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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!
Okay, the first thing that has to be said... Nvidia knows our contact details and if they want to start sending us products under NDA instead of these mystery companies, we are happy to cooperate, just as AMD has recently agreed to do.
We want to hear negative comments about our work as much as anyone else does about their work. But the bottom line is, when you have been in this game as long as us, you get use to it and it is like water off a ducks back. We understand you simply cannot please everyone.
What we do have a problem with is when people take the time and effort to post negative comments about our content without actually taking the time to read it and verify what they are posting in forums - such as "Chris Ray" who is an Nvidia employed forums member. A lot of the issues that people have mentioned with our GX2 Early Test were actually covered in the article - they just did not read the actual article.
In the final thoughts we mentioned about the newer driver not being able to install, even though it was said to be for the GX2. If you do not think we actively searched or asked for a new driver, you are sadly mistaken. The next gripe is of course the people saying that SLI isn't working under Vista. I included the 8800GT for this very reason. The 8800GT specification is only slightly behind that of the 9800GX2 from a single core GPU perspective. Now with a bit of logic, you would think that if SLI wasn't working in a game, then performance would only be slightly faster than the 8800GT.
Performance gains over the 8800GT OC can be seen of up to and over 50% under Vista at times. Now if SLI was not working, how is it that a graphics card, with specs that is only slightly better than an 8800GT, score so much more? If you take the time to think about it you would probably realize that it is because SLI is actually enabled. Sadly for Nvidia fan boys, the GX2 is not all it is cracked up to be - at least with these early drivers.
There's been some funny comments said and one of my personal favourites is by one forum member (owner of Driver Heaven actually) saying that we only took pictures of the back of the card to protect the company that sent it. Well technically each side of the card is a back and we took pictures of both sides.
We are not here to annoy Nvidia or anyone else for that matter. We mentioned that the article was an "Early Test" in the article title. Performance as it is at the moment just as the people want to see and we are here to deliver it. We also mentioned that as soon as we get a new driver we will retest the card. We're extremely dedicated to the testing of drivers - we take the time every month to evaluate the latest Catalyst releases from AMD.
To the people who have taken the time to read the complete review and answered some of the responses we thank you. For those of you who have chosen to simply look at the graphs and nothing else playing on the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover!" how about... "Don't judge a review by its graphs!".
Today Patriot Memory have today released their latest DDR3 Extreme Performance memory kit, the PC3-14400 (DDR3-1800MHz) Viper Series.
The RAM is listed over at Newegg for a rather costly $349.99 USD in 2GB kits and also includes lifetime warranty if something happens to go bad. They are also equipped Patriot's Viper Heat Shields that uses their Aluminum Copper Composite technology for what looks to be rather impressive cooling.
The memory is tested to work at 1800MHz DDR on Intel P35, X38 and X48 based motherboards at 1.9 volts. At these extreme speeds it will work at timings of 8-8-8-20 and also includes support for Extreme Memory Profiles (Intel XMP) which is another nice touch.
If you are after some new RAM capable of extremely high speeds head on over to the product page to learn more.
Maybe we should have booked thought plane tickets to Germany after all. Nevertheless, the news continues flooding in and we find ourselves back at German website PCGH who scored exclusive pictures of an upcoming and improved AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 which has been rumored for the past week or so.
What is improved? For starters, it comes with faster and cooler operating GDDR4 memory clocked (still a total of 1GB onboard RAM) at 2250MHz DDR which is up from the 1800MHz DDR on the GDDR3 version of the X2. Not only that, it also features a shorter PCB design with improved heat pipe cooler. If what we are seeing is the reference design from AMD, we are quite pleased. Regular X2 cards were released with just TV-out and dual DVI ports but the shots we are seeing of this card includes TV-out, HDMI and three DVI ports, which is much better.
By the look of the pictures, it would seem like the new and improved X2 is almost ready and would probably come out around the same time as Nvidia's 9800 GX2 but we do not have any firm release dates yet.
Enjoy the product shots in the photo gallery over at PCGH for the time being.