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Subject: Memory | August 12, 2009 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For some, simply the brand name, possibly the series name and the frequencies are all that is important when choosing RAM. Others try to get under those heatspreaders to see which company made the ICs which are the heart of the RAM. One particular reason for checking under the hood is the recent problems with Elpida made ICs causing difficulties for DDR3 users. Madshrimps has received a number of different RAM kits using Elpida's new chips and tested them out to see what, if any, improvement has been made.
Subject: Memory | August 4, 2009 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is a good thing that the Core i7 memory controller limits RAM voltage to 1.65V, otherwise you would never fit anything on a motherboard save your DDR3 DIMMs, the heatspreaders that are attached to the ICs and the fan assembly needed to cool them. As it is, once low latency DDR3 hits the 1600MHz mark, the cooling apparatuses take up enough space that case choices and CPU heatsink choices are affected by them. For instance the Kingston Hy
Subject: Memory | July 28, 2009 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GeIL has two new DDR3 kits on the market, consisting of six 2GB 1600MHz DIMMs, one with CL 7-7-7-24 timings and one with 8-8-8-28. How does 12GB of affect performance? You will have to drop by Techware Labs to see the actual results. First the 6GB tests to gain both a benchmark of performance for the GeIL chips, but also to benchmark against a Corsair 6GB kit. Then onto the 12GB testing to compare it to the previous results in the hope that the outstanding 6GB scores sc
Subject: Memory | July 20, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Nanya is one of the less recognized names in the memory industry but that doesn't mean that they should be avoided, just that they are less flashy than Corsair and others. Sitting right at the JDEC specs for PC3-12800 this dual channel kit runs 1600MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24, translating into an easy installation for newcomers to PC building.
Subject: Memory | July 14, 2009 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is no question that DDR3-200, aka PC3-16000 DIMMs are very fast, even with the timings at higher values than slower DIMMs. There is a question about their reliability as many review sites, such as AnandTech are seeing frequent deaths during testing. In some cases overvolting is to blame, when the voltage heads over 1.65V to allow better overclocking performance, the chances of failure also increase. Seeing deaths at 1.50V is another thing altogether. AnandTech gathered together a represe
Subject: Memory | July 7, 2009 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are running your RAM just a little over volt, feeling that temperature is holding your overclock back or just want to try to keep it alive a little longer then Kingston has a HyperX product for you; the Kingston HyperX KHX-FAN fan. As you can see in Tweaktown's review, the cooler stands quite a
Subject: Memory | June 23, 2009 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Blade 3x2GB PC3-16000 isn't just about raw speed, though 2GHz memory certainly does that, it is also about not sacrificing timings, and at 7-8-7-20 they have achieved that goal too. The sacrifice that did need to be made is the price; at $450 the entry fee is pretty steep.
Subject: Memory | June 17, 2009 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The price is up in the air, as they have not yet appeared on NewEgg or Pricegrabber, but you can count on a PC3-17000triple channel 6GB kit to be very expensive. OCZ has grabbed the top 1% of their silicon and ramped the speed all the way up to 2133MHz on these new Blade DIMMs, or 2144MHz overclocked when AnandTech finished with them. Read on to see how they fare against very tightly timed and significantly cheaper DDR3-1600.
Subject: Memory | June 8, 2009 - 05:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shopping for DDR3 for an AM3 system is a little different that for a Core i7 system, as AMD has opted to go with dual channel as opposed to triple channel. Arguments about the exact cause of that decision still goes on; that is not the purpose of iXBT Labs review however. They are looking at a mix of 1600MHz and 1800MHz dual channel kits paired with Phenom II X4 955BE
Subject: Memory | May 27, 2009 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fountain Valley, CA - May 27, 2009 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is first to market with DDR3 1600MHz 12GB triple-channel memory kits. The HyperX kit of three 4GB modules allows enthusiasts to get the most out of their Intel Core i7 and X58 platforms.
"Kingston was first to release 2GHz kits and has continued to lead the memory charge with more DDR3 offerings since Intel created the triple-channel architecture," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston.
Subject: Memory | May 25, 2009 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At over $200 the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Blue DDR3-1600 DDR3 kit isn't the cheapest on the market, but speeds above 1066MHz are still a small enough niche to demand a high price. The voltage is right on Intel's spec of 1.65V and the timings are fairly impressive for the overall frequency at 8-8-8-24. The biggest change from previous Tracer DIMMs is the colour, these guys have blue LEDs for those who like that
Subject: Memory | May 21, 2009 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair Labs achieved an astounding speed of DDR3-2533MHz with the aggressive memory timings of 7-8-7-20 using a triple-channel 6GB memory kit. This new world record, verified and validated by CPU-Z, the industry-standard tool for verifying overclocking results, is the first time this frequency has been achieved on a Core i7 system with 6GB of memory using three modules; most world record attempts use only a single 1GB module.
Subject: Memory | May 14, 2009 - 11:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Memory | May 6, 2009 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DDR3 memory prices have been sliding down for a while now, to the point where 6GB kits can be had for less that $100. A perfect example is A-Data's 6GB Triple Channel PC3-12800which could be matched with an AM3 processor and board for an incredibly cheap gaming machine. The timings of 8-8-8-24 are not the tightest on the market; the CAS7 kits come at a high premium, but there is not
Subject: Memory | May 6, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, California, May 6th, 2009 -- Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced it was honored with one of RetailVision's coveted Best Selling Product Awards in the e-tail PC RAM Best-Seller category.
RetailVision Spring 2009, produced by Everything Channel, took place April 27-30 at the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, FL. The award program was supported by research from The NPD Group, the leading global provider of consumer and retail market research information.
Subject: Memory | April 24, 2009 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original 2000MHz DDR3 Blade series from OCZ comes at a very reasonable price, though it's latencies are higher than it's new brother. If you want 7-8-7-20 timings, you are going to have to spend three times as much. Those low timings are impressive for DDR3, let alo
Subject: Memory | April 15, 2009 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Think Computers tried testing Kingston's HyperX DDR3-2000 3GB Triple Channel kit they ran into a small problem, the sample Core i7 chip, as well as the three motherboards they tried could simply not run the memory at full speed. This time around, the board and chip had no problems supporting DDR3-2000 @ 9-9-9-27.
Subject: Memory | April 2, 2009 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mushkin's new Ascent XP3-14400 CL8 2 GB kit hits 1800MHz at latencies of 8-8-7-20 though the voltage seems a little high for the Core i7 at 1.85-1.95V. That didn't scare techPowerUp! in the least as they tested out how performance scaled with some voltage tweaks, along with total speed and timings. If you are willing to take the limit to your maximum available memory, 7-7-7 @ 1800MHz is easily reachable, though they do warn that this memory did not work in all the boards they tested.
Subject: Memory | March 13, 2009 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD hasn't been in any rush to switch to DDR3, the new Phenoms are the first to support it. That does make sense, DDR2 keeps getting cheaper and faster and the timings keep getting tighter, so it is still a very viable product. Perhaps the biggest caveat is Triple Channel DDR3, all the tests are done in dual channel. You can see how DDR2-1066MHz @ 5-5-5-15 and DDR3-1333MHz @ 9-9-9-24 compare the full review at Tweaktown.