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How would you like 50% more efficient RAM? I know I would love some. Right now despite speeds and latency improvements the current DDR technology just does not really give everything it is capable of.
Kingston and RAMBUS are working to change all of that. They have announced a new type of RAM that uses DDR3 modules, but in s slightly different way.
What they are doing is optimizing them for multi-threaded applications and CPUs. These new DDR3 modules will have the ultra-creative name of threaded memory modules. The will use industry standard DDR3 devices and the usual infrastructure (which means no new mainboards to but hopefully).
The new TMMs will be able to run 64-Byte memory transfers at full bus utilization. If all this is truly possible then we could see up to a 50% performance increase. Since the RAM is able to process data more efficiently there is also a corresponding 20% reduction in power usage.
Like I said the other day 2010 and beyond are going to have some pretty impressive technology debuts. Things like this are just the beginning.
In the days running up to the launch of the P55 and the Core i5 companies will be vying for attention on their supporting products. This has been seen with the number of previews for P55 based boards that are out right now.
But we are also seeing more memory kits with high OC values and lower voltages coming out. These are going to be perfectly positioned to work with the P55 in Dual channel mode and should see something of a buying frenzy just before and after the Core i5/P55 launch.
One of these comes from Kingston. The new kit is listed as a 2133MHz with a voltage of only 1.65. This puts it under the "danger" range that Intel once stated for the Core i7 and could possibly exist in the Core i5.
The new memory will have some fairly decent latency of 8 for such a high speed. No word on pricing or availability just yet but you can bet they will be out soon.
The gang over at A-DATA has added a nice little update to their DDR3 line. They have added a 4GB single module option for all of their DDR3 products. This includes Desktop, Laptop and Server Memory.
This move matches a few other companies that are increasing the capacity of their single modules, with the exception of making the move across the entire line.
The new modules should start showing up in the channel immediately and if the pricing is in the right area could open up good options for memory upgrades.
Of course there is the small problem of support. While Linux has support for more than 4GB of RAM in a 32-bit OS, Windows 7 and Windows Vista do not. This could make the market for these slightly limited outside the enthusiast and x64 community.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 SDRAM Kits for $33.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping.
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There is an unconfirmed rumor that Corsair will stop using Elpida in their High-end dominator RAM.
According to a forum post on the Corsair help pages Corsair has been seeing a higher than normal failure rate of Dominator RAM with Elpida Hyper based modules.
This has lead to a recall of more than a few Corsair products. The TW3X4G1600C6GTF, TR3X6G1866C7GTF, TR3X6G2000C8GTF, TR3X3G2000C7GTF, and TR3X6G2000C7GTF are all listed as affected.
If you have one of these kits and are having trouble you might want to head over to their warranty page and see what they can do for you.
Although there has been no "official" announcement from Corsair on this other than the Forum page, it is very nice to see a manufacturer like Corsair standing behind their products even though the flaw is not their direct fault.
More information here
In a creepy tale better suited to Halloween, we're hearing whisperings that a fair few Elpida hyper memory chips have been reportedly arriving dead on arrival on customers' doorsteps. *Scream!*
Elpida memory chips are thought to be best in class at the moment, being the only chips capable of 2000 CAS7 on just 1.65V, but it seems something is going terribly wrong. Dozens of people are reporting their brand spanking new memory was found dead in its packaging, with the cause a mystery.
The chips apparently work fine when they are tested at the factory, but somewhere between packaging and opening, fatality strikes.
We've heard RMA rates - the percentage of all systems returned under warranty that are suspected of being defective - have shot up by 50 per cent for high end memory kits based on Elpida chips, a problem we're told Elpida has been made aware of.
Elpida has not replied to our queries on the subject but there are rumours the firm is recalling recent batches which have been failing at voltages as low as 1.5V. There is also speculation Elpida is trying to replace those chips as soon as it can with newer DDR3 chips which both clock and perform better.
G.Skill has officially launched the world's fastest memory, Perfect Storm DDR3 2133 CL9 6GB.
G.Skill's new triple channel DDR3 kit runs has 2,133MHz, pushing overclocking to the limits. It comes in a 6GB kit with its own cooler and a CAS latency of 9. G.Skill says the new addition to the Perfect Storm series "provide overclockers and enthusiasts the best overclocking potential for their Core i7 platforms with affordable price and lifetime warranty."
They have also announced the retail availability of the Turbulence Fan memory cooler. G.Skill first announced the product at CeBIT this year and since then has received a lot on interest in the product. G.Skill didn't announce a price for the cooler but did say that it will be available in black or grey.
nVidia might be getting back in the game with their new 40nm mobile offerings. Although they are certainly behind AMD in terms of DX they are making a significant move in terms of memory support for the GPUs.
According to Fudzilla nVidia has opted for GDDR5 on their mobile GPUs instead of the usual GDDR3. This could mean a significant improvement in memory bandwidth allowing for better performance in the mobile segment.
Of course we still have to wait and see if TSMC can improve their leaky 40nm process but it is still a good sign of things to come; at least in the mobile market.
Read more here.
Nvidia's new 40nm mobile generation is getting closer to launch and DirectX 10.1 support is not the only surprise. The new mobile generation is also going to support GDDR5 memory, something that will work very well with notebooks.
GDDR5 can double the memory bandwidth over the GDDR3 and this will certainly result with a nice boost of Nvidia new mobile generation.
GT200 with GDDR5 was rumoured last year and now, it's becoming a reality and without any expectations we even got DirectX 10.1 with it
Computex Taipei 2009: We finally managed to stop by and visit the friendly people at the G.Skill booth in Nangang and they had a mighty fine demo on display for all to see.
The highlight product was its Perfect Storm Series DDR3 memory operating at a super fast DDR3-2200. While we cannot be entirely sure, it is probably the fastest true and working DDR3 memory on display at Computex this year.
Get a good look at it working in the video below:
Very tasty indeed!
Computex Taipei 2009: One of our last stops today out in Nangang was our visit to the Patriot Memory booth where they gave us a look at its fresh new high-end Viper 2 DDR3 memory as well as its newly launched Torqx SSD drives.
We'll have full reviews online of both products shortly - stay tuned!