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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.
The crew over at ExtremeOverclocking.com have come up with some very important information about the many flavors of DDR RAM out on the market. Anyone interested in upgrading their memory should consult this guide before making their final decision.
With today's technology changing so quickly it is very easy to get behind. But when you hear about the fastest memory or CPU you think to yourself, "I have got to have it." Well, in truth, when looking at purchasing DDR based memory, there are a lot of things that you have to take into consideration... one of the more notable questions that comes up all the time is, "What is the fastest memory?" or "What kind of memory should I buy?"... What a lot fail to say are the other interesting points that one needs to know in order to maximize his / her system's performance, and at the same time spend money wisely.Check it out @ Extreme Overclocking.
Mikhailtech have posted a review of a stick of TwinMOS 512mb DDR400 memory. We've got a stick currently being tested, from what I've heard - this RAM is fairly fast and reliable.
PC3200 modules have got to have a very good PCB in order to achieve such high speeds, 200MHz DDR, so the TwinMOS PC3200 RAM makes no exception. The PCB is designed with 6 layers instead of the usual 4 layers that other manufacturers use for their lower clocked models. The extra 2 PCB layers ensure the signal traces are cleaner and the memory will perform as it should. The DIMM I got did not come in a retail box, but in an antistatic bag.More information at Mikhailtech
VooDoo from DDRZone has just posted an editorial (rant) questioning if the folks at AMD Australia have lost the plot, as he puts it. I tend to agree with what's being said being an Aussie myself. Although product shortages or delays is not a problem experienced by AMD alone. Click the link below and you decide what you think.
We have all seen the reviews, the hype and the pictures splashed across the internet lately about AMD's new processors the 2600+ and 2800+. We have seen the hype being generated about the new hammer range. At computex this year I spoke at length with AMD. both their staff manning the displays and staff from the Australian offices. We were repeatedly told everything is great, sales are booming etc.More information at DDR Zone
The Overclocker Cafe posted up what was originally supposed to be a DDR400 Prizematch between Corsair XMS 3200 C2 512 mb, Corsair XMS 3200 512mb, XtremeDDR PC3200 512mb, and XtremeDDR PC3200 256mb. What they ended up with was a best and worst DDR available.
The last time we had some Corsair in out test box we raved about having a stable ceiling of 176MHz. How does 194MHz for the XMS3200 C2 stick grab you? Someone hand me a paper bag to breathe in. Opening the settings even more to 2.5-3-3 2T gave us some action higher than Tommy Chong. And finally, we see the XtremeDDR break 200MHz. But only for the 512 stick. The 256 stick is left sucking wind as it hits the wall at 191MHz.More information at Overclocker Cafe