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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.
With the DDR3 memory market continuing to show rapid growth, Super Talent has become the first memory maker to introduce a 4GB DDR3 kit capable of operating at DDR3-1800 speeds. As a fresh member to their Project X series, these modules are rated with latencies of 8-8-8-24 at their 1800MHz speed.
Super Talent are promising near immediate availability at a hefty price tag of around $499 USD, so there's still some waiting to do before 4GB of high-end DDR3 falls within reach.
You can find Super Talent's official announcement on the W1800UX4GP kit here.
San Jose, California - April 23, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today launched a DDR3-1800 4GB kit (2x 2GB) in their extreme performance Project X family.
Super Talent's Project X memory is widely regarded as the world's most advanced DDR3. "This represents another major first-to-market milestone for Super Talent", commented Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James. "While competitors are only able to produce 4GB kits up to DDR3-1600, we've engineered a kit that performs at elevated clock speeds while still supporting aggressive latencies."
If money's of little to no object in your PC upgrade path, this will certainly be a feast for the eyes.
OCZ has today announced a new series topping 2GB DDR3 memory kit as part of their FLEX II family. These premium modules are designed to operate at up to 2000MHz speeds with timings of 8-8-8 at 1.9V. Furthermore, the heatsink used is one of the most extreme ever seen on a memory module, with the ability to be either water cooled or left passively thanks to the thick array of aluminum fins.
For further details, head over to OCZ's website.
Sunnyvale, CA-April 17, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled a blazing fast DDR3 addition to the new Flex II memory series. These premium modules run at incredibly fast 2000MHz speeds at CL8-8-8 timings for added performance to high-end systems with integrated water-cooling. Designed to the very core to offer enthusiasts the thermal management innovation of hybrid water and passive cooling, the new PC3-16000 Flex II Series offers rock-solid stability and performance for your high-end gaming or overclocking system.
Diamond is today taking the covers off its latest graphics card. It claims to have been the first AIB to introduce 1GB of memory on the HD 2900 series and again is the first to strap a total of 1GB of DDR3 memory to the single GPU Radeon HD 3870.
Not only does it get a boost in memory but it also sees its clock speeds increased to further push performance as high as possible. The core clock is set at 825MHz which is a fair boost over the reference model clock rate and the memory spins its wheels at 1800MHz DDR.
CHATSWORTH, CA -April 15, 2008- Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, introduced today the 1 gigabyte, overclocked version of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card. This card offers maximum speed and power at an incredible value. Utilizing 55nm technology, this card runs cool and quiet.
Diamond was the first AIB for AMD to launch a consumer based 1GB card with the HD 2900 XT. Today, we stand alone to again to be the first AIB to offer the HD 3870 1GB. The performance itself matches against Nvidia new line of 9xxx series, as well against the HD 3870 X2.
The HD 3870 is a dual slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 1024MB of DDR3 memory and an overclocked speed of 825 MHz. The memory speed is 900 MHz. As with the original HD 3870, the 1 gigabyte version is designed with 320 stream processors and plug-and-play ATI CrossFireX upgradeability with up to quad-GPU support.
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.