
GDDR5 is currently made on a 70nm node, but by the time Nvidia gets around to using it, it'll be manufactured on a 55nm process - that's expected to happen at some point during 2009. What's more, by the end of Q1 2009, memory manufacturers expect to have doubled the density of the technology, meaning higher capacity memory kits will be available for newer graphics cards.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Kingston have always done some great products and today's tour was no exception.
Starting with some USB thumb drives that they claim are currently the fastest on the market (30MB/s Read and 20MB/s write. On display was 2, 8 and 16GB models, only out in the USA at the moment.
Next was a new design series called terracotta that is aimed at giving the thumb drives a quality look and feel. This model is based on a design of the terracotta warriors.
Kingston is also making headway with the smaller thumb drives in an effort to compete with every other memory manufacturer out there it seems.
An interesting note is that they are also trying co-marketing ventures within specific regions that allow them to pre-load the drives with content in an effort to help boost sales. Seen here is a tie in with World of Warcraft for Taiwan specifically that gives the buyer extra points to spend online.
Moving on to the DDR2 and DDR3 memory modules Kingston show us a full buffered module for server usage that has some passive heat pipe dissipation on top to keep it really cool.
Also on show are some new DDR3 modules running at 2000MHz FSB.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Aeneon, a subsidiary of memory maker Qimonda has announced a new breed of Xtune series DDR3 memory modules designed for overclocked rates whilst only requiring 1.5V of power. These Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1800 CL10 memory modules come in the form of a 2x1GB kit.
It doesn't end there though, also on display at Computex for memory hungry 64-bit users is a 2x4GB DDR2-800 kit as well as a DDR3-1600 CL9 kit in the form of 2x2GB modules.
The above new series of modules and many more are currently on display at the event. You can find the full press release here.
Taipei, Taiwan - June 3, 2008 - Qimonda AG's (NYSE: QI) Aeneon channel and retail product line led by the new Xtune series will take center stage at Computex 2008, June 3-7, at Taipei World Trade Center.
Delivering impressive - gamers would say 'awesome' - overclock rates while operating on normal 1.5V power, Aeneon's Xtune series was specifically designed to deliver maximum performance to gamers and enthusiasts. The Aeneon Xtune line has consistently delivered high memory speed and density at standard voltage without compromising on performance. Aeneon Xtune modules deliver a compelling solution for energy-efficient computing platforms with reduced heat dissipation.
The Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1800 CL10 memory module is tailored for gamers and overclockers who use high performance desktop platforms with Intel X38, X48, P45 and Nvidia chipsets. Modules come in 2x1GB Dual Channel Kits supporting XMP and EPP2.0 profiles for easy overclocking use and are aimed at PC enthusiasts who demand extreme performance as well as cruising stability. With speeds up to 1800 MHz at standard voltage, which is unique in the market, the DDR3 module promises to deliver up to twice the bandwidth of current mainstream DDR2 modules.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 As though Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel didn't have enough brands to his name already, he's about to stick one more notch on that belt of his. The latest company to jump on the professional gamer is OCZ who intend to make a line-up of enthusiast memory under the Fatal1ty naming scheme.
While at the moment we're not 100% sure on what modules are going to come under the name, early pictures show that we should at least see a DDR2 PC2-8500 kit carrying a 5-5-5 timings.
Corsair have given the heads up that they plan to release a monster 4GB DDR3 memory kit next week at Computex which is rated to run at speeds of 2000MHz; this kit to appropriately fall into their DOMINATOR line-up.
The pre-release announcement doesn't mention if the kit comprises 4x1GB or 2x2GB modules, nor the timings of these modules, but I'm sure we'll find that out upon launch next week. Corsair do mention however that they have set a USD MSRP of $675 on the kit; certainly an improvement for DDR3 pricing, but there's still a long road to travel yet.
Fremont, CA, May 29, 2008 - CorsairŽ http://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today announced that it will launch a new 4GB DOMINATOR DDR3 memory kit running at 2000MHz at CompuTex 2008, held June 3-7, 2008 in Taipei. Tested and guaranteed for operation at the lightning fast overclocked speed of 2000MHz, this 4GB DOMINATOR kit provides superior performance for desktop platforms.
"Corsair is focused on building the industry's fastest memory available in the largest densities," said Richard Hashim, Director of Marketing at Corsair. "This new ultra-fast DDR3 4GB DOMINATOR solution demonstrates Corsair's commitment to lead the memory technology transition from DDR2 to DDR3 and from 2GB solutions to 4GB solutions. Enthusiasts worldwide demand it and we are happy to support their requirements."
Super Talent has today launched its first DDR3 SO-DIMM memory module that is designed to work with the upcoming Intel Centrino 2 platform of notebook computers.
The memory works using just 1.5 volts of power (compared to 1.8 volts of DDR2) and is said to generate less heat as a result and also reduce power consumption by up to 20% in the memory department.
Super Talent has already began selling this memory and the 204-pin modules will set you back about $99 USD for a 1GB module.
Memory maker Apacer has just released the new Aeolus series of DDR3 memory modules, initially comprising both DDR3-1600MHz and 1800MHz overclocking parts.
What stands out most about these particular modules is the heatsink design. Unlike anything seen in the memory market before, these modules use an active heatspreader with an in-built low noise fan that helps in the heat dissipation process. Apacer claim that by using this heatsink/fan design, temperatures are reduced by up to 20c. We've seen standalone active cooling solutions for memory modules before, but nothing built-in to the heatspreaders themselves; a rather interesting concept.
Getting back to the modules themselves, both speed variants come in 2x1GB Dual Channel kits with support for Intel's XMP. Timings are quite respectable for DDR3 memory at 7-7-7-20.
For further information, head over to Apacer's website.
Besides providing ultra-high speed and ultra-low latency, the Apacer Aeolus memory modules also use a unique, patented active heat spreader design that makes it possible to reduce the temperature by as much as 20ď°C. This highly effective solution to the problem of heat dissipation for DDR3 overclocking memory modules improves both overclocking performance and memory stability.
Apacer's new DDR3-1800MHz/1600MHz memory module provides 2GB of memory capacity in a dual-channel (1GBď´2) package, and supports Intel's latest XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles). When used with a motherboard that supports Intel XMP, the chipset will automatically read the memory module's SPD (Serial Presence Detect) and will then automatically perform overclocking, enabling the user to experience all the excitement and power that overclocking has to offer.
In preperation for the mass of DDR3 equipped notebooks to hit the market very soon, Silicon-Power has gone all out with the release of both 1 and 2GB DDR3 SO-DIMM modules rated for 1066 speeds, and with CL7 timings at just 1.5v.
The 2GB capacity option is a nice surprise for DDR3 based memory, making it easily possible for 4GB of DDR3 goodness in your notebook which Vista will only be all too happy about.
Pricing has not yet been provided, but whatever it may be, it'll inevitably continue to drop lower and lower over the coming months. You can find more details within Silcon-Power's official PR here.
Taipei, TaiwanzSilicon-Power, the leading company in DRAM/Flash Memory Manufactory, releases its DDR3 memory modules - DDR3 1066 SO-DIMM. DDR3fs ultra-high speed and efficiency are especially adaptable with Window Vista and heavy load gaming user. Newest design of ASR (Automatic Self-Refresh) successfully reduce the temperature and power consumption, thus it is perfect for using in high performance notebooks. Silicon-Powerfs DDR3 1066 SO-DIMM is currently available in 1GB and 2GB capacities.
AMD has confirmed today that its upcoming RV770-powered Radeon HD 4870 and 4870 X2 graphics card models will indeed make use of super fast GDDR5 memory, as rumors posted online recently suggested.
Qimonda also got in contact with us letting us know about their win with AMD as partner for launch of new graphics standard GDDR5 and that component mass production and shipping started.
Qimonda has already started mass production and the volume shipping of GDDR5 512Mbit components with a speed of 4.0Gbps to AMD, a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets.
GDDR5 will become the next predominant graphics DRAM standard with a tremendous memory bandwidth improvement and a multitude of advanced power saving features. It targets a variety of applications, starting with high performance desktop graphic cards followed by notebook graphics. Later on also the introduction in game consoles and other graphics intensive applications is planned.
"We are very proud to supply AMD with GDDR5 volume shipments only six months after first product samples have been delivered," said Robert Feurle, Vice President Business Unit Specialty DRAM of Qimonda AG. "This is a further milestone in our successful GDDR5 roadmap and underlines our predominant position as innovator and leader in the graphics DRAM market."
"Qimonda's strong GDDR5 roadmap convinced us to choose them as a primary technology partner for our GDDR5 GPU launch," said Joe Macri, Sr. Director, Circuit Technologies, AMD. "Both the early availability of first samples and volume shipments added great value to the development and launch of our upcoming high-performance GPU."
Corsair managed to set a new world record this week in memory clock speeds.
Using a single 1GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 module (in other words, not dual channel), Corsair were able to hit a staggering 2462MHz DDR. As far as the test system goes, an Intel E8400 processor was used along with an ASUS P5E3 Premium motherboard, which is based on Intel's new X48 Express chipset.
The result was validated and uploaded to CPU-Z Validation Database and you can check that out right here.
So, what surprises do we have left for Computex now? It's usually in Taipei that we see current memory technologies pushed to their absolute limits. Maybe we see 2600MHz or 2500MHz at the show but with current memory dividers in the BIOS, it may be hard to reach that high.
ASUS held a rather upbeat press event this afternoon here in Taipei city at the fancy Westin hotel.
While it was a little hard at first to get the event address details confirmed, we eventually made it and got a glimpse of ASUS' P45 lineup which will officially launch next month at Computex.
ASUS had many interesting demos on display but the first that caught our attention was a demo of an ASUS P5Q Premium motherboard running a grand total of 16GB of memory under Windows Vista. Qimonda's Aeneon DDR3 memory is to thank for the display.
There were a total of four 4GB XTune DDR3 memory modules running in Dual Channel. The memory was running at 800MHz DDR with timings of 5-5-5-18 at 2T. Take a look at the CPU-Z screenshot below which we grabbed as well as Windows Task Manager performance tab.
For those of you who dream nightly about having 16GB of system RAM, your dreams could be coming true on an Intel P45 motherboard in the next few weeks.
OCZ isn't holding back when it comes to releasing high performance DDR3 memory.
The American company has just announced its latest memory kit, PC3-16000 Platinum Edition. Designed to work hand in hand with Nvidia nForce 790i SLI motherboards with EPP 2.0, it will rock the memory clocks at a staggering 2000MHz DDR. You will need to pump 1.9 volts of power through the 4GB kit (and 1.8 volts through the 2GB kit) to reach those speeds.
The memory comes covered in OCZ's Platinum Z3 XTC heat spreaders and is also covered by OCZ's lifetime warranty. If you are interested in latencies at this high speed, OCZ claim the RAM will work at 9-9-9-28.
OCZ PC3-16000 Platinum 1GB modules features EPP 2.0, the next generation of the widely adopted EPP 1.0 SPD (Serial Presence Detect) specification. Only motherboards equipped with the custom-designed NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra BIOS can detect the optimized SPD profiles and ensure the memory functions under the best possible conditions.
Each module is 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and compatibility and features a proprietary platinum-mirrored XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreader for the most effective heat dissipation. As part of OCZ's line-up of premium memory, the DDR3 series is backed by a Lifetime Warranty and industry-leading technical support for unparalleled peace of mind.
OCZ are now offering DDR3 memory as part of their Special Ops Edition lineup, these comprising both PC3-8500 and PC3-10666 singular modules in 1 and 2GB sizes as well as dual channel 2 and 4GB kits.
The Special Ops Edition Series of modules is primarily aimed at the gamers crowd, featuring a unique camouflage motif heatspreader design. The PC3-8500 (1066MHz) modules operate with latencies of 7-7-7-24 at 1.6v whilst the PC3-10666 (1333MHz) modules are set with timings of 9-9-9-27 at 1.7v.
For further information, head over to OCZ's press room.
Sunnyvale, CA-April 29, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the Special Ops Edition DDR3 Series, available in both PC3-8500 and PC3-10666 kits featuring the high densities and stability gamers demand. These DDR3 kits are ideal for users advancing to the next generation of memory platforms, offering the speeds, density, and reliability required for the latest DirectX 10 PC titles. Featuring a unique camouflage motif heatspreader design, the DDR3 Special Ops Edition Series was designed for gaming systems in need of a reliable upgrade as well as some extra style.
With the DDR3 memory market continuing to show rapid growth, Super Talent has become the first memory maker to introduce a 4GB DDR3 kit capable of operating at DDR3-1800 speeds. As a fresh member to their Project X series, these modules are rated with latencies of 8-8-8-24 at their 1800MHz speed.
Super Talent are promising near immediate availability at a hefty price tag of around $499 USD, so there's still some waiting to do before 4GB of high-end DDR3 falls within reach.
You can find Super Talent's official announcement on the W1800UX4GP kit here.
San Jose, California - April 23, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today launched a DDR3-1800 4GB kit (2x 2GB) in their extreme performance Project X family.
Super Talent's Project X memory is widely regarded as the world's most advanced DDR3. "This represents another major first-to-market milestone for Super Talent", commented Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James. "While competitors are only able to produce 4GB kits up to DDR3-1600, we've engineered a kit that performs at elevated clock speeds while still supporting aggressive latencies."
If money's of little to no object in your PC upgrade path, this will certainly be a feast for the eyes.
OCZ has today announced a new series topping 2GB DDR3 memory kit as part of their FLEX II family. These premium modules are designed to operate at up to 2000MHz speeds with timings of 8-8-8 at 1.9V. Furthermore, the heatsink used is one of the most extreme ever seen on a memory module, with the ability to be either water cooled or left passively thanks to the thick array of aluminum fins.
For further details, head over to OCZ's website.
Sunnyvale, CA-April 17, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled a blazing fast DDR3 addition to the new Flex II memory series. These premium modules run at incredibly fast 2000MHz speeds at CL8-8-8 timings for added performance to high-end systems with integrated water-cooling. Designed to the very core to offer enthusiasts the thermal management innovation of hybrid water and passive cooling, the new PC3-16000 Flex II Series offers rock-solid stability and performance for your high-end gaming or overclocking system.
Diamond is today taking the covers off its latest graphics card. It claims to have been the first AIB to introduce 1GB of memory on the HD 2900 series and again is the first to strap a total of 1GB of DDR3 memory to the single GPU Radeon HD 3870.
Not only does it get a boost in memory but it also sees its clock speeds increased to further push performance as high as possible. The core clock is set at 825MHz which is a fair boost over the reference model clock rate and the memory spins its wheels at 1800MHz DDR.
CHATSWORTH, CA -April 15, 2008- Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, introduced today the 1 gigabyte, overclocked version of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card. This card offers maximum speed and power at an incredible value. Utilizing 55nm technology, this card runs cool and quiet.
Diamond was the first AIB for AMD to launch a consumer based 1GB card with the HD 2900 XT. Today, we stand alone to again to be the first AIB to offer the HD 3870 1GB. The performance itself matches against Nvidia new line of 9xxx series, as well against the HD 3870 X2.
The HD 3870 is a dual slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 1024MB of DDR3 memory and an overclocked speed of 825 MHz. The memory speed is 900 MHz. As with the original HD 3870, the 1 gigabyte version is designed with 320 stream processors and plug-and-play ATI CrossFireX upgradeability with up to quad-GPU support.
The lads at Expreview have sighted what could be the world's first budget/mainstream positioned DDR3 motherboard to hit the market. Code-named MCP7A-U, this will be a part of NVIDIA's GeForce 9-series motherboard GPU lineup with nForce 730i Southbridge, HDMI video output, PCI-E 2.0 and many more up to date technologies.
It is said that we should see the upcoming chipset first sampled as early as next month, with a launch date of sometime in July which is when Intel's G45 should see light of day with its assumed DDR3 support. However, Expreview have strong suspicion that NVIDIA will beat them to it.
As to the logic of running DDR3 in a more budget oriented platform; well, it would seem to be a bit un-fitting given the cost of DDR3 memory hasn't really dropped much at all yet, though this will hopefully soon change for the better with the presence of chipsets like these hitting the market.
Because of Hybrid SLI, NVIDIA mainstream market strategy is now facing a big change. The new chipset, MCP7A-H, have been canned before it enters the market. Because it is lack of integrated graphic, can not meet the needs of NV's recent changed strategy.
But instead of canceling, 730i will keep exist and have new chipset, the MCP7A-S. In other words, MCP7A-S will have two names, one is GeForce 9xxx (still can not conform its name) and the other is 730i. The GeForce 9xxx is a uATX form factor mobo, with less PCI, PCIe and other expansion slots. 730i is a ATX mobo and has more expansion slots.
The never resting OCZ Technology has introduced its latest memory kit and it's not just your standard run-of-the-mill RAM.
OCZ claims its DDR2 PC2-9200 Flex II 4GB series is the world's fastest 4GB kit money can buy. It features the Flex II cooling kit which allows you to water cool the RAM if you are going for ultra high clocks. The package even includes 40" plastic tubing, 4-way manifold barb and 3/8" and 1/2" barb adaptors.
Working at 2.1 volts, the two 2GB RAM modules will clock up to 1150MHz DDR in Dual Channel at relatively good timings of 5-5-5-18. OCZ's Lifetime Warranty is also thrown in for good measure. No details on pricing just yet but expect to pay a fair chuck.
You can read more over at the OCZ product page for more details.
As DDR3 memory continues to further embed itself into the market as the enthusist's choice, Super Talent has come forward with some extreme "Project X" series modules; a 2GB PC3-16000 (2000MHz) kit operating at 1.9V with timings of 9-9-9-28.
Further to the extreme specs is the use of a large heatspreader which offers double the surface area and 106% more aluminum mass than traditional ones.
The downside? - At a street price just shy of $400, these modules will be confined to those who have very deep pockets. Give it while longer though; it's inevitable we'll see DDR prices plummet in the (hopefully) not too distant future.
"Countless enthusiasts worldwide have already exceeded the 2000MHz mark with our Project X 1600 and 1800 kits over the past seven months. This new 2000 kit offers overclocking gurus a product that has passed our tightest test screen and packs some real serious horsepower", commented Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James.