Consumers continue to benefit from an oversupply of DRAM memory chips and prices so low that chip makers are struggling just to stay afloat, let alone flip a profit. The DRAM market has struggled for several years now, and at some point, you have to believe prices will go back up. We're not at that point yet, and in fact prices for DDR3 memory are at an all-time low.
Assuming you decide to build a new PC around Intel's Sandy Bridge-E platform or upgrade your existing rig to X79, one thing you won't have to worry about is finding quad-channel memory kits. Plenty of memory makers have stepped to the plate with four and eight DIMM kits, including Kingston, which launched a range of quad-channel HyperX Genesis DDR3 kits in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities.
G.Skill didn't just make a splash in the memory market by announcing its new RipjawsZ! Extreme Performance quad-channel memory line, it emptied the entire pool by rolling a 64GB cannon ball into X79 waters. The RipjawsZ! are specifically intended for Sandy Bridge-E systems, and if you're stepping up to the 64GB kit, you'll need a motherboard that's able to handle eight 8GB memory sticks.
Do you think Corsair might be just a little bit excited about Intel's Sandy Bridge-E launch? The memory maker blitzed the market with a full line of quad-channel DDR3 memory kits this morning, including eight kits under its Vengeance line and an additional four as part of its Dominator family. These memory kits range in capacity from 8GB all the way to 32GB.
German memory and storage maker Exceleram unveiled a massive 32GB quad-channel DDR3 memory designed for Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E platform. For most users, 32GB goes well beyond the point of diminishing returns, but if you live and breathe excessive hardware, well, here you go.
A couple of Swiss overclockers set a pair of memory overclocking records using a 2GB dual-channel kit of Kingston's high frequency HyperX DDR3-2544 memory (KHX2544C9D3T1FK2/2GX). It's the fastest dual-channel memory kit around, and thanks to Roger Tanner "splmann" and Marc Voser "Besi," it's also the kit responsible for setting frequency records at CAS 6 and CAS 8.
Having 32GB of RAM is like ordering the all-you-can eat buffet and asking to have it super sized so you get a bigger plate and larger cup. Is there a point? Not for most (words that will undoubtedly come back to haunt in a few years), but for home users who can actually take advantage of gobs of system memory -- content creators, work-at-home CAD designers, etc. -- iBuyPower says it's the first system builder to offer a 32GB option on all Intel Sandy Bridge rigs.
Coming just a day after AMD bummed everyone out with its lackluster Bulldozer launch, Corsair announced what it claims is the world's first high performance quad channel 32GB kit. You know, just in case you want to err on the side of excessive when planning out your Sandy Bridge-E upgrade. The kit consists of four "rigorously-screened" 8GB memory modules sitting pretty with Corsair's trademark DHX+ heatsinks.
Microsoft has been pretty clear in its message regarding the system requirements for Windows 8. If it will run Windows 7, it will run Windows 8. Promising to add new features, all while keeping the OS footprint steady is no easy task, but why stop there. In a blog post yesterday, Microsoft announced isn’t looking to just hold the line on resource usage; they actually believe it’s possible to make Windows 8 even more efficient than 7. When compared to Vista….. lets not go there.
If your desktop system is sitting pretty with 24GB of RAM, you're either (A) really into Photoshop, (B) fully embracing the whole concept of a power user, or (C) dizzy on DRAM's rock bottom pricing and figured, 'why the hell not?' Whatever the rationale, boutique system builder AVADirect decided it would be a good idea to give you the same indulgent option in mobile.