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.
Mozilla's Firefox started out as the little browser that could and has since grown into a full-fledged market force in its own right. But behind Mozilla's pretty little Persona-sporting smile lies a terrible secret – a secret that's been there almost from the beginning. A secret that can sometimes cripple the otherwise spunky browser. You see, just like poor old confused Aunt Dorothy, Firefox has a memory leak. That's not news. What is news is the fact that Mozilla might finally be stepping up to the plate to fix the problem.
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.
We're pretty sure no jobs exist for 'Door-to-Door DRAM Salesman,' but if you should see such an opening in the classifieds section of Craigslist, don't bother applying. The DRAM market is in a sorry state, profit margins are thin, and things don't appear to be improving with time. Case in point, A-DATA Chairman Simon Chen said the DRAM market is the worst it's been in 15 years, and that was back in 2008! Well, the numbers are in for the first quarter of 2011, and it's more of the same.
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).
Samsung is off to a fast start with its 32GB memory modules using 30nm-class, 4Gb (gigabit) DDR3 DRAM chips and is the first in the industry to start producing these parts. These massive memory kits won't end up in home systems, few of which could actually support that amount of RAM in the first place, but in cloud computing environments and advanced server systems where there's no such thing has having too much memory.
Corsair today announced the production of a Dominator GTX 8GB dual-channel DDR3 kit guaranteed to operate at 2400MHz with latency settings of 9-11-10-30, and at a memory voltage of 1.65V. That qualifies it as the world's fastest production 8GB memory kit, a claim Corsair proudly makes and one we can't find evidence to the contrary. Turns out there's a reason why no other company has been able to crank out an 8GB kit as fast as this.
Panasonic said it's getting ready to start volume production of its ReRAM in 2012, which sounds like a DRAM maker taking a mulligan at the assembly line. It's actually something far cooler than that. Short for Resistance Random Access Memory, Panasonic's next generation memory chips are non-volatile, meaning they can store information when a system is powered down. That's just one of the many advantages to ReRAM.
DRAM makers haven't had much to celebrate in a long time, and as profits took a nose dive, some wondered if they'd be better off bailing on the PC RAM industry, as OCZ did earlier this year. But at least one memory maker is optimistic about the DRAM and NAND flash memory markets going forward. Transcend chairman Peter Shu believes things are getting ready to improve in the second half of 2011, which is good news for memory makers, but at what cost?