So much for the argument about 2GB or 4GB of system RAM

Subject: Memory | November 19, 2008 - 03:46 PM |
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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

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6GB or 3GB?

Subject: Memory | November 17, 2008 - 01:47 PM |
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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) 

The secret is your timing

Subject: Memory | October 30, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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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.

Source: bit-tech

The bright lights of the new Ballistix

Subject: Memory | October 23, 2008 - 02:49 PM |
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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

Corsair Launches Triple Pack Memory modules for Intel Core i7 processors

Subject: Memory | October 21, 2008 - 02:01 PM |
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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.

OCZ Technology Announces Availability of the World's First Triple Channel Memory Kits

Subject: Memory | October 16, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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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.

 

Pick up some nice kit for your DDR3 system

Subject: Memory | October 9, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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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.

Source: MetkuMods

Not all heatsinks are created the same

Subject: Memory | October 2, 2008 - 05:38 PM |
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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.

Source: TweakTown

Lean, green and machined

Subject: Memory | September 23, 2008 - 04:01 PM |
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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!

Less graffiti; more specs

Subject: Memory | September 15, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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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.

Memory with an entrance requirement

Subject: Memory | September 4, 2008 - 02:17 PM |
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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.

Source: AnandTech

Soggy memory

Subject: Memory | August 26, 2008 - 04:02 PM |
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As watercooling becomes a more popular solution, we are seeing more components that are built with watercooling in mind.  One of the more recent is the OCZ DDR3 PC3-16000 Flex II Water Cooled Memory, running at 2Ghz with 8-8-8-30 timings @ 2T.  Not only did OCZ set these modules up to allow for watercooling, they include a full set of water-cooling adapters and tubing.  Head to Madshrimps to see how these modules perform.

Source: Madshrimps

Getting ahead of the pack

Subject: Memory | August 19, 2008 - 02:14 PM |
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Corsair's new DIMMs are outpacing the ability of chipsets to keep up.  With stock settings of 2133MHz @ 9-9-9-24 and running at 2.0V it is hard to find a motherboard that can handle the default settings of this RAM, let alone allow an overclock.  Legit Reviews did have some success when they pushed the FSB up to 462MHz, check out the results here.

Life in the fast lane

Subject: Memory | August 14, 2008 - 05:15 PM |
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Patriot's new 2GB Viper kit hits the 2000MHz mark, with timings of 9-9-9-24 and is priced around $230.  At the stock speeds, the Achilles heel of DDR3, timing is evident, but when Hardware Logic pushed the DIMMs to 2100MHz without having to increase the latencies, the raw speed of this RAM was easy to see.  Drop by for

Why dropping your memory modules is bad

Subject: Memory | August 10, 2008 - 09:53 PM |
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There are some instances where you just KNOW that it isn't your day.  Yesterday was one of those days where among other things I dropped a nice Corsair Dominator module on the lab floor...


Corsair Dominator DDR3 Memory Sets New World Record

Subject: Memory | August 1, 2008 - 01:35 AM |
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This email came across our desk today and was impressive enough to share.  Those of you thinking that DDR3 memory wasn't going to go anywhere...

Corsair Dominator DDR3 Memory Sets New World Record

-2580MHz DDR3 Frequency Reached on Intel X48 Chipset-

 

Corsair Launches World's Fastest Production DDR3 Solution

Subject: Memory | July 24, 2008 - 01:55 PM |
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The TW3X2G2133C9DF DOMINATOR modules represent the very best of Corsair's cutting edge technology in DDR3 overclocking and gaming memory. Ultra fast, selected DRAM chips are housed in Corsair's proprietary Dual-Path Heat Xchange Cooling Technology (DHX) - used in Dell, HP and Alienware gaming systems- for striking speed and performance. The new DOMINATOR TW3X2G2133C9DF memory kit unleashes the high performance potential of NVIDIA 790i-based platforms.

Waiting for Nehalem?

Subject: Memory | July 21, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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Patriot is helping to keep DDR2 alive, most recently with their PVS22G9200ELK 2GB DDR2 PC2-9200 memory kit.  DDR2's tight timings do give it an edge, until the higher clock speed of DDR3 leaves it in the dusty like some obsolete piece of enthusiast tech.  Ramping up the speeds, in this case to 1142Mhz on some boards should keep you happy until triple channel DDR3 appears. 

Affordable DDR3?

Subject: Memory | July 16, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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If you are looking for DDR3, but do not want to pay the price that the top of the line DIMMs demand, you could try Kingston's HyperX 2GB PC3-12800.   At 1.9V it will give you a full 1600MHz, but at 2T 9-9-9-27 timings and with a bit of work you can pump it up to 1800MHz, though don't expect the timings to tighten up very much.  Drop by ASE Labs for a look at this kit

Source: Aselabs

Revisiting maximum memory

Subject: Memory | July 11, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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With ever rising resolutions and multiple core CPUs, systems are able to utilize more and more memory effectively.  bit-tech decided to see if the sweet spot for RAM has moved, testing with 2, 4 and 8GBs of system RAM.  Head over and see what they found out when gaming, task switching and being productive.

Source: bit-tech