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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.
Wow, looks like there will be some amazing things to see from Kingston at CES this year.
According to a few teaser Tweets on Kingston's Twitter page they are getting ready to drop some water cooled HyperX DDR3 on the enthusiast crowd. Although there are no details yet we can see that this is going to be some high end DDR3. Of course the Kingston entry will be following water-cooled products from OCZ (their Flex products). But still Kingston has been pushing the upper limits of their memory in the past year without dropping their commitment to compatibility.
We hope to bring you more information as CES gets closer, for now we will leave you with a couple of pictures
If you're a power user wanting gobs and gobs of RAM in your X58/Core i7 rig, Corsair delivers today with the launch of a 24GB kit under its Dominator series.
The kit comprises six 4GB modules which operate at a stock speed of 1333MHz with latencies of 9-9-9-27 (1.65v). Being a member of the Dominator family, the modules also sport Corsair's patented DHX+ heatsinks for superior cooling properties.
Corsair has the kit up for sale over at their online store at a hefty $1349.99.
For further details on this chunky 24GB kit, you can read the official announcement here.
Any enthusiast will tell you they always want more speed. Faster processors, faster storage, and faster RAM is what we are all about. Corsair has announced a new and very speedy RAM kit today that is called the Dominator GTX 2250MHz RAM kit.
The RAM is for systems using Intel X58 and P55 chipsets and operates at latencies of 8-8-8-24 at 1.65 volts. Corsair claims that the new memory is the fastest for overclocking around.
The modules will also operate at up to 1800MHz on CL6 Socket AM3 mainboards for AMD Phenom II processors. The RAM operates at 6-6-6-18 latencies on the AMD platform. The CMGTX2 RAM is hand screened and will be available exclusively on the Corsair online store starting on December 8 at 9am in limited quantities at unknown pricing.
G.Skill has just hightened the DDR3 desktop memory market with its latest PI Series 2200 CL7 kit. These are the fastest rated DDR3 modules now available with latencies of just 7-10-10-28 at 2200MHz , 1.65v.
The kit comprises 2x2GB modules and it optimized for use with Lynnfield Core i7 870 and 860 processors.
As a part of the PI series, G.skill includes the latest design PI series heatspreader on these ultra high-speed modules along with G.Skill's Turbulence memory fan. The company says this will help give a good amount of overclocking headroom should you want even more than the already highly impressive stock speeds on tap.
The modules are already shipping to distros everywhere, but pricing hasn't yet been confirmed. You can find the official PR on the modules here.
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.