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Memory is already at insanely low prices, but lower prices is not a bad thing, right?
The price of DRAM is set to continue falling throughout the first half of 2011 - the wholesale price of a 2GB DDR3 module has dropped 46 percent since the start of 2010, from around $46.50 to $25 - it could also drop to as low as $20 before the end of the year.
Gone are the days of Billy boy saying 640k will be enough, most systems I sell go with 4GB of memory, some with 8. Triple channel kits come in 6, 12 and 24GB so memory is going up and up and up. Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer plan to combat this with LR-DIMM's.
LR-DIMM's are a JEDEC version of the late MetaRAM tech - which basically faked a DRAM chip with a heap of small ones. LR stands for Load Reduced, and that's exactly what the buffer on the DIMM does.
Corsair is unleashing a new line of DDR3 RAM on the tech world just in time for the holiday season. Their new Vengeance series comes in a runs at 1600mhz at 1.5V in 2GB and 4GB modules.
The Vengeance kits will come in dual and triple-channel sets from 4GB to 16GB. Their "Light" heatsinks look to consist of thick metal plates with elongated heatsink fins. CL8 and CL9 timings will be available.
When it comes time to build up a new gaming PC most of us want something that performs really well. We also tend to want the machine to look good and with many of the cool computer cases on the market today have clear side windows the way the hardware inside the machine looks is as important as how the case looks on the outside.
Kingston has been selling a fan specifically made for its HyperX RAM for a long time now with the same blue color that the HyperX RAM sports. That blue fan might not go well if you are into the stealth look and are using one of the many cases that are black on the inside and out. If the blue color puts you off the fan, Kingston has announced a new black colored fan that cools just as well as the blue one.
When it comes to buying a new video card we are all used to getting the cards bundled with coupons for game downloads or with full versions of a video game inside the package ready to play when you are. We don't see many games bundled with other gear like peripherals and computer memory. Mushkin has announced a cool new RAM series called the Radioactive Series that is bundled with a game that fits right in with the radioactive theme.
The RAM kits will be bundled with a full version of the game Fallout: New Vegas when purchased at Newegg.com. That will probably be one of the coolest video games available this year so if you need new RAM, this kit is looking very good. The Radioactive RAM kits have a cool heatshield that has the radiation symbol on it and a sickly green color that fits the theme well.
Patriot has been in the memory game for a long time and is one of the names many enthusiasts look to for RAM for their computers. Patriot has announced a new RAM line that is aimed at Intel platform users that offer an interesting heat shield that promises to improve the cooling capacity, which should mean the RAM can be overclocked further than similar RAM using conventional heat sinks.
The new Viper Xtreme heatshield has a copper insert that runs across the DRAM chips that is then covered with an anodized aluminum heatshield. The custom heatshield provides 5% better cooling that an aluminum only heatshield according to Patriot. The RAM will be offered in three kits to start with that are each hand screened and tested in the Patriot labs before they are shipped.
When it comes to memory for your computer or AIO it's often cheaper to buy the machine from the maker with the minimum memory inside and then purchase the RAM you want and put it inside the machine once you get it. Many Mac fans out there do this with MacBook notebooks and the iMac AIO computer. Patriot has announced an expansion to its line of memory for the iMac.
Patriot now has some new SODIMM RAM that has been qualified for use inside the iMac AIO machines. The RAM is part of the Patriot Signature line and will be offered in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB kits. The 2GB kits have a single 2GB NAND, the 4GB kit includes a pair of 2GB modules, and the 8GB kits have dual 4GB modules. Patriot will offer two different kits for users to choose from.
OCZ has all sorts of computer hardware that it offers that ends up inside the computers of lots gamers and enthusiasts. OCZ first made a name for itself in the memory market with some high performance memory kits that are offered for just about any platform out there. OCZ was among the first companies to offer RAM to support the Intel Core series with the low 1.65V max when the CPUs first surfaced.
OCZ has now announced that it has a couple new RAM kits that comply with the latest JEDEC DDR3L low-voltage standards designed to make the RAM run cooler and more efficiently during high demands. Less heat may also mean that the RAM kits are more overclockable than standard offerings.
Computer enthusiasts are into all sorts of things when it comes to their computer systems. Some like gaming, some like crunching numbers, and some like to see how far they can push their hardware when overclocking. The most hard-core overclockers get away from liquid and air cooling and go for more exotic methods like liquid nitrogen to keep components cool.
Corsair announced today that its Dominator GT GTX6 RAM modules have been use to break memory speed worked records for DDR3. Overclocker Matthias Zronek used the Corsair RAM to break frequency records with CPU-Z validated speeds of 3078.2MHz at CL8-11-8-31 and 3059.4 MHz at CL7-11-8-31.
We see some very impressive overclocking results from time to time out of some of our DDR3 samples that pass through the TweakTown labs, but nothing holds a candle to what was achieved out of some Kingston branded modules at GamesCom 2010 last week.
Overclockers Benjamin 'Benji Tshi' Bioux and Jean-Baptiste 'marmott' Gerard used their overclocking prowess on a pair of HyperX KHX2333C9D3T1K3 modules from Kingston; these rated for a stock speed of 2333MHz. The rest of the platform comprised a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard, an Intel Core i7-870 processor, a Radeon HD 5670 graphics card and a Kingston 512GB solid state drive.
In order to push for the best possible outcome, extreme cooling measures were used in the form of liquid nitrogen.
The result? A massive 3068 MHz out of the memory, while the CPU ticked away at 4347 MHz.