Little by little, we're seeing memory makers push the envelope in mobile and small form factor (SFF) setups by introducing high-performance SO-DIMM RAM. So it goes with G.Skill, which claims its latest Ripjaws are the industry's first DDR3L SO-DIMM clocked at a blistering fast 2133MHz. Not only is this a high-performance memory kit, it's also available in large capacities, up to 32GB (4x8GB).
HyperX recently launched a new line of memory sticks dubbed Fury for entry-level gamers and enthusiasts. To celebrate the launch of its new memory line, which offers automatic overclocking, HyperX decided to try and furiously overclock some memory at the PAX East conference for the amusement of visitors to its booth. One such witness to HyperX’s memory overclocking antics happened to be Maximum PC’s very own Jimmy Thang.
HyperX is showing off its HyperX Cloud headset at PAX East. A division of Kingston, HyperX has added quite a few interesting features to this headset which Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang was able to learn about.
Advances in technology have allowed gaming PCs to shrink in size, and if you're so inclined, you can build a powerful system based on the mini ITX form factor. Most of these system use laptop memory, or SO-DIMMs, which has prompted memory makers to develop high performance kits based on the smaller size form factor. Enter G.Skill and its new 16GB DDR3L-2133 SO-DIMM memory kit.
Underneath Origin PC's custom heat spreaders are HyperX modules
Boutique system builder Origin PC has teamed up with Kingston Technology to deliver a line of its own brand memory modules offered in the company's Genesis, Millennium, and Chronos desktops. Though the DDR3 memory kits bear Origin PC's name on the low profile black heat spreaders, they're essentially rebadged Kingston HyperX modules, only they've been factory tested and approved by both Kingston and Origin PC engineers.
Smaller size systems don't signal the end of overclocking
We still find full tower system sexy as ever, but there's a definite trend right now toward small form factor (SFF) rigs. Valve is partially responsible for the movement as it finds ways to encourage PC gamers to play in the living room via Big Picture Mode and Steam Machines, both of which are proving popular. Wondering what impact this trend will have on overclocking? No doubt trying to overclock in tightly packed systems becomes a bigger challenge due to higher temps, but it's not impossible -- just ask the folks at G.Skill who overclocked a set of Ripjaws SO-DIMM memory to DDR3-2600 speeds.
Video shows an inside look at Crucial's manufacturing process
It's not too often that system builders and related component makers pull the curtain back to reveal what goes on behind the scenes, but that's exactly what Micron did with its Crucial division. Crucial Ballistix memory is built entirely in-house and is designed and developed by parent company Micron. In a video recently posted to YouTube, Micron shows how its Crucial Balistix RAM is manufactured and tested.
Hynix is still trying to recover from a fire at one of its fabs
The DRAM market pretty much bottomed out a few years ago and has never fully recovered, though we've seen prices slowly rise from time to time. In most cases we're only talking about a few dollars difference for a memory kit, which isn't so bad except that it adds up over time. That trend is likely to continue throughout 2014 as SK Hynix struggles to fully resume wafer production at a fab that suffered fire damage in China.
Things you need to know to become a PC hardware expert
Knowledge is power, and when it comes to PCs that’s especially true, because only by knowing how your components’ specs actually affect performance can you get the maximum power you need for the type of computing you do—and avoid being seduced by features that sound impressive on the box but won’t do squat to improve your experience. Knowing your stuff has other benefits, too. An in-depth understanding of what makes all your parts tick enables you to better troubleshoot problems, upgrade in ways that make sense, and converse with other nerds in your own secret language. Turn the page to begin your crash course in PC spec-speak.
Note: This article was originally featured in the August 2013 issue of the magazine.
Over a dozen years of litigation finally comes to end
There's been no love lost between Rambus and Micron over the years. The two have been mired in litigation since 1990, which is when Rambus first sought license fees and threatened infringement lawsuits against memory makers who turned to the popular SDRAM standard over its own proprietary RDRAM spec. Rambus contended that its patents and inventions also applied to SDRAM, but as far as things are concerned with Micron, it's now a moot point.