Subject: Memory | October 15, 2015 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: quad channel, patriot, G.Skill, dual channel, DDR4-3000, ddr4-2400, 16GB
MadShrimps recently wrapped up two reviews featuring 16GB DDR4 kits. The first is the $170 G.SKILL DDR4-3000 kit with two 8GB modules and timings of 15-15-15-35 while the second is the $106 Patriot VIPER 4 Series DDR4-2400 which has four 4GB DIMMs and timings of 15-15-15-35. This provides a great way to compare the performance delta between a quad channel kit with lower frequencies against a dual channel kit with higher frequencies. As they have used the same tests and lowered the G.SKILL to comparable frequencies the results of the charts are quite informative and demonstrate how little performance difference there is between these two kits.
"With the F4-3000C15D-16GVRB Ripjaws V kit from G.SKILL we will have the same memory capacity as the Patriot Viper 4 kit which we have recently reviewed, but with half the number of modules. The higher memory speed of 3000MHz at stock has also an impact on the operating voltage, which is now 1.35V instead of 1.2V and overclocking over this particular speed will usually need some extra voltage adjustments on the CPU side, a solid motherboard and UEFI construction but also a good CPU memory controller."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz CL16 PV48G340C6K 2x4GB DDR4 @ Modders-Inc
- G.Skill Trident Z 3200 MHz C16 DDR4 (2x 8 GB) @ techPowerUp
- HyperX Fury 2666MHz CL15 HX426C15FBK2 2x8GB DDR4 @ Modders-Inc
- Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB (4x8GB) Quad Channel @ eTeknix
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Memory | August 20, 2014 - 04:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Haswell-E, G.Skill, ddr4-2800, ddr4-2666, ddr4-2400, ddr4-2133, ddr4, crucial, corsair
DDR4 is starting to arrive at NewEgg and some kits are actually in stock for those who want to be the first on their block to have these new DIMMs and can remortgage their home. The price of Haswell-E CPUs and motherboards is as of yet unknown but looking over the past few years of Intel's new processors you can assume the flagship processor will be around $999.99 with the feature rich motherboards starting around $200 and quickly raising from there.
At the 16GB mark you have more choices with Corsair joining in and a range of speeds that go up to DDR4-2800 as well as your choice of a pair of 8GB DIMMs or four 4GB DIMMs. Corsair was kind enough to list the timings, the DDR4-2666 @ 15-17-17-35 and the DDR4-2800 @ 16-18-18-36 though you will certainly pay a price for the RAM with the highest frequencies.
For those on a budget it would seem like waiting is your best choice, especially as Amazon is offering a limited selection of the new kits, as there is only a single 8GB kit from Crucial although you can buy two of the single DIMMs without heatspreaders for $110.
Intel product releases are always dearly priced, the introduction of a new generation of RAM is both exciting and daunting. You will see power reductions, base frequencies that were uncommon in DDR3 and very likely an increase in the ability to overclock these DIMMs but it is going to cost you. If Haswell-E is in your sights you should start planning on how to afford replacing your CPU, motherboard and RAM at the same time as this is no refresh this is a whole new product line.