If you've already laid out the dough for a Sandy Bridge-E proc and an X79 motherboard, there's no point skimping on the RAM. Lots of memory is, without a doubt, a good thing; lots of speedy memory is a very good thing. G.Skill's Ripjaws line of high performance RAM has a long history of pushing DDR3 to its limits, and the company continued the proud tradition at the CeBIT exhibition in Germany, where G.Skill showed off what it calls "the fastest quad channel memory" around.
The dirty little secret about DRAM is that we're all underpaying for computer memory, and most of us know it. When the DRAM bubble burst, prices plummeted faster than Lindsay Lohan's career, which is why OCZ moved away from selling memory and starting hawking solid state drives, a segment that's overpriced just like DRAM used to be. It's starting to look like the DRAM market might never regain it's swagger from a decade ago, but there are still times when you should consider stocking up on memory. This might be one of them.
Throwing caution to the wind and dousing his AMD processor and G.Skill Extreme RipjawsZ memory kit in liquid nitrogen, Christian Ney, the well-regarded Swiss overclocker, set a new memory frequency record as recognized by HWBot's Professional Overclockers League. The record for DDR3 memory now stands at 3,736MHz, the highest frequency every achieved, besting the previous record of 3,600MHz.
Technology giants Intel and Micron hammered out revised agreements to expand their NAND Flash memory joint venture relationship, the two companies announced this week. As part of the agreements, Micron will buy back Intel's stake in two wafer fabrication plants for $600 million, half of which will be paid in cash and the rest deposited with Micron to be refunded or applied to Intel's future purchases.
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It was over three years ago when Adata chairman Simon Chen frustratingly noted that 2008 was the worst year for DRAM in the past 15 years, and not much has changed since then. Memory chip makers have tried a number of different strategies since then, from consolidation to, more recently, choking supply in hopes of stopping free-falling prices. Now we're hearing DRAM production is about to kick up a notch.
The red hot tablet and smartphone sectors are leading to increased mobile DRAM production ratios among first-tier DRAM manufacturers, but only Samsung seems to be benefiting from it all. According to market research firm DRAMeXchange, Samsung was the only semiconductor to remain profitable in the fourth quarter of 2011, which it accomplished by attacking the global market with its Galaxy S2 and Note products.
At a time when hard drive prices are up, motherboard prices might be going up, and solid state drives (SSDs) are still comparatively expensive (per gigabyte), the DRAM market may have finally bottomed out. That's the feeling from Micron president Mark Adams, who heads the only U.S.-based DRAM maker still in existence. According to Adams, DRAM prices have finally hit rock bottom.
Oversized air coolers are quickly becoming the norm, and that's great for keeping your CPU chilled to its cores. What's not so snazzy is the footprint that accompany these monstrosities, and in some cases, they can physically interfere with your RAM. It's part of the reason why there are low profile DDR3 memory kits, such as the new Ares series from G.Skill that's available in frequencies up to 2133MHz.
Super Talent over the weekend unveiled its new Quadra series of overclocked quad-channel DDR3 memory kits aimed at the "extreme enthusiast market." The new kits are validated using Intel's X79 chipset and come in sets of four at 1600MHz or 1866MHz, or you can buy individual sticks to plop in whatever DDR3 platform you happen to be running.