AMD has slowly but surely been taking over the desktop computer. The AMD brand is slowly encompassing all of the components inside AMD powered computers. For the past few years, the company has been heavily investing in and marketing the idea of an all AMD powered computer filled with parts certified to work with each other and deliver a consistent platform (ie Spider, Fusion, and AMD Vision) experience by using an AMD CPU, motherboard, and graphics card together.
It seems as if AMD was not happy with the amount of case badge stickers from other companies for the remaining parts; however, as the company officially announced today that AMD is bringing to market is own AMD branded DDR3 memory modules with the assistance of experienced memory manufacturers Patriot and VisionTek. VisionTek will be making the modules available in the US through their distributor D&H, while the Patriot modules are generally available in the US already.
A close up shot of the Performance Edition provided by AMD.
The new AMD RAM will be controlled end-to-end on the design, oversight, and certification side by AMD while the physical processes of constructing and mass producing the modules will be in the hands of partners (currently Patriot and VisionTek). AMD will offer three speed tiers with capacities including 2 GB, 4 GB, and 8 GB (matched 4GB kits). Specifically, the three speed tiers will be labeled Entertainment Edition, Performance Edition, and Radeon Edition memory in order of slowest/cheapest to fastest (and most expensive). The Entertainment Edition should be shipping soon in the last quarter of 2011 and has at least a planned soft launch of November 2011. Entertainment Edition memory will be the slowest tier, weighing in at 1333 MHz or 1600 MHz and will be best suited for low power systems and HTPC applications. Performance Edition on the other hand will come only in 1600 MHz, low latency, and matched pair modules. This middle tier of AMD RAM is planned to launch in January of 2012. Last up is the Radeon Edition DDR3 which will come in 1866 MHz RAM that has been tuned, tested, and certified for certain system configurations.
To make things a bit more interesting, AMD will be allowing software overclocking of the DDR3 RAM via its AMD OverDrive application, along with planned support for Intel XMP memory overclocking profiles.
The company is claiming up to a 20 % platform performance increase in gaming, and in our own tests we did find a noticeable increase in performance with AMD’s Llano APUs when using higher clocked memory modules. For example, in Dirt 3 the system was able to hit a minimum of 31 FPS (frames per second) when using the A-3850 APU and 1866 MHz whereas with slower clocked modules, the system dipped under the ideal 30 FPS minimum that gamers like to see. Further, by using higher clocked RAM, we managed to get a 25 % increase in performance out of StarCraft II, so AMD’s claims aren’t too far off the mark.
I’ll admit that when rumors surfaced a few months ago that AMD might be entering the DRAM market, I was a bit worried. The company has only recently stopped seeing red on their profitability statements, and the DRAM market has notoriously thin margins. Especially after the lackluster Bulldozer launch and bout of layoffs, I really did not want to see AMD try to spread itself too thin. On the other hand, they are not doing the manufacturing themselves, opting to leave the physical processes up to other companies who are already in the business and know how to stay afloat in the crowded waters. The branding and ability for AMD to offer a platform consisting of an AMD CPU, graphics card, motherboard, and RAM is an advantage that their competition simply can’t match, and its good to see the company taking advantage of that. I don’t expect AMD to start making power supplies, hard drives (though I wouldn’t say no to a nice Radeon RAM Drive ;) ), and cases, but the core components are now all united under the AMD banner and the barrier to entry for new DIYers (do it yourself/self built computers) is now lower. As long as the company can make it work, I’m all for it. What do you guys think of the new AMD branded RAM, is it something you’d use?
Subject: Memory | November 28, 2011 - 01:17 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ram, ddr3, gskill, corsair, commodity, ram drive, memory
Although hard drive prices are skyrocketing, the price of DDR3 RAM is continuing to fall such that it is now at an all time low, according to popular tech rumor site Fudzilla. Currently, value/budget RAM maker TeamGroup is selling a 8GB DDR3 1333 MHz kit for $32 USD, which marks an all time low for the speedy temporary storage. Its not only the super cheap and lesser known brands that are selling for such low prices, however.
8 GB of DDR3 Memory is now a very inexpensive endeavor
G-Skill is offering a value DDR3 kit for $36 USD and Crucial sells their own value RAM for $34.99 over at Newegg. Considering a bit more than 3 years ago (Aprill 22, 2008 via the Way Back Machine's snapshot of Newegg), a 4GB (2x2GB) kit of G-Skill DDR3 RAM went for $279.99, or about $560 for an equivalent amount of RAM today (8 GB 2x4 GB for $36 versus two 4 GB 2x2 GB kits for $560)!
It is pretty crazy to think that DDR3 RAM has dropped so much in price. Even just a few months ago, I upgraded my system to a total of 8 GB of G-Skill 1600 (two 2x2GB kits) by adding a second set of 4 GB DDR3 for less than $50 when I spent twice that on the first 4 GB set (same model and speed) just last year.! With the rise in hard drive prices and fall in RAM prices, I really want to test out a nice 16 or even 32 GB RAM drive; if only I could pry some of that Corsair RAM out of Ryan’s Sandy Bride-E test system! ;) heh. Have you upgraded your RAM recently due to the stuff being so cheap?
My old RAM drive, aren’t they fun!? ;)
Subject: Editorial | November 10, 2011 - 04:39 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: tegra 3, tegra, ram, Puget, podcast, nvidia, maingear, Intel, gtx560 ti, evga, corsair, amd
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Subject: Memory | October 13, 2011 - 10:56 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ram, memory, corsair, sandy bridge-e
Sandy Bridge-E and its quad channel memory is nearly upon us. Corsair is gearing up with a new 32 GB DDR3 memory kit. The Dominator GT memory kit is comprised of four 8 GB DDR3 DIMMs (Dual In-Line Memory Module) that the company claims are from strenuously tested and highly binned chips. Specifically, the DDR3 kit has a part number of CMT32GX3M4X1866C9.
The new modules feature Corsair’s removable red and black DHX heatsinks and a RAM fan. The quad channel kit is rated to run at 2400 Mhz with CAS latencies of 9-10-9-27, and all while running at a mere 1.5 volts. Further, the memory is also rated to run with CAS latencies of 9-9-9-24 at 1300 Mhz; however, having the higher latencies and corresponding higher speed of 2400 Mhz will result in better overall performance versus the lower latency settings.
The 32 GB quad channel memory kit is available now with an MSRP of $999.99 USD. How much RAM do you currently use in your systems?
Subject: Memory | October 7, 2011 - 08:52 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: memory, hybrid memory cube, HMC, micron, Intel, Samsung, ram, DDR, DRAM
Micron Technology and Samsung Electronics, in cooperation with Intel, Altera Corporation, Open Silicon, and Xilinx among others have formed the “Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium” to develop and encourage adoption of a new storage interface specification. This new storage technology is based on Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) technology, which is comprised of PCB, a thin logic layer, and stacks of DRAM chips. These memory chips are stacked vertically on top of one another and connected via TSV.
A mock up of a HMC (Source: CNET)
According to Tech Connect Magazine, Micron’s Vice President for DRAM Marketing is quoted in stating “HMC brings a new level of capability to memory that provides exponential performance and efficiency gains.” Hybrid Memory Cube technology is claimed to be capable of using 70% less power than current DDR3 memory modules (DIMMs) while being up to 15 times faster.
Reinforcing Micron’s position is Intel’s CTO Justin Rattner who talked very highly of the technology and it’s massive bandwidth and I/O improvements versus traditional DDR style memory designs. The Hybrid Memory Cube is capable of sustained transfer rates of 1 terabit per second, and is “the most energy efficient DRAM ever built” by a bits transferred per amount of energy consumed.
Both Intel and Micron have expressed that the HMC technology will be a boon for data centers and high performance computing that demands low power and high bandwidth memory storage. Assuming the numbers pan out, the Hybrid Memory Cube will be quite a leap in memory efficiency and will further accelerate adoption rates of so called “cloud” applications as well as more efficient high performance servers used in scientific research endeavors. All in all, the idea of the Hybrid Memory Cube is cool stuff, and it will be interesting to see if the actual memory will live up to its grandeur name.
Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2011 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ram, FeTRAM, low power, flash
There's a new type of Flash RAM looking to make its name on the street called FeTRAM, which sounds as interesting as the phase change memory that we've been hearing about. It is an improved version of Ferrous RAM, which is very fast and uses very low power but uses a destructive reading technique. The T in the new RAM stands for transistor, so instead of the charge on the memory cell being negated by a read, the transistor will hold onto the charge so that the data can be held long term. That spells the difference between a memory module good only for RAM and a module that can be used in an SSD. The Register points to an article citing a 99% reduction in power usage when compared to current flash memory technology.
"Nanotechnology boffins are exploring a new type of nonvolatile memory that not only has the potential of being faster than today's flash RAM, but also requires 99 per cent less energy.
Called ferroelectric transistor random access memory – FeTRAM, for short – the scheme is based on a new type of transistor that combines silicon nanowires with an organic ferroelectric polymer – P(VDF-TrFE) – that switches polarity when an electric field is applied to it."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Information explosion: how rapidly expanding storage spurs innovation @ Ars Technica
- Amazon Kindle Fire Surfaces @ Slashdot
- BM partners with Intel, Samsung and TSMC for fab research @ The Inquirer
- Lenovo, Compal snuggle up to build notebook plant @ The Register
G.Skill Breaks World Overclocking Record and Achieves Fastest Super Pi 32M Record For 1155 Intel Platform
Subject: Memory | June 4, 2011 - 08:26 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: record, ram, G.Skill, computex, benchmark
G.Skill brought their “A game” to this year’s Computex 2011 show by shattering the current super Pi 32M record on the first day of the show. With the help of famous overclockers Shamino, Fredyama, and Young Pro, the team was able to achieve a time of 5min 33.172 seconds. Using the company’s DDR3 2400MHz CL8 4 (2x2GB) memory kit, the team achieved the record overclock using an Intel 2600K processor at 6.34Ghz and memory clocked at 2340MHz with a CAS Latency of 6-9-6-25 1T. This was all run on an Asus ROG maximum IV Extreme motherboard.
Considering that the memory still had some headroom before reaching even stock clocks, G.Skill is confident that they will break even their record, saying that “this is just the beginning, we aim to achieve more records before the close of Computex 2011.”
The super Pi 32M program is often used as both a benchmarking and stress test application as it heavily stresses both the CPU, memory controller, and RAM by calculating Pi out to 32 million digits. As a single threaded program, it is heavily dependent on CPU clock speed-which is why the G.Skill team focused on low RAM timings as well as getting the CPU clocks up as high as possible in order to grab the world record.
G.Skill Guarantees Compatibility of Dual Channel RipjawsX and Sniper Series DDR3 RAM Kits With Z68 Motherboards
G.Skill recently announced that it has finished testing its RipjawsX and Sniper series DDR3 memory kits on Intel’s latest Z68 motherboards. The RAM manufacturer stated that it has “worked closely with all the major motherboard manufacturers to ensure the best compatibility between all Z68 motherboards available in the market and G.Skill’s current memory product line.”
The testing in question included memory kits from 1333 MHz CL9 DIMMS to their highest clocked 2200 Mhz 16GB set using Hyper PI 0.98b and MemTest.
It’s nice to see that G.Skill is willing to support their current product lineup as new motherboard tech is released. You can read more about warranty and product information here.
Corsair, a popular PC component manufacturer founded in 1994, today announced the production of a new DDR3 memory kit for their Dominator lineup. The new 2x4GB memory kit is capable of running at 2400 Mhz at a voltage of 1.65V.
Corsair states that the 2400 Mhz kits are the result of a four stage testing process that fewer than one in every 20 memory chips pass. The Director of Memory Products at Corsair, Giovannie Sena stated that “The purpose of these kits is to help overclockers explore the limits of memory performance.” As the product of Corsair’s testing, they are eager to see what enthusiasts are able to get out of them.
Further, the new 8GB memory kit is capable of CAS latency of 9-11-10-30-1T. Each DIMM is fitted with Corsair’s DHX+ heat sink with removable fins, and the kit includes their AirFlow 2 GTL Cooling Fan to keep the DIMMS cool. Dubbed the Dominator GTX 8 GB 2400 MHz Kit, can be purchased today from Corsair for $499 USD.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 18, 2011 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ram, corsair, airflow
If you didn't pick up one of the RAM kits that comes with an active cooler and are looking to not only monitor the temperature of your DIMMs but also get a light show going inside your case then Corsair has a treat for you. The $54 Corsair AirFlow Pro can do both and you can see it for yourself at Techgage.
"Have a desire to add a bit of 'bling' to your PC, but fear being ridiculed for it? Well, there's no better excuse for bling than with Corsair's AirFlow Pro add-on for the company's AirFlow 2 memory cooler. In addition to offering a hypnotizing light-show, the AirFlow Pro can also keep you informed on your memory's usage and temperatures."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Frio - CLP0564 @ Computing on Demand
- Evercool Transformer 4+ Plus CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
- Evercool Buffalo CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Thermaltake Jing Silent CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
- Corsair Hydro H60 CPU Water Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
- Beginner’s Guide to Water Cooling Your PC @ Overclockers.com
- Evercool Arctic Cooling MX-4 Thermal Paste Review @ eTeknix
- NZXT H2 Classic Silent Case @ Overclockers.com
- In Win BUC Mid-Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers
- Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case Review @ Tweaknews
- Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Gaming Case Review @ Hardware Canucks
- InWin Dragon Slayer Case Review @ Neoseeker
- Antec Six Hundred v2 @ TechwareLabs
- Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Chassis Launch Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Antec Six Hundred Gaming Case Review @ Tech-Reviews