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Subject: Memory | January 29, 2009 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Has playing with BIOS options got you scratching your head as to why manually setting your RAM's speed and timings causes eternal reboots, but setting the options to something called SPD fixes your posting problems? Icrontic would love to shed some light on your confusion, by explain just what Serial Presence Detect is, why the JEDEC is very important to tweakers and just why CPU-Z doesn't seem to report your RAM going the speed you though it should.
Subject: Memory | January 26, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews shocked themselves with the results of their testing 12Gb of RAM set up in triple channel. Six 2GB memory modules at 1600MHz with 8-7-7-20 1T, and only 1.6V, pushing the kits harder resulted in 1700MHz with 8-8-8-24 1T. Check out their full review to see the incredible bandwidth benchmarks that these modules can handle.
Subject: Memory | January 12, 2009 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are setting up an i7 system, the Patriot Viper PC3-12800 6GB Triple Channel kit should appear on your wish list. The timings are 9-9-9-24 @ 1600MHz and the kit will set you back about $250, offering a good value for performance when you consider the price tag DDR3 can come with. Virtual Hideout can give yo
Subject: Memory | January 10, 2009 - 12:19 AM | Ryan Shrout
Corsair was showing off a handful of new products in their suite during CES this week including some new DDR3 memory modules and a Pelletier memory cooler for the stupid-extreme overclocker. The new DDR3 memory kit will sell as a triple-channel package for Core i7 systems and will be rated at 2000 MHz and a 7ns CAS latency. You can expect them to be expensive and you expect them to be pretty rare – so rare in fact that Corsair will be selling these kits directly to the end user rather than through the Newegg's and MicroCenter's of the world. There will be a slightly slower ki
Subject: Memory | December 19, 2008 - 12:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
OCZ sent over word that they have launched a new series of DDR3 memory modules called "Blade" that will offer DDR3 memory speeds of 2000 MHz with timings of CL 7-8-7. The kit will come with three modules for triple channel goodness and top performance with Intel's Core i7 processors.
Subject: Memory | December 16, 2008 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechSpot is looking to define the relationship between memory and the Core i7 processor with four simple tests. The first and second offer a baseline, with their triple channel kit running default timings at 800, 1066, 1333 and 1600MHz; followed by the same test with all latencies set to the same values. The next two involve tightening the timings and a variety of channel set ups. Read through this rather long article for a serious amount of hard performance data.
Subject: Memory | December 9, 2008 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
G.Skill is really pushing it's new PC3-12800 CL9 6GB kit, you can get it on Newegg for just over $200. Straight out of the box you will be running 1600MHz @ CAS9-9-9-24, or run it at 1333 and tighten the timings to 8 or tighter if you reduce the speed even more. Check out this triple channel kit at Legion Hardware.
Subject: Memory | December 1, 2008 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DDR3 has had two big effects on the PC market; the first is famliar, higher timings compared to the latest generation of DDR2. The second has only become apparent with the advent of the Core i7 and X58 chipset, triple channel memory. Guru3D takes the OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Gold Low-Voltage Triple Channel kit for a spin, at one point hitting 1800 MHz. If you are setting up a new Core i7 system,
Subject: Memory | November 25, 2008 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you still aren't convinced that triple channel DDR3 is the solution to all your problems, this TweakTown review might not make up your mind completely, but it should help. In their synthetic testing, adding that third channel had the same results as a dual channel setup going from 1066MHz to 1600MHz. On the other hand, when they tested Crysis, the difference in performance is hard to spot on a graph and is most likely unnoticeable while playing.
Subject: Memory | November 19, 2008 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for triple channel memory, consider Corsair's Dominator Tri-Channel DDR3-1600 6Gb kit, with timings of 8-8-8-24. They sport the now familiar DHX (dual-path heat eXchange) cooling system and as they run at 1.65V so heat will not be much of an issue with these DIMMs. CPU3D managed a fairly good overclock and recommend turning on XMP in your BIOS as it really changed the amount of throughput for these DIMMs. They didn't leave the c
Subject: Memory | November 17, 2008 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has run a long series of tests on their 1600MHz Corsair Dominator TR3X3G1600C8D series, comparing the performance between 3GB and 6GB on the new triple channel X58 based ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard, an Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition, a pair of 1GB Nvidia GeForce 280 GTX in SLI and 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB in RAID 0. (So, you know, a system just like everyone has)
Subject: Memory | October 30, 2008 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
4Gb of DDR2-800 @ 4-4-4-12 faces off against 4Gb clocked to DDR2-1,066MHz @ 5-5-5-15 at bit-tech. Many of us still haven't made the plunge into DDR3, especially with Nehalem looming in the near future and it's triple channel capabilities. If you are looking for extra speed in your DDR2 system, it's worth revisiting the differences you get in changing timing and overall speed.
Subject: Memory | October 23, 2008 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crucial's new Ballistix Tracer DIMMS are DDR3-1333 with a CAS Latency of 6 and timings of 6-6-6-20. It runs at 1.8v, not low enough for a Corei7 system, but lower than many DDR3 kits available. You won't even need to pump the voltage up too high when overclocking, Think Computers hit DDR3-1818 8-8-8-24 and they only had to raise the DIMMs to 1.84v. You c
Subject: Memory | October 21, 2008 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, October 21st, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that it is launching a full line of DDR3 performance memory products designed for Intel Core i7 processor.
Designed to take advantage of the Core i7 processor's triple-channel memory controller, Corsair will offer memory solutions supporting three different DDR3 memory speeds in triple memory packs: 1333MHz, 1600MHz and 1866MHz. The 1866MHz Corsair DDR3 modules will be the world's fastest Intel Core i7 solution.
Subject: Memory | October 16, 2008 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 16, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a
worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high
reliability memory, today unveiled the industry's first triple channel
memory kit designed specifically for the impending Intel Core i7
processor/Intel X58 Express Chipset. Optimized for the Core i7's
triple channel mode, these new 3GB and 6GB kits ensure optimal
performance via an ideal combination of low voltage requirements,
speed, and latency.
Subject: Memory | October 9, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Speaking of low powered, high speed RAM; MektuMods have finished a round-up of high speed DDR3 of which only one DIMM, the CSX Diablo3 2000 2GB Kit requires 2V, the rest were designed to run between 1.8V - 1.95V, making them safe for the Core i7. Once they got into overclocking, the voltages did start to rise which could prove to be a problem for people really wanting to push Intel's upcoming chip. Drop by to see the strengths and weaknesses of each kit.
Subject: Memory | October 2, 2008 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While just about any DIMM you buy today has a heat spreader on it at the very least, not all of the cooling solutions offered by memory makers are as good as others. If you do find yourself having heat problems with your RAM, try the Thermaltake RamOrb memory cooler. The only major difficulty that you could encounter is the removal of the original heatsinks so that you can use the RamOrb, other than that it should be as easy as it was for TweakTown.
Subject: Memory | September 23, 2008 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 1800MHz DDR3 Extreme Performance kit from Patriot sports their Aluminium Copper Composite heatsinks, which for some reason are painted green. The run 8-8-8-24 @ 1.9V out of the box, Pro-Clockers pushed them to 2000MHz by relaxing the timings to 9-9-9-24. The $339 price tag doesn't hurt either!
Subject: Memory | September 15, 2008 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CompuStocx is not a name you have probably heard of unless you tend to shop in the EU, but hopefully they will make it to North America soon. According to NordicHardware, one of the best things about this company is that instead of covering the DIMMs in advertising, they print the original product code right on the memory. That makes it a lot easier to ensure compatibility and specifications. Drop by to see how well it performs once it is installed.
Subject: Memory | September 4, 2008 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you pick up Corsair's DDR3-2133 kit, you had better make sure you have some experience overclocking, as you won't be able to find a motherboard that supports that speed straight out of the box. AnandTech did make it happen, using a DFI X48 board. Take a look at what they had to go through to get a stable system running these modules.