Shave another couple of watts off your Kabini system

Subject: Memory | April 9, 2014 - 03:54 PM |
Tagged: kingston, kingston hyper x, Genesis LoVo, 16GB, ddr3-1600

If you were impressed by the low wattage required to run the AMD AM1 Athlon 5350 and are thinking of building a low power system along the lines of the one Josh used in his review Kingston has a product to help you lower that total system voltage a little more.  HyperX Genesis LoVo uses only a mere 1.35V to power the 16GB DDR3-1600 CL9 kit and their low profile helps if you are building a small sized system.  Performance at stock speeds is quite decent, with the possibility of overclocking to add more speed if you desire but these DIMMs are more about power savings than raw power.  Check out the full review at Funky Kit.

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"Even though higher clocked RAM is great for overclocking and gaming for most computer users, memory at lower clocks is good enough for the general tasks they perform daily. For those users, memory speed is usually less important than capacity so today we wish to present something more regular in the memory's world what is Kingston HyperX Genesis LoVo 16GB DDR3-1600 CL9. As probably some readers already noticed, we can't really call it regular memory as Kingston specified it to run at low voltage of 1.35V ... and it's green like most eco-friendly products."

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Source: Funky Kit
April 10, 2014 | 04:05 AM - Posted by Pholostan

Kabini supports ECC, and many such modules are indeed 1.35V. For example, the Kingston KVR16LE11/8. Unbuffered ECC that is.

The Asus boards don't list ECC RAM in their specs. I wonder if ECC would actually work on them, anyone tested that? The RAM would probably work fine if ECC isn't supported. I use EDAC util in linux to confirm ECC function.

April 11, 2014 | 08:24 AM - Posted by collie (not verified)

One of the selling points for AM1 is the standard ram as opposed to BayTrail needing the more expensive low voltage ram.

August 6, 2014 | 03:48 AM - Posted by Lem (not verified)

The Asus AM1M-A with an Athlon 5350 does indeed support ECC (though I can't find settings in the UEFI BIOS for it as of version 0702). I'm using a single stick of Kingston DDR3-1600 ECC (KVR16LE11/8I), and it works perfectly. Memtest seems to allow ECC to be forced on, and it works. Linux (as in Ubuntu 14.04.1, kernel 3.13) doesn't seem to want to load the amd64_edac_mod module however.

In case anyone was interested:

root@# dmidecode --type memory
# dmidecode 2.12
# SMBIOS entry point at 0x000f04c0
SMBIOS 2.7 present.

Handle 0x002A, DMI type 16, 23 bytes
Physical Memory Array
Location: System Board Or Motherboard
Use: System Memory
Error Correction Type: Multi-bit ECC
Maximum Capacity: 8 GB
Error Information Handle: Not Provided
Number Of Devices: 2

August 8, 2014 | 10:14 AM - Posted by Johnr (not verified)

Lem, this is quite usefull information.

Has any one reproduced ECC compatibility test on other AM1 boards like ASRock AM1B-ITX, ASRock AM1H-ITX, MSI AM1I AM1 using the same memory module ?

I did find that Asus AM1M-A has ECC support, it's written in the Manual, but the website says it's not supported.
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AM1MA/specifications/

ECC on a mini itx with AM1 would be a killer NAS for ZFS/BTRFS raids.

Thanks for the info !

August 19, 2014 | 03:31 PM - Posted by aviewer (not verified)

sorry, but I think ECC support is not possible, it seems that what you found in the manual is a translation failure

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