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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.
Subject: Memory | August 26, 2008 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Memory | August 19, 2008 - 02:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Memory | August 14, 2008 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Memory | August 10, 2008 - 09:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
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...
Subject: Memory | August 1, 2008 - 01:35 AM | Ryan Shrout
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-
Subject: Memory | July 24, 2008 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Memory | July 21, 2008 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Memory | July 16, 2008 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Memory | July 11, 2008 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Memory | July 7, 2008 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Aeneon is another of the companies trying to keep DDR2 competitive, having just introduced the XTune DDR2-1142 2GB kit. With timings of 5-5-5-12 and that extra bit of speed, these modules can compete with some of the other top name brands. Unfortunately, they are not for sale yet but you can see how they perform at Tweaktown.
Subject: Memory | June 26, 2008 - 11:04 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 24, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and system builds, is pleased to announce the availability of its hardware solutions through the popular online segment of Sam's Club, a major player in the U.S. consumer variety stores.
By partnering with high-profile and reputable resellers like Sam's Club that offer a wide range of consumer electronics and computer accessories, OCZ's performance hardware will become more accessible to a greater breadth of customers.
Subject: Memory | June 24, 2008 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Winchip's DDR2 667 may not be blazing fast compared to other DIMMs but the size is impressive. 16GB in four 4Gb DIMMs does stand out in the crowd though. techPowerUp! couldn't get the DIMMs to overclock at all, but they did set up a RAM drive and used VMWare to set up a virtual Windows machine with good results.
Subject: Memory | June 18, 2008 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Super Talent's new DDR2 Project X DIMMs showed themselves to be pretty powerful, and now Hardware Logic has had a chance to test the DDR3 version. The 2Gb DDR3-2000 modules run 9-9-9-28 at 2T and hit 5-5-5-12-1T at 1333MHz with a bit of tweaking. At $250 they are an investment, but if you want that kind of speed you need to pay for it somehow
Subject: Memory | June 6, 2008 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has been doing some rather difficult testing of DDR3; by modding an ASUS P5E3 Premium X48-based motherboard. They were specifically changing the clock signaling and frequency of the crystal oscillators. This isn't quite as easy as upping the voltage and reducing the timings without changing MCH clock skew settings, this is some serious overclocking. The results are very promising as well.
Subject: Memory | June 3, 2008 - 12:58 AM | Ryan Shrout
While visiting with OCZ Technology at Computex this morning I happened to be around when the best known gaming celebrity, Fatal1ty, and his managers stepped in. They were actually inking the deal officially to sell Fatal1ty branded memory modules and power supplies like so:
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