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I am a big fan of PC gaming and always look forward to new video cards hitting the market to give me better graphics when I play. A new video card has turned up at CeBIT from Sapphire and the card is a beast.
The Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5970 has 4GB of on-board memory of the GDDR5 flavor. It uses a Sapphire Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme cooler packed with three fans and four copper heat pipes. That massive cooler should keep the card running nice and cool.
The GPU clock is 850MHz and the memory clock is 4800MHz. The card needs a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors and has two DVI outputs. The card also has a pair of DisplayPort outputs too. Exactly how much the beast will cost is unknown, but it won't be cheap.
Most of us will agree that when it comes to storage, RAM, and performance more is always better. If you can get more of any one of those three items free, it is a great thing indeed.
Joystiq reports that Sony has quietly unlocked an extra 70MB of RAM for PS3 game developers to take advantage of. The extra memory comes by way of making the PS3 OS smaller. The OS was previously 120MB and was reduced to 50MB with a recent update.
It's nice to see Sony is always looking to optimize the PS3, which is still one of the best Blu-ray players around in my mind. One game dev told Joystiq that the extra RAM is nice, but gamers shouldn't expect a massive improvement in games.
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One key to getting computers that are faster and use less power is to move to ever smaller build processes for CPUs and memory components. The smaller the build process the less heat is produced and the cheaper the components are to build.
Samsung has announced what it claims to be the industry's first 30nm DDR3 DRAM. The new chips are being made in 2Gb densities and are available for 1.35V and 1.5V desktops, notebooks, and servers. The new 30nm process allows Samsung to increase productivity by 60% compared to 40nm class DRAM.
The DRAM produced with the new process also needs less power with reduced consumption of up to 30% compared to 50nm class DRAM. Samsung is developing 4GB modules using the new DRAM and mass production is set for H2 2010.
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In our most recent poll, we asked our readers who is their favorite RAM memory module maker. We have had almost 2,000 people vote on the poll and the numbers are in.
Among TweakTown readers, Corsair is the most popular RAM memory module maker taking 27% of the votes.
Second went to Kingston, followed very closely by in third by OCZ. G.Skill cemented a solid forth place and the others were all pretty close.
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know, are you going to buy an Apple iPad tablet in 60 days? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
CES 2010 - A-DATA shows off several new products including SSDs, flash, memory and PSUs.
For me A-DATA's new SSD lineup was the most appealing for me. Here we see a massive 512GB SSD.
For early 2010 A-DATA will offer four SSDs, one based on SandForce's new 1200 Series consumer controller. We here that TweakTown will be the first to review this product in a few months.
A-DATA will also venture into the PSU business in 2010 and they had a few on display at CES.
Flash products are a large part of A-DATA's business and the company had several themed flash memory drives on hand.
The company started shipping external drives last year and they are going to continue in this market.
A-DATA made their name in the high performance PC memory sector and they will continue to grow in this market as well.
CES 2010 - On the 2nd day of the actual show we got a chance to talk to Kingston. They had a few interesting items up on display. One of the first we saw was a few possible new color choices for your RAM. These included pink and even purple. But there was more than just color options being shown off at the Kingston Suite.
One of the first things that Kingston wanted us to take a look at was how well their new 16GB memory (4x4GB) kit for Core i5 handled RAM intensive applications like Photoshop. To do this they took a series of stitched photos (digital images combined to form a panoramic) that were exposure bracketed and combines them into a single HDR image file. This process involves having multiple images each containing up to 12 vector layers.
The system we were shown was using 14 of the 16GB of ram available and was still responsive and able quick. From there Kingston took us to see a new product. This is their 24GB triple (6x4GB) channel kit for the Core i7 X58 combination. To show the capability of this RAM to handle high loads Kingston had setup an interesting demo. They had VMWare Server installed and running a Windows 7 VM as a guest. Inside this Guest they opened a number of windows causing the system to max out the full 24GB.
Now These demos might not show you the overclocking capabilities of the new HyperX kits but they do show how stable this new RAM from Kingston is even under heavy loads. We hope to take a closer look at these kits in the near future.
But like they say; Wait there is more. Kingston also let us know that they will be partnering up with Sony Pictures to release a USB version of the movie "Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT" on a limited edition USB Flach Drive. Kingston also showed us a smaller 30GB version of their recently released "boot drive" SSD.
CES 2010 - Patriot displayed a couple of new solid state drives in their hotel yesterday. The Zephyr shown here is running the new JMicron 612 controller and is designed as a mainstream solution. The Inferno on the left is where the action is though.
The Patriot Inferno uses SandForce's 1200 solid state controller that is positioned to provide the next big leap in SSD technology.
Benchmarks for the Inferno are on the left and as you can see the 4K write speeds are simply incredible.
The preproduction case for the Inferno is hot! Here you can see that the housing is painted red, something that we really hope will make it into production units.
CES 2010 - Kingston Technology now has 1600MHz DDR3 memory kits available for professional users looking to take their photography to the next level.
In order to get to 24GB Kingston has bundled six 4GB memory modules running at 1600 MHz (CL9) and placed them in a triple channel kit.
Kingston had previously launched a 24GB triple channel kit at a slower speed and the cost was right around 2100 USD. The new 1600MHz kit should be available now for 1600 USD.
Even more surprising was the demo system that was able to make use of all that memory. Here we see enough applications running that use up 22.4 GB of space.