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G.SKILL's new 256GB DDR4 RAM kits for new Threadripper, Core-X CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Posted: Nov 26, 2019 @ 0:08 CST

AMD and Intel both unveiled their new HEDT processors and respective platforms, with our review on AMD's new third-gen Ryzen Threadripper 3970X right here and Intel's new Core i9-10980XE processor here. But you'll need a bunch of new RAM, right? That's where our friends at G.SKILL come in.


G.SKILL has just announced the latest in their ever-growing family of high-performance, quad-channel, ultra-capacity DDR4 RAM kits which range up to a huge 256GB for the new TRX40 and X299 motherboards. The new 256GB options come in 2666MHz, 3200MHz, and 3600MHz for AMD's new TRX40 platform while you'll be able to go up to 3800MHz and even 4000MHz with Intel and X299.

The huge 256GB kits are offered with 8 x 32GB DIMMs, but they don't have the same low latencies as the 64GB kits. You can grab yourself G.SKILL's new 256GB of DDR4 for HEDT platforms with the DDR4-3200 kit coming in at CL16-18-18-38 and 1.35V in 256GB, or the DDR4-3600 kit at CL18-22-22-42 and 1.35V.

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Corsair drops a 5GHz bombshell with its new Vengeance LPX memory kit

By: Shannon Robb | RAM | Posted: Oct 9, 2019 @ 16:10 CDT

Corsair probably surprised a lot of people today when they unveiled their new Vengeance LPX RAM kit rated to run at 5000MHz.


For those interested, as of now, the kit is listed on the Corsair webpage at $1,224.99 which is about 4.08MHz per dollar, or we can look at it conversely at $75 dollars per gigabyte of RAM. Now I say this in jest as I know the trouble a memory manufacturer goes through to tightly screen IC's and come up with enough choice units to validate these sorts of speeds.

There are some other considerations to be had as well, you are going to want to check with Corsair and closely pick through their validated board list to ensure you are pairing this sort of kit properly. When considering a uber high-speed memory kit, you must remember that there is a large amount of moving parts in play that can cause hang-ups along the way. CPU IMC quality is part of it.

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G.SKILL releases monster 32GB DIMMs and respective insane memory kits

By: Shannon Robb | RAM | Posted: Oct 9, 2019 @ 14:15 CDT

G.SKILL today announced its new 32GB single DIMMs or memory modules. The new 32GB DIMMs allow for much higher memory density for your PC and more overhead for heavy task loading. As games and photoshop, along with other conventional usage models, increase, the need for more memory starts to become apparent. Let us not even get into the realm of Google chrome, and the fact that you would probably never need to close a tab ever again.


G.SKILL, however, is not merely releasing some low-speed kits to appease the masses; as you can see from the chart above, they have kits ranging up to 256GB at 3200MHz and up to 4000MHz at 128GB. This needless to say is insane speed but is possible with the right platform and some luck in your IMC. These new kits up to 4 DIMMs can be applicable for Ryzen 3000 platforms, but do be aware that with the extra stress of higher density DIMMs, some tuning may be required if your IMC is not playing nice with them. Also, we all know that Threadripper 3000 is coming soon, and so the kits you see demonstrated on X299 at up to 256GB will likely slot right over to working on the new better memory controller packaged on all Zen 2 chips thus far.

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G.SKILL releases optimized DDR4-3800 CL14 memory kit for AMD

By: Shannon Robb | RAM | Posted: Aug 2, 2019 @ 16:59 CDT

G.SKILL has been pushing the limits with memory for a long time now. With Ryzen, the memory frequency and related performance have always been a bit limited.


With AMD's Ryzen 3000 series, the memory speed has been unlocked in a significant way. G.SKILL has released a kit with 3800MHz speed and CL14-16-16-36 in a 16GB kit.

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DRAM prices spike 20% with 'skyrocket' in price warned

By: Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Posted: Jul 22, 2019 @ 4:42 CDT

We kinda knew it was coming but now it is here: DRAM prices have spiked by 20% from the Toshiba factory power outages and also fueled by the on-going trade issues between Japan and South Korea.


This will cause the price of DRAM used in most consumer PCs in the form of RAM, graphce cards, RAM for smartphones and much more will slowly increase. It'll happen as stock is depleted, and then some of it will be marked up along the supply chain before it gets into your hands. The tightly knit memory industry is co-dependant on one another, with Asia being a hotspot for DRAM with South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. DRAMeXchange reports that the spot-pricing of 8-gigabit DDR4 is up 14.6% week-over-week, and up a large 23% as of July 5.

Japan is flexing its muscles with regulatory moves, but industry sources have said that if the regulatory moves affect production of DRAM at Samsung Eletronics and SK Hynix -- two South Korean chip titans -- "memory prices could skyrocket".

ADATA gaming orb is something I need in my life, NOW

By: Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Posted: Jun 4, 2019 @ 23:04 CDT

Computex 2019 - Where do I even begin with ADATA, as it really felt like 'alright this has to be it' when I'm being walked around their gigantic booth in the halls of Nangang... but it kept going. Quality product to quality product, most blinged out with RGBs and an amazing gaming pod that I need want to take home.


Gaming on a super-ultra-wide gaming monitor, in a game that ADATA reached out to the developer for to get their pod into the game so it felt more lifelike. The gaming desk is adjustable once you get into the pod, and pushes up closer to the screen when not needed. If that pod had been moving with the pod in the game, I would not have gotten any other work done as I would've planted myself there for the entire day.


As you can see a gaming RIG is secured at the back of the gaming pod, blinged out with some ADATA RGB-infused cooling and DDR4 RAM.

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Kingston teases 7.6TB SSD, new HyperX goods at Computex 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Posted: Jun 3, 2019 @ 23:52 CDT

Computex 2019 - Another visit in the Grand Hyatt this year was Kingston who alongside its HyperX brand were both showing off some great new products, and some much more bling than others.


First we'll start with the the DC1000M, a new PCIe NVMe Gen 3x4 2.5-inch SSD that comes in a U.2 interface and capacities between 960GB and 7.68TB. Kingston is also offering hardware-based power fail protection on the DC1000M series SSDs, too.


Kingston was also showing off its A2000 series, which is a PCIe NVMe Gen 3x4 M.2 SSD that arrives with up to 1TB of flash, and is powered by Intel's 3D TLC 64-layer NAND flash. Kingston is promising up to 1500MB/sec write and 2000MB/sec read speeds.

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ADATA break DDR4 speed record with insane 5634MHz on LN2

By: Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Posted: May 15, 2019 @ 21:30 CDT

ADATA has just smashed the previous DDR4 speed record by Kingston and its HyperX Predator RAM, with ADATA's in-house XPG Overclocking Lab (XOCL) using its new Spectrix D60G DDR4 RGB RAM to reach the dizzying heights of 5634.1MHz.


A single 8GB stick of Spectrix D60G was used on an MSI MPG X390I Gaming Edge AC Mini-ITX motherboard and an Intel Core i9-9900K, with LN2 cooling keeping the highly-overclocked DDR4 RAM cool. The timings were loose, with the team stretching them out to CL 31-31-31-46 3T, with no voltage numbers released but with LN2 keeping the RAM cool as well as having the DDR4 chips clocked at that speed, I'd say it was pretty damn high.

The ADATA Spectrix D60G comes at a stock 4133MHz so the OC all the way to 5634MHz is mighty impressive, and using LN2 cooling is even more insane. The RAM overclocking game is a crazy one, with ADATA taking the reigns this close to Computex 2019 is a big deal.

G.SKILL unveils 192GB kit of its Trident Z Royal DDR4 RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Posted: Jan 31, 2019 @ 22:25 CST

Intel just released its monster new Xeon W-3175X processor (a huge 28C/56T beast that we reviewed here) but what are you going to do about a kit of RAM? That's where G.SKILL steps in with its just-announced 6-channel Trident Z Royal kit of memory that comes in a variety of different capacities.


G.SKILL's awesome Trident Z Royal RAM looks amazing in any PC but in a new 28C/56T beast from Intel it'd look even better. The company is offering the new kits in various different capacities that include DDR4-3200 speeds with lower latencies (14-14-14-34 and 16-18-18-38) in 48GB, 96GB, and 192GB kits. If you want the high-end stuff, G.SKILL also has a faster 192GB kit of DDR4-4000 with 17-18-18-38 timings, but it's also available in 48GB and 96GB kits.

SK Hynix: DDR5 memory in 2020, while DDR6 development begins

By: Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Posted: Jan 29, 2019 @ 19:31 CST

SK Hynix research fellow Kim Dong-Kyun has said that the DDR5 memory standard could hit the P{C next year, where it will kick things off at a huge DDR5-5200 offering twice the bandwidth of DDR4-2666.


Last year SK Hynix developed a working prototype of a 16-gigabit (2GB) DDR5 DRAM chip that reached 5200 MT/s with just 1.1V. Kim explained: "We are discussing several concepts of the post DDR5. One concept is to maintain the current trend of speeding up the data transmission, and another is to combine the DRAM technology with system-on-chip process technologies, such as CPU".

The company is working on its own innovations that will continue to make DDR5 dazzle, developing technologies that will hopefully beat its competition which is also making DDR5 memory. Kim teased: "We have developed a multi-phase synchronization technology that enables keeping the voltage during a high-speed operation in a chip at a low level by placing multiple phases within the IP circuit, so the power used on each phase is low but the speed is high when combined".

Kim also said that the DDR6 memory standard is also in development, with memory makers aiming for twice the bandwidth and densities of DDR5 which will already offer significant improvements over DDR4.