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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!
Kingston has announced their lastest memory accessory, this time specifically aimed at keeping their HyperX memory modules cooled down.
The HyperX Fan is a RAM cooler that packs dual 60mm fans illuminated by eight blue LEDs. The fans run nearly silent between 25dBA and 28dBA. The entire unit is made of annodized aluminum (except the fans) and is color matched to go with Kingston's HyperX memory modules.
Kingston has made the fan available on its own as well as bundled with their 6GB 2000MHz and 1800MHz triple-channel DDR3 memory kits. The HyperX Fan retails for $23, the 2000MHz DDR3 bundle goes for $334, and the 1800MHz bundle will set you back $297.
Computex Taipei 2009: When you visit a company at a trade show like Computex, there is always one truly standout product for us and for ASUS this year out in Nangang it was its Mars GTX 295 demo.
What's special about the ASUS Mars GTX 295? Well for starters each is a limited edition and labeled as such and each comes with a massive 4GB of onboard video memory. Double them up in SLI and of course you have 8GB of video memory which is much more than the average user has of actual system memory.
ASUS were running a demo showing Far Cry running silky smooth at 2160p, the next big jump up from HD 1080p, to extreme high def. That resolution works out to be 3840 x 2160 - eat your heart out in the video we prepared below:
Wicked? Yes, we think so ASUS! And in case you missed it, this extreme VGA setup managed to recently break the 3DMark world record just before the start of Computex, if they were any surprise. The score to beat is X25057, but as ASUS said, it will be a hard score to beat until the next gen cards come out from NVIDIA and AMD.
Computex Taipei 2009: Kingston just let us know that it has uploaded a funky introduction video of its HyperX memory cooling fan.
We'll get a closer look at it once it officially launches later this week at Computex.
GlobalFoundreis and T-RAM Semiconductor have entered into an agreement. The Agreement is a joint development agreement that centers around T-RAM's Thyristor-RAM embedded memory.
GlobalFoundries is excited (as is to be expected) about this as Gregg Bartlett, Senior Vice President of Technology and R&D at GLOBALFOUNDRIES stated "We are pleased to be jointly developing T-RAM memory for 32nm and 22nm technologies. T-RAM's embedded memory technology shows a great deal of potential for use in low-power, high-performance dense cache applications for advanced technology nodes."
The question now is what and whose advanced technology nodes will this new memory go into. There are still rumors that TSMC cannot get the 40nm process working right. So this could mean more business for GF if the persistent rumors are true. The Deal with T-RAM only makes things more attractive.
Read more here.
Sam Nakib, President and CEO of T-RAM, added, "We are excited about working with GLOBALFOUNDRIES on the next generation embedded memory technology. T-RAM has successfully completed extensive development of the Thyristor-RAM technology and has delivered a fully manufacturable and robust memory solution with proven yield, reliability, and low-cost of integration in earlier technology nodes. We believe that GLOBALFOUNDRIES and their customers' products provide a great opportunity to further develop and show-case T-RAM's significant performance and economic advantages.
Patriot is pleased to announce immediate availability of their now DDR3 Registered and DDR3 ECC Unbuffered DIMMS.
Patriot says that the new kits are designed to compliment the Triple Channel technology of the Core i7 platforms. In total, Patriot is offering 16 new DDR3 kits, ranging in sizes from 2GB to 12GB and speeds of 1066MHz to 1333MHz.
All of Patriot's server memory is supported by lifetime warranties and free tech support. Patriot is hoping that their server memort will help spearhead the transition to DDR3 technology especially for those partners that are focused on servers, workstations, embedded systems and networking applications."
"Compared to DDR2, the transition to DDR3 server memory can reduce the average power consumption by as much as 25% to 35%," says Phil Rombs, Patriot's Senior Applications Engineer. "We understand the significance to our partners for efficient, reliable, cost effective, technology." "Patriot's server memory will help spearhead the transition to DDR3 technology especially for those partners that are focused on servers, workstations, embedded systems and networking applications."