AVADirect Gets Drunk with DRAM, Adds 48GB DDR3 Option to Select Gaming Systems

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Zanthexter

Personally, I would love a "consumer" level motherboard that'd let me load up 48GB of cheap memory, for virtual computing.

Small Business Server 2011 for example requires 8GB, and reccomends 10. So, I'm stuck giving it a dedicated system running just 8GB, having another system acting as a file server with a vritual Remote Desktop Server and 1 virtaul Win7 machine, and a third system that can run 2 or 3 other virtual machines. I'd love to consolitdate them all in to one box. 

Not the average user, but network admins aren't exactly uncommon either. I can see someone working with HD video making use of that much as well.

You can label this stuff "commerical", but fact is a lot of "commercial" stuff gets done at home nowadays. Really, with Tablets doing so well, it's the low end home PC's that are going to take the hit, for the rest... go big, or go home :)

 

 

 

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Annoyance

If you work full time and don't have kids like me you can get anything you want even if it's 48GB's of Ram your money your time do what you want when you want. I have no room left in my Case for the things I'm looking forward to just to let you guys know Anything I want when I want NO KIDS lol.

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CalDrumr

The kind of people who would buy a computer with 48 GB of memory will replace it long before they need 48 GB of memory.

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leppel

Thngs are getting better and better. We have one of these at work: http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF04a/15351-15351-3328412-241644-4222584

 

Why would you ever need 2TB of RAM????

 

The bigger, the better

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ko662000

You never know we said the same thing about a GIG of ram and 1 tereabyte hardrives and look at where we are now! Just think 1 Blu-Ray is 25 GIGs or more and its only going to get better!

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I Jedi

As Bill Gates once said, "Understand, this is the last physical format that will ever be." - Bill Gates

 

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I Jedi

No gamer needs 48 GB worth of memory, period. I would never expect to find non-ECC, non-buffered RAM motherboard setup, which would accept 48 GB of RAM.

I guess the more important question is: Can it play Crisis on max?

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lunchbox73

That's preposterous! The self-aware robot that murders you 8 years from now will have at least 100 GB of memory.

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praetor_alpha

No gamer needs 48 GB worth of memory, period.

Let's see how that statement come back to bite you in 10 years.

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I Jedi

Ten years ago we were using a minimum of 256 to 512 MB of RAM. The standard today is about four gigabytes worth of RAM. True, as technology progresses, it will become more advanced and require even more system resources; however, 48 gigabytes is truly unrealistic for most people, even ten years from now. What prevailing technologies/software do you see coming out even within the next FIVE years, which would condone the average user needing more than say 10 gigabytes of memory?

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TerribleToaster

In ES Oblivion, at one point with mods running, I was using 12 Gigs of RAM. And don't get me started on The Sims. You'd be surpirsed how much RAM a game can eat if you let it. (Both Oblivion and The Sims eat soo much ram because the world or zone that it was currently holding in memory was huge and complex, and note that I'm not talking about graphics here)

 

But that is beside the point, really. No gamer currently needs 48 gigs because most gamers don't have 48 gigs so game makers don't design thinking they have that much RAM to work with. When having 48 gigs of RAM isn't nearly as terribly expensive and has become the standard amount to have, you'll see many games using all of it. Can you imagine having all the programming data of the 1000 sqMi of ES 8 held in your RAM all at once? 

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I Jedi

I just sincerely doubt that 48 GB of RAM will become the standard norm. on a desktop PC for the average user in 10 years from now. While I don't refute that one day it will happen, it isn't likely to happen within the next decade. There are several obstacles, which need to be overcome first in order to make the transition to 48 GB a reality for the average consumer.

First, motherboards must be designed to handle a capacity of 48 GB of RAM. High-end servers are designed to do this, but the key words are high-end and servers.When we talk about the consumer level-based motherboards, we're talking around high end gaming mobo supporting around 24 GB of RAM at a high end. These motherboards often times range from $400 to around $800 in some cases that I have seen, for the very latest, high-end gaming motherboards. Now, will these prices come down, as the technology is more refined? OF COURSE! To say otherwise totally goes against everything that has happened to the PC over the last quarter of a century. The Price ALWAYS comes down. Rather the price will come down enough for 48 GB motherboards in the next 10 years for the average consumer, to make it price effective, I do not know.

Second, the price per RAM stick would sincerely need to fall far from where they are, even by today's standards in terms of cost per unit, which is pretty cheap, I might add!. As the article describes, it would cost nearly $250 - $400 to have 48 GB of RAM by today's standards. That is not ideal for the average user to spend such money on; therefore, the market will continue to support less than that because the price point has not been reduced far enough. With the way the RAM market acts, it is unlikely, for the foreseeable future. Even if we assume that RAM sticks cost, say, 30 dollars for eight gigabytes worth of RAM in the year 2021, it would still cost the average consumer $150 dollars, which is getting a bit more reasonable from $250-$400. That is assuming, of course, that RAM DOES drop off to $30 dollars for eight gigabytes worth.

Third, as some of you have pointed out, programmers can design their software to take advantage of the additional 48 GB of RAM; however, not every program needs 48 GB worth. If the argument is for gaming, I can see massive amounts of memory being dedicated to creating bigger virtual worlds, supporting more A.I., and increasing load times. I MUST distress that this is an exception, and will probably not play out to be the norm. for a long time with other software, such as Microsoft Word, e-mail, iTunes, etc, etc, etc. Now, if every consumer in 10 years from now is video editing, Folding At Home, and running Crysis 5 at maximum capacity, I can see a push by the industry. As it stands, most consumers only use their computer for web, email, Skype, Word, etc. We here are the exception to this rule because we actually know what our rigs are capable of doing, and see most reasoning to put our PC's through their paces.

Again, I DONT disagree that ONE DAY we will have motherboards supporting 48 GB as a norm., but I don't believe it is going to happen within the next decade. There have been plenty of new advancements in technology, which have been betamaxed, but hailed nonetheless as breakthroughs for the PC; Only to be shattered by a reaction from the market's willingness to adopt it.

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jnwoll

According to Moore's Law, with some Marketing and Industry Expectations, 48Gb of memory might be the low end and closer to 64-102Gb Ram. 

However, given that memory is a little behind the curve of doubling every two years, 48Gb is pretty realistic for the average user.  Gaming enthusiasts will easily be 64Gb or more. 

With that in mind, I think most of our "computers" 10 years from now will be a small little box with 95% of all components being solid state. 

 

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