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COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Down on the Computex floor G.Skill are strutting their stuff showing us what the new 990FX chipset from AMD is capable of. In an ASUS Sabertooth 990FX board G.Skill has got a staggering 16GB of DDR3 running at 2133MHz DDR.
The timings come in at 9-11-9-28 at 1.65v and as you can see from a pic of the system this is achieved with four modules making all the banks full.
This is actually a really nice achievement, most the time we see AMD users miss out on high end RAM but like previously G.Skill have come to the rescue again with its Flare Series.
For exactly what's going on you can see a picture of the CPU-Z information. If you're eyes are shot like mine, though, and you can't zoom in let me tell you they're using an Phenom II X6 1100T at the 3336MHz. They've lowered the multiplier to 12.5x and pushed the FSB to 266.9 MHz. Combined with a 1:4 divider on the Sabertooth 990FX they've been able to achieve 1067.6MHz or 2135MHz DDR.
It's great to see G.Skill giving some love to the AMD platform and no doubt this will be a monster kit when we get our hands on Bulldozer. For up to the second updates on stuff make sure you check out our TweakTown Facebook page as we feed information too it during the show.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Earlier in the year we saw Crucial expand the popular Ballistix line by adding the new Sport series. The heatsink design was new and interesting and complemented the series well but today Crucial kick it up a notch by expanding the series again.
Outside of the Sport series you can see they've added the Tactical and Elite series into the mix. We don't have heaps of information on the series at the moment but it's fairly obvious that the Elite will no doubt carry the most aggressive speeds while the Tactical offers speeds slightly below that with more relaxed timings.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Corsair has got straight to work on what is officially Day 1 of Computex expanding the Vengeance series with a new LP Vengeance line. As you may have guessed from the title LP stands for Low Profile and compared to the current crop of Vengeance kits they are indeed not as tall following that more traditional height as you can see below.
We don't have exact data on what kits we'll see in the new line but offering an ultra-low 1.35v default voltage the kits will no doubt be sitting around the 1600 / 1866MHz DDR CL9 speeds. What we do know is that the kits will be available in both Triple and Dual Channel form for the X58 and P67 / Z68 platform.
Coming in a range of colors including Red, White and Blue the Vengeance LP series is a good looking one. The reduced height is also going to be appreciated for users who use massive air coolers and want good quality modules from a company like Corsair.
No doubt we'll be seeing more from Corsair over the next day or two, for up to the second updates on stuff make sure you check out our TweakTown Facebook page as we feed information too it during the show.
G.Skill has today announced that we'll be seeing a PC3-18400 RipJaws-X kit that carries a whopping default clock speed of 2300MHz DDR. This is achieved with a 9-11-9-28-2T @ 1.65v setup. Below, though, we can see in the screen shot G.Skill have actually managed to achieve 2303MHz DDR at 9-11-9-28-1T using the same voltage.
What makes the kit really stand out is the fact that it's an 8GB one versus 4GB, which is what we tend to see from these really high-end kits. Coming as no surprise the kit will be a limited edition and that's no doubt due to the fact it's such a high speed. Unlike the 2133MHz DDR kit, overclocking will be slightly more involved due to 2300MHz DDR not being a natively supported speed on the Intel P67 platform.
To achieve the default clock G.Skill tell us you'll need an ASUS Maximum IV Extreme or P8P67 Deluxe along with a CPU that's capable of achieving a 107.9 BCLK. While the first requirement won't be an issue for high-end users, a high BCLK achieving CPU comes down to luck of the draw.
Currently there's no pricing slated for the kit and the current ETA is "Coming Soon" but we should see the RipJaws-X PC3-18400 kit in the coming weeks with the G.Skill Turbulence II that you can see above...
There seems to be a theme over the recent months with military style gaming gear. We've got the latest Killer series from Gigabyte and the new ASUS P67 Sabertooth that sports what essentially looks like a massive heatsink over the whole motherboard.
Expanding upon much loved series like the Ripjaws and RipjawsX, we see the new Sniper series which aims at the gaming and modding enthusiast. Available in black and metallic green, this unique gun styled heatsink makes it the next weapon of choice in your PCs arsenal.
Available from next week we'll see kits ranging from 1333MHz DDR to 1866MHz DDR with a default voltage ranging from 1.25v to 1.6v. With 8 different speed kits hitting the market that offer support for AMDs AM3 chipset and Intels P55, P67, H61, H67 and X58, there's going to be a set for you.
Keep an eye out for a review on the new series as G.Skill has confirmed they've pulled the trigger on sending us a kit of the new series.
Make sure you check out the full press release to have a look at the speeds and timings G.Skill will be offering us.
Memory specialists Kingston may be moving to purchase a share of SSD controller supplier JMicron in the near future. Kingston, which already uses JMicron controllers in their SSD lineup, was reportedly brought into the deal after an investment partnership with Toshiba went south.
Kingston accounted for 30% of JMicron's controller shipments in 2010, with Kingston expanding its lineup of SSDs between 64 and 512GB. A meeting was scheduled for the 25th according to sources, but nothing further has been officially released at this time.
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OCZ has said hasta la vista to the memory market. After starting out in the memory market, they have expanded into other markets which has seen exponential growth.
OCZ's third quarter financial report has shown this, OCZ's SSD business have revenues that were up 325% over the same quarter last year for a total of $41.5 million. It was also 105% higher than the Q2 results.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Our first stop during the Digital Experience event last night here in Las Vegas was with Crucial Memory who showed us some recent software improvements to its line of Ballistix Tracer Smart memory.
Many of you will know what Ballistix Tracer memory is all about from our reviews with its fancy flashing LEDs. What Jeremy from Crucial explained to us in the video below is that they have been spending considerable time improving the accompanying software that goes along with it to give the user a high level of control over the funky lights.
The new "lights" tab in the software gives you a huge range of control over the lights so you can setup your RAM to just how you want it.
Here's an announcement that hardware fans have been looking forward to for some time. Samsung, one of the leaders in memory manufacturing, has announced today the development of a DDR4 DRAM stick that performs reads and writes with up to 40 percent more power efficiency than DDR3.
Samsung's DDR4 currently has a bandwidth max of 2.13Gbps at 1.2V, but these modules are expected to eventually be able to hit speeds of 4Gbps. This memory will be a godsend to mobile devices like laptops which will be able to use Samsung's Pseudo Open Drain technology to minimize battery drain by the modules. Samsung is also working with server manufacturers to acquire the JEDEC certification necessary for server implementation.