We're not sure what it is about Corsair and May 20, but on that same date last year, the memory maker set a world record for DDR3 memory frequency by pushing its Dominator kit to 2462MHz. Fast forward a year later, and on May 20, 2009, Corsair Labs announced it had coaxed 2533MHz out of a 6GB triple channel DDR3 Dominator GT kit, which the company says is the highest frequency ever achieved on a Core i7 platform using three modules.
"When it comes to overclocking and memory, Corsair has proven -- once again -- that its engineering team truly is the best," said Kevein Conley, Vice President of Engineering for Corsair. "As the new world record shows, Corsair's modules are second-to-none in terms of performance, stability, and quality."
To set the new mark, Corsair slapped a Dominator GT 2000C7 tri-channel kit into an Evga X58 3X Classified motherboard and ran fairly aggressive 7-8-7-20 timings. Other components included an Intel Core i7 Extreme 975 processor, GeForce 8800 GTS videocard, and a Corsair P256 SSD.
Whether you're chasing a world overclocking record or ever thought to yourself, "Self, if only I could get this RAM to sub-ambient temp levels, I think it'd really shine," Corsair's Cooling Ice Series T30 apparatus might be just what you've been waiting for.
Designed specifically for both Corsair's Dominator and Dominator GT modules, the T30 is a thermo-electric cooling (TEC) unit that hooks up to your existing water-cooling setup. Water block, humidity sensors, and control circuitry are all included, just bring your own 3/8-inch tubng. Once installed, Corsair claims the T30 will cool your modules up to 20C degrees below ambient temperature, which, according to the company's own testing, was enough to increase memory frequency overclocking by up to 100MHz over standard cooling.
If street pricing holds true to the MSRP, that extra 100MHz will run you $199. No word yet on availability.
Not only is there still a market for DDR2 modules, but there are even new products still coming down the pipeline. Take for example OCZ's just-announced Blade and Platinum Series Low Voltage kits, which the company says have been qualified to excel at low voltages.
"Though enthusiasts are known for applying increased voltage to modules in order to obtain higher performance, our newest modules offer exceptional speeds at lower voltages improving overall performance and stability," commented Eugene Chang, Vice President of Product Management at the OCZ Technology Group.
The new series comes in 4GB kits with speeds ranging from DDR2-1066 to DDR2-1200. Regardless of stock frequency, each kit comes rated at 5-5-5-18 latency timings and consumes just 1.8V. Giving the stock frequency ceiling, 1.8V is pretty impressive when you consider some enthusiast kits have required up to an uncomfortable 2.3V.
RAM, like water, is a commodity. And just as there’s a clear difference between putrid L.A. County tap water and water choppered in from the peaks of Mt. Everest, the quality of RAM can vary wildly. But quality is not the sole factor to consider when you’re trying to achieve optimum memory performance from your system.
These days, a user is faced with a plethora of options spanning different technologies, speeds, and capacities. We’re here to help you make heads and tails of all that so you’re prepared when you configure your next rig. Armed with a slew of RAM-based benchmarks, we set out to answer three of the hottest questions in memory today: Is DDR3 for AMD’s new AM3 Phenom II CPUs worth the expense? Should you pay for high-speed RAM or stick with the standard stuff? Finally, just how much memory is enough? We test three common amounts of RAM for Intel’s Core i7 to identify the sweet spot.
Yesterday Samsung announced that shipments of their 32GB moviNAND flash memory cards had begun.
The cards are currently aimed at cell phones, media players and other consumer electronics, and have been made using a 30nm manufacturing process. This allows them to process and store large amounts of multimedia, including videos, video games and television shows.
“The unquenchable consumer thirst for possessing large amounts of data is now embracing video in a big way, which in turn means rapidly escalating demand for higher density storage,” stated Jim Elliott, Samsung’s Vice President of Memory Marketing. “Samsung has taken the lead in providing OEMs with the highest density flash storage produced using the most cost-efficient process technology around – 30 nanometers.”
Reportedly, Samsung’s exports of cards will grow eight-fold “from 120 million 16GB equivalent units, which will account for 13 percent of the global memory card shipments in 2009, to 950 million units – or 72 percent of the total cards shipped – by 2013.”
It makes us sick to our stomach to think we used to pay $300 and up for premium 2GB memory kits just a few short years ago, when now you can get twice the capacity for roughly the cost of a Happy Meal, sans toy. If you're new to computing, trust us when we say that most of today's memory kits are a steal at their current price points.
Whether the same will be said about Patriot's newest SODIMM memory kits remains to be seen, but hey, we're stoked to see the higher capacity parts being offered in mobile form. The memory maker just announced two new additions to its Signature series, 4GB and 8GB DDR2-800 dual-channel SODIMMs.
"The performance gap between mobile and desktop computing has reduced significantly over the recent introduction of more powerful mobile platforms," commented Les Henry, Director of Engineering at Patriot. "By adding Patriot's DDR2 4GB module or 8GB in dual-channel mode, mobile systems can eliminate that gap and perform like a true desktop replacement."
No official word yet on pricing or availability (Newegg lists the not-yet-stocked 8GB kit for $299), but 8GB? Suck it, netbooks.
You’ve got a digital camera, you’ve got a cell phone, and along with these you’ve probably got a few SD cards laying around that you just don’t use anymore. It looks like someone at LaCie had the very same issue, and decided to turn them into an extremely easy to use flash drive.
The LaCie DataShare is compatible with all SD and MicroSD cards currently on the market (SD/SDHC/Class 1 to 6), and comes with two separate sides, that let you discern your private data from your public data.
If this looks like something you could make use out of, be sure to check it out on LaCie’s site here, where it’s currently on sale for $9.99.
It's been a wild downward ride in the memory market these past twelve or so months, one in which DRAM makers are more than eager reverse course. And that's exactly what's happening. According to data gathered by DRAMeXchange, DRAM contract prices have climbed in the second half of April. The data shows that prices of 1GB DDR2-667 DIMMs has gone up $9 and 2GB DDR2 $18, representing a 6 to 11 percent gain.
And this is just the beginning, says DRAMeXchange. Citing un-named market sources, the firm says Elpida Memory will most likely discontinue shipments to the spot market, while both Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) and Kingston also plan to limit their shipments, at least until June. This could prove to be significant, as Elpida and PSC account for almost 60 percent of the sport market. Elpida's goal is to raise quotes by as much as 50 percent.
But before you panic and stock up on all the RAM you can afford, DRAMeXchange predicts DRAM spot prices will only increase to a range of $1.20 to $1.50, up from $1 to $1.20. This means DDR2 modules will probably go up, but not by as much as Elpida (and other DRAM makers) are hoping.
The memory market is in desperate need of some good news, and it just might be getting it. Citing un-named industry sources, DigiTimes says Taiwan's DRAM chip suppliers are eyeing an early recovery as the spot price of DDR2 1Gb eTT chips continues to rise significantly.
DDR2 chips climbed 6 percent to close at $1.2 yesterday, and is up again slightly to $1.21 today. According to DRAMeXchange, estimated DDR2 contract prices will very likely rise anywhere from 15 to 20 percent sequentially in the second quarter of 2009, after having remained flat since February.
That means if you're looking to score one final DDR2 upgrade this year, now might be the best time to do so.
The upsurge of netbooks in the past several months serves as proof positive that users are more concerned with mobility than they are raw power, and so one could argue OCZ is taking a certain risk by releasing Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) SO-DIMMs. But lest we forget, desktop replacements have become surprisingly affordable as of late, which was underscored by Gateway's P-7811FX notebook, and enthusiast-oriented notebook memory may just find a niche audience.
"XMP is for performance what 3D is for games, and the introduction of the profiles allows on-the-go enthusiasts to make the most of their Intel mobile platforms," commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology development at OCZ Technology. "As a result of our involvement with Intel from the very beginning of the mobile XMP concept, today we are releasing 2GB high performance SO-DIMMs designed as a no-compromise solution to complement Intel's mobile computing platform for the ultimate user experience."
OCZ claims it's XMP-ready memory will boot at its rated specs (DDR3-1066MHz, CL6-6-6-16) on any Intel Core 2 Extreme or Centrino 2 system without any tinkering.
No word yet on when OCZ's XMP PC3-8500 notebook memory will be available or at what price.