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Samsung has just announced that they have started mass production of the industry's first 12Gb LPDDR4 RAM on their 20nm process, something that features 50% greater density than their previous 8Gb chips.
The new 12Gb chips will usher in new smartphones with 6GB of RAM using a four 12Gb chip DRAM package, as well as 3GB using two chips in a single package. The new 6GB package would take up the same amount of physical space as an existing 3GB package, thanks to the 6Gb chips. But these new 12Gb chips will be 30% faster than their 8Gb predecessors, with a per-pin speed of 4266Mbps, providing 34Gbps of bandwidth over its 64-bit bus.
The South Korean giant will begin mass production of this RAM in the near future, as we start seeing smartphones with 4GB of RAM as we move into a world of 6GB of RAM on our smartphones.
Samsung is already planning on the next memory grade beyond DDR4 and projects that it will be able to hit 32GB with base speeds of 6.4GHz by 2020.
With the mainstream adoption of DDR4 RAM fast approaching on the horizon, industry movers like Samsung are beginning to lay out the building blocks for the next memory standard. As technology continues to evolve at a blistering pace Samsung projects that the new SDRAM grade will manifest within the next five years and that prototypes will be unveiled as early as 2018.
At IDF 2015, Samsung laid out targeted performance values for the post-DDR4 solution. The findings project that next-gen DRAM should be able to hit speeds of up to 6.4Gb/s with a total memory bandwidth of up to 51.2GB/s. A sub-10nm form factor has been targeted for the memory IC.
IDF 2015 - Intel has laid out predictions for a marked rise in DDR4 RAM adoption following the widespread availability of Skylake-powered servers, notebooks and desktops.
Right now mainstream support for DDR4 RAM is rare, and it's mostly found in Intel's Xeon-powered servers and in enthusiast grade PC's powered by X99 chipsets. But according to analyst firm IHS, whose findings Intel touted on stage, DDR4 will already start to overlap production of DDR3 as early as next year.
IHS further lays out a timetable for desktops and servers that shows the projected transition period from DDR3 to DDR4. Servers have been using DDR4 since late 2014 thanks to the Xeon E5 v3 processor, and the platform will continue to account for a bulk of memory usage throughout this year and well into 2016. By the end of this year alone IHS predicts that DDR4 will account for 60% of all server memory shipments, and jump to 90% in the same time next year.
With the race being on for all RAM manufacturers to release the fastest clocked DDR4 memory to the public, one company leading the charge is G.SKILL with its TridentZ Series DDR4 8GB (4GBx2) kit which claimed to run at 4266 MHz.
These claims have been put to the test at Intel's Developer Forum 2015 (IDF 2015), with G.SKILL proudly displaying these two Z170 Chipset based rigs, paired with "Skylake" Intel processors and an ASRock or ASUS motherboard.
If you're interested in the need for speed, keep reading TweakTown for consequent RAM brand releases - it's an ongoing process at this stage as manufacturers are trying to push DDR4 into the mainstream enthusiast market.
IDF 2015 - Our man on the ground at IDF 15, Steve Bassiri, has grabbed some pictures of Corsair's DDR4 RAM overclocked to a huge 4GHz on Intel's new Skylake platform.
The system itself was powered by an Intel Core i5-6600K processor clocked at 4.5GHz, while the DDR4 RAM itself has stock clocks of 2133MHz. The huge overclock was achieved with the heat sinks that come on the Corsair RAM itself, and not some elaborate LN2-cooled system. The motherboard in question was the ASRock Z170 OC Formula, which is one of ASRock's flagship Z170-powered motherboards.
Intel has only just launched its new Skylake-powered Core i7-6700K, but G.SKILL is breaking right out of the party with a huge overclock on its Ripjaws 4 RAM. G.SKILL has reached an insane 4795.8MHz under LN2.
Extreme overclocker Chi-Kui Lam overclocked his Ripjaws 4 memory on the ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboard with the new Core i7-6700K processor, achieving a new world record as you can see in the screenshot above.
Said to be designed for 6th Generation Intel Core processors in a recently issued press release, G.Skill's new Trident Z and Ripjaws V series of DDR4 memory modules are made with speed as the major goal.
Quoted as "the first retail memory kit to break through the 4000MHz barrier," the Trident Z Extreme DDR4 modules broke the 4000 MHz milestone through the help of an ASRock Z170 OC formula motherboard. Built with Samsung IC memory chips, this RAM can be set up to operate at speeds ranging from 2800 - 4000MHz.
As for the Ripjaws V, this series will feature five different color schemes and the 4GB, 8GB and 16GB modules will operate from 2133MHz to 3733MHz depending on your needs. Also featuring Samsung IC memory chips, G.Skill says that these modules have been extensively tested for hours on end to ensure safe overclocking practices for all consumers.
PC hardware company G.SKILL has been extremely busy during Computex 2015 until now, with the company announcing 18 new overclocking records in a number of different benchmark categories. In addition to the G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 extreme DDR4 running at 4431MHz and 16GB module frequency at 3872MHz, overclocking was pushed to the limits.
Using motherboards from ASUS, ASRock, EVGA, GIGABYTE, and MSI, there was plenty of liquid nitrogen overclocking fun. Here is a chart from the OC World Record Stage 2015:
Computex 2015 - G.SKILL is using Computex 2015 as a showcase for the highest frequency DDR4 3800MHz kit and largest DDR4 128GB kit. The company showed off the G.SKILL DDR4 3800MHz 16GB (4x4GB) kit on two live demos systems featuring GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC-Champion and the ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer motherboards.
Computex 2015 - RAM and hardware company Crucial has unveiled the Ballistix DDR4 16GB performance memory kits.
Crucial manufactured the RAM so it's possible to have large-capacity modules in enthusiast machines and high-desktop systems, and not just in server systems anymore. The Crucial Ballistix DDR4 16GB RAM will be available starting in late July, with kits ranging in size from 16GB up to 128GB.
"This density of memory module will start to become broadly available in the desktop space with our new 8GB-based Ballistic DDR4 16GB modules," said Jeremy Mortenson, worldwide DRAM product marketing manager at Crucial. "We anticipate that our new modules and component densities will enable smaller form factors and the next generation of computers to have capacities that were traditionally limited to the server or high-end desktop space."