The Inquirer has a quick article talking about new DDR Ram from TwinMos. This is some seriously fast memory clocking in at 466mhz. TwinMos is getting these speeds at just 2.7v so you don't have the worry of shortened life with 3v.
The firm produced results using SiSOFT Sandra memory benchmark on a Gigabyte GA-8SQ900 Ultra SIS 655 mobo, using an overclocked CPU - the brains of a computer - and claimed it had achieved scores 15.4% higher than PC3500 CL2, and 31% higher than PC3200 CL2.More information @ The Inquirer
Shelley Baldiga from Crucial just let us know about the release of their PC3200 DDR-400 memory in 256MB and 512MB flavors.
Just a heads-up that Crucial is beginning to add PC3200 DDR SDRAM (DDR400) to its high-quality DDR product line. Both 256MB and 512MB PC3200 modules are now available online at Crucial.com. We've received a growing number of requests for this higher-speed memory in recent months and are now offering a solution to meet the diverse needs of our customers.More information @ Crucial
PC3200 is designed for use in motherboards that require a 200MHz front-side bus with an effective front-side bus speed of 400MHz. Crucial's PC3200 modules have components at 400MHz (200Mhz x 2). They are not overclocked components.
Ken from Kingmax Technology let us know about their latest innovation - colored RAM chips. The Taiwanese company will soon be offering a full range of DDR-333/400 modules with full color chips in green, blue, red, purple and aqua.
More information @ Kingmax Technology
While DDR-II is not likely to become available in quantity until March this year from what we've been told, Lost Circuits have a very decent write up on the new memory technology which nobody should miss.
DDR (I) is approaching the end of its dominating role in the desktop space to be replaced by the second generation of double data rate memory starting at 400 MHz and using a conventional 64/72 bit parallel bus interface. Lower operating voltage, new features like on-die termination, off-chip driver calibration, Posted CAS and variable write latency sound intriguing but what is really lurking behind the new standard. We have seen claims of up to 72% power savings over DDR I and other miracle cures for any bandwidth issues faced by the PC industry. We have done the math ourselves found a few convenient errors in some of the manufacturer's descriptions of DDR II. Otherwise, DDR II looks very promising but who will benefit in the end?More information @ Lost Circuits
With Intel, VIA, SiS and other major chipmakers launching DDR333MHz-supporting chipsets, TwinMOS Technologies today announces the DDR333MHz CL2 Unbuffered DIMM module to meet the demand for more powerful and stable DDR products.
The memory module is compatible with all DDR333MHz platforms and includes CL2 (CAS Latency 2) capabilities, which shorten the column address strobe latency and make browsing through multimedia content a more enjoyable experience for gaming enthusiasts, enterprises and home users.More information in our New Products Forum
Sam from THS Computing let us know that Gigabyte have recently added information to their website on the new 8SQ800 motherboard. It's based on the upcoming SiS 655 Dual Channel DDR chipset for the Pentium 4 platform and looks as if it is really going to pack a punch when it is released.
More information @ Gigabyte
The AOpen AX45-4D Max will be the first motherboard which will ship with the SiS 655/963 chipset that allows Dual-Channel operation similar to Intel's Granite Bay chipset.
What is Dual Channel? You might be wondering what kind of enhancement would this new technology do to your system, right? Simply put, we used to have 64-bit memory bandwidth for memory access. No matter how many memory modules have been installed, though capacity added, the speed of access remains the same! From now on, with 128-bit dual channel introduced, it doubles the memory bandwidth up to 5.4GB in advanced 128-bit mode!More information @ AOpen
X-bit labs has posted an article about DDR II's inovations, current status and where it'll fit in the future.
The market needs something that would be faster than DDR, but at the same time most compatible with it in the already built infrastructure, so that the transition would be most smooth and costless. In this case we have got a name that is showing the gist: DDR II.More information @ X-bit Labs
X-Bit Labs are reporting that JEDEC held a committee meeting last week in Hawaii which indicated a move to support the DDR400 standard which they continue on to say is probably due to Intel's desire to utilise this type of memory in future.
For us end users, it means we will have the option of choosing more PC3200 modules from other memory manufactures that produce largely by what JEDEC say.
Samsung Electronics added that sales of Samsung's high-speed Double Date Rate (128Mb and 256Mb DDR333 and DDR400) DRAMs surged to more than 10 million units (128Mb equivalent) for the month of November as demand increased for high-speed memory in high-performance PCs and work stations. Currently, Samsung is using a 0.13 micron design rule for its DDR333 and DDR400 devices and is producing a variety of modules in capacities of 128MB, 256MB and 512MB.More information @ X-Bit Labs
Extreme Overclocking has just posted a review of Kingston's HyperX DDR RAM, which is a high performance PC3500 stick of RAM aimed at overclockers. If your interested in that sort of thing, check it out here
DDR-2 memory technology has been delayed well into 2003 with the only exception being nVidia and their NV30, which won't be readily available till next year anyway. To compensate for this delay, companies such as OCZ and GeIL are leading the way in pushing the limits of regular DDR memory chips further than we could have ever imagined, much to the delight of overclockers around the world. You must wonder how JEDEC feel about all of this when DDR-400 memory has not even been officially approved as an industry standard yet - maybe a little like NATO, with all the war happenings around the world at the moment.
Last week OCZ Technology announced their 466MHz and 500MHz DDR parts and Victor from GeIL just let us know about their 466MHz DDR memory products which will be available from next month. GeIL will release their PC3700 466MHz DDR Golden Dragon series with funky looking gold PCB coloring as well as their PC3700 466MHz DDR Platinum Series with equally funky looking tin coated platinum copper heat spreader, as pictured above.
How much faster can they go? I think, and according to our talks back in June at Computex Taipei with memory manufacturers such as Kingmax, DDR-500 is about as far as we can go with DDR-1 technology - only time will tell though, I guess.
Overclockers Australia has just posted a review of not one, not two, but 10 sticks of TwinMos PC3200 DDR RAM. They ran the sticks to the limit, and produced some excellent results for RAM that certainly doesn't break the bank. If you're in the market for some new RAM, certainly check it out here.
You can read TweakTown's own review of the 256MB TwinMos sticks right here.
Things have been a little hectic today, sorry for the lack of news posts. There's another DDR-400 roundup available for your viewing pleasure, this time by the guys from OC Addiction. They test out PC3200 memory sticks from Corsair, GeIL and XtremeDDR.
For those of you that read my review of Geil's PC3500 you already know how I feel about the importance of using quality RAM. For the rest of you I don't care how good your motherboard, processor or cooling is your not going to be able to overclock much or maybe not even at all if you buy the generic cheap stuff. Only with the name brand stuff will you be able to get the kind of performance your looking for. So, now you may be asking yourself which brand of RAM will give you the best bang. Well today we look at three of the most talked about brands of memory out there and by the time you finish this article you might have an idea of which one will help you get those kick ass 3DMark2001 scores you crave.More information @ OC Addiction
There has been some speculation as to just what the memory specifications will be that nVidia will use in it's upcoming NV30 release. In fact, the crew over at The Inquirer has come across some information that sheds some light on the subject! According to this report, NV30 will actually use DDR-II memory running at 1GHz. ATI Radeon 9700: Look out!
Since many of you still have doubts about the NV30, we are about to disclose the final part of the NV 30 puzzle -- its own, unique memory secrets.More information @ The Inquirer
As we previously said, the NV 30 will have only 128-Bit interface which is half the speed of the one used on the fastest gaming card around, ATi's Radeon 9700 PRO.
What we haven't yet mentioned is what kind of memory it sports and what is the actual clock speed of it. That's where the surprise comes in. Assuming that the NV 30 would use standard DDR memory was a big mistake. The NV 30 will use DDR II memory, the (r)evolutionary memory marchitecture. But there's even more.
Computer and Memory giant, Micron will be demonstrating it's juicy new DDR-II memory at VIA's Technical Forum. The Technical Forum begins today at the Taipei International Convention Center in Taipei, Taiwan. Sporting a 533MB/s per pin, and an acheivable bandwidth of 4.3GB/s, this new memory is sure to please.
In a statement, Micron mouthpiece, Terry Lee said: "While the industry adoption of DDR-II in high volume is not expected until late 2003 and early 2004, our customers benefit from our early system analysis work. Micron will enable our customers to effectively utilize DDR-II memory technology in the same manner as we have DDR-I."More information @ The Inquirer
The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the people who develop the memory standards everyone is supposed to adhere to, is reported to be formally working on a new DDR-II specification for graphics cards. While the standard could be released as early as the end of this year, sources believe we should expect it early next year. Following the typical trend, we can expect to see unofficial releases of the technology by ATI and nVidia within the next few months.
Although JEDEC deliberations are confidential, sources from the standards body said the quarterly meeting this month heard presentations for a proposed graphics version of its basic DDR-II standard for PC main memory.More information @ Silicon Strategies
ATI Technology and Nvidia Corp. are expected to introduce graphics cards with DDR-II memory chips even before a new JEDEC standard is approved. Since graphics card memory is point-to-point mounted directly on the board, vendors can validate chips and work out interfaces themselves. The JEDEC graphics standard would be an added benefit by eliminating any of the small proprietary twists memory suppliers now try to add to their DDR-II chips to lock in customers.
The crew over at ExtremeOverclocking.com have come up with some very important information about the many flavors of DDR RAM out on the market. Anyone interested in upgrading their memory should consult this guide before making their final decision.
With today's technology changing so quickly it is very easy to get behind. But when you hear about the fastest memory or CPU you think to yourself, "I have got to have it." Well, in truth, when looking at purchasing DDR based memory, there are a lot of things that you have to take into consideration... one of the more notable questions that comes up all the time is, "What is the fastest memory?" or "What kind of memory should I buy?"... What a lot fail to say are the other interesting points that one needs to know in order to maximize his / her system's performance, and at the same time spend money wisely.Check it out @ Extreme Overclocking.
Mikhailtech have posted a review of a stick of TwinMOS 512mb DDR400 memory. We've got a stick currently being tested, from what I've heard - this RAM is fairly fast and reliable.
PC3200 modules have got to have a very good PCB in order to achieve such high speeds, 200MHz DDR, so the TwinMOS PC3200 RAM makes no exception. The PCB is designed with 6 layers instead of the usual 4 layers that other manufacturers use for their lower clocked models. The extra 2 PCB layers ensure the signal traces are cleaner and the memory will perform as it should. The DIMM I got did not come in a retail box, but in an antistatic bag.More information at Mikhailtech
VooDoo from DDRZone has just posted an editorial (rant) questioning if the folks at AMD Australia have lost the plot, as he puts it. I tend to agree with what's being said being an Aussie myself. Although product shortages or delays is not a problem experienced by AMD alone. Click the link below and you decide what you think.
We have all seen the reviews, the hype and the pictures splashed across the internet lately about AMD's new processors the 2600+ and 2800+. We have seen the hype being generated about the new hammer range. At computex this year I spoke at length with AMD. both their staff manning the displays and staff from the Australian offices. We were repeatedly told everything is great, sales are booming etc.More information at DDR Zone
The Overclocker Cafe posted up what was originally supposed to be a DDR400 Prizematch between Corsair XMS 3200 C2 512 mb, Corsair XMS 3200 512mb, XtremeDDR PC3200 512mb, and XtremeDDR PC3200 256mb. What they ended up with was a best and worst DDR available.
The last time we had some Corsair in out test box we raved about having a stable ceiling of 176MHz. How does 194MHz for the XMS3200 C2 stick grab you? Someone hand me a paper bag to breathe in. Opening the settings even more to 2.5-3-3 2T gave us some action higher than Tommy Chong. And finally, we see the XtremeDDR break 200MHz. But only for the 512 stick. The 256 stick is left sucking wind as it hits the wall at 191MHz.More information at Overclocker Cafe
AusPCWorld is first up this time with their review of Crucial's PC2100 DDR 256MB RAM.
Crucial is known for being one of the industry leaders in PC Memory. The Company provides all types of memory for many different machine types and models. Today we take a look at Crucial's PC2100 256MB DDR module.More information at AusPCWorld
PC Stats are next with their look at TwinMOS' PC3200 DDR400 RAM.
TwinMOS 512MB PC3200 memory uses Winbond DRAM which has a "5"ns speed rating. As you probably read in our TwinMOS PC2700 DDR RAM review Winbond is making some awesome memory. Specifically, overclockers have been having a lot of success overclocking the Winbond "BH-6" DRAM modules. Well the 512MB PC3200 memory was using "BH-5" DRAM so I was getting pretty excited in terms of overclockability. Would this stick of memory be able to impress us as much as the 256MB TwinMOS PC2700 DDR did? Those are pretty big steps to fill.More information at PC Stats