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COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 As though Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel didn't have enough brands to his name already, he's about to stick one more notch on that belt of his. The latest company to jump on the professional gamer is OCZ who intend to make a line-up of enthusiast memory under the Fatal1ty naming scheme.
While at the moment we're not 100% sure on what modules are going to come under the name, early pictures show that we should at least see a DDR2 PC2-8500 kit carrying a 5-5-5 timings.
Corsair have given the heads up that they plan to release a monster 4GB DDR3 memory kit next week at Computex which is rated to run at speeds of 2000MHz; this kit to appropriately fall into their DOMINATOR line-up.
The pre-release announcement doesn't mention if the kit comprises 4x1GB or 2x2GB modules, nor the timings of these modules, but I'm sure we'll find that out upon launch next week. Corsair do mention however that they have set a USD MSRP of $675 on the kit; certainly an improvement for DDR3 pricing, but there's still a long road to travel yet.
Fremont, CA, May 29, 2008 - Corsair® http://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today announced that it will launch a new 4GB DOMINATOR DDR3 memory kit running at 2000MHz at CompuTex 2008, held June 3-7, 2008 in Taipei. Tested and guaranteed for operation at the lightning fast overclocked speed of 2000MHz, this 4GB DOMINATOR kit provides superior performance for desktop platforms.
"Corsair is focused on building the industry's fastest memory available in the largest densities," said Richard Hashim, Director of Marketing at Corsair. "This new ultra-fast DDR3 4GB DOMINATOR solution demonstrates Corsair's commitment to lead the memory technology transition from DDR2 to DDR3 and from 2GB solutions to 4GB solutions. Enthusiasts worldwide demand it and we are happy to support their requirements."
Super Talent has today launched its first DDR3 SO-DIMM memory module that is designed to work with the upcoming Intel Centrino 2 platform of notebook computers.
The memory works using just 1.5 volts of power (compared to 1.8 volts of DDR2) and is said to generate less heat as a result and also reduce power consumption by up to 20% in the memory department.
Super Talent has already began selling this memory and the 204-pin modules will set you back about $99 USD for a 1GB module.
Memory maker Apacer has just released the new Aeolus series of DDR3 memory modules, initially comprising both DDR3-1600MHz and 1800MHz overclocking parts.
What stands out most about these particular modules is the heatsink design. Unlike anything seen in the memory market before, these modules use an active heatspreader with an in-built low noise fan that helps in the heat dissipation process. Apacer claim that by using this heatsink/fan design, temperatures are reduced by up to 20c. We've seen standalone active cooling solutions for memory modules before, but nothing built-in to the heatspreaders themselves; a rather interesting concept.
Getting back to the modules themselves, both speed variants come in 2x1GB Dual Channel kits with support for Intel's XMP. Timings are quite respectable for DDR3 memory at 7-7-7-20.
For further information, head over to Apacer's website.
Besides providing ultra-high speed and ultra-low latency, the Apacer Aeolus memory modules also use a unique, patented active heat spreader design that makes it possible to reduce the temperature by as much as 20C. This highly effective solution to the problem of heat dissipation for DDR3 overclocking memory modules improves both overclocking performance and memory stability.
Apacer's new DDR3-1800MHz/1600MHz memory module provides 2GB of memory capacity in a dual-channel (1GB2) package, and supports Intel's latest XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles). When used with a motherboard that supports Intel XMP, the chipset will automatically read the memory module's SPD (Serial Presence Detect) and will then automatically perform overclocking, enabling the user to experience all the excitement and power that overclocking has to offer.
In preperation for the mass of DDR3 equipped notebooks to hit the market very soon, Silicon-Power has gone all out with the release of both 1 and 2GB DDR3 SO-DIMM modules rated for 1066 speeds, and with CL7 timings at just 1.5v.
The 2GB capacity option is a nice surprise for DDR3 based memory, making it easily possible for 4GB of DDR3 goodness in your notebook which Vista will only be all too happy about.
Pricing has not yet been provided, but whatever it may be, it'll inevitably continue to drop lower and lower over the coming months. You can find more details within Silcon-Power's official PR here.
Taipei, TaiwanzSilicon-Power, the leading company in DRAM/Flash Memory Manufactory, releases its DDR3 memory modules - DDR3 1066 SO-DIMM. DDR3fs ultra-high speed and efficiency are especially adaptable with Window Vista and heavy load gaming user. Newest design of ASR (Automatic Self-Refresh) successfully reduce the temperature and power consumption, thus it is perfect for using in high performance notebooks. Silicon-Powerfs DDR3 1066 SO-DIMM is currently available in 1GB and 2GB capacities.
AMD has confirmed today that its upcoming RV770-powered Radeon HD 4870 and 4870 X2 graphics card models will indeed make use of super fast GDDR5 memory, as rumors posted online recently suggested.
Qimonda also got in contact with us letting us know about their win with AMD as partner for launch of new graphics standard GDDR5 and that component mass production and shipping started.
Qimonda has already started mass production and the volume shipping of GDDR5 512Mbit components with a speed of 4.0Gbps to AMD, a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets.
GDDR5 will become the next predominant graphics DRAM standard with a tremendous memory bandwidth improvement and a multitude of advanced power saving features. It targets a variety of applications, starting with high performance desktop graphic cards followed by notebook graphics. Later on also the introduction in game consoles and other graphics intensive applications is planned.
"We are very proud to supply AMD with GDDR5 volume shipments only six months after first product samples have been delivered," said Robert Feurle, Vice President Business Unit Specialty DRAM of Qimonda AG. "This is a further milestone in our successful GDDR5 roadmap and underlines our predominant position as innovator and leader in the graphics DRAM market."
"Qimonda's strong GDDR5 roadmap convinced us to choose them as a primary technology partner for our GDDR5 GPU launch," said Joe Macri, Sr. Director, Circuit Technologies, AMD. "Both the early availability of first samples and volume shipments added great value to the development and launch of our upcoming high-performance GPU."
Corsair managed to set a new world record this week in memory clock speeds.
Using a single 1GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 module (in other words, not dual channel), Corsair were able to hit a staggering 2462MHz DDR. As far as the test system goes, an Intel E8400 processor was used along with an ASUS P5E3 Premium motherboard, which is based on Intel's new X48 Express chipset.
The result was validated and uploaded to CPU-Z Validation Database and you can check that out right here.
So, what surprises do we have left for Computex now? It's usually in Taipei that we see current memory technologies pushed to their absolute limits. Maybe we see 2600MHz or 2500MHz at the show but with current memory dividers in the BIOS, it may be hard to reach that high.
ASUS held a rather upbeat press event this afternoon here in Taipei city at the fancy Westin hotel.
While it was a little hard at first to get the event address details confirmed, we eventually made it and got a glimpse of ASUS' P45 lineup which will officially launch next month at Computex.
ASUS had many interesting demos on display but the first that caught our attention was a demo of an ASUS P5Q Premium motherboard running a grand total of 16GB of memory under Windows Vista. Qimonda's Aeneon DDR3 memory is to thank for the display.
There were a total of four 4GB XTune DDR3 memory modules running in Dual Channel. The memory was running at 800MHz DDR with timings of 5-5-5-18 at 2T. Take a look at the CPU-Z screenshot below which we grabbed as well as Windows Task Manager performance tab.
For those of you who dream nightly about having 16GB of system RAM, your dreams could be coming true on an Intel P45 motherboard in the next few weeks.
OCZ isn't holding back when it comes to releasing high performance DDR3 memory.
The American company has just announced its latest memory kit, PC3-16000 Platinum Edition. Designed to work hand in hand with Nvidia nForce 790i SLI motherboards with EPP 2.0, it will rock the memory clocks at a staggering 2000MHz DDR. You will need to pump 1.9 volts of power through the 4GB kit (and 1.8 volts through the 2GB kit) to reach those speeds.
The memory comes covered in OCZ's Platinum Z3 XTC heat spreaders and is also covered by OCZ's lifetime warranty. If you are interested in latencies at this high speed, OCZ claim the RAM will work at 9-9-9-28.
OCZ PC3-16000 Platinum 1GB modules features EPP 2.0, the next generation of the widely adopted EPP 1.0 SPD (Serial Presence Detect) specification. Only motherboards equipped with the custom-designed NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra BIOS can detect the optimized SPD profiles and ensure the memory functions under the best possible conditions.
Each module is 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and compatibility and features a proprietary platinum-mirrored XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreader for the most effective heat dissipation. As part of OCZ's line-up of premium memory, the DDR3 series is backed by a Lifetime Warranty and industry-leading technical support for unparalleled peace of mind.
OCZ are now offering DDR3 memory as part of their Special Ops Edition lineup, these comprising both PC3-8500 and PC3-10666 singular modules in 1 and 2GB sizes as well as dual channel 2 and 4GB kits.
The Special Ops Edition Series of modules is primarily aimed at the gamers crowd, featuring a unique camouflage motif heatspreader design. The PC3-8500 (1066MHz) modules operate with latencies of 7-7-7-24 at 1.6v whilst the PC3-10666 (1333MHz) modules are set with timings of 9-9-9-27 at 1.7v.
For further information, head over to OCZ's press room.
Sunnyvale, CA-April 29, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the Special Ops Edition DDR3 Series, available in both PC3-8500 and PC3-10666 kits featuring the high densities and stability gamers demand. These DDR3 kits are ideal for users advancing to the next generation of memory platforms, offering the speeds, density, and reliability required for the latest DirectX 10 PC titles. Featuring a unique camouflage motif heatspreader design, the DDR3 Special Ops Edition Series was designed for gaming systems in need of a reliable upgrade as well as some extra style.