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Samsung has just announced that mass production has started on the industry's first "through silicon via" (TSV) DDR4 RAM in 128GB modules, with the South Korean giant aiming at the enterprise and datacenter market.
Last year, Samsung revealed the world's first 3D TSV DDR4 RAM in 64GB DIMMs, but this is a new height for DDR4. Executive Vice President of Memory Sales and Marketing for Samsung, Joo Sun Choi, explains: "We are pleased that volume production of our high speed, low-power 128GB TSV DRAM module will enable our global IT customers and partners to launch a new generation of enterprise solutions with dramatically improved efficiency and scalability for their investment. We will continue to expand our technical cooperation with global leaders in servers, consumer electronics and emerging markets, where consumers can benefit from innovative technology that enhances their productivity and the overall user experience".
The new 128GB DDR4 DIMMS feature 144 x DDR4 chips, neatly arranged into 36 x 4GB DRAM packages, each featuring 4 x 20nm-based 8Gb chips using Samsung's impressive TSV packaging technology. TSV excels as the "chip dies are ground down to a few dozen micrometers, pierced with hundreds of fine holes and vertically connected by electrodes passing through the holes, allowing for a significant boost in signal transmission". Samsung's new 128GB DDR4 DIMMS will arrive in 2667MHz and 3200MHz speeds that "that help to meet intensifying enterprise server needs, while expanding TSV applications into high bandwidth memory (HBM) and consumer products".
Back in July we reported that G.SKILL had just broken the 4000MHz barrier with its Trident Z DDR4 RAM. Today the company has one-upped itself with its new line of Trident Z extreme RAM modules that can hit a blistering 4133MHz when overclocked--just 222MHz shy of G.SKILL's world record RAM speed.
G.SKILL's new Trident Z extreme performance kits come in 8GB modules, with speeds ranging from 3600MHz to the whopping 4133MHz. The ultra-fast 4GHz+ speeds are only available in 16GB DDR4 (8x2) configurations, whereas the 32GB DDR4 configurations max out at 3733MHz.
G.SKILL notes that the latest Trident Z line is specifically optimized to run alongside Intel's 6-generation Core i-7 processors with the latest XMP 2.0 profiles. The overclocked 4133MHz speeds were achieved on a system equipped with an Intel Core i7-6700K CPU with 16GB (2x8) of Trident Z DDR4 RAM fastened to an ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboard.
Patriot is launching its new Viper Elite DDR4 RAM series, which comes in 8GB (2x4GB), 16GB (2x8GB), 32GB (2x16GB), and 64GB (4x16GB) configurations. For power draw, you'll see 1.2 - 1.35V, and clock speed is set at 3000MHz, unless you go with the "grey" option (as opposed to red or blue), in which case it's 3200MHz.
The series scales well to all kinds of budgets, starting at $52.99 and going all the way up to $499. You can pick up Viper Elite starting today at Fry's, Newegg, Amazon, and other outlets.
HyperX is adding some high capacity DDR4 kits to its Savage and Predator lineups, both aimed at high-end users.
HyperX Savage (pictured above) now comes in a 2666MHz 128GB (16GB DIMMs x8) configuration, slotting in at the high-end of the Savage spectrum. It doesn't have the highest frequency in the family (a little shy of the 3000MHz offered by other kits), but it has twice the capacity of the previous top contender. This kit is said to be optimized for Intel systems (i5/i7 processors and 100 series/X99 chipsets) and comes with memory profiles accessible without having to use the BIOS.
G.Skill's new DDR4 SO-DIMM memory series specs earn the "extreme performance" label with up to 2800MHz speeds and a configuration that can max out at 64GB.
The series features "auto-overclocking" and G.SKILL proudly boasts its 1.2V power consumption. See the full specs below. Pricing has not yet been announced.
KitGuru staff writer Anton Shilov yesterday reported AMD was beginning to sell new DDR4 RAM modules compatible with Intel platforms and its own next-gen platforms. This is true, but the trouble came when he made this very biased statement: "AMD's Radeon R7 DDR4 memory modules are not performance champions, but fans of AMD's Radeon video cards and modders make purchase decisions based on design and visual aesthetics, not on performance."
The article -- which sports a 1.6/5 rating courtesy of 63 reader votes as of press time -- has since been edited accordingly. The statement now has a strikethrough, and editor in chief Allan Campbell describes the statement as "incorrect [and] inflammatory". Further, there is a link to a full apology by him, where he explains the statement does not reflect the views of the website. The text in its entirety can be found below.
Patriot has today come out with a new Viper 4 DDR4 RAM kit, this time boasting an aggressive 3600MHz speed, edging out the 3400MHz kit released last month.
The new kit sports 17-18-18-36 timings and draws 1.35V of power. As well, it comes in an 8GB (2x4GB) configuration, and gives users the option to overclock with a pre-determined profile, or do it the old-fashioned way.
MSRP is $169.99.
Available in a massive 64GB kit comprised of 4x16GB sticks, Apacer's new DDR4 RAM has been designed by its 'Z511 Lab' and will be available soon in 2400, 2666, 2800 and 3000 MHz editions, ranging from $139 - $299.
With the ability to withstand an incredible 120 degrees celsius (248 Fahrenheit) and operate without issue, this DDR4 SO-DIMM memory is designed purely with laptops in mind, aiming to skirt around overheating issues that some performance laptops are currently feeling.
The Z511 Lab is explained by Apacer as being a special part of this company designed to look at performance products, and performance products only. Setup in early 2015, this group is responsible for performance and stress testing products before they are available to the market.
Samsung has just announced that they have started mass production of the industry's first 12Gb LPDDR4 RAM on their 20nm process, something that features 50% greater density than their previous 8Gb chips.
The new 12Gb chips will usher in new smartphones with 6GB of RAM using a four 12Gb chip DRAM package, as well as 3GB using two chips in a single package. The new 6GB package would take up the same amount of physical space as an existing 3GB package, thanks to the 6Gb chips. But these new 12Gb chips will be 30% faster than their 8Gb predecessors, with a per-pin speed of 4266Mbps, providing 34Gbps of bandwidth over its 64-bit bus.
The South Korean giant will begin mass production of this RAM in the near future, as we start seeing smartphones with 4GB of RAM as we move into a world of 6GB of RAM on our smartphones.
Samsung is already planning on the next memory grade beyond DDR4 and projects that it will be able to hit 32GB with base speeds of 6.4GHz by 2020.
With the mainstream adoption of DDR4 RAM fast approaching on the horizon, industry movers like Samsung are beginning to lay out the building blocks for the next memory standard. As technology continues to evolve at a blistering pace Samsung projects that the new SDRAM grade will manifest within the next five years and that prototypes will be unveiled as early as 2018.
At IDF 2015, Samsung laid out targeted performance values for the post-DDR4 solution. The findings project that next-gen DRAM should be able to hit speeds of up to 6.4Gb/s with a total memory bandwidth of up to 51.2GB/s. A sub-10nm form factor has been targeted for the memory IC.