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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.
Kingston has been building and selling enthusiast RAM for computers for a long time. The company has a line of RAM that is popular with gamers and overclockers in the HyperX series.
The new HyperX H2O series RAM is notable because rather than having the traditional aluminum heat sink the RAM has a heat sink that has barbs for liquid cooling. The heat sink allows water to be circulated through the heat sink for better cooling.
Apple announced some new and updated gear recently and among those items were updated iMac AIO computers. There are many people out there who order machines with the minimum RAM available to save some money.
If you ordered your iMac this way OWC has announced that it now has RAM updates ready for the new iMac machines. You can get a single 2GB DIMM for $59.99, a pair of those 2GB DIMMs will cost you $117.99.
When it comes to RAM most of us are still happy with 4GB or 6GB of memory. For some people that just is not enough RAM though. G.Skill has announced a new RAM kit with 48GB of total memory.
The kit has 12 hand-picked 4GB DIMMs and is specifically designed for machines using the EVGA Super Record 2 mainboard. That board has dual Intel Xeon CPU sockets.
Blimey Charlie! Words that not all of you will understand. But let us just say when I just got word now of Lsdmeasap aka Ed, GIGABYTE volunteer tech support and all-round great guy from our forums, hitting a 2700MHz DDR3 memory speed, I got just a little excited. We all know this guy knows his motherboards inside out, but even I didn't know he was really into extreme overclocking.
Using a GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 motherboard and a Mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz Blackline triple-channel kit, oh and of course some lovely cold dry ice, he managed to hit an incredible memory speed of 2700MHz DDR. This was with the memory set at a 2:16 ratio and the timings set at 9-12-11-31. And remember this is in triple-channel mode!
And you thought you had to buy G.SKILL, Corsair or OCZ RAM to get the big clocks. Welcome back Mushkin! Head on over to this forum thread for the full details and more impressive photos.
After an extended break, Kingmax are making another big splash in the memory market as they strive to make their way back up to the top tier enthusiast class segment.
It's been mentioned this week that they are planning something quite unique to stand out from the pack with an upcoming dual channel kit for LGA-1156 systems.