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.