Subject: Motherboards | May 1, 2015 - 09:25 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: sodimm, quad-channel, mini-itx, EPC612D4I, ddr4, ASRock Rack, asrock
They finally did it! A new mini-ITX LGA 2011-3 has been announced by ASRock, the EPC612D4I, and this server-grade product will offer full quad-channel memory support with a switch to SoDIMM RAM.
Image credit: Tom’s IT Pro
While ASRock had previously released a mini-ITX X99 motherboard (the X99E-ITX/ac) there were concessions made based on the limitations of the form-factor, and the motherboard was limited to dual-channel memory with only two DDR4 DIMM slots. So for a full quad-channel experience it became obvious that a switch to SoDIMM’s would be required. So are there any DDR4 SoDIMMs available? They certainly aren’t cheap, but a quick search for the model number of this new board finds a page from Crucial for compatible DDR4 modules – at a cost of $555.99 for a massive 32GB (4x8GB) of 1.2V DDR4-2133 ECC memory.
Specs for the EPC612D4I from ASRock:
- LGA 2011 R3 Intel Xeon processor E5-1600/2600 v3 series
- 4x SO-DIMM slots, supports quad-channel DDR4 2133/1866 ECC
- 4x SATA 6Gb/s by C612
- 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
- Integrated IPMI 2.0 with KVM and Dedicated LAN (RTL8211E)
- Intel Dual GLAN (Intel i210 + Intel i217)
The new board was first reported by Tom's IT Pro and their article lists the retail price for the ASRock EPC612D4I at $265, which isn’t bad for a product like this. While definitely targeting the server market this could potentially be implemented for a very compact workstation setup (and allow creation of a PC to rival the diminutive Mac Pro, perhaps).
Subject: Memory | January 24, 2013 - 01:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: patriot, PC3-12800, 8gb, LoVo, sodimm, 1.35V, ultrabook
Over at Tweaktown is a review of an upgrade for Ultrabooks, Patriot's 1.35V, 8GB DDR3-1600MHz at $45 for a single SODIMM. The idea is that not only do you get a decent sized pool of RAM but because it sips 10% less power than a standard SODIMM you might just get a bit more battery life. They tested out the memory on a Lenovo ThinkPad W530 with a 6-cell battery, not the longest lasting of setups and saw about a 10% increase in battery life as you might have expected. That did only translate to an extra 17 minutes but as the laptop in question was only good for 4.5 hours of life, you can expect better return from an Ultrabook with a longer battery life.
"The big push in 2013 for mobile performance will be fought in battery life. Like every other market, if you want to get the best available you have to go to the aftermarket for premium components. The Patriot Memory for Ultrabooks will increase your notebook or ultrabook battery life, but just like everything premium, you have to pay a bit more."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Corsair Dominator Platinum Dual-Channel DDR3 Memory Kits @ X-bit Labs
- Patriot Extreme Performance Viper 3 1600MHz 8GB Kit @ Pro-Clockers
- Kingston HyperX Beast PC3-19200 16GB Dual Channel @ Tweaktown
- G.Skill TridentX DDR3-2400 CL9 @ Funky Kit
- Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP 1600MHz 16GB Kit Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3 1600MHz 16GB @ eTeknix
Subject: Memory | April 29, 2011 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sodimm, kingston, hyperx, ddr3-1866
If you prefer your laptop to be ultrapowerful not ultraportable then Kingston has a SODIMM kit that you are going to love. 8GBs of DDR3-1866 in two SODIMMs with timings of 11-11-11-32 2T, the star of the 6 new HyperX DDR3 kits from Kingston. That will give yor laptop a boost many desktops still don't have. Legit Reviews were very impressed with the performance jump they saw on their Sandy Bridge laptop, calling it the next best thing to upgrading to an SSD.
"The performance numbers from upgrading to the Kingston HyperX Plug and Play 8GB DDR3 1866MHz memory kit was insane. We saw performance gains from 6% to 86% depending on the benchmarks with the largest performance gains coming from graphics intensive games. Who would have thought that the area that gained the most was the frame rate in games? If you want to get better performance out of the Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU on your Sandy Bridge laptop this is more than likely the best way to go about it. You can literally feel and see the difference in everything that you do on the system, so this is an ideal upgrade for those that want 8GB of memory and better performance..."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3-1600 Tri-Channel 6Gb Kit @ FunkyKit
- Mushkin Ridgeback 996991 PC3-16000 8GB Review @ OCC
- G.Skill RipjawsX 1600MHz CL7 4GB @ VR-Zone
- G.Skill Ripjaws-X DDR3-2133 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers
- Crucial Ballistix Finned DDR3 1866 MHz CL9 4 GB @ techPowerUp