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While the faithful await the AM3, Fudzilla seems to think they will be let down in terms of Price/Performance.
According to Fudo, the AM3 on an AM3 board with the current BIOSes out will not give enough of a performance boost to warrant the extra cost of DDR3. He says that even with tweaks to the BIOSes there will only be a roughly 5% performance gain using an AM3 board over an AM2+.
Does this bode well for AMD? In the end I do not think it will matter. The AM3 CPUs will run happily in an AM2+ board with DDR2. This means that some will buy them and run them in current boards waiting for DDR3 prices to drop.
Others will not buy AMD anyway as they cannot compete performance wise with Intel's current and even last generation CPUs, even if they do have a price advantage.
Intel's i7 is a performance powerhouse, there is no denying that. However the price premium has hurt its sales and the need to switch out the whole platform is not helping either.
To help combat this Intel is going to continue the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad line until 2011. There will be no new Chipsets but the P45 and G45 will be improved to allow for this extended life cycle.
According to Fudzilla this means improved support for DDR3 on the P45 and the inclusion of DDR3 1066 support and Windows 7 enhancements on the G45.
I felt these worthy of a mention as they do a good job of standing out in the heavily saturated flash drive market and look kinda funky.
Say hello to these RAM-shaped flash drives, designed by Segon. They come in sizes of 2 and 4GB with retractable USB connectors and support Vista's ReadyBoost feature. Dimensions are just 29 x 15 x 4 mm with an almost non-existant weight of 4 grams.
You can purchase a Segon Turbo Flash Drive over at USB.BRANDO. Prices come in at $12 US for the 2GB model and $20 for the 4GB.
The same appearance as DDR RAM, but more ingenious and exquisite, the special mini size makes it easy to carry. Supporting Windows Ready boost improve the overall performance results. Non- cover, but the USB push-pull design technology, not only play a role in the protection, but also make "Turbo " easy to plug-and-play for data transfer and storage. This is a carry-on "memory" and give you the most shocking and cool experience.
Mushkin has gone all out to gain attention with their latest Radioactive series of memory modules, currently available in DDR2 form.
As you can see, they're very much in your face; probably too much for most people. But if you want attention drawn to your memory modules in your windowed gaming system, these will do perfectly.
The modules are rated for top-end DDR2 speeds of 1066MHz with timings of 5-5-5-15 at a voltage of 2.1. They come in 2x2GB form and they're shipped in a sturdy looking aluminum case.
You can read the press release here.
The 996599r kit is worldwide the first with neon-yellow heatspreader in "radioactive" design packed in a beautiful aluminium case. "Well, we only wanted to do this kit as a limited edition, but the demands of the customers were hugh, so we decided to do them as as "regular" series." says Steffen Eisenstein, CEO of Mushkin Logistic GmbH. "This kit is unique, also in his presentation!" he completes, visibly proud to offer such a unrevaled product.
OCZ launched a very impressive series of DDR3 memory modules today which are primarily suited to the Core i7 platform with its tri-channel support.
The new Blade series is certainly some mighty fine competition for the ultra high-end market, squarely up against the likes of Corsair's yet to be announced DOMINATOR GT series.
These Blade series modules are rated for 2000MHz speeds with tightened latencies of just 7-8-7-20 and stay within the 1.65v Core i7 safe zone. The exclusive Blade heatspreader is an enhanced design to better dissipate heat whilst keeping to a sleek, low profile.
Sunnyvale, Calif.-December 18, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced the Blade Series Triple Channel Memory kit, the latest maximum-performance RAM designed specifically for the Intel® Core i7 processor / Intel® X58 Express Chipset. At DDR3-2000 CL 7-8-7, the Blade Series harnesses industry-leading speeds at the low voltage required to safely run Core i7's triple channel mode. With the ideal combination of all the factors that formulate the ultimate memory solution- density, speed, latency, and an effective new cooling design-the Blade 2000 kit is guaranteed to please enthusiasts looking to take the hottest Intel platform to new heights.
The lads at Hexus have the scoop on some pretty serious DDR3 memory modules coming out from Corsair very soon, these to fall under their top-end DOMINATOR GT series.
Pictured is a set of tri-channel 2GB modules which can handle 2,000MHz with just 1.65v whilst keeping its latencies down at 7-8-7-20; pretty darn impressive! - Given the low voltage and latencies on tap, i'd imagine once these make their way into talented overclockers' hands we'll be seeing some record breaking results soon after.
We'll bring you specifics on them including their inevitable hefty pricing once Corsair officially introduces them to market, which we expect will be very soon now.
Patriot has a little treat for the lucky few that are running the i7.
They have kicked their Vioper Series DDR3 1600MHz Tri Channel kit out the door in both 3 and 6GB flavors.
Patriot has added in Intel Certification for the 6G kit as a bonus.
Read the full Press Release here including pictures.
Patriot Memory, a global provider of premium quality memory module and flash memory solutions, released their DDR3 1600MHz Viper Series Tri-Channel memory kits designed for the recently released Intel® Core i7 processors and X58 Express Chipset. Available in 3GB and 6GB* kits, these new memory kits deliver exceptional bandwidth and latencies needed for today's pc applications.
In case you missed it, yesterday Foxconn issued out an announcement in excitement of the world record DDR3 memory overclock achieved from their mighty X58 based Blood RAGE motherboard.
A very talented Taiwanese overclocker got hold of this very impressively kitted out board and chucked a Core i7 920 processor onto it along with some of of A-DATA's highly overclockable DDR3-1333 memory modules. The result was astonishing.
Focusing soley on getting the memory as high as possible, he ended up with a smashing world record overclock as the modules cranked away at 2513.8MHz (1256.9x2). Timings were of course relaxed a bit at 10-11-9-24, but for 1333MHz rated modules this is quite an amazing result.
It makes you wonder how far he would get some modules like these to.
A guy called Theo Valich (you'll know him from TG Daily and INQ, etc) has started his own blog and seems to be doing pretty well, just breaking the 50,000 page view mark.
More importantly, his latest blog post discusses the upcoming launch of NVIDIA's new and improved GeForce GTX 260 graphics card based on a 55nm manufacturing die process. Included are pictures from a Chinese website of the new GTX 260 with the new GPU.
Theo goes on with a lot of speculation including that since the new GTX 260 makes use of 14 memory chips, it can support up to 1.5GB of memory. He also goes onto to speculate that the GTX 295 (dual GTX 260 part) could end up coming with a massive 3GB of memory - all speculation remember, anything could happen.
This card features Volterra multiphase power regulation (no more Nvidia squealing, yes!), 14 memory chips (instead of standard seven) and 55nm GT200-103-B2 chip. 14 memory chips leaves room for cards with 1.5 GB of GDDR3 memory, and if dual-bank is used, GTX260 can support 3GB memory on the single card.
Does this mean GTX295 will feature 3GB of GDDR3 memory? Only time will tell
Zotac board comes with standard GTX260-216 clocks, but the board features two 6-pin PEG adapters. Since Quadro FX 4800 works with just one, this board just may be overclockers dream. Second PEG adapter provides additional 75W, so the board can consume 225W instead of maximum 150W on Quadro CX/FX4800.
Above you get a look at what could be the first retail version of the new GTX 260 from ZOTAC, simply dubbed "GTX 260²".
Read more over here.
Kingston has officially launched a new DDR3 SO-DIMM under its high-end/enthusiast "HyperX" series today. The module is rated for 1066MHz with ultra-low latencies of 5-5-5-15 @ 1.5v. Kingston is offering a kit of two modules, totalling 4GB at an MSRP of $228.
More details in the press release here.
Fountain Valley, CA -- December 4, 2008 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is first to market with ultra-low latency HyperX® DDR3 gaming SO-DIMMs. The new DDR3 1066MHz notebook memory modules are pre-programmed to high-performance, ultra-low latency values and built with a new metal heatspreader that further helps promote thermal conduction for added performance.