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The AOpen AX45-4D Max will be the first motherboard which will ship with the SiS 655/963 chipset that allows Dual-Channel operation similar to Intel's Granite Bay chipset.
What is Dual Channel? You might be wondering what kind of enhancement would this new technology do to your system, right? Simply put, we used to have 64-bit memory bandwidth for memory access. No matter how many memory modules have been installed, though capacity added, the speed of access remains the same! From now on, with 128-bit dual channel introduced, it doubles the memory bandwidth up to 5.4GB in advanced 128-bit mode!More information @ AOpen
X-bit labs has posted an article about DDR II's inovations, current status and where it'll fit in the future.
The market needs something that would be faster than DDR, but at the same time most compatible with it in the already built infrastructure, so that the transition would be most smooth and costless. In this case we have got a name that is showing the gist: DDR II.More information @ X-bit Labs
X-Bit Labs are reporting that JEDEC held a committee meeting last week in Hawaii which indicated a move to support the DDR400 standard which they continue on to say is probably due to Intel's desire to utilise this type of memory in future.
For us end users, it means we will have the option of choosing more PC3200 modules from other memory manufactures that produce largely by what JEDEC say.
Samsung Electronics added that sales of Samsung's high-speed Double Date Rate (128Mb and 256Mb DDR333 and DDR400) DRAMs surged to more than 10 million units (128Mb equivalent) for the month of November as demand increased for high-speed memory in high-performance PCs and work stations. Currently, Samsung is using a 0.13 micron design rule for its DDR333 and DDR400 devices and is producing a variety of modules in capacities of 128MB, 256MB and 512MB.More information @ X-Bit Labs
Extreme Overclocking has just posted a review of Kingston's HyperX DDR RAM, which is a high performance PC3500 stick of RAM aimed at overclockers. If your interested in that sort of thing, check it out here
DDR-2 memory technology has been delayed well into 2003 with the only exception being nVidia and their NV30, which won't be readily available till next year anyway. To compensate for this delay, companies such as OCZ and GeIL are leading the way in pushing the limits of regular DDR memory chips further than we could have ever imagined, much to the delight of overclockers around the world. You must wonder how JEDEC feel about all of this when DDR-400 memory has not even been officially approved as an industry standard yet - maybe a little like NATO, with all the war happenings around the world at the moment.
Last week OCZ Technology announced their 466MHz and 500MHz DDR parts and Victor from GeIL just let us know about their 466MHz DDR memory products which will be available from next month. GeIL will release their PC3700 466MHz DDR Golden Dragon series with funky looking gold PCB coloring as well as their PC3700 466MHz DDR Platinum Series with equally funky looking tin coated platinum copper heat spreader, as pictured above.
How much faster can they go? I think, and according to our talks back in June at Computex Taipei with memory manufacturers such as Kingmax, DDR-500 is about as far as we can go with DDR-1 technology - only time will tell though, I guess.
Overclockers Australia has just posted a review of not one, not two, but 10 sticks of TwinMos PC3200 DDR RAM. They ran the sticks to the limit, and produced some excellent results for RAM that certainly doesn't break the bank. If you're in the market for some new RAM, certainly check it out here.
You can read TweakTown's own review of the 256MB TwinMos sticks right here.
Things have been a little hectic today, sorry for the lack of news posts. There's another DDR-400 roundup available for your viewing pleasure, this time by the guys from OC Addiction. They test out PC3200 memory sticks from Corsair, GeIL and XtremeDDR.
For those of you that read my review of Geil's PC3500 you already know how I feel about the importance of using quality RAM. For the rest of you I don't care how good your motherboard, processor or cooling is your not going to be able to overclock much or maybe not even at all if you buy the generic cheap stuff. Only with the name brand stuff will you be able to get the kind of performance your looking for. So, now you may be asking yourself which brand of RAM will give you the best bang. Well today we look at three of the most talked about brands of memory out there and by the time you finish this article you might have an idea of which one will help you get those kick ass 3DMark2001 scores you crave.More information @ OC Addiction
There has been some speculation as to just what the memory specifications will be that nVidia will use in it's upcoming NV30 release. In fact, the crew over at The Inquirer has come across some information that sheds some light on the subject! According to this report, NV30 will actually use DDR-II memory running at 1GHz. ATI Radeon 9700: Look out!
Since many of you still have doubts about the NV30, we are about to disclose the final part of the NV 30 puzzle -- its own, unique memory secrets.More information @ The Inquirer
As we previously said, the NV 30 will have only 128-Bit interface which is half the speed of the one used on the fastest gaming card around, ATi's Radeon 9700 PRO.
What we haven't yet mentioned is what kind of memory it sports and what is the actual clock speed of it. That's where the surprise comes in. Assuming that the NV 30 would use standard DDR memory was a big mistake. The NV 30 will use DDR II memory, the (r)evolutionary memory marchitecture. But there's even more.
Computer and Memory giant, Micron will be demonstrating it's juicy new DDR-II memory at VIA's Technical Forum. The Technical Forum begins today at the Taipei International Convention Center in Taipei, Taiwan. Sporting a 533MB/s per pin, and an acheivable bandwidth of 4.3GB/s, this new memory is sure to please.
In a statement, Micron mouthpiece, Terry Lee said: "While the industry adoption of DDR-II in high volume is not expected until late 2003 and early 2004, our customers benefit from our early system analysis work. Micron will enable our customers to effectively utilize DDR-II memory technology in the same manner as we have DDR-I."More information @ The Inquirer
The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the people who develop the memory standards everyone is supposed to adhere to, is reported to be formally working on a new DDR-II specification for graphics cards. While the standard could be released as early as the end of this year, sources believe we should expect it early next year. Following the typical trend, we can expect to see unofficial releases of the technology by ATI and nVidia within the next few months.
Although JEDEC deliberations are confidential, sources from the standards body said the quarterly meeting this month heard presentations for a proposed graphics version of its basic DDR-II standard for PC main memory.More information @ Silicon Strategies
ATI Technology and Nvidia Corp. are expected to introduce graphics cards with DDR-II memory chips even before a new JEDEC standard is approved. Since graphics card memory is point-to-point mounted directly on the board, vendors can validate chips and work out interfaces themselves. The JEDEC graphics standard would be an added benefit by eliminating any of the small proprietary twists memory suppliers now try to add to their DDR-II chips to lock in customers.