Little by little, we're seeing memory makers push the envelope in mobile and small form factor (SFF) setups by introducing high-performance SO-DIMM RAM. So it goes with G.Skill, which claims its latest Ripjaws are the industry's first DDR3L SO-DIMM clocked at a blistering fast 2133MHz. Not only is this a high-performance memory kit, it's also available in large capacities, up to 32GB (4x8GB).
The memory standards committee known as the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association announced the publication of JEDEC DDR3L, which the association says will enable a significant reduction in power consumption for a boatload of products that utilize memory, including laptops, desktops, servers, networking systems, and a a range of digital devices.
Those of you donning your detective caps might have guessed that the "L" in DDR3L stands for "Low Voltage," and you'd be right. Devices that adhere to the new standard will operate from a single 1.35V power supply voltage compared to 1.5V in existing devices, JEDEC said.
DDR3L-based memory devices will consume 15 percent less power compared to standard DDR3 (sometimes more), and a whopping 40 percent less than standard DDR2, all without taking a performance hit. The upshot here is longer battery life and cooling running devices.
Kingston Technology this week unveiled new low-voltage registered dual inline memory modules (RDIMMs) validated for use in Intel's upcoming Westmere-EP processor-based server platforms. Each of the three kits sip just 1.35V and, according to Kingston, will help lower the cost of ownership in datacenters.
"Intel worked closely with Kingston in developing and certifying their low-voltage DDR3L memory for our upcoming Westmere-EP triple-channel server platform," said Geof Findlay, Memory Ecosystem Manger, Intel. "Kingston's low-voltage server memory combined with Intel's 32nm processor utilzing the Westmere architecture will help datacenters increase performance while reducing overall energy costs."
The kits will be available in the following configurations: