Pay close attention to this one. According to Kingston, the memory maker's newly announced HyperX DDR3-2333 kit is the fastest DDR3 triple-channel, Intel certified memory product in the known universe, and technically, that's correct. Sure, there are faster kits -- both G.Skill and Patriot sell DDR3 sticks rated at 2400MHz, and Patriot even sells a DDR3-2500 memory product -- but these are all dual-channel (meaning they're sold in packs of two, not three), and presumably not Intel certified.
So yes, Kingston's tri-channel DDR3-2333 kit is the fastest as described, and it comes in four different varieties, including:
KHX2333C9D3T1FK3/6GX: 6GB 2333MHz, CL9-11-9-27, 1.65V with fan, $543
KHX2333C9D3T1FK3/3GX: 3GB 2333MHz, CL9-11-9-27, 1.65V with fan, $272
KHX2250C9D3T1FK3/6GX: 6GB 2333MHz, CL9-11-9-27, 1.65V with fan, $369
"Our market-leading 2333MHz HyperX memory was created with the highest design-engineering principles and subjected to OEM-quality production and testing standards to gain Intel XMP certification," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston. "Overclockers who want to max out memory performance in their Core i7 systems need to look no further than Kingston’s latest offerings."
No word yet on when these kits will show up in the retail channel.
Good news for photographers and video buffs both - Lexar Media has begun shipping its Professional 133x SDHC memory cards in 16GB and 32GB capacities to retail outlets, the company announced on Tuesday.
The new cards carry a Class 10 speed rating, the highest rating available, and offer sustained write speeds of 133x, or 20MB/s. At 32GB, Lexar says there's enough storage capacity to hold 736 minutes of video, 8,000 MP3s encoded at 128kbps, or 12,800 photos taken with an 8MP camera.
"As camera manufacturers introduce new models that capture both photo and video content, photographers need memory solutions that keep up with their evolving shooting needs,” said Manisha Sharma, director of worldwide memory card product marketing, Lexar Media. “With the 16GB and 32GB capacities of the Lexar Professional SDHC cards, photographers can shoot longer without having to switch cards and potentially miss an amazing image. Photographers everywhere understand the benefits of increased capacities, and we’re pleased to be offering these cards to them through our extensive channel network.”
The cards are available now through Adorama and B&H for about $110 (16GB) and $190 (32GB).
Someone over at Kingston Technology really likes the color blue, as evidenced by the trademark blue heatspreaders found on every HyperX kit. It makes sense, then, that Kingston would name a memory kit after its favorite color, and we even understand why they named the new series "Blu" instead of "Blue" - it's aimed at the entry-level crowd, so why pay more for an extra vowel?
We made that last part up, but Kingston really did announce a new line of HyperX RAM called "Blu." These kits sport a new look and, according to Kingston, run at standard JEDEC speeds and timings but with headroom "to push the performance envelope."
Kingston launched several Blu kits in both DDR2 and DDR3 trim. There are 10 new kits in all, ranging from a 1GB DDR2-800 (5-5-5-15) single module for $31 on up to a 4GB DDR3-1600 (9-9-9-27) dual-channel kit priced at $132.
No word yet on when any of these show up on retail shelves.
Following an extensive investigation into alleged price fixing violations, the European Commission found nine memory makers guilty of wrongdoing and fined them a collective $404 million.
The companies involved include Samsung, Infineon, Hynix, Elpida, NEC, Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, and Nanya, all of which submitted settlements admitting their liability for infringement, according to reports. Micron would also have been included, but ultimately was not fined since it told the Commission about the cartel as far back as 2002.
"You may think that to use the word 'settlement' next to the word 'cartel' sounds quite strange," Almunia said. "So let me explain right away that we are not compromising on cartels, with or without a settlement. A cartel is the worst violation of competition rules since its object is to collude against the interests of other companies and of consumers."
Samsung received the biggest fine at $145.7 million, with Infineon receiving the second largest fine at $56.7 million. The cartel is said to have operated from July 1, 1998 and June 15, 2002.
Today's blistering fast SSDs with read and write speeds approaching 300MB/s have nothing on what's in store for tomorrow. Thanks to a breakthrough in NAND flash memory technology, a Japanese research group says 9.5GB/s SSD writes are entirely possible.
The Cliff Notes version is that the research team found a way to reduce the operating voltage to 1V, resulting in power consumption that's 86 percent lower than existing NAND flash chips, while also overcoming what are called "write disturb" problems. The lower voltage makes it possible for parallel writing to occur on up to 110 NAND chips, or nearly 7 times more than existing NAND flash memory.
The research team calls the procedure the "single-cell self-boost" method, which "turns off two cells adjacent to the unchosen cells by applying a voltage of 1V from both ends of the bit line connected to the unchosen cells so that the channel of the unchosen cells is in the state of floating," as TechON! explains it.
Wrap your head around all the technical jargon here, and then sit back and hope we see this technology manifest itself before SSDs become obsolete.
Intel this week said it has begun shipping its 25nm NAND flash memory to customers, which represents the world's smallest, most advanced process technology. The new chips were first sampled back in February and will replace Intel's 34nm parts found in the company's second-gen X25-M SSD, as well as a handful of other products.
"The 8 gigabyte (GB) 25nm NAND flash memory chip measures just 167mm2 and can hold up to 2,000 songs, 7,000 photos or 8 hours of video," Intel said. "NAND Flash memory is used in USB memory keys and SD cards for data storage in digital camcorders and cameras, as well as in smart phones, personal music players and solid-state drives."
Capacity won't stop at 8GB, however. You can expect Intel to equip products with multiple 8GB chips for much larger capacity devices. For example, it would take just 32 of Intel's 25nm chips to produce a 256GB SSD, compared to the 64 chips it current takes.
Intel didn't announce any upcoming products, but now that the chips are being mass produced, we suspect it won't be long before manufactures come out with 25nm-based products.
Don't ever let it be said that the folks at Corsair doesn't encourage overclocking. If they did, they'd be hypocrites because they've gone and set another world overclocking record, this time for the highest dual-channel memory frequency on an AMD system.
The setup consisted of an AMD Phenom II X6 Black Edition processor, Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard, Nvidia GeForce 6600GT, and several Corsair-branded components, including a Hydro Series H50 CPU cooler, Nova Series V64 SSD, Professional Series 850HX power supply, and 4GB (2x2GB) of Dominator GTX4 memory.
"The new Phenom II X6 CPUs offer a quantum leap in overclockability for the AMD platform," stated Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. "The combination of the new CPU core and Corsair's most aggressively sorted DIMMs resulted in some truly amazing memory performance."
More specifically, Corsair was able to push the RAM to 2287.6MHz at CAS 9 "after spending several hours of testing timings, sub timings, voltages, multiple processors, and various frequencies." And as for the processor? The Phenom chip was cruising along at 3717.49MHz.
Memory makers continue to squeeze more performance out of their DDR3 modules, and such is the case with Corsair and its "outrageously fast" GTX4 2355MHz DDR kit.
Not all RAM chips are capable of screaming at such a high frequency, and Corsair says the modules that qualify have undergone an extremely meticulous, manual screening process, with each one representing the fastest thirty-two RAMS out of thousands of candidates.
"The GTX 4 modules are truly Corsair's greatest expression of the memory overclocker's art," stated Michal Nowicki, master overclocker at Corsair. "These modules are so fast that most CPUs will require sub-ambient cooling to run them at their maximum speed. Each GTX4 module represents hours of my work in the lab, and is authenticated by me personally."
The hand-tested kits sport 9-11-10-30 latency settings and are available now, in limited quantity, direct from Corsair ($325 per 2GB sticks).
Samsung this week announced the availability of an eight gigabit (Gb) OneNAND chip built on a 30nm manufacturing process. According to Samsung, the higher density memory will pave the way for more features in smartphones, while at the same time driving down the overall cost.
"We are happy to see that our advanced 30nm-class NAND solution is being widely adopted in smartphones," said Sejin Kim, vice president, Flash memory planning/enabling, Samsung Electronics. "The availability of 3Gb OneNAND chip will add considerably to our diverse line-up of advanced mobile memory solutions."
The OneNAND chip design is able to read data at up to 70MB/s, which is more than four times the speed of conventional NAND (17MB/s). Combined with a low-voltage design and higher productivity over previous 40nm class chips, Samsung says it is particularly well suited for touchscreen devices and other high resolution smartphone features.
G.Skill continues to churn out high performance memory, this time focusing on AMD's AM3 platform with an updated Flare memory kit.
The new F3-1600CL7D-4GBFLS Flare kit comes rated at 2,000MHz and sports 7-9-7-24 latencies at 1.65V. According to G.Skill, it's the perfect match for AMD's latest 6-core Phenom II X6 processors, though don't get too caught up in the marketing hype - these should work just fine with any AM3 board and processor combination.
"Here in the G.Skill R&D team, we are yet again continuing to lead the way and produce the best performance memory modules for our customers. After some significant effort and help from our partners, we are very glad to finally launch DDR3 2,000MHz CL3 kits for AMD enthusiasts," commented Tony Chou, Senior R&D manager at G.Skill.
G.Skill will release the new Flare kits in both 4GB (2x2GB) and 8GB (2x4GB) capacities. No word yet on price or availability.