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I like to see what's on the inside of my gadgets and hardware as much as the next geek as long as that doesn't mean I have to kill my gear. If you like gaming RAM for the speed and performance you probably know that each time a new set of RAM comes out it has increasingly garish and complex looking heat sinks to help keep it cool. Most of the heat sinks are for looks as much as cooling through. If you prefer your hardware to look like hardware with no aluminum or flashing lights Kingmax has your memory.
The company has just unveiled a new set of fast 2400MHz DRAM modules that have no heat sink. The RAM is designed for overclocking and is the only module that can operate at 2400Mhz without a heat sink according to the maker. The Nano Gaming RAM uses nano thermal dissipation tech to cool the chips.
The RAM promises bandwidth of 19.2GB/sec with 1.65v of power. Latencies are 9-11-9-27 and the maker promises the RAM is perfect for gamers. The Nano Gaming RAM series has modules with operating frequencies of 1600MHz, 2000MHz, 2200MHz, and 2400MHz that will work with different computer platforms. The 2400Mhz RAM is for Intel P55 chipsets.
Crucial have just added Thermal Sensors to their Ballistix line of memory - the memory comes in two-flavors. The first being the DDR3-1866MHz capable, available in 2GB and 4GB dual-channel kits, with triple-channel 6GB kits also available.
Secondly, they have the DDR3-2133MHz available in 2GB and 4GB dual-channel kits. The new memory incorporates a new thermally improved design and a built-in thermal sensor. The new kits are also compatible with Crucial's recently announced Crutial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan.
Our lovely and friendly GIGABYTE Tech Support forum admin Lsdmeasap has been at it again and has managed to achieve something pretty special.
Using a set of Mushkin Radioactive DDR3-2000 3 x 2GB memory modules and a GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD6 motherboard, he has been able to push the RAM well above spec and hit the mighty 3000MHz DDR zone. Actually, the exact speed he was able to reach was 3025.80MHz at timings of a pretty decent 9-12-9-31 considering the extreme memory speed.
Using a RAM cooling block that is usually designed for water cooling, Lsdmeasap instead used some dry ice and sent the memory down to a chilly minus 41 degrees Celsius. You can see the results and all the pictures over at this forum thread. Nice work again Lsdmeasap!
Corsair has announced that it has launched some new RAM that might be perfect for the next enthusiast or gaming rig you are building up. The new RAM is in the Vengeance series of DDR3 and is aimed at making for some great overclocking on current and coming Intel platforms. All of the Vengeance modules run at 1.5V.
The RAM will be offered in single, dual, and triple channel modules kits and will come in capacities from 4GB up to 16GB. The entire line has the same aluminum heat spreaders of thermal performance and has a cool appearance as well. The RAM really does look good too; it reminds me of the suit in Crysis for some reason.
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.