Corsair's Vengeance LP line of DDR3 memory was made for big builds (with big cooling systems) stuffed into little cases; these low-profile kits clock in at an itty-bitty 1.03 inches, nearly half the height of most of the other memory out there. The newly available Corsair Special Edition Arctic White Vengeance Low Profile memory targets a couple other niches, too. It's still short, but the Low Profile White also runs at a scant 1.35V that Corsair claims makes it perfect for whisper-quiet PCs or builds suffering from low voltage constraints.
One thing optical drives and low-end memory modules have in common is that both are dirt cheap. You usually won't, for example, have to downgrade your videocard or processor of choice to accommodate an optical drive or memory kit, not unless you're shopping something fancy like a Blu-ray burner or overclocking RAM. Things are about to get better for budget builders as memory makers look to slash the price of 2GB DDR3 modules to levels so low they might as well give them away.
Let's forget for a moment that $500 buys you a top shelf videocard, an entire entry level system, or a handful of trips to the gas pump in your SUV. If you fancy yourself a RAM enthusiast, or feel compelled to reach deeper into your wallet whenever a company attaches a "limited edition" moniker to a product, Corsair's new Limited Edition 8GB Dominator GT DDR3 memory kit may be just the upgrade you've been looking for.
Here's a reality check for anyone who's complained about the price of RAM recently. The year was 2006 and I was wrapping up a review of a Kingston HyperX 1GB DDR2-1066 kit for another publication. I looked up the street price and found it was $250, which at the time was on the high side of normal for a 1GB kit at that frequency. A 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 kit was selling for $400 that same year. Back then, it wasn't cheap being a PC balla. And today? You can pick up an 8GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 kit for $65 shipped. Times have changed, and for DRAM makers, it hasn't been for the better. That's why they're considering production cuts.
We admittedly missed Adata's July 4th announcement of a new memory module because, well, like many of our readers residing in the U.S. of A., we were burning burgers and being careful not to lose any typing fingers setting off fireworks (legal ones, of course). Though we're a few days late, it's worth pointing out Adata's new 8GB XPG Gaming Series DDR3L 1333G desktop memory module, the only 8GB low voltage memory stick (not kit) in existence boasting a 1333MHz frequency.
Feel free to load up on DDR3 memory without worrying about it going obsolete in the next 12 months, or even 24 months. According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, DDR3 modules, which currently claim between 85-90 percent of the memory market, will remain the dominant DRAM type for at least three more years before it starts to give up ground to faster, next-generation DDR4 modules.
For better or worse, long gone are the days when memory kits were marketed based on frequency and timings alone. Now we have memory kits marketed for specific platforms and processors, a trend that's underscored by Patriot Memory's new "Gamer 2 (G2) Series, AMD Edition" aimed at -- *drum roll* -- gamers putting together an AMD-based system.
Samsung today announced the introduction of 30nm-class DDR3 DRAM modules for PC upgrades, and if you're to take the company at its word, these new modules are all that and a bag of fat free chips with all the flavor of regular chips. More specifically, Samsung promises that this new generation of memory is faster and more energy efficient, claims you'll be able to put the test when the parts ship through consumer and retail channels later this summer.
Like rules and windows on an abandoned house, records are meant to be broken, and that's exactly what the rebels from G.Skill did at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. With the aid of lots of LN2, renowned overclockers Shamino, Fredyama, and Young Pro shattered the Super Pi 32M record at the G.Skill booth with a score of 5 minutes and 33.172 seconds, the fastest ever on an Intel LGA 1155 platform. The overclockers used G.Skill's DDR3-2400MHz Pi memory, which still had some frequency headroom left over once the Super Pi record was set.
Corsair has come up with a solution for anyone having trouble trying to squeeze a monstrous CPU cooling solution into their rig only to find that the RAM is getting in the way. It's the company's new Vengeance LP DDR3 memory series. These low profile kits feature heat spreaders with a reduced height of 1.03 inches (25.25 millimeters), nearly an inch shorter than the standard height of 1.87 inches (47.37 millimeters).