No one likes sounding stupid. Unfortunately, it’s dead simple to do exactly that when you’re talking about computer hardware or nerdy popular culture. One slip of the tongue or a single misused piece of terminology can land you a one-way ticket to Moron Hollow with six days and two delightful nights of luxury accommodations. In an effort to keep you from having to take such a shameful trip, we’ve put together this list of commonly misused and misunderstood terminology from the worlds of computing and geek culture.
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.
A quick glance at Kingmax's memory lineup quickly reveals that the company likes to kick it old school with 'naked' RAM modules. Even Kingmax's new high performance Nano Gaming RAM for gamers and overclockers abstain from using heatspreaders and bare all while running around in quad-channel configurations at DDR3-2200MHz.
When you build a high-end rig, you want it to look good inside and out – what good is a case window if the cables inside are a cluttered mess? Kingston’s appealing to the inner PC perfectionist in all of use with its new line of HyperX Red Limited Edition Memory. Kingston went ahead and redesigned the HyperX LoVo low-voltage modules while they were busy tinkering, too.
It doesn't matter if Bill Gates ever said it or not, what matters is we've long known that 640K of RAM isn't anywhere near enough. For some people, neither is 2GB or even 4GB. And if you're a power user or a master of content creation, you may need much, much more. Perhaps this is why Crucial decided to upgrade several of its Ballistix memory lines with 8GB modules.
We look at the effect of memory bandwidth and clockspeed on gaming performance.
The mystique of adding RAM to a system to “increase performance” is often misunderstood by the average person. Most think that if their seven-year-old Windows XP build is getting slow, doubling the RAM from 2GB to 4GB will speed it up. Any PC tech worth his Pringles knows that won’t do much for Windows XP performance. Generally, it’s very easy to hit the point of diminishing returns with system RAM. But there’s one bad pattern we’ve been seeing in many of the notebooks with integrated graphics lately: configuring RAM for the minimum system bandwidth.
If you’re a browser jockey, that’s not a huge issue but if you play any games that rely on the graphics card, that configuration can hobble your performance if you’re trying to play games. To see what the situation is, we decided to take a typical modern notebook and see the impact of system bandwidth on gaming. Read on.
Three cheers to Bethesda, who finally rolled out a small patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the PC through Steam that shows big love for gamers rocking more than 2GB of RAM. The Skyrim 1.3.10 patch adds "support for 4-Gigabyte Tuning," otherwise known as Large Address Aware. Lack of LAA support made third-party mods like "4GB Skyrim" popular (as featured in PC Gamer's "Skyrim Mods: the 20 best so far").
You know that guy who just plunked down a paycheck on a 32GB memory kit and struts around the online block like a peacock with his feathers stretched out? Neither do we, but if there is such a guy, you can take away his forum bragging rights with G.Skill's 'Over-the-Top, Holy Hell This Kit is Freaking Massive' 64GB DDR3-2400 quad-channel memory package. Actually, it's part of G.Skill's RipjawsZ line, but we take no issue if the company wants to use our moniker instead.
Setting a world record is challenge in and of itself, especially ones as vigorously sought after by overclockers (and DRAM module makers) as system memory frequency. But to set a record during a live overclocking session? That adds a new element. Even still, a Romanian overclocking team -- Lab501, as they call themselves -- set not one, but three new world records using Kingston's HyperX 2544MHz (KHX2544C9D3TIFK2/GX) dual-channel memory kit.