OCZ left the system memory market to focus on solid state drives in part because it grew tired of razer thin profits in the struggling DRAM sector. Memory makers choosing to weather the profit drought would probably like it if more vendors packed their bags and left. Too bad for them, AMD has decided to crash the memory party, bringing the weight of its own brand name to the already highly competitive DDR3 memory market.
If Ali G had any interest in owning a computer, we'd be willing to bet ten pounds of bling he'd insist on Mach Xtreme's new Urban Series DDR3 DRAM, if not for his PC than at least fashioned into some sort of jewelry. These funky looking modules sport regular sized heatsinks with graffiti style graphics, and if you're into that sort of thing, this will probably be the coolest memory you've ever seen.
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.
Toshiba announced it has enhanced its NAND flash portfolio with new embedded NAND flash memory devices that feature toggle-mode DDR NAND for improved performance. These higher performing 24nm e-MMC devices wedge open the bottlenecks typically associated with single data rate NAND, enabling faster random access and sequential performance. The icing on the cake is that they're cheaper to boot, a combination we'll take 8 days a week.
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.
What do you think about when the term "memory device" gets tossed around? Kingston DRAM and Corsair’s 16GB DDR3/1600 Vengeance kit in the 2011 Dream Machine pops into our head. Now, sadly, we're going to have pictures of Bill Cosby's wrinkled, funny face dancing around in our skulls whenever memory springs to mind. Curse you, NC State researchers! A team from the University created a new type of memory designed to work in soggy situations, and the chip's reminiscent of everybody's favorite animal-based desert.
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.
Mozilla's Firefox browser rose to prominence by doing things Microsoft's Internet Explorer refused to do, like tabbed browsing, providing frequent updates (five years passed between the release of IE 6 and IE 7), playing nice with Web standards, and supporting extensions. But if Firefox has an Achilles heel, it's the browser's notorious memory leak problem that some users have reported with each and every release. Word on the Web is that Mozilla may have finally found a permanent solution.