Celebrate 10 years of Kingston with 16GB of DDR3-2400

Subject: Memory | March 12, 2013 - 05:30 PM |
Tagged: kingston, hyperx, HyperX Genesis 10th Anniversary Special Edition, DDR3-2400

Kingston has put together a 16GB, 4DIMM quad (or dual) channel DDR-2400 kit with timings of 11-13-13-30 available for $160.  They've designed compact heat spreaders for this kit so even with the tight confines of the CPU socket which have become common today you should be able to fit these in your system without much difficulty.  From TechPowerUp's testing these DIMMs seem to be running all out at stock speeds, even upping the voltage only allowed them a stable 2468MHz perhaps not a problem on boards which cannot break 2400MHz in the BIOS.  They do mention that the Anniversary Special Editions have limited availability so if their review tempts you, purchase this kit as soon as you can.

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"To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the HyperX brand, Kinston has released a limited edition line up called the HyperX Genesis 10th Anniversary Special Edition. We take a look at the top-end 16 GB 2400 MHz CL11 kit, a blazing fast kit with performance to match."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

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Source: TechPowerUp

NVDIMM: Nonvolatile... Not NVIDIA

Subject: General Tech, Memory, Systems | February 10, 2013 - 03:44 AM |
Tagged: NVDIMM, micron, IMFT NAND, imft

So a RAM chip, a NAND module, and an “ultracapacitor” walk into stick...

This week Micron released a press blast for technology called, “NVDIMM”. The goal is to create memory modules which perform as quickly as DRAM but can persist without power. At this point you could probably guess the acronym: Nonvolatile Dual In-line Memory Module. It has been around for a few years now, but it is in the news now so let's chat about it.

I often like to play the game, “Was this named by an engineer or a marketer?” You can typically tell who was responsible for naming something by gauging how literally it breaks down into a simple meaning versus not having any apparent meaning at all. A good example of an engineer name is UHF, which breaks down into ultra-high frequency because it's higher than VHF, very-high frequency. A good example of a marketing name would be something like “Centrino”, which sounds like the biggest little penny-slot machine in the world. I would quite comfortable guessing that NVDIMM was named by an engineer.

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This is AgigA Tech's module, who provides the capacitors for Micron and their NVDIMMs.

The actual makeup of NVDIMMs is quite sensible: DIMMs are fast but die when the power goes out. You could prevent the power from going out but it takes quite a lot of battery life to keep a computer online for extended periods of time. NAND Flash is quite slow, relative to DIMMs, in normal operation but can persist without power for very long periods of time. Also, modern-day capacitors are efficient and durable enough to keep DIMMs powered for long enough to be copied to flash memory.

As such, if the power goes out: memory is dumped to flash on the same chip. When power is restored, DIMMs get reloaded and continue on their merry way.

According to the Micron press release, the first NVDIMM was demonstrated last November at SC12. That module contained twice as much NAND as it did DIMM memory: 8GB of Flash for 4GB of RAM. Micron did not specify why they required having that much extra Flash memory although my gut instinct is to compensate for write wearing problems. A two-fold increase to offset NAND that had just one too many write operations seems like quite a lot compared to consumer drives. That said, SSDs do not have to weather half of their whole capacity being written to each time the computer shuts down.

Who knows, double-provisioning might even be too little in practice.

Source: Micron

G.Skill would like to know if you can handle 32GB of DDR3-2400

Subject: Memory | February 7, 2013 - 07:13 PM |
Tagged: G.Skill Trident X, DDR3-2400, 32GB, dual channel

At $280 the 32GB kit of DDR3-2400 RAM from G.Skill costs more than an SSD but if you consider what you would have paid for 4GB of DDR3 when it first hit the market you can't argue that the price of a kit like this has fallen drastically.  The timings are not even particularly loose for DIMMs of this speed, 10-12-12-31 @ 2T is not too shabby, though Neoseeker didn't have much luck tightening them as they couldn't get to the fully rated speed of the DIMMs due to their motherboard not being able to support that speed.  Keep note of that, many motherboards simply do not have 2400MHz as a choice in the BIOS and many CPUs won't be able to keep these DIMMs fully active.  You could always opt for using a goodly chunk of the memory as a RAM drive, no matter what speed your BIOS supports.  Check the full review here.

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"Today I will be looking at G. Skill's Trident X DDR3 2400MHz 32GB quad channel memory kit. With their goal of extreme overclocking performance, G. Skill uses the highest quality memory IC's available when manufacturing their memory. To ensure trouble-free operation, their memory undergoes rigorous testing to verify their craftsmanship and performance."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

Memory

Source: Neoseeker

Squeeze a little more out of your Ultrabook with 1.35V RAM?

Subject: Memory | January 24, 2013 - 01:07 PM |
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.

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"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:

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Source: Tweaktown

Corsair Launches 'World's Fastest' USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Subject: Memory, Storage | January 8, 2013 - 09:00 AM |
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Corsair has announced their new line of "Flash Voyager GT Turbo" flash drives that will blow the doors off of most USB drives on the market and might even give some SSD's a run for their money.

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These USB 3.0 drives will be natively compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports.  With read speeds of up to 260 MB/s and write speeds of up to 235 MB/s, these drives should meet any high speed data transfer needs.

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The drives will come in three sizes, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB, but that speed comes at a cost.  The 32 GB drive will have a suggested retail price of $49.99 (USD), the 64 GB will retail for $89.99, and the 128 GB drive will weigh in at a hefty $179.99 when released.

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The drives are backed by a nice 5 year warranty and the drive itself looks fairly well made, but will the hefty price tag turn consumers off?  Only time will tell.

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Source: Corsair

Podcast #232 - Our picks for Best Products of 2012!

Subject: General Tech | December 27, 2012 - 03:37 PM |
Tagged: video, ssd, podcast, picks of the year, memory, gpu, editors choice, cpu, case, best of the year

PC Perspective Podcast #232 - 12/27/2012

Join us this week as we discuss our picks for Best Products of 2012!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

The URL for the podcast is: http://pcper.com/podcast - Share with your friends!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Josh Walrath, Allyn Malventano and Scott Michaud

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!

Program length: 1:40:13

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Welcome to our Best Of 2012 Episode!
  2. Rules explanation: there are no rules!!
  3. 0:07:30 Best CPU
    1. AMD Trinity A10 APU
    2. Intel Core i7-3770K
    3. Intel Ultrabook mobile CPU
    4. Qualcomm Krait Mobile CPU
  4. 0:20:00 Best Motherboard
    1. MSI Z77 MPower
    2. ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
    3. ASUS Z77 Mini ITX
    4. EVGA dual Xeon board
    5. Asus Crosshair Formula Z
  5. 0:31:20 Best GPU
    1. GeForce GTX 680 2GB
    2. GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
    3. Radeon HD 7970 3GB
    4. Radeon HD 7870 2GB
  6. 0:44:00 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!
  7.  0:45:00 Best Storage
    1. Samsung 840 Pro SSD
    2. OCZ Vector SSD
    3. WD Red HDD
    4. WD 4TB Enterprise
  8. 1:05:00 Best Case
    1. Corsair Carbide 300R
    2. Corsair Obsidian 550D
    3. Cooler Master Cosmos II
    4. Mineral Oil Case
  9. 1:12:00 Best Price Drop
    1. SSDs
    2. AMD Radeon 7000 GPUs
    3. Good IPS displays ($199 - $400)
    4. 2560x1440 27-in panels
    5. System Memory
  10. 1:22:00 Best Newly Popular Technology
    1. Thunderbolt
    2. High-res monitors (Korean or otherwise)
    3. Cherry style keyboards
    4. Mini ITX Motherboards
    5. Touch screen?
  11. 1:35:00 Best Lenovo Laptop on my Desk
    1. Thinkpad Twist
    2. Thinkpad X1 Carbon
    3. Thinkpad X230
    4. Yoga 13
  12. 1-888-38-PCPER or podcast@pcper.com
  13. http://pcper.com/podcast
  14. http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
  15. Closing/outro

Be sure to subscribe to the PC Perspective YouTube channel!!

 

 

Crucial's 16GB Ballistix Tactical has a nice surprise

Subject: Memory | November 30, 2012 - 02:04 PM |
Tagged: crucial, Ballistix Tactical, 16GB, ddr3-1600

It is a nice change when a company understates the performance of their product instead of barely living up to their promises.  Such is the case with the dual channel Crucal Ballistix Tactical 1600MHz kit, at least the one that Funky Kit benchmarked.  They hit 2133MHz and kept the timings at 9-9-9-24 1T, not bad for DIMMs which are billed for 8-8-8-24 1T@ 1600MHz!  Even better these DIMMs are very low profile, so even on boards with the DIMM slots clustered around the CPU socket you won't be limited in your choice of oversized CPU coolers.  The full review is available here.

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"This has been some fun memory to play with, it's ability to hit clocks 50% higher than stock is impressive. It's ability to hit 2133MHz with 9-9-9 timings at only 1.5v is quite impressive."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

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Source: Funky Kit

ADATA puts out the second version of their XPG Gaming RAM

Subject: Memory | November 20, 2012 - 07:44 PM |
Tagged: adata, DDR3-2400

For DDR3-2400 the Dual Channel ADATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB kit has decent timings @ 11-13-13-35.  Neoseeker's testing was not without problems however as Windows refused to boot at the full 2400MHz on their MSI Big Bang XPower II, instead they had to run at 2133MHz though the timings were tightened to 10.13.13.31 1T.  Performance fell in line with other similar kits at that speed, perhaps not at the top of the pack but certainly in the running.  They are out of stock at NewEgg, but you might be able to lay your hands on these fancy green DIMMs from another retailer.

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"ADATA hopes to join the ranks of the big boys in the gaming memory market with their XPG Gaming v2.0 series of memory kits. We review the DDR3-2400 8GB dual channel kit and put head to head against the likes of G.Skill's Ripjaws Z, Patriot's Viper III and the Corsair Dominator GT to see how well it can compete."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

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Source: Neoseeker

Win 8GB of G.Skill Trident X or Sniper DDR3 Memory!!

Subject: Memory | November 15, 2012 - 01:27 PM |
Tagged: sweepstakes, giveaway, G.Skill, contest

UPDATE: Thanks to all who participated!  Our winners have been selected and emails have gone out for shipping information!! Thanks again to our friends at G.Skill for the prizes!!

To thank the readers of PC Perspective we have teamed up with friends at G.Skill to open up another incredibly easy to win contest / sweepstakes for some great prizes!  We have a pair of 8GB DDR3 memory kits up for grabs this time around.

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First up is a 2 x 4GB kit of G.Skill Sniper memory running at 1866 MHz.

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Also on the giveaway block is a 2 x 4GB kit of G.Skill Trident X memory capable of 2400 MHz DDR3 speeds!

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What do you have to do to win?  Here's the secret - not much! 

  1. Visit your favorite PC Perspective pages like our YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter account.  You should subscribe, like and follow us, you know...if you want to.  We'd appreciate it!
  2. Also, stop by the G.Skill Facebook page and see what they have to offer there as well.  They frequently run their own contests so you might want to like their page just in case.
  3. Leave a comment here on this post!

That's it - we love our fans so we want to make sure EVERYONE gets a chance to win some free stuff! 

We will close the contest on Monday the 19th at 1pm EST or so - so get your entries in!  Thanks again for being a fan of PC Perspective, thanks to G.Skill for the great prizes and stay tuned for MORE contests and giveaways in the coming days!

When will we change the naming convention? Kingston's new 2.67GHz DDR3 kit

Subject: Memory | November 2, 2012 - 01:46 PM |
Tagged: kingston, hyperx predator, ddr3-2666, dual channel

In order to get the most out of Kingston's HyperX Predator 2.67GHz 8GB dual channel kit you need a serious processor, even high end Ivy Bridge processors cannot fully benefit from the entire available bandwidth.  To that end Pro-Clockers used the SB-E Core i7 3930K which is more often utilized in quad channel but in this case is using high frequency dual channel DDR3.  There is no question the memory is fast if you have a motherboard and CPU which allows memory to run at that frequency and Pro-Clockers testing implies that it is going as fast as it can stably at that particular XMP setting.  There are other profiles available, with tighter timings which means this kit can be of use for someone looking for lower frequency memory at tighter timings that the default 11-13-13-26 @ 1T.

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"Over the past few months we have had the pleasure of reviewing some very fast memory. We have seen some 1866MHz kits from the likes of Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill and Kingston. And the fastest up to this day has been a kit from G.Skill which was dialed in at 2400MHz by default. But today we are topping that with a new 2666MHz kit from Kingston. The HyperX Predator at 2666MHz boast timings at 11-13-13-26 and some pretty awesome heat spreaders."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

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Source: Pro-Clockers

Intel Extreme Masters DIMMs, beyond XMP?

Subject: Memory | October 16, 2012 - 08:16 PM |
Tagged: patriot, Intel Extreme Masters Edition, ddr3-2133, 8gb, dual channel

It looks like there is a new memory rating on the market from Patriot, Intel Extreme Masters which purports to be hand tested for perfect XMP compatibility as well as sporting a new heatsink design.  Timings of 11-11-11-27 for DDR3-2133 are rather impressive as is 9-9-9-24 at DDR3-1600 and Bjorn 3D managed to overclock it to 2300MHz.  They did question the default 3T setting of the DIMMs as they ran fine at 2T though trying for 1T at those speeds is not only pushing it but questionably useful for anything but an heavily overclocked i7 CPU.

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"Nowadays, memory tends to be more of a battle over who can bin the tightest, as all IC’s shipping for the most part are pretty much the same. In the memory market it all comes down to how you can differentiate yourself from the same old stuff that we may see every day. Patriot has the new Viper 3 series which is what this kit is part of, and carrying the “Intel Extreme Masters” means it went through extensive testing to prove utmost compatibility with new DDR3 motherboards and XMP easy tuning."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

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Source: Bjorn3D

Win 16GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133 MHz Memory!!

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2012 - 04:49 PM |
Tagged: memory, giveaway, dominator, corsair, contest

UPDATE: We have selected a winner using Random.org and that is....  Sandy Bruce!!  Congrats to the winner and keep checking back on pcper.com as we will have more contests for your shortly!!!

 

Looking for a killer upgrade to your PC?  How does 16GB of DDR3 memory running at 2133 MHz sound?  What if it were FREE?  Corsair and PC Perspective and teamed up to give away a 16GB kit (4 x 4GB) of Dominator Platinum memory!!

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These are the latest modules from Corsair that include a completely cooler design as well as user swappable LED strip!  Check out the video below!

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These modules are pretty sexy in the dark...

What do you have to do to win this gorgeous memory?  It's quite simple:

  1. Head over to Corsair's Facebook page and give them a 'like'.
  2. If you are feeling generous (and want to learn about future giveaways) like the PC Perspective Facebook page as well. 
  3. Leave a comment below telling us how you plan on using the Corsair Dominator Platinum memory if you win it!

Pretty simple, right?  We'll run the sweepstakes from now until October the 10th, so jump in and get in your shot to walk away from 16GB of memory from PC Perspective and our friends at Corsair!!

Source: Corsair

Go 4x4ing with Corsair HyperX and an X79 motherboard

Subject: Memory | September 20, 2012 - 07:39 PM |
Tagged: ddr3-2133, kingston, HyperX Genesis, quad channel

$100 even will get you 16GB of DDR3-2133MHz Kingston HyperX Genesis quad channel memory, perfect for an X79 based system.  These particular DIMMs are 11-12-11-49 and 1T, at their full speed with a second 1866MHz XMP with slightly tighter timings.  Legit Reviews paired this kit with an Intel Core i7 3820 and ASUS P9X79 Deluxe and while they couldn't get much of an overclock out of these DIMMs, a top speed of 2.2GHz with no luck tightening timings, the RAM Disk testing they did revealed some fantastic performance.

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"The 16GB quad-channel kit of 2133MHz HyperX Genesis memory from Kingston Technology is a memory kit that is more than capable of handling any number of large memory usage computer programs, while also providing the speed of 2133MHz to ensure that our programs work quickly, and effortlessly. And having the ability of pushing this memory even farther to 2200MHz will ensure that overclockers will have some room to play..."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

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As in comedy, one of the key elements of RAM is the timing

Subject: Memory | September 10, 2012 - 04:06 PM |
Tagged: kingston hyper x, kingston, ddr3-2133, ddr3-1600, DDR-3 2400, DDR-3 1866, DDR-3

X-bit Labs took five DDR3 kits from Kingston to compare in a handy roundup for those looking to see the difference higher frequencies have on a systems performance.  They range from 1600MHz @ 9-9-9-27 to 2400MHz @ 11-13-13-30  and so offer not only a comparison on frequency but also timings.  If you read all the way through you can see how these kits compare at base frequencies as well as when they are overclocked; which may have a somewhat noticeable effect on synthetic benchmarks, but not so much on the real world tests.

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"Today we are going to talk about memory kits from one of the leading DDR3 SDRAM makers for enthusiasts. Our roundup includes such products as Kingston HyperX Genesis KHX1600C9D3K2/8G, Kingston HyperX Genesis KHX1866C9D3K2/8GX, Kingston HyperX T1 KHX1866C9D3T1K2/8GX, Kingston HyperX T1 KHX21C11T1K2/8X and Kingston HyperX T1 KHX24C11T1K2/8X."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

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Source: X-bit Labs

Big memory from Mushkin ... 16 or 32GB, your choice

Subject: Memory | August 14, 2012 - 04:18 PM |
Tagged: ridgeback, redline, Mushkin, ddr3-1866, 32GB, 16GB

You can pick up two DIMMs with the 16GB kit or four with the 32GB, either way you end up with DDR3-1866MHz @ 10-10-10-27 running on 1.5v, with a lifetime warranty to boot!  When Overclockers Club went to work the two kits did end up showing some difference as the 16GB kit hit 2288MHz @ 11-11-12-28 2T while the 32GB only managed 2202MHz @ 11-12-12-28 2T.  If you check out the Mushkin Redline series on NewEgg you will see a wide variety of models, so pick the ones with the lowest latency for the best performance out of the box as well as more overclocking headroom.

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"Looking at these two kits of memory from Mushkin shows that it has another pair of kits that deliver performance indicative of their specifications and more. First up are the distinctive good looks and functionality of the cooling solutions employed on each kit. The 32GB kit part number 994071 uses the "Ridgeback" design. This robust heatsink package uses a series of angle shaped (think Mushkin logo) fins on top of a thick body to effectively wick away the thermal load generated by these high density modules. Packing them into a four DIMM configuration like used in the testing will allow a higher heat load to be retained but is nothing to be concerned about. Using an air cooled CPU cooling solution would fix that issue as once air starts moving over the modules they cool down fast."

Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:

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PC Perspective Hardware Workshop 2012 @ Quakecon 2012 in Dallas, TX

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Cases and Cooling, Processors, Memory, Systems, Storage, Mobile, Shows and Expos | August 9, 2012 - 10:30 PM |
Tagged: video, workshop, streaming, quakecon, prizes, live, giveaways

It is that time of year again: another installment of the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop!  Once again we will be presenting on the main stage at Quakecon 2012 being held in Dallas, TX August 2-5th.  

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Main Stage - Quakecon 2012

Saturday, August 4th, 2pm CT

Our thanks go out to the organizers of Quakecon for allowing us and our partners to put together a show that we are proud of every year.  We love giving back to the community of enthusiasts and gamers that drive us to do what we do!  Get ready for 2 hours of prizes, games and raffles and the chances are pretty good that you'll take something out with you - really, they are pretty good!

Our thanks for this year's workshop logo goes to John Pastor!!

Our primary partners at the event are those that threw in for our ability to host the workshop at Quakecon and for the hundreds of shirts we have ready to toss out!  Our thanks to NVIDIA, MSI Computer and Corsair!!

 

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Live Streaming

If you can't make it to the workshop - don't worry!  You can still watch the workshop live on our page right here as we stream it over one of several online services.  Just remember this URL: http://pcper.com/workshop and you will find your way!

Case Mod Competition

Along with the Hardware Workshop, PC Perspective is working with Modders Inc on the annual case mod contest!  There are two categories for the competition: "Scratch Built" and "In the Box" that will allow those that build their computer enclosures from the ground up to compete separately from those that heavily modify their existing cases and systems.

For more details, be sure to check out the on going thread at the Modders Inc Forums!

Prize List (will continue to grow!)

Continue reading to see the list of prizes for the workshop!!!

Source: PCPer

Gigabyte Unveils GA-H77N-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Motherboards, Cases and Cooling, Processors, Chipsets, Memory, Displays | August 7, 2012 - 10:07 AM |
Tagged: Z77, motherboard, mini-itx, Intel, gigabyte, ga-h77n-wifi

During a European roadshow, Gigabyte showed off a new Mini-ITX form factor motherboard for the first time. Called the GA-H77N-WIFI, the motherboard is well suited for home theater and home server tasks. Based on the H77 chipset, it is compatible with the latest Intel Core i3 (coming soon), i5, and i7 "Ivy Bridge" processors. The board goes for an all-black PCB with minimal heatsinks on the VRMs, and the form factor is the same size as the motherboard that Ryan recently used in his Mini-ITX HTPC build.

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The GA-H77N-WIFI features a LGA 1155 processor socket, two DDR3 DIMM slots, PCI Express slot, two SATA 3Gbps ports, two SATA 6Gbps ports, and an internal USB 3.0 header. There are also two Realtek Ethernet controller chips and a Realtek audio chip.

Rear IO on the Mini-ITX motherboard includes:
  • 1 PS/2 port
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • 2 HDMI ports
  • 1 DVI port
  • 2 Antenna connectors (WIFI)
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 1 Optical S/PDIF port
  • 5 Analog audio jacks

The dual Gigabit Ethernet ports are interesting. It could easily be loaded with open source routing software and turned into router/firewall/Wi-Fi access point. To really take advantage of the Ivy Bridge support, you could put together a nice media server and HTPC recording/streaming box (using something like SiliconDust's HDHomeRun networked tuners or Ceton's USB tuner since this board is very scarce in the way of PCI-E slots). What would you do with this Mini-ITX Gigabyte board?

Unfortunately, there is no word yet on pricing or availability, but the motherboard is likely coming soon. You can find more information on the motherboard over at tonymacx86, who managed to snag get some photos of the board.

Source: Tony Mac X86

ECS Motherboard First to Support AMD Memory Profiles (AMP)

Subject: Motherboards | July 23, 2012 - 05:32 PM |
Tagged: motherboard, memory profile, memory, ECS, amp, amd

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) recently announced its support for the new AMD Memory Profile (AMP) technology. The A85F2-A Deluxe will be the first of the company’s motherboards to support AMP.

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AMP is AMD’s version of Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) which amounts to known-safe automatic overclock settings. The AMP profiles are stored in the DDR3 memory modules and can be read by supporting motherboards. Now knowing the proper voltage, CAS latencies, and timings to use, the motherboard can ideally automatically configure the modules to run at optimal speeds.

The setting will be able to be enabled/disabled in the BIOS of the new ECS motherboard, as shown in the screenshot below. According to its press release, ECS is the first company to integrate AMD Memory Profile support into its motherboards, and it is honored to lead the charge. “Making a unique and glory prominent product is the only purpose for ECS.”

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Here’s hoping the implementation works well and is more accurate than my experience with XMP profiles has been! Will you be using AMP in your AMD builds?

Source: ECS

DRAM Prices Expected To Rise

Subject: Memory | July 18, 2012 - 12:13 PM |
Tagged: price increase, memory, Elpida, ddr3

The memory market has traditionally seen razor thin margins and cheap prices as the various manufacturers crank out DRAM chips to healthy levels. While we are not yet at the point for DDR4 memory to come out with high early-adopter prices, iSuppli believes that we will be seeing increased pricing later this year regardless.

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According to Tom’s Hardware, analysts working for IHS iSuppli have determined that inventory is decreasing this year, and has decreased 4 percent since the fourth quarter of last year. Whereas DRAM suppliers were estimated to have 12.1 weeks of inventory in Q4 2011, they are currently sitting on 11.6 weeks. While supply grew last year and prices fell dramatically, prices have increased by 1.5 percent versus last year. The analysts further expect prices to rise by 7.7 percent and 3.5 percent in Q3 2012 and Q4 2012 respectively.

One possible aspect of the drop in supply is the declaration of bankruptcy and subsequent buyout of Elpida Memory by Micron. As supply goes down and demand stays the same – or continues to rise – prices are naturally going to increase for consumers. Now that there is one less manufacturer to contend with, it is likely that prices will continue to be higher than before. If you have not already upgraded your RAM, now seems to be as good as it’s going to get price-wise, so be sure to jump in on the good deals while you can!

16GB of 1600MHz quad channel DDR3 from Mushkin

Subject: Memory | June 22, 2012 - 04:39 PM |
Tagged: Mushkin, Redline PC3-12800, ridgeback, quad channel, ddr3-1600

While raw speed can be helpful for your memory subsystem, often times tighter timings can have a more noticeable impact, which is what makes Mushkin's Enhanced Redline Ridgeback 16GB kit worth the small premium they charge. It might have a base frequency of 1600MHz but with timings of 7-7-7-24 it has some of the lowest timings we've seen from DDR3.  It also allows you more overclocking choices and when Hi Tech Legion loosened the timings to 8-8-8-24 at a frequency of 1969MHz they saw comparable real world performance to their alternative overclock which left the timings untouched and the frequency at 1702MHz.  If you are looking for quad channel or high capacity dual channel memory this kit is worth investigating.

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"The Mushkin Redline PC3-12800 (994057) 16GB Quad Pack Memory Kit is no different. The Redline 994057 Quad Kit offers the best performance on the market. The 994057 comes with industry leading 7-7-7-24 timings on a 16GB quad channel kit. Along with the fast timings, the 994057 uses high performance Mushkin Ridgeback heatsinks for the best possible cooling. The Redline Quad kit runs at 1.65v and comes with Mushkin's lifetime warranty. All Mushkin memory is hand tested for ultimate quality assurance."

 

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