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Today AMD makes another push forward with the introduction of its new AM3 based Phenom IIs, with the most significant advancement being DDR3 memory support via its dual mode memory controller (allowing for backward compatibility on an AM2+ socket board with DDR2 support).
The new AM3 family of processors shapes up as follows :-
Quad Core AM3
Phenom II 805: 2.5GHz Core Clock, 4MB L3 Cache, 0.875v - 1.425v Voltage
Phenom II 810: 2.6GHz Core Clock. 4MB L3 Cache, 0.875v - 1.425v Voltage
Phenom II 910: 2.6GHz Core Clock, 6MB L3 Cache, 0.875v - 1.425v Voltage
Triple Core AM3
Phenom II 710: 2.6GHz Core Clock, 6MB L2 Cache, 0.875v - 1.425v Voltage
Phenom II 720BE: 2.8GHz Core Clock, 6MB L2 Cache, 0.875v - 1.425v Voltage, Unlocked CPU multiplier for better overclocking
We now have our AM3 based Phenom II introductory article online, entitled "AMD Socket AM3 Arrives - The Real Phenom II Detailed" which talks about the architectural advancements of the AM3 platform in detail, but sadly we aren't able to show any benchmark numbers just yet due to a hardware failure with our memory going kaput over the weekend. However, we'll have everything in full swing within the next 24 hrs and look forward to bringing you our full AMD Socket AM3 Performance Analysis very soon. so keep your eyes peeled for that one.
In the meantime, to coincide with the launch is also this bunch of coverage floating around the web:
- Lost Circuits
- Hot Hardware
- Overclockers Club
- PC Perspective
- Benchmark Reviews
- Hartware (X3 720)
- Hartware (DDR2 vs. DDR3
- Legit Reviews
- XBit Labs
We'll update the above listing over the next 12 hrs or so as more coverage shows up.
To start things off on our AM3 processor, AMD has revolutionised the latest addition to the Phenom II family. All of the 800 series and 700 series CPU's have a dual mode memory controller. That is, it has a DDR2 and DDR3 memory controller onboard. This is the first CPU to incorporate two memory controllers on one CPU die.
AMD has used the same memory controller that exists in the current AM2 Phenom II processors with a maximum rated speed of 1066MHz. This allows the CPU to be inserted into AM2+ motherboards to run off up to four DDR2 memory slots, which is another plus for AMD as they have not limited the CPU to only two DDR2 memory slots on AM2+ boards.
Samsung has announced the production of the first 4GB DDR3 chip. The new chip is based off of a 50nm process and allows for up to 32GB modules if manufactured in a "Dual-Die" package.
Samsung was the first to begin development on a 50nm 2GB DDR3 chip back in September and now offer the broadest line of 50nm DDR3 DRAM (4GB, 2GB, 1GB).
The new DDR3 chips come at a time when individuals and corporations are demanding more system memory at a lower power cost.
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.