I still remember the days of DRAM price increases nearly a decade ago, where you would buy it like gold or silver because you could ride the waves of DRAM price fluctuation - and here we are again, but it's 2017.
DigiTimes is reporting that DDR4 modules will increase in price, according to Pei-Ing Lee, the president of Nanya Technology - a major DRAM maker. Lee said that DRAM prices will continue to increase through Q2 2017, and could stabilize - but not drop, in the second half of 2017.
Why would RAM prices increase? Major DRAM manufacturers are having troubles keeping up with demand, with Nanya upgrading its production lines to handle 20nm, with early production expected next month. In the last 6 months alone, DDR4 prices have nearly doubled. A normal 32GB kit would've cost $90 around 6 months ago, but it's now $170 or so.
CES 2017 - Corsair made good on its flavorful teases and showcased its new scintillating RAM at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Hardware-makers today are quite interested in adding colorful flair to every gaming product; we have all the traditional peripherals like gaming mice, keyboards and fans outfitted with fluxing RGB color, but the trend has passed onto PSUs, motherboards, mousepads, and now RAM.
Corsair is the latest to add fluxing prismatic glow to its high-performance Vengeance DDR4 RAM modules which sport "virtually unlimited lighting configurations" across a huge 16.7 million-color RGB palette. The demoed Vengeance RGB Series DDR4 modules clocked in at a 2133MHz frequency, but it's possible that the series could feature the same capacities and frequencies of the Vengeance LED line; 8GB and 16GB modules with 2133MHz, 2666MHz, 3000MHz, 3200MHz and 3466MHz frequencies in single, dual-, and quad-channel kits.
G.SKILL today revealed its latest TridentZ DDR4 RAM specifications optimized for Intel's latest seventh-gen Kaby Lake processors and new Z270 motherboards.
The new TridentZ modules not only feature full RGB illumination and enthusiast-grade, blistering-fast memory frequencies, but also tout tighter CL timings. G.SKILL has announced two memory kits with impressive speed and timings: a 16GB kit (8GB x 2) with 4266MHz with CL19-19-19-39, and a 32GB kit (8GB x 4) for enthusiast overclockers that hits DDR4-4133MHz at CL19-21-21-41 timings.
"Extremely high frequency memory kits often are achieved at the sacrifice of unsightly CL timings. Not anymore! With a more streamlined and efficient CL19-19-19-39 timing memory kit at 4266MHz, the limits have been increased under the latest 7th Gen Intel Core processor."
Like most other hardware-makers in this industry, Corsair will be next in line to add stylish chromatic RGB flair to its RAM kits.
Corsair has added RGB LEDs to almost every peripheral in its product lineup except for its RAM offering, and we expect that to change at CES 2017. Corsair just teased its new colorful RGB RAM kits in a Twitter post, and as Fudzilla notes, these modules look similar to the company's high-performance Vengeance DDR4 RAM kits. The Vengeance DDR4 modules currently only have single-color LED flavors in red, while and blue.
Right now Corsair's RGB offerings include its SP120 and HD120 fans, its K70 LUX RGB mechanical keyboard and K55 mecha keyboard, the MM880 RGB mouse pad, and even its Void Surround headsets rock RGB LEDs.
G.Skill today announced that its high-end TridentZ DDR4 RAM modules will soon be infused with brilliant RGB chromatic hues, culminating in the "world's most revolutionary RGB lighting DDR4 memory kit."
G.Skill's new TridentZ RGB Series features a full-length RGB lightbar fastened to the module's heatspreader that fluxes and wanes in vibrant hues, adding stylish illumination and glows to any high-end rig. The TridentZ RGB modules have color profiles and lighting effects that can be customized and tailor-made to compliment specific builds via software.
These colorful modules rock high-end frequencies of up to DDR4-4266MHz, and feature the same efficient and high-performance specs of the TridentZ lineup that's optimized for extreme overclocking: quality ICs, a customized 10-layer PCB, XMP 2.0 profiles for easy overclocking and BIOS setup. Specific modules and kits aren't known at this time, but we expect the RGB Series to match the current TridentZ DDR4 offerings.
G.Skill are continuing their RAM dominance with the introduction of their new 64GB DDR4 kit in their Trident Z family, with the new 64GB DDR4 kit hitting 3600MHz at CL17-19-19-39 at 1.35V.
The new Trident Z DDR4 64GB kit arrives with 4 x 16GB sticks using Samsung's high-performance 8Gb ICs, and is the fastest 64GB kit of RAM that G.Skill has released so far. If you want some super-fast DDR4 RAM, but wanted more than 16/32GB, then this new G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 64GB kit is for you.
We knew this day was coming... RGBs have hit DDR4, with GeIL unveiling the world's first fully RGB illuminated DDR4 modules with their new EVO X series that has reached the US through Newegg.
GeIL's new EVO X series is an "an irresistible addition to any rig providing stunning lighting effects with full customizability and compatibility with the latest X99 and Z170 motherboards". GeIL's Vice President, Jennifer Huang, explains: "GeIL is building their global sales network allowing customers better access to GEIL products. The EVO X co-cooperation with Newegg.com is a milestone for GeIL in the United States. It is successfully creating a win-win situation with competitive pricing, reliable product delivery and service".
GeIL taps its HILM (Hybrid Independent Light Module) design, with the EVO X DDR4 RAM separating the entire lighting solution and circuitry from the DDR4 memory module, which means the module itself has absolutely no disturbance from the party upstairs.
Samsung has just announced the industry's first 8GB LPDDR4 RAM optimized for today's most demanding high-performance mobile devices, including ultra-thin notebooks and 4K tablets.
The new 8GB LPDDR4 RAM is aimed at Samsung's new high-end performance flagships and next-generation mobile devices equipped with 4K video recording, playback, and visuals. Utilizing four of the latest 16 gigabit high-density LPDDR4 memory chips, the DRAM hits up to 4,266 Mbps bandwidth, and when transmitted over a 64-bit memory bus, equals up to a staggering 34GB-per-second transmission speeds.
"The advent of our powerful 8GB mobile DRAM solution will enable more capable next-generation, flagship mobile devices around the world," said Joo Sun Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to provide advanced memory solutions offering the highest values and leading-edge benefits to meet the escalating needs of devices having dual camera, 4K UHD and VR features."
G.SKILL is always pushing the boundaries on what's possible with RAM, and now the company just unleashed its new 32GB kit of DDR4-3866 RAM, joining the growing Trident Z family.
The previous Trident Z kit hit 3600MHz, so the new 3866MHz kit will push closer to that 4GHz mark on the higher-end Z170 motherboards from the likes of GIGABYTE and ASUS.
G.SKILL's new 3866MHz DDR4 RAM clocks in at CL18-19-19-39 at 1.35V, making it one of the fastest DDR4 kits on the market. G.SKILL has tapped some of the best performing Samsung IC memory chips for its new 3866MHz Trident Z kit, with the company testing the new RAM on the ASUS Z170-Deluxe motherboard alongside an Intel Core i7-6600K processor.
ADATA today reveals its first-ever XPG branded laptop memory with its new XPG Flame DDR4 RAM modules, clocking in at over 3000MHz with 1.35V and 16GB per-stick capacities.
The XPG Flame DDR4 modules are aimed at enthusiast gamers, offering easy overclocking with XMP 2.0 profiles and premium high-speed low-voltage performance across both SO-DIMM and U-DIMM modules. The desktop XPG Flame DDR4 modules sport frequencies up to 3000MHz and a maximum capacity of 16GB per stick, whereas the XPG Flame SO-DIMM laptop flavor has frequencies of 2400MHz and 2800MHz with 4GB, 8GB and 16GB modules.
ADATA's new XPG Flame RAM have 10-layer PCBs with 2oz of copper for optimum cooling, and power draw between 1.2V and 1.35V. "XPG Flame DDR4 memory modules are assembled using high-grade chips selected through a strict filtering process and use finest-quality PCBs. Each module passes rigorous reliability and compatibility tests that exceed those used on mainstream memory modules, ensuring top-notch longevity and durability," reads ADTA's press release.