Memory en Crucial Brings Ballistix Sport Memory into the DDR4 Era <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/crucial_ballistix_sport_ddr4.jpg" alt="Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4" title="Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4" width="228" height="143" style="float: right;" />More DDR4 options</h3> <p>The selection of DDR4 modules is growing by the day. In fact, it almost feels like the old days -- you know, back when memory makers would launch new kits at a near non-stop pace. In continuing with the recent trend, <strong>Crucial today announced the availability of Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 memory and Crucial DDR4 desktop memory</strong>, both designed for Intel's X99 chipset.</p> <p>In case you're not familiar, Crucial is a division of Micron, a major player in the memory chip business. That allows Ballistix memory to be manufactured completely in-house. There's an interesting video showing how Ballistix memory is made -- we've posted it before and also embedded it below.</p> <p>DDR4 memory is up to 40 percent more energy efficient than DDR3, offers more bandwidth, and runs faster. In addition, select Ballistix Sport DDR4 modules are plug-and-lay with XMP 2.0 profiles.</p> <p>Both Crucial DDR4 and Crucial Ballistix Sport <a href="" target="_blank">DDR4 memory</a> modules are available in densities up to 8GB and kits up to 32GB.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> ballistix sport Build a PC Crucial ddr4 Hardware Memory ram News Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:26:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28504 at G.Skill Unleashes Ripjaws 4 DDR4-3333 RAM, World's Fastest Memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gskill_ripjaws_4.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws 4" title="G.Skill Ripjaws 4" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />Breaking the speed limit</h3> <p>How high will memory makers take DDR4 RAM kits? We're in the process of finding out. In the meantime, G.Skill is laying claim to the world's fastest DDR4 memory with its new Ripjaws 4 DDR4-3333 memory kit (F4-3333C16Q-16GRK). It's a 16GB kit consisting of four 4GB modules for quad-channel fun on your new Intel Haswell-E build with 16-16-16-36-2N timings and 1.35V.</p> <p>G.Skill says its RAM is fully validated on the newest Asus Rampage V Extreme X99 motherboard, though it should work on other motherboards built around Intel's X99 chipset as well. It also features Intel XMP 2.0, meaning you shouldn't have to fuss with settings in the BIOS.</p> <p>You can also pick up a Ripjaws 4 kit clocked at 3300MHz (F4-3300C16Q-16GRK) or 3200MHz (F4-3200C16Q-16GRK) for a bit less money. They're also quad-channel kits consisting of four 4GB modules with the same timing.</p> <p>The 3200MHz (<a href=";Tpk=20-231-803" target="_blank">$470</a>) and 3300MHz (<a href=";Tpk=20-231-804" target="_blank">$580</a>) are available now; the 3333MHz kit should be available soon for <a href=";Tpk=20-231-805" target="_blank">$700</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws 4 News Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:39:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28484 at Kingston's HyperX Genesis Memory Turns Savage <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingston_hyperx_savage.jpg" alt="Kingston HyperX Savage" title="Kingston HyperX Savage" width="228" height="140" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>New Savage line replaces mid-level Genesis family</h3> <p>Most of the memory announcements we're seeing lately have to do with new DDR4 RAM kits for Intel's X99 chipset and Haswell-E processors. However, if you're not ready to make the leap to DDR4, don't sweat it -- companies aren't turning their backs on DDR3 memory kits just yet. Hence we have <strong>Kingston announcing its new HyperX Savage DDR3 memory line</strong> with red aluminum heatspreaders.</p> <p>Kingston's HyperX Savage replaces the HyperX Genesis. It's a mid-range line that sports a black PCB encased in an asymmetrical heatspreader with a diamond cut finish. Though it has an aggressive look to it, the kits are low profile, giving system builders a bit of extra room for oversized CPU coolers.</p> <p>"After replacing HyperX blu with Fury for entry-level gamers, it was time to refresh our mid-level Genesis line with HyperX Savage," <a href="" target="_blank">said Lawrence Yang</a>, business manager, HyperX. "The bold and stylish red heatspreader offers enthusiasts and gamers a radical new look combined with high performance and capacities to match."</p> <p>Speaking of which, capacities range from 4GB and 8GB single modules to 8GB to 32GB dual-channel or quad-channel kits. Frequency options run the gamut from 1600MHz to 2400MHz with CAS latencies between 9 and 11.</p> <p>Kingston's HyperX Savage memory kits are <a href="" target="_blank">available now</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Hardware hyperX Kingston Memory ram savage News Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:55:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28475 at G.Skill Sets Memory Frequency Record Using Ripjaws 4 DDR4 RAM <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gskill_oc_0.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws 4 OC" title="G.Skill Ripjaws 4 OC" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />DDR4 memory record sits at 4,004MHz</h3> <p>We said over and over that Haswell-E was just around the corner, and after all that waiting and anticipation, today marks the official launch of the new CPU line from Intel (see our <a href="">review of Haswell-E</a>). It's not just about the processors, though -- it takes a village of components to raise Haswell-E the right way, and if you're looking to set records, G.Skill makes a strong case for its <a href="">Ripjaws 4 Series</a>. At present, <strong>G.Skill and its Ripjaws 4 Series of DDR4 RAM own the DDR4 frequency record</strong> after hitting 4,004MHz.</p> <p>There are always caveats to this level of extreme overclocking, such as cooling. As you probably guessed, it took doses of LN2 to keep things cool enough to set the record. That's a buzz kill if you're only interested in stable clocks using air or liquid cooling, though it's par for course in the overclocking sector.</p> <p>G.Skill also had to drop down to single-channel mode. In doing so, the company was able to push its Ripjaws 4 to 2,002.2MHz (4,004MHz effective) with 17-25-29-50 timings. The memory was plopped into an Asus ROG Rampage V Extreme motherboard with an Intel Core i7 5930K processor.</p> <p>It's only a matter of time before the record is broken -- perhaps by G.Skill -- but for now, this is where the bar has been set.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws 4 News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:06:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28449 at Samsung’s 3D TSV DDR4 Modules Sport Quad Stacked Memory Dies <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_ddr4_0.jpg" alt="Samsung DRAM" title="Samsung DRAM" width="228" height="146" style="float: right;" />Industry's first 3D TSV-based DDR4 modules go into mass production</h3> <p>The desktop isn't the only place you'll find interesting things happening with double data rate-4 (DDR4) memory. <strong>Samsung this week said it has begun mass producing what it claims is the industry's first 64GB DDR4 RDIMMs using three dimensional "through silicon via" (TSV) package technology</strong> intended for enterprise servers, cloud-based applications, and other data center solutions.</p> <p>Sounds pretty fancy, right? Let us break it down. The new RDIMMs employ 36 DDR4 DRAM chips, each of which consists of 4-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 DRAM dies. They're built using Samsung's 20nm-class and 3D TSV package technologies, the latter of which marks a new milestone in memory technology.</p> <p>Following in the footsteps of 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) that uses high-rise vertical structures of cell arrays inside a monolithic die, 3D TSV is a different type of structure that vertically interconnects stacked dies. To build a 3D TSV DRAM package, the DDR4 dies must first be ground down as thin as just a few micrometers, then pierced with hundreds of tiny holes. Electrodes pass through the fine holes to vertically connect the dies.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to Samsung</a>, its new 64GB TSV module performs twice as fast as a 64GB module using wire bonding packaging, and consumes around half the power to boot.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> ddr4 enterprise Memory ram samsung tsv News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:07:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 28433 at G.Skill Unveils Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 Memory Kits with Redesigned Heatspreaders <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ripjaws4.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws 4" title="G.Skill Ripjaws 4" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" />More parts in preparation for Haswell-E</h3> <p>One thing you won't have to worry about when Intel rolls out its Haswell-E processors is finding supplementary components to accommodate the new parts. That includes DDR4 memory. <strong>G.Skill is the latest to jump on the DDR4 bandwagon</strong>, and it brought along its familiar Ripjaws branding. The new Ripjaws 4 Series of DDR4 memory kits represent the fourth generation of Ripjaws, and with it comes a redesigned heatspreader.</p> <p>The aggressive looking heatspreaders come in red, blue, and black. Though the heatspreaders on these kits are reflective of a brand new design, G.Skill says each module still measures 40mm high, the same as previous generation Ripjaws RAM.</p> <p>G.Skill is releasing a whole bunch of Ripjaws 4 Series kits ranging in frequency from 2133MHz to 3200MHz. They include:</p> <ul> <li>2133MHz; 15-15-15-15; 1.2V; 16GB (4GBx4), 32GB (8GBx4 / 4GBx8), 64GB (8GBx8)</li> <li>2400MHz; 15-15-15-15; 1.2V; 16GB (4GBx4), 32GB (8GBx4 / 4GBx8), 64GB (8GBx8)</li> <li>2666MHz; 15-15-15-35; 1.2V; 16GB (4GBx4), 32GB (8GBx4 / 4GBx8), 64GB (8GBx8)</li> <li>2800MHz; 16-16-16-36; 1.2V; 16GB (4GBx4), 32GB (8GBx4 / 4GBx8), 64GB (8GBx8)</li> <li>3000MHz; 15-15-15-35; 1.35V; 16GB (4GBx4), 32GB (8GBx4 / 4GBx8)</li> <li>3000MHz; 16-16-16-36; 1.35V; 32GB (8GBx4)</li> <li>3200MHz; 16-16-16-36; 1.35V; 16GB (4GBx4)</li> </ul> <p>Memory kits above 2400MHz support Intel XMP 2.0 for easy tuning, and all Ripjaws 4 kits have been validated for compatibility with "most X99 motherboards," <a href="" target="_blank">G.Skill says</a>.</p> <p>The Ripjaws 4 kits in capacities up to 32GB are available now ranging in price (street) from around $260 to $530.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws 4 News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:47:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28397 at Corsair Announces Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 Memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_ddr4.jpg" alt="Corsair DDR4" title="Corsair DDR4" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Bring on the next generation platforms!</h3> <p>While we sit around waiting for Intel to release its next generation processors, supplementary component makers are arming themselves with parts for upcoming platforms, and so can you. For example, <strong>Corsair today announced the availability of its Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum lines of high-speed DDR4 memory</strong>. Did you catch that? Note that this is DDR4 RAM, not DDR3.</p> <p>Both series are validated with motherboard partners (Asus, ASRock, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI) and use the new XMP 2.0 profile for easy overclocking on X99 chipset motherboards when paired with Intel's upcoming Haswell-E processors.</p> <p>Those of you rocking a large heatsink or are otherwise cramped for space will want to check out the Vengeance LPX. Corsair designed this line for high-performance overclocking with a low profile heatspreader made of pure aluminum. Underneath it sits an 8-layer PCB. These kits are available in black, red, white, or blue to match your system.</p> <p>Corsair's Dominator Platinum DDR4 continues where the DDR3 version left off. It looks similar with an industrial design and DHX technology for cooler operation, and it's compatible with Corsair Link for real-time temperature monitoring. The Dominator Platinum consists of hand-screened ICs and undergoes rigorous performance testing, Corsair says.</p> <p>A variety of kits are available in both series in capacities raning from 8GB (2x4GB) to 64GB (8x8GB) at 2666MHz, 2800MHz, and 3000MHz.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC corsair ddr4 dominator platinum Hardware Memory ram vengeance lpx News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:44:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28353 at Adata's XPG V3 DDR3 Overclocking Memory Ramps Up to 3100MHz <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/adata_xpg_0.jpg" alt="Adata XPG V3" title="Adata XPG V3" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />Calling all overclockers</h3> <p>Do you have a need, a need for speed? When you're finished watching Top Gun, check out what Adata just added to its product lineup. <strong>The memory maker announced a new high-performance XPG V3 Series of overclocking RAM</strong> that the company claims can run at up to 3,100MHz in dual-channel mode. As you might expect, Adata is targeting PC enthusiasts and performance junkies with this latest line.</p> <p>When running full tilt at 3,100MHz, you're looking at transfer bandwidth of 24.8GB/s, <a href=";page=NewsList&amp;pages=1&amp;news_id=462&amp;ny=2014&amp;type=2&amp;lan=en" target="_blank">Adata says</a>. The new RAM supports XMP version 1.3 and utilizes Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT), which brings every chip in direct contact with the heat sink to keep both the ICs and PCB from getting overly toasty.</p> <p>Other features include an 8-layer PCB with 2-ounce copper, detachable fin heat sinks, and timings set at 12-14-14-36 when operating at 3,100MHz (they're a little tighter at 2,600MHz and below).</p> <p>No word yet on when the <a href=";cid=5&amp;piid=301&amp;lan=en" target="_blank">XPG V3 Series</a> will be available or for how much.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></p> adata Build a PC DDR3 Hardware Memory overclocking xpg v3 News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:30:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28232 at Micron Adds Industry's First Monolithic 8Gb DDR3 SDRAM to Product Portfolio <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/micron_machine.jpg" alt="Micron Machine" title="Micron Machine" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />A treat for enterprise customers</h3> <p>It's easy to get lazy towards the end of the work week as we look forward to the weekend, but not so at Micron. Rather than check out early, <strong>Micron today announced the introduction of a monolithic 8Gb DDR3 SDRAM</strong> component based on the company's latest-generation 25nm DRAM manufacturing process. According to Micron, the addition of an 8Gb monolithic component will enable cost-effective, high-capacity solutions optimized for large-scale, data-intensive workloads.</p> <p>"The ability to scale with our customers' accelerating memory demand was a key driver in developing this 8Gb DDR3 design," <a href="" target="_blank">said Robert Feurle</a>, vice president of compute and networking marketing at Micron. "We are committed to working together with our partners to minimize risk, maximize flexibility and optimize total cost of ownership."</p> <p>Micron says the availability of 8Gb-based solutions, including the mainstream 32GB RDIMM, will enable long-term, economically configured systems across the data center. Some prime applications that will benefit from this development include in-memory data analytics, search, and social networking.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 8GB DDR3 Hardware Memory micron monolithic ram SDRAM News Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:29:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28152 at Crucial Starts Sampling DDR4 Memory for Server Applications <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/crucial_ddr4.jpg" alt="Crucial DDR4" title="Crucial DDR4" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />The transition to DDR4 RAM has begun</h3> <p>We're eagerly awaiting the arrival of DDR4 memory into the mainstream market, though it's going to take some time. After all, Intel's next generation Z97 chipset still uses the DDR3 standard, though on the bright side, a transition is slowly taking place. One of the driving forces is <strong>Crucial, a subsidiary of Micron, which has begun sampling next-generation DDR4 server memory</strong> through its new Technology Enablement Program.</p> <p>Crucial's DDR4 memory is designed to enable next generation enterprise environments with data rates that start at 2133 MT/s -- that's up to twice as fast as DDR3 when it was first introduced, and it's expected to get even faster as the technology matures, Crucial says. When paired with Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family-based systems, Crucial DDR4 memory doubles memory bandwidth from 8.5GB/s to 17GB/s while using up to 20 percent less voltage than DDR3 (it operates at 1.2V compared to 1.5V). It's up to 40 percent more energy efficient than DDR3.</p> <p>"Memory is one of the biggest limitations when it comes to enterprise server environments. Many memory-dependent server applications are crucial to the day-to-day operations of a business, but they require higher densities of memory and increased performance," <a href="" target="_blank">said Michael Moreland</a>, worldwide product marketing manager, Crucial. "Crucial DDR4 memory enables servers to perform faster and run more efficiently than ever before, reducing power and cooling expenses along the way&shy; – essential for meeting the ever-increasing workload demands of data centers."</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Crucial didn't say how much its DDR4 modules cost, though it did point out that it backs its DDR4 RAM with a lifetime warranty.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Crucial ddr4 Hardware Memory ram server News Wed, 07 May 2014 16:54:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 27767 at G.Skill First to Offer Low Voltage DDR3 Laptop Memory Clocked at 2133MHz <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gskill_ripjaws_0.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws" title="G.Skill Ripjaws" width="228" height="142" style="float: right;" />Low voltage RAM for mobile enthusiasts</h3> <p>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 <strong>G.Skill, which claims its latest Ripjaws are the industry's first DDR3L SO-DIMM clocked at a blistering fast 2133MHz</strong>. Not only is this a high-performance memory kit, it's also available in large capacities, up to 32GB (4x8GB).</p> <p>G.Skill's DDR3L kit operates at just 1.35V yet is able to reach 2133MHz with 11-11-11-31 timings. The sales pitch from G.Skill is that you're getting desktop performance and capacity on a laptop, and we won't argue against that claim assuming the kit works as advertised. It's also worth mentioning that SO-DIMM memory is becoming popular in SFF systems and mini PCs, like Intel's NUC and other similar systems.</p> <p>G.Skill posted a series of screenshots of its RAM powering an MSI GT70 2OC gaming laptop and running stable "under extreme load." MemTest shows no errors as the laptop successfully completes a Hyper Pi run with 97 percent RAM usage.</p> <p>There's no mention of price or availability, though as a point of reference, G.Skill's <a href="" target="_blank">equivalent on the desktop</a> runs about $330 street.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC ddr3l g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws SO-DIMM News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:07:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 27668 at PAX East 2014: HyperX Enthralls Attendees with Extreme RAM Overclocking Demo [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="HyperX RAM Overclocking Demo" title="HyperX RAM Overclocking Demo" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Uses liquid nitrogen (LN2) for cooling</h3> <p>HyperX recently launched a new line of <a href="" target="_blank">memory sticks dubbed Fury for entry-level gamers and enthusiasts</a>. To celebrate the launch of its new memory line, which offers automatic overclocking, HyperX decided to try and <strong>furiously overclock some memory at the PAX East conference</strong> 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.</p> <p>Apparently, HyperX was targeting a 4000MHz speed as part of its extreme, liquid nitrogen-fueled RAM overclocking demo. Here is the video dispatch Mr. Thang sent us from the company’s booth at PAX East:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> fury hyperX liquid nitrogen ln2 Memory overclocking pax east 2014 ram News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:27:40 +0000 Pulkit Chandna and Jimmy Thang 27625 at G.Skill Launches 16GB DDR3L-2133 SO-DIMM Ripjaws for Laptops and Mini PCs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ripjaws_so-dimm.jpg" alt="G.Skill SO-DIMM" title="G.Skill SO-DIMM" width="228" height="164" style="float: right;" />High performance modules sip just 1.35V</h3> <p>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 <strong>G.Skill and its new 16GB DDR3L-2133 SO-DIMM memory kit</strong>.</p> <p>This 16GB (2x8GB) memory kit only requires 1.35V yet is rated to run at 2133MHz. With that combination of voltage and frequency, memory timings are set at 11-11-11-31.</p> <p>"Dubbed the F3-2133C11D-16GRSL, this Ripjaws DDR3L SO-DIMM memory kit is best used with the latest INtel i5 and i7 Haswell processors," <a href="" target="_blank">G.Skill says</a>.</p> <p>This is the fastest SO-DIMM memory that G.Skill offers. Each kit is validated with "rigorous burn-in tests," and according to G.Skill, it works great with small systems like the Gigabyte Brix Pro (Gigabyte's version of Intel's NUC).</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> built a pc ddr3l-2133 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws SO-DIMM News Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:05:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 27410 at DRAM Makers Reach $310M Settlement in Price Fixing Case <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ram_legos.jpg" alt="DRAM Legos" title="DRAM Legos" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Here's how to collect your bounty</h3> <p>You can now submit claims for your piece of a <strong>$310 million settlement reached between a dozen different Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) makers</strong> in a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the companies of price fixing shenanigans. That may be putting it lightly -- in court documents, the Department of Justice (DoJ) called it "one of the largest cartels ever discovered."</p> <p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">lawsuit (PDF)</a>, various DRAM makers colluded in 1998 to drive up memory prices, which prompted a criminal investigation in 2002. To date, four manufacturers -- Samsung, Hynix, Infineon, and Elpida -- plus 12 individuals have all pleaded guilty to price fixing charges and paid over $730 million in fines, the DoJ said.</p> <p>The class action suit was <a href="" target="_blank">filed in a bunch of different U.S. states</a>. Eplida, Hitachi, Hynix, Infineon, Micron, Mitsubishi, Mosel, Nanya, NEC, Samsung, Toshiba, and Winbond are all part of the settlement, which will see $200 million of the $310 million to paid back to affected consumers and businesses.</p> <p>Up for grabs for eligible purchasers is a minimum of $10, though that number could balloon to the $1,000s depending on the amount of DRAM purchased and claims received. Pretty much anyone who purchased DRAM or a product containing DRAM in the U.S. anytime from January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2002 is eligible.</p> <p>If you think you might qualify and want to submit a claim, head over to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (Daniel Dionne)</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> class action lawsuit DRAM Memory price fixing settlement News Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:10:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 27400 at Blitz Red Dragon Memory From Avexir Available in Europe <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/reddragon.jpg" width="250" height="201" style="float: right;" />Blitz Red Dragon memory branded to match MSI Gaming motherboards</h3> <p><strong>Avexir's</strong> latest memory kits are not only useful, but stylish, with the Blitz Red Dragon 1.1 DDR3 memory series sporting a black and red motif with tribal dragon designs. They've also got red LEDs on the top of each piece, which can be set to pulse as though they're breathing, giving the hardware a more "organic" feel. Just like a dragon. Any Targaryen fans in the house?</p> <p>The Red Dragon units range between 1600 and 3200 MHz, with timings set at CL9 and CL13 for 1600 MHz and 3200 MHz modules, complete with Intel XMP 1.3 support. Unfortunately, these memory kits are only available currently in Europe, starting at €100 for the 8 GB kit. Unfortunately, there's no word just yet on whether or not we could see these slick-looking kits in the U.S. -- if you're in Europe, however, you've got some neat-looking hardware to pick up.</p> avexir Hardware Memory memory modules news News Mon, 03 Mar 2014 05:04:53 +0000 Brittany Vincent 27366 at