With Intel's Montevina Centrino 2 platform just a couple months away, DDR3 SO-DIMM modules are beginning to show up in the market. Walton Chaintech has just released DDR3 1066 SO-DIMM modules which meet DDR3 JEDEC standards and operate with a working voltage of just 1.5V.
This is where DDR3 modules are really fitting for a notebook, as not only do they have a much higher ceiling, but the lower power consumption reflects on overall battery life as well.
Global memory provider Lexar/Crucial has also come forward with an announcement supporting the release of some DDR3 SO-DIMM modules today. The Crucial DDR3-1066 SO-DIMMs are available in 1 and 2GB densities, also operating at a mere 1.5V.
You can find more information on the Crucial PC3-8500 modules here.
With SLI becoming a more attractive option for enthusiasts once again, thanks to the release of NVIDIA's 9 series graphics cards and nForce 790i SLI platform, DDR3 based memory is beginning to firmly embed itself into the market as the preferred choice for high-end users.
Kingston are proud to announce today that their HyperX family of DDR3 memory modules have just been SLI-certified by NVIDIA for optimal use in their most recent nForce 790i SLI platforms.
The lineup of SLI-Certified DDR3 HyperX modules from Kingston comprise a DDR3-1625, DDR3-1800 and DDR3-2000 kit, all of which are 2GB kits with Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP).
You can learn more about the modules within Kingston's official announcement here folks.
Hsinchu, Taiwan - (April 2, 2008) - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its family of HyperX DDR3 memory modules have been SLI-certified by NVIDIA Corporation, as part of its program to offer gaming enthusiasts solid platform/memory compatibility, stability and performance solutions when building high performance systems using the new series of NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI platforms.
"Collaborating with the world's best of class chipset manufacturers and industry alliance partners, Kingston is proud to launch a new family of auto-overclocked memory designed, tested, and certified to meet NVIDIA's standards," said Ann Bai, Product Manager, DRAM Memory, APAC Region, Kingston. "Our new N Series HyperX DDR3 modules deliver the fastest performance possible with the new nForce 790i SLI series of motherboard partner solutions."
Everything is going green, not in colour, but in concept. No more wasteful power consumption, and certainly much less heat production from everyday items such as globes. Welcome to the new era of green technology.
OSRAM is a familiar name to almost any household, it might be one of those names you've seen somewhere before, but you have no idea what or where it's from. Let me enlighten you, I mean figuratively take you out of the dark. Yes, these guys are the bright flame of the bulbous world. What I mean is, bulbs and globes are their business, and you have probably bought one of their products at least once in your life.
OSRAM is working on the development of high-efficiency OLED light sources that consume little energy. Their latest developments are in the opto semiconductor technology field. For the first time ever they have simultaneously made improvements in the two areas which were considered inversely proportional, that of energy-efficiency and longevity. The energy-efficient OLEDs have been tweaked to achieving an efficiency of 46 lm/W and a life of more than 5000 hours.
Dr. Karsten Heuser, Director of OLED Lighting Technology at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is very pleased with the excellent results to date. "Our development team has reached a real milestone for warm white OLEDs .OLED flat light sources are approaching the values of conventional lighting solutions and are therefore becoming attractive for a wide variety of applications."
The warm OLEDs can be used for many different applications, from illuminated wall coverings, atmospheric canopies of light and light partitions. With their pleasant diffused light, the colour of which can be individually controlled, OLEDs will enhance the premium design segment, for example as light tiles that can be attached to any surface.
By March 2009, development should be so far advanced that a demonstrator for an energy-saving OLED flat light module comprising several tiles will be able to deliver an overall luminous flux of 500 lm from a power consumption of less than 10 W. What this means is big savings both in power consumption and in terms of cost of the products in the future.
You can read the full report here.
Word is in today that Palit is about to start shipping its GeForce 9600GT graphics card under the Sonic naming scheme with a grand total of 1GB of onboard RAM.
It uses 1024MB of DDR3 memory which is clocked at 2000MHz DDR - it is an improvement over a regular 9600GT reference card that has a memory clock speed of 1800MHz DDR. The core comes clocked at a factory overclocked speed of 700MHz which is 50MHz faster than standard.
As long as pricing is good, it should be a pretty kick ass product. We have one on the way for testing next week, so you'll need to wait till our full review is online for the final verdict.
Until then head on over to the product page for more details.
Somebody over at G.Skill must be going a little crazy - they have just started shipping not only 8GB but also 16GB DDR2 memory kits.
The 8GB kit includes two 4GB DDR2-800 modules and the 16GB kit includes four 4GB DDR2-800 modules. The RAM works at 1.8 volts on a 6 layer PCB at timings of 5-5-5-15 and are designed for Intel P35, X38 and X48 based Intel motherboards.
These modules are clearly stated to be for desktop users and do not include ECC support which is a must for servers. I have never heard anybody tell me they want 8GB let alone 16GB - show me a program that a regular user is using that can actually take full advantage of 8GB and 16GB.
If you have a 64-bit operating system and loads of cash to blow, consider it. If you don't, then do yourself a favor and save your money. More details at the product website.
G.Skill has announced another DDR3 kit to the market. This time, it's called the DDR3-1800 CL7 comprising of two 1GB modules in the kit.
The memory is guaranteed to maintain a clock speed of 1800MHz (PC3-14400) at the low latency settings of 7(CL), 7(TRCD), 7(TRP), & 18(TRAS). The components also come with a lifetime warranty.
According to G.Skill, the memory gets pretty hot under stressful conditions, so they have added in the nifty cooling device from Antazone called the RamMod cooler. It is made of plastic, and guides the fans output directly down onto the chips and heat spreader encased around the RAM chips.
The fan is said to be silent or at least inaudible, coming in at about 20 dBA, and should last 70,000 hours. There is a limitation on the RamMod warranty of 2 years, but if you are the typical early adopter, then the RAM will most likely not stay in your system that long.
You can see more specs here at the G.Skill website.
Super Talent has launched "The Memory Challenge", which is a web-based quiz game designed to educate its users about memory.
It is basically a reverse FAQ where they ask you the questions. There are no prizes involved except the gift of knowledge - sorry, couldn't help myself there!
If you want to learn something new about RAM or just prove how geek smart you are to your friends, head on over!
Okay, the first thing that has to be said... Nvidia knows our contact details and if they want to start sending us products under NDA instead of these mystery companies, we are happy to cooperate, just as AMD has recently agreed to do.
We want to hear negative comments about our work as much as anyone else does about their work. But the bottom line is, when you have been in this game as long as us, you get use to it and it is like water off a ducks back. We understand you simply cannot please everyone.
What we do have a problem with is when people take the time and effort to post negative comments about our content without actually taking the time to read it and verify what they are posting in forums - such as "Chris Ray" who is an Nvidia employed forums member. A lot of the issues that people have mentioned with our GX2 Early Test were actually covered in the article - they just did not read the actual article.
In the final thoughts we mentioned about the newer driver not being able to install, even though it was said to be for the GX2. If you do not think we actively searched or asked for a new driver, you are sadly mistaken. The next gripe is of course the people saying that SLI isn't working under Vista. I included the 8800GT for this very reason. The 8800GT specification is only slightly behind that of the 9800GX2 from a single core GPU perspective. Now with a bit of logic, you would think that if SLI wasn't working in a game, then performance would only be slightly faster than the 8800GT.
Performance gains over the 8800GT OC can be seen of up to and over 50% under Vista at times. Now if SLI was not working, how is it that a graphics card, with specs that is only slightly better than an 8800GT, score so much more? If you take the time to think about it you would probably realize that it is because SLI is actually enabled. Sadly for Nvidia fan boys, the GX2 is not all it is cracked up to be - at least with these early drivers.
There's been some funny comments said and one of my personal favourites is by one forum member (owner of Driver Heaven actually) saying that we only took pictures of the back of the card to protect the company that sent it. Well technically each side of the card is a back and we took pictures of both sides.
We are not here to annoy Nvidia or anyone else for that matter. We mentioned that the article was an "Early Test" in the article title. Performance as it is at the moment just as the people want to see and we are here to deliver it. We also mentioned that as soon as we get a new driver we will retest the card. We're extremely dedicated to the testing of drivers - we take the time every month to evaluate the latest Catalyst releases from AMD.
To the people who have taken the time to read the complete review and answered some of the responses we thank you. For those of you who have chosen to simply look at the graphs and nothing else playing on the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover!" how about... "Don't judge a review by its graphs!".
Today Patriot Memory have today released their latest DDR3 Extreme Performance memory kit, the PC3-14400 (DDR3-1800MHz) Viper Series.
The RAM is listed over at Newegg for a rather costly $349.99 USD in 2GB kits and also includes lifetime warranty if something happens to go bad. They are also equipped Patriot's Viper Heat Shields that uses their Aluminum Copper Composite technology for what looks to be rather impressive cooling.
The memory is tested to work at 1800MHz DDR on Intel P35, X38 and X48 based motherboards at 1.9 volts. At these extreme speeds it will work at timings of 8-8-8-20 and also includes support for Extreme Memory Profiles (Intel XMP) which is another nice touch.
If you are after some new RAM capable of extremely high speeds head on over to the product page to learn more.
Maybe we should have booked thought plane tickets to Germany after all. Nevertheless, the news continues flooding in and we find ourselves back at German website PCGH who scored exclusive pictures of an upcoming and improved AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 which has been rumored for the past week or so.
What is improved? For starters, it comes with faster and cooler operating GDDR4 memory clocked (still a total of 1GB onboard RAM) at 2250MHz DDR which is up from the 1800MHz DDR on the GDDR3 version of the X2. Not only that, it also features a shorter PCB design with improved heat pipe cooler. If what we are seeing is the reference design from AMD, we are quite pleased. Regular X2 cards were released with just TV-out and dual DVI ports but the shots we are seeing of this card includes TV-out, HDMI and three DVI ports, which is much better.
By the look of the pictures, it would seem like the new and improved X2 is almost ready and would probably come out around the same time as Nvidia's 9800 GX2 but we do not have any firm release dates yet.
Enjoy the product shots in the photo gallery over at PCGH for the time being.
We are totally shocked to hear that MSI have plans to enter the memory module market under the "Star Memory" brand. We visited MSI in Taiwan for their pre-CeBIT bash but heard nothing about this.
On display in Germany at the MSI booth is the first set of Star Memory modules red or blue heat spreader. The modules on display are DDR2-800 with timings of CL5 - nothing overly exciting but you have got to start somewhere in the RAM business and this is a very interesting move by MSI.
We have often wondered why the like of ASUS, GIGABYTE as well as MSI never did it before. Maybe this will bring about a change in that - we'll see.
Sony Australia have just announced a refresh of the entire Memory Stick flash media line, now labelled as Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark II. The refreshed models, offered in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities, are slightly cheaper than the current line, support higher read and write speed (minimum write of 32 mbps) and still include a five year warranty.
But the biggest news is the announcement of a 16GB stick, compatible with PSP (for those extra nine films you just NEED to take everywhere).
It will be released in April with a suggested retail price of $479.95 AUD.
Corsair have just taken both their DDR2 and DDR3 memory module lineup to new heights with an announcement supporting the release of some extreme modules using Corsair's patented DHX (Dual-Path Heat Xchange) technology.
Planned for availability by late february are two 4GB DDR2 kits comprising 2x2GB modules in PC2-8500 (1066MHz) and PC2-9136 (1142MHz) speeds. DDR3 wise, we'll be seeing some modules capable of cracking the 2000MHz barrier very soon.
Check out Corsair's announcement here for the full scoop.
"Pushing the limits of new memory technologies, architectures and densities is what Corsair is known for," said Jack Peterson, VP of Corporate Marketing at Corsair. "These latest announcements will clearly impress our highly demanding enthusiast customers, as well as push Corsair even farther into the lead as the world's fastest memory solutions manufacturer," added Peterson.
Fudzilla have acquired some exclusive info in relation to NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GX2, their upcoming answer to the HD 3870 X2 from AMD.
Basing their comments on a screen shot of the manual from one of NV's partners, it may be possible that we'll be seeing 9800 GX2's with a whopping 2GB of graphics memory; though it's also possible this may be an advancement of select variants Vs. the reference model.
Although we've already seen a lot of different pictures of the GeForce 9800GX2, Fudzilla is the first site to have a screen shot from a manual of one of the partner cards as you can see below. This in itself might not be the most exciting thing in the world, as it just confirms the previous pictures, but what made us take notice, was that each of the PCB's seem to feature 1GB of memory on this specific card.
The lads at TechConnect have sourced some details of a new DDR2 based memory kit hitting the market from Transcend, this a part of their enthusiast "aXeRam" Series of modules.
This kit comprises 2x2GB modules rated for speeds of 1066MHz at 2.0v with timings of 5-5-5-15. EPP has been added to the modules and they are covered by Transcend's black and gold aluminum heatsinks. Furthermore, the kit is backed up by a lifetime warranty for quality assurance.
In similar fashion to the GDDR4 based 1GB 2900XTs that popped up soon after initial batches of reference GDDR3 offerings were released, it looks like several ATI partners are planning to use DDR4 memory on select Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards as well.
Fudzilla report that X2s should start appearing in around a few weeks from now, but specific details about how much memory will be implemented or how fast they plan to run it at hasn't yet been revealed.
A few ATI partners have confirmed that they are almost done with their GDDR4 R680 design. Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards are currently selling for around 400, but they are all based on slower DDR3 memory clocked at 1800MHz for the reference cards.
This card should be just a bit more expensive and it should launch in a few weeks, but we don't expect any significant speed jumps with the new DDR4 card.
The point is, ATI can do it and the partners want it, so they will definitely follow up with the new refreshed card.
G.Skill continue to show strong support for DDR2 based motherboards with this latest DDR2-1066 4GB kit.
The F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK kit uses an 8-layer PCB with its memory chips being rated for timings of 5-5-5-15 at the stock 1066MHz speed. More details here.
Taipei, Taiwan (techmessenger.com) -- In consideration of high capacity memory becomes main spec for high end system. G.Skill strives for providing complete product range. DDR2-1066 4GB PK series memory kit fills up the product line coverage in high performance memory.
G.Skill F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK uses 8 Layers PCB which can avoid electronic noise from power line and ground. It also can provide more stable impedance and lower signal distortion.
TwinMOS has taken their TwiSTER series of performance memory modules into DDR3 world having just announced some new DDR3-1600MHz and DDR3-1800MHz over-clocking modules under the TwiSTER lineup.
DDR3-1600MHz and DDR3-1800MHz memory modules of the TwiSTER series are made with the original dies from Micron Technology Inc in a 128Mx8 layout and are delivered in 1GB capacity. These dies are packaged with the latest FBGA (Fine-pitch Ball Grid Array) technology. Other specifications of these modules include 240-pin design, working voltage at 1.8V, CL= 8-8-8-21, clock frequency at 1600MHz and 1800MHz, and data transfer bandwidth at 12800MB/sec (DDR3-1600) and 14400MB/sec (DDR3-1800).
You can learn more about the modules within the official PR here folks.
(January 8, 2008 Taipei) The DDR3 has become more popular in the market since Intel's introduction the P35 and X38 chipsets. After introducing the high-level DDR3-1333 module for desktops and the high-level DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM for laptops, TwinMOS would like to introduce the TwiSTER over-clocking series, which includes DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1800 models, to fulfill the hardware requirements of professional game players and overclockers.
A mob by the name of Zaward has introduced a new RAM cooler into the market this week which sports a vertically mounted 30mm fan embedded in the heatsink design which promises to help cool the modules by up to 15 degrees over passive solutions on the market.
You can obtain full details on the new "RAM Cooler" solution from Zaward within the official PR here.
Taipei, Taiwan (techmessenger.com) -- Zaward Corporation, a professional thermal provider aims to create best product to user's demand.
Announcing a brand-new product "RAM cooler", special designed for professional gamers, with more powerful performance than any other memory module coolers!
Chaintech has just pushed their DDR3 memory lineup to the 2GHz barrier with some new APOGEE GT "Blazer" series modules, these primarily suited to the upcoming X48 Intel chipset.
The modules use Micron D9G chips and can handle their rated 2000MHz speed with timings of 9-8-8-24. They are to become available as a 2GB dual-channel kit and will include Chaintech's Cool It Smart memory heatsink block.
The folks at TechConnect have the scoop.
In order to better combat high latencies on DDR2 parts, memory maker Patriot have come up with a 4GB quad kit comprising 4x1GB PC2-6400 (800MHz) modules which operate with lowly timings of 4-4-4-12 at 2.2V. If it's the best of both worlds you want in terms of ultra low latencies combined with plenty of RAM for those memory intensive games, this might be a nice option for you.
Fremont, California, USA, October 9, 2007 - Patriot Memory, a global provider of premium quality memory module and flash memory solutions, today announced the latest addition to their Extreme Performance line of gaming modules, the 4GB Quad Kit.
"The reasoning behind the launch of the 4GB Quad Kit was to provide high density solutions with fast timings," said Les Henry, Technical Director of Patriot Memory.