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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.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - G.Skill has announced that it will be showing off new RAM at CES 2011 that is specifically for the new Intel Sandy Bridge CPU platforms. The RAM is optimized for H67 and P67 platforms and is called RipjawsX. The new line has a number of products in it with the fastest being a 4GB kit running at 2,300MHz.
The 2,300MHz kit has latencies of CL7-10-10-27 and is made up of dual 2GB DIMMS with red heat sinks. The RAM will also be offered in other kits ranging from 4GB to 16GB with speeds of 1333MHz up to the 2300MHz kit I just mentioned.
Some of the RAM has heat sinks with fans and the heat sinks come in red, blue, or black depending on the kit. The RAM will ship with a lifetime warranty and the top of the line 2300MHz kit has data bandwidth of 25K MB/s bandwidth. Pricing and availability are unannounced, but we should hear more when CES kicks off.
Just in time for CES, Patriot has announced two new series of memory kits to their lineup. Geared towards the second generation Intel Core processor platforms, the Viper Extreme Division 2 Edition and G2 Series DDR3 memory modules are here.
The Viper Extreme memory is geared towards the extreme enthusiast, offering speeds of up to 2133mhz and advertised with "plenty of headroom for adventurous overclockers." The G2 Series, the successor to Patriot's original G Series, are more budget and stable minded with speeds between 1333mhz and 1600mhz with effective low profile heatsinks. Prices and official release dates were not released.
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.