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Subject: Memory | September 17, 2010 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DDR3 is not really that old but has finally overtaken DDR2 for the first choice in memory for new systems. Just like its predecessors, as the DDR3 standard matures manufacturers can get higher frequencies out of their DIMMs and of course charge a premium for those high speed kits. Kingston has been rather forceful in pushing DDR3 to its current limitations and they have just released two new kits. The highest end kit hit 2.5GHz @ 9-11-9-27 during the quick overclock
Subject: Memory | September 14, 2010 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OCZ Technology
Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance
solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and
systems, unveils new Ultra-Low Voltage (ULV) and Extreme-Low Voltage
(ELV) high-speed DDR3 desktop memory, providing the optimal balance of
performance and power efficiency in one solution.
Subject: Memory | August 30, 2010 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Xtreme Computing had a chance to play with Crucial's new Ballistix MOD Temperature-sensing DDR3-1600 @ 8-8-8-24. They have the usual and fairly effective Ballistix heatspreaders, with the orange branding sticker in evidence and they can inform you of their current temperature using the Crucial MOD Utility. In their overclocking tests they could not breach 1820mhz
@ 1.658v though with the temperature sensor some may be tempted to go past that voltage to see if they can be pushed further.
Subject: Memory | August 23, 2010 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HWBot is a board that keeps track of the successes that people have had overclocking various components and the benchmarks generated by those overclocks. MADSHRIMPS delves into one particular component, the RAM and looks at the three variables that generate the most pertinent to overclocking RAM, the Frequency, tCL and tRCD. There is a bit of math you need to follow in order to see how they arrived at the ratings on the charts at the end of the article, but then again if you want to get the b
Subject: Memory | August 10, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs wanted to see what the integrated memory controller on Clarkdale chips is capable of and so tested it with RAM at speeds of 1333MHz, 1600MHz and 2000MHz with two different timings at each speed. As it turns out, the difference in performance between the three speeds was rather small, while the price of RAM kits rises noticeably. When they tried overclocking the Core i5-655K the results became more interesting and rather damning for the 1600MHz kit. Their findings
Subject: Memory | July 30, 2010 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Mushkin Blackline 12GB kit consists of three 4GB 1600MHz DIMMs running at 9-9-9-24 which lets you up the total memory available to your system without resorting to six DIMMs. That extra density doesn't seem to have much of an effect on overclocking, Overclock3D took the DIMMs past 1900MHz after they loosened the timings a bit. Check out how it changed the performance in the full review.
Subject: Memory | July 13, 2010 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, CA—July 12, 2010—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, unveils new high-speed 4GB (4096MB) modules for users who demand both performance and bandwidth in one memory solution.
Subject: Memory | July 6, 2010 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Crucial Ballistix Thermal Sensor Memory Kit that Benchmark Reviews got its hands on is similar to other kits that Crucial has released but offers an interesting feature. It has a temperature sensor built in that is able to determine the current voltage, speed, clockings and temperature and display that information for you. While that is a very handy tool for overclockers who are trying to determine just how far their RAM subsystem can be pu
Subject: Memory | June 23, 2010 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Patriot Viper II Sector 5 PC3 20000 4GB kit will set you back almost $350 but if you are looking for RAM speced at 2500MHz you already know you are going to be paying a steep entry fee. The timings look a little odd at first glance, 9-11-9-27 is not a usual set of timings but then again that does hint that there is some room to manoeuvre when you are adjusting your final clock settings. For instance,
Subject: Memory | June 15, 2010 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston's HyperX 1600/1866
LoVo RAM kit takes memory profiles to a new level. The reason that the DIMMs are rated for two speeds comes from the fact that it has two different profiles, the low voltage 1600MHz @ 1.25V or 1866MHz @ 1.35V, both significantly lower than the 1.65V maximum for DDR3 and an Intel Core family chip. The low voltages used mean that you can easily fit these into any system as no heatsinks are n
Subject: Memory | May 31, 2010 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a socket 1156 processor that is looking for some of the fastest dual channel RAM on the planet then check out the Kingston HyperX PC3-19200 (2400MHz @ 9-11-9-27) 4GB kit. The price is unknown to Tweaktown, but at 2.4GHz and with an active cooling solution you know it will not be cheap. You don't have to consider that speed a solid ceiling, Tweaktown hit 2490MHz easily, with a bit more tweaking and a BIOS update or two you could probably top that.
Subject: Memory | May 18, 2010 - 10:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sometimes, the norm just isn't enough. Take our video editing and rendering system for an example; we have already discussed our transition to an ultra-high-end storage system that included either a set of FOUR 600GB Velociraptor hard drives or a pair of 256GB SiliconEdge SSDs. Now, after not a whole lot of discussion, the move from a 4GB allotment was necessary. The goal: 16GB.
Subject: Memory | May 17, 2010 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With 890GX motherboards we are seeing some support for 2000MHz but unfortunately not all can reach that height. For instance the ASUS M4A89GTD USB3 that OCC used as the base for testing the 2x2GB Mushkin Ridgeback 996902 PC3 16000 is limited to 1800MHz. In theory, by reducing the total spe
Subject: Memory | May 11, 2010 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dropping $750 on RAM might be beyond the budgets of some, but if you do video editing or run a server with lots of connections or virtual machines, 12GB sounds just about right. That is where Crucial's new 12GB DDR3 kit comes in, three 1333MHz 4GB DIMMs with timings of 9-9-9-25 @ 1T. You can tell right away these DIMMs are not for the overclocker, there is no fancy heatsink assembly and when you install them you will notice a complete lack of XMP support. On the other hand the lifetime warranty and support
and low voltages make this perfect for a production machine.
Subject: Memory | May 6, 2010 - 05:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, California, May 6, 2010 — Corsair, a worldwide supplier of high-performance PC components, today announced the launch of the Dominator GTX4, a new ultra-high-speed module with operation guaranteed up to 2533 MHz.
Subject: Memory | April 26, 2010 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston's HyperX PC3 1866MHz LoVo DIMMs seem a little strange at first glance and not just because of the green heatspreaders. It seems counterintuitive that a HyperX module, billed as Kingston's fastest product line should also be environmentally conscious. It does make sense when you realize that the DIMMs have more that one JEDEC spec. The first XMP profile runs the DIMMs at 1.2
Subject: Memory | April 20, 2010 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, CA—April 20, 2010—OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (OTCBB:OCZT), a worldwide leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, unveils its all new “Gold Series,” 4GB (4096MB) modules and 8GB dual-channel kits for current and next generation platforms.
Subject: Memory | April 15, 2010 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before you dismiss Kingmax as a non-player in the RAM industry, you have to realize that their downfall happened due to a slow adoption of DDR, in the days of SDRAM they were, well, King. They have returned, the Kingmax Hercules PC3-17600 represents the higher end of DDR3. Clocked out of the package at 2200MHz @ 10-10-10-30 2T the frequency is unarguably high even if the timings look relaxed. Of course, to most enthusiasts this screams for an overclock or at least a tightening of the timings and Tweaktown could not resist and
Subject: Memory | April 8, 2010 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Mushkin Ridgeback 998827 PC3 12800 kit is 3x2GB DDR3 DIMMs with a rather spiny look to them thanks to the integral heat spreaders. Natively they run at 8-8-8-24 but there is a bit of overhead left on these DIMMs, enough to take them over 2000MHz. OCC hit 2049MHz on their test system though the timings were reduced to 8-10-9-29 and th