G.SKILL Announces Trident Z RGB DDR4-3466 32GB for X399

Subject: Memory | January 14, 2019 - 02:51 PM |
Tagged: G.Skill, ddr4-3466, X399, Threadripper, amd, RGB, TZRX

Threadripper's architecture loves high frequency RAM, though it can be a bit picky at times and you will have a far better experience sticking with vaildated RAM ... though you certainly don't have to.

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G.Skill have just announced a 32GB kit of four DDR4-3466 modules, with timings of 18-22-22-42 and plenty of RGBs.  On the Threadripper 2950X system they used as an example, the DIMMs were perfectly happy running at the default of 1.3V.   They will be available relatively soon and you will be able to spot them thanks to the TZRX branding they will sport.

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Source: G.Skill

Bedazzle your system with G.SKILL's TridentZ Royal DDR4

Subject: Memory | January 3, 2019 - 03:21 PM |
Tagged: G.Skill, TridentZ Royal, ddr4, RGB

These new memory modules from G.SKILL are not dim; with eight individually controllable RGB lighting zones hidden behind the crystalline light bars topping the RAM.  They even include a microfiber cloth to polish those bars and the fancy gold or silver heatspreaders.  Of course, some users are not content with only pretty RAM and would like working modules, which is why the Guru of 3D benchmarked the DDR4-3200 kit

Ryzen users take note, these DIMMs easily hit 3466MHz with XMP enabled.

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"We review probably the most beautiful looking memory of 2018, it is fabbed at G.Skill. It's available in multiple frequencies and timings, we test the 3200 MHz kit. With XMP 2.0 memory profiles on Intel platforms as well as checking support for AMD Ryzen. Meet a memory type that sets and defines a whole new standard in style and design."

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Source: Guru of 3D

JEDEC Updates HBM Standard with 24GB Capacity and Faster Speed

Subject: Graphics Cards, Memory | December 17, 2018 - 04:33 PM |
Tagged: Vega, radeon, JESD235, jedec, high bandwidth memory, hbm, DRAM, amd

In a press release today JEDEC has announced an update to the HBM standard, with potential implications for graphics cards utilizing the technology (such as an AMD Radeon Vega 64 successor, perhaps?).

"This update extends the per pin bandwidth to 2.4 Gbps, adds a new footprint option to accommodate the 16 Gb-layer and 12-high configurations for higher density components, and updates the MISR polynomial options for these new configurations."

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Original HBM graphic via AMD

The revised spec brings the JEDEC standard up to the level we saw with Samsung's "Aquabolt" HBM2 and its 307.2 GB/s per-stack bandwidth, but with 12-high TSV stacks (up from 8) which raises memory capacity from 8GB to a whopping 24GB per stack.

The full press release from JEDEC follows:

ARLINGTON, Va., USA – DECEMBER 17, 2018 – JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the global leader in the development of standards for the microelectronics industry, today announced the publication of an update to JESD235 High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) DRAM standard.  HBM DRAM is used in Graphics, High Performance Computing, Server, Networking and Client applications where peak bandwidth, bandwidth per watt, and capacity per area are valued metrics to a solution’s success in the market.   The standard was developed and updated with support from leading GPU and CPU developers to extend the system bandwidth growth curve beyond levels supported by traditional discrete packaged memory.  JESD235B is available for download from the JEDEC website.

JEDEC standard JESD235B for HBM leverages Wide I/O and TSV technologies to support densities up to 24 GB per device at speeds up to 307 GB/s. This bandwidth is delivered across a 1024-bit wide device interface that is divided into 8 independent channels on each DRAM stack.  The standard can support 2-high, 4-high, 8-high, and 12-high TSV stacks of DRAM at full bandwidth to allow systems flexibility on capacity requirements from 1 GB – 24 GB per stack.

This update extends the per pin bandwidth to 2.4 Gbps, adds a new footprint option to accommodate the 16 Gb-layer and 12-high configurations for higher density components, and updates the MISR polynomial options for these new configurations.  Additional clarifications are provided throughout the document to address test features and compatibility across generations of HBM components.

Source: JEDEC

The RAMa-lama-ding-dong 4000 from G.SKILL

Subject: Memory | November 22, 2018 - 02:25 PM |
Tagged: G.Skill, G.Skill Trident Z, ddr4-4000

The timings on G.SKILL's 4GHz DDR4 is 19-21-21-41, assuming you can find a chip and chipset which supports it.  For TechPowerUp that is an ASUS TUF Z370 PLUS GAMING and a Core i5-8400 @ 4.0 GHz.  The tight timings on the kit help it during benchmarking, and at roughly $245 for 16GB it is not the worst deal out there.  As an added benefit for some, the kit lacks any RGBs whatsoever!

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"The G.SKILL Trident Z sticks have been around for a while now, available in a multitude of colors and speeds, as well as with RGB. These 4000 MHz sticks are for all you non-RGB lovers out there, but with such a high speed, you best make sure your motherboard and CPU are capable."

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Source: TechPowerUp

AIDA64 v5.99, useful RGB Edition amongst other things

Subject: Memory | November 19, 2018 - 07:36 PM |
Tagged: benchmark, aida64

AIDA64 just released what is likely to be the last update before AIDA64 and along with a number of new features, such as the detection of fake NVIDIA card, it can make your RGBs useful!  A variety of RGBed SteelSeries, Coolermaster and Corsair can be used to display data visually, from CPU utilization, though network activity to temperatures and voltages.

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It is also updated to properly display data onthe RX 580 and RX 590 as well as RTX and Quadro RTX Series cards.  They've updated the AVX-512 accelerated benchmarks for Intel Cascade Lake and the Z390 chipset.

You can see all of the changes here and grab a copy on their store.

 

Source: AIDA 64

G.SKILL Announces a DDR4-4266 64GB kit as well as a DDR4-4000 128GB kit

Subject: Memory | November 13, 2018 - 02:44 PM |
Tagged: samsung b-die, G.Skill, ddr4-4266, ddr4-4000

If you like large pools of impressively fast DDR4 then check out these two new kits from G.SKILL.  The smaller of the two new kits has eight 8GB DIMMs clocked at DDR4-4266 CL19-19-19-39 @1.45V while the larger has eight 16GB DIMMs running DDR4-4000 CL19-19-19-39 @ 1.35V.

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The DIMMs have been validated on the ASUS PRIME X299-DELUXE II motherboard with the Intel Core i9-9920X and i7-9800X, and it is quite possible you will have some success getting them to work on Threadripper.  That chip won't support the top frequencies of these DIMMs but it tends to like Samsung B-Die memory so you can have fun tightening the timings or dropping the voltage.

They will support XMP 2.0 profiles if you just want to get up and running immediately, without manually tweaking your settings in the UEFI.  They will be available in the new year and while we don't have pricing information yet, you can expect a wee bit of sticker shock when they are released.

 

Source: G.Skill

RAM timings versus frequency on an X470 system

Subject: Memory | September 17, 2018 - 02:49 PM |
Tagged: T-Force VULCAN TUF, G.SKILL Flare X, ddr4-3200, AM4, amd, overclocking, x470

AMD processors like fast RAM, but [H]ard|OCP wanted to see if sacrificing timings for higher frequencies is the answer in all cases, or only some.  To test this out they grabbed two 16GB kits of DDR4-3200, one T-Force Vulcan TUF and one G.SKILL Flare X.  The Vulcan's base timings are 16-18-18-38 while the G.SKILL offer 14-14-14-34, both running at 1.35v.  Take a look to see how these kits performed at their base settings as well as their top overclocks in the full review.

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"We take a look at some of the new RAM available for the AMD Ryzen AM4 platform and see how well these work out when it comes to overclockability and timing tweaking. On the test bench today are the Team T-FORCE VULCAN TUF Gaming Alliance and G.SKILL Flare X Series RAM, both rated at 3200MHz."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Remember staring at MemTest86, over and over and over again?

Subject: Memory | August 27, 2018 - 06:33 PM |
Tagged: memtest86, stability

Those of us a little long in the tooth will have no troubles remembering days of Prime95 and MemTest86 runs proving that your overclock was stable as could be, but fresher enthusiasts may not have had that experience.  MemTest86 was, at one point in the early 2000's, the go to memory interface stability testing software, allowing you to boot straight into a testing mode and skipping your OS altogether.  The interface hasn't changed much, but the hardware sure has!  UEFI booting is now supported and you can test this new type of RAM that we only dreamed of back in 2002.  Check out Overclockers Club for the memories, or to learn about another tool to add to your box of tricks.

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"If you have any sort of system stability issues, starting with the memory is generally a good bet. It is often people skip testing system memory for defects or the root cause of a system crash because it is often seen as an unnecessary computer component. In reality, it is one of the most important hardware components in any computer. If your system memory is failing, it can account for random lockups, failed POST screens, and an assortment of strange computer issues."

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DDR4-4000 Vengeance RGB PRO, fast and fancy

Subject: Memory | July 27, 2018 - 02:59 PM |
Tagged: iCUE, Vengeance RGB PRO, corsair

If you are running an Intel system that can support RAM hitting 4000MHz and have a penchant for flashing lights in various colours covering the entire top of your DIMMs then has Corsair got a set of modules for you.  These are fully iCUE compatible which allows you to sync them with other supported components.  There are interesting contrasts in this kit; while the timings are not the best, at 19-23-23-45 it does come with a lifetime warranty. 

Check out the performance and overclocking over at TechPowerUp.

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"Corsair's latest entry into RGB memory is their Vengeance PRO series, a kit supporting iCUE, which is Corsair's RGB lighting control system. This isn't just any RGB memory though, the Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO series is built for serious overclocking too!"

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Source: TechPowerUp

Is TeamGroup's T-Force VULCAN DDR4 kit TUF enough?

Subject: Memory | June 19, 2018 - 03:43 PM |
Tagged: teamgroup, ddr4-3200, T-Force VULCAN, TUF Series

This 16GB DDR4-3200 kit from TeamForce features heatspreaders designed to match the heatsinks you find on ASUS TUF series motherboards and does not feature any RGBs at all.  While it is marketed for installation in an Intel system, the Guru of 3D tested it in a Ryzen with the latest AMD AGESA firmware update and not only found it compatible but were also able to hit a stable 3600MHz, matching the performance of the Intel setup.  The DIMMs are rated for 16-18-18-38 @ 1.35V, which Guru3D managed to tighten up while testing; drop by for the full review to see how these DIMMs perform.

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"We'll peek at new T-Force VULCAN TUF DDR4 from TeamGroup, it is a dual-channel 3200 MHz kit with the ability to be tweaked a little. It's TUF, meaning the heat spreader has been aligned with ASUS TUF Sabertooth motherboards (2018 models) as well as offering full support on these boards."

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Source: Guru of 3D