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The lads at Expreview have sighted what could be the world's first budget/mainstream positioned DDR3 motherboard to hit the market. Code-named MCP7A-U, this will be a part of NVIDIA's GeForce 9-series motherboard GPU lineup with nForce 730i Southbridge, HDMI video output, PCI-E 2.0 and many more up to date technologies.
It is said that we should see the upcoming chipset first sampled as early as next month, with a launch date of sometime in July which is when Intel's G45 should see light of day with its assumed DDR3 support. However, Expreview have strong suspicion that NVIDIA will beat them to it.
As to the logic of running DDR3 in a more budget oriented platform; well, it would seem to be a bit un-fitting given the cost of DDR3 memory hasn't really dropped much at all yet, though this will hopefully soon change for the better with the presence of chipsets like these hitting the market.
Because of Hybrid SLI, NVIDIA mainstream market strategy is now facing a big change. The new chipset, MCP7A-H, have been canned before it enters the market. Because it is lack of integrated graphic, can not meet the needs of NV's recent changed strategy.
But instead of canceling, 730i will keep exist and have new chipset, the MCP7A-S. In other words, MCP7A-S will have two names, one is GeForce 9xxx (still can not conform its name) and the other is 730i. The GeForce 9xxx is a uATX form factor mobo, with less PCI, PCIe and other expansion slots. 730i is a ATX mobo and has more expansion slots.
The never resting OCZ Technology has introduced its latest memory kit and it's not just your standard run-of-the-mill RAM.
OCZ claims its DDR2 PC2-9200 Flex II 4GB series is the world's fastest 4GB kit money can buy. It features the Flex II cooling kit which allows you to water cool the RAM if you are going for ultra high clocks. The package even includes 40" plastic tubing, 4-way manifold barb and 3/8" and 1/2" barb adaptors.
Working at 2.1 volts, the two 2GB RAM modules will clock up to 1150MHz DDR in Dual Channel at relatively good timings of 5-5-5-18. OCZ's Lifetime Warranty is also thrown in for good measure. No details on pricing just yet but expect to pay a fair chuck.
You can read more over at the OCZ product page for more details.
As DDR3 memory continues to further embed itself into the market as the enthusist's choice, Super Talent has come forward with some extreme "Project X" series modules; a 2GB PC3-16000 (2000MHz) kit operating at 1.9V with timings of 9-9-9-28.
Further to the extreme specs is the use of a large heatspreader which offers double the surface area and 106% more aluminum mass than traditional ones.
The downside? - At a street price just shy of $400, these modules will be confined to those who have very deep pockets. Give it while longer though; it's inevitable we'll see DDR prices plummet in the (hopefully) not too distant future.
"Countless enthusiasts worldwide have already exceeded the 2000MHz mark with our Project X 1600 and 1800 kits over the past seven months. This new 2000 kit offers overclocking gurus a product that has passed our tightest test screen and packs some real serious horsepower", commented Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James.
With Intel's Montevina Centrino 2 platform just a couple months away, DDR3 SO-DIMM modules are beginning to show up in the market. Walton Chaintech has just released DDR3 1066 SO-DIMM modules which meet DDR3 JEDEC standards and operate with a working voltage of just 1.5V.
This is where DDR3 modules are really fitting for a notebook, as not only do they have a much higher ceiling, but the lower power consumption reflects on overall battery life as well.
Global memory provider Lexar/Crucial has also come forward with an announcement supporting the release of some DDR3 SO-DIMM modules today. The Crucial DDR3-1066 SO-DIMMs are available in 1 and 2GB densities, also operating at a mere 1.5V.
You can find more information on the Crucial PC3-8500 modules here.
With SLI becoming a more attractive option for enthusiasts once again, thanks to the release of NVIDIA's 9 series graphics cards and nForce 790i SLI platform, DDR3 based memory is beginning to firmly embed itself into the market as the preferred choice for high-end users.
Kingston are proud to announce today that their HyperX family of DDR3 memory modules have just been SLI-certified by NVIDIA for optimal use in their most recent nForce 790i SLI platforms.
The lineup of SLI-Certified DDR3 HyperX modules from Kingston comprise a DDR3-1625, DDR3-1800 and DDR3-2000 kit, all of which are 2GB kits with Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP).
You can learn more about the modules within Kingston's official announcement here folks.
Hsinchu, Taiwan - (April 2, 2008) - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its family of HyperX DDR3 memory modules have been SLI-certified by NVIDIA Corporation, as part of its program to offer gaming enthusiasts solid platform/memory compatibility, stability and performance solutions when building high performance systems using the new series of NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI platforms.
"Collaborating with the world's best of class chipset manufacturers and industry alliance partners, Kingston is proud to launch a new family of auto-overclocked memory designed, tested, and certified to meet NVIDIA's standards," said Ann Bai, Product Manager, DRAM Memory, APAC Region, Kingston. "Our new N Series HyperX DDR3 modules deliver the fastest performance possible with the new nForce 790i SLI series of motherboard partner solutions."
Everything is going green, not in colour, but in concept. No more wasteful power consumption, and certainly much less heat production from everyday items such as globes. Welcome to the new era of green technology.
OSRAM is a familiar name to almost any household, it might be one of those names you've seen somewhere before, but you have no idea what or where it's from. Let me enlighten you, I mean figuratively take you out of the dark. Yes, these guys are the bright flame of the bulbous world. What I mean is, bulbs and globes are their business, and you have probably bought one of their products at least once in your life.
OSRAM is working on the development of high-efficiency OLED light sources that consume little energy. Their latest developments are in the opto semiconductor technology field. For the first time ever they have simultaneously made improvements in the two areas which were considered inversely proportional, that of energy-efficiency and longevity. The energy-efficient OLEDs have been tweaked to achieving an efficiency of 46 lm/W and a life of more than 5000 hours.
Dr. Karsten Heuser, Director of OLED Lighting Technology at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is very pleased with the excellent results to date. "Our development team has reached a real milestone for warm white OLEDs .OLED flat light sources are approaching the values of conventional lighting solutions and are therefore becoming attractive for a wide variety of applications."
The warm OLEDs can be used for many different applications, from illuminated wall coverings, atmospheric canopies of light and light partitions. With their pleasant diffused light, the colour of which can be individually controlled, OLEDs will enhance the premium design segment, for example as light tiles that can be attached to any surface.
By March 2009, development should be so far advanced that a demonstrator for an energy-saving OLED flat light module comprising several tiles will be able to deliver an overall luminous flux of 500 lm from a power consumption of less than 10 W. What this means is big savings both in power consumption and in terms of cost of the products in the future.
You can read the full report here.
Word is in today that Palit is about to start shipping its GeForce 9600GT graphics card under the Sonic naming scheme with a grand total of 1GB of onboard RAM.
It uses 1024MB of DDR3 memory which is clocked at 2000MHz DDR - it is an improvement over a regular 9600GT reference card that has a memory clock speed of 1800MHz DDR. The core comes clocked at a factory overclocked speed of 700MHz which is 50MHz faster than standard.
As long as pricing is good, it should be a pretty kick ass product. We have one on the way for testing next week, so you'll need to wait till our full review is online for the final verdict.
Until then head on over to the product page for more details.
Somebody over at G.Skill must be going a little crazy - they have just started shipping not only 8GB but also 16GB DDR2 memory kits.
The 8GB kit includes two 4GB DDR2-800 modules and the 16GB kit includes four 4GB DDR2-800 modules. The RAM works at 1.8 volts on a 6 layer PCB at timings of 5-5-5-15 and are designed for Intel P35, X38 and X48 based Intel motherboards.
These modules are clearly stated to be for desktop users and do not include ECC support which is a must for servers. I have never heard anybody tell me they want 8GB let alone 16GB - show me a program that a regular user is using that can actually take full advantage of 8GB and 16GB.
If you have a 64-bit operating system and loads of cash to blow, consider it. If you don't, then do yourself a favor and save your money. More details at the product website.
G.Skill has announced another DDR3 kit to the market. This time, it's called the DDR3-1800 CL7 comprising of two 1GB modules in the kit.
The memory is guaranteed to maintain a clock speed of 1800MHz (PC3-14400) at the low latency settings of 7(CL), 7(TRCD), 7(TRP), & 18(TRAS). The components also come with a lifetime warranty.
According to G.Skill, the memory gets pretty hot under stressful conditions, so they have added in the nifty cooling device from Antazone called the RamMod cooler. It is made of plastic, and guides the fans output directly down onto the chips and heat spreader encased around the RAM chips.
The fan is said to be silent or at least inaudible, coming in at about 20 dBA, and should last 70,000 hours. There is a limitation on the RamMod warranty of 2 years, but if you are the typical early adopter, then the RAM will most likely not stay in your system that long.
You can see more specs here at the G.Skill website.
Super Talent has launched "The Memory Challenge", which is a web-based quiz game designed to educate its users about memory.
It is basically a reverse FAQ where they ask you the questions. There are no prizes involved except the gift of knowledge - sorry, couldn't help myself there!
If you want to learn something new about RAM or just prove how geek smart you are to your friends, head on over!