ram http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/334/ en Crucial Ballistix Elite RAM Now Available in DDR4 Memory Kits http://www.maximumpc.com/crucial_ballistix_elite_ram_now_available_ddr4_memory_kits_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ballistix_ddr4.jpg" alt="Crucial Ballistix DDR4" title="Crucial Ballistix DDR4" width="228" height="124" style="float: right;" />Another memory option for Intel X99 platforms</h3> <p>The number of DDR4 memory kits is growing and will continue to do so as more people build (or buy) systems based on Intel's X99 chipset. One of the newest is <strong>Crucial's Ballistix Elite line, now available in DDR4 form</strong> as a single 4GB module and in 8GB (2x4GB) and 16GB (4x4GB) kits (Crucial says a 32GB kit is also available, though it's not listed on the company's web store yet). As both kits use essentially the same 4GB module, the performance ratings are the same across the board.</p> <p>Crucial's 4GB DDR4 Ballistix Elite module is rated at DDR4-2666 (PC4-2133), which Crucial calls an "introductory" speed -- we take that to mean there should be some overclocking headroom, especially since the Ballistix Elite series is aimed at "extreme enthusiasts, gamers, and overclockers." The sticks also support Intel XMP 2.0 profiles, feature a custom-designed baclk PCB with anodized aluminum heat spreaders, and sport 16-17-17 timings at 1.2V.</p> <p>If you do plan to overclock, you might want to take advantage of Crucial's exclusive Ballistic Memory Overview Display utility, otherwise known as M.O.D. You can use M.O.D. to read information from the modules, including real-time temperatures from the integrated thermal sensor, voltages, and more.</p> <p>Pricing on <a href="http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/memory/ballistix%20elite" target="_blank">Crucial's website</a> breaks down as follows:</p> <ul> <li>4GB Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666: $95</li> <li>8GB (2x4GB) Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666: $190</li> <li>16GB (4x4GB) Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666: $380</li> </ul> <p>Newegg also carries the kits, though they're in <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&amp;IsNodeId=1&amp;N=100006519%2050001455%2040000147%20600531811&amp;Manufactory=1455" target="_blank">pre-order form</a>. Pricing looks like this:</p> <ul> <li>4GB Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666: $100 (out of stock)</li> <li>8GB (single stick) Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666: $220 (releases March 10, 2015)</li> <li>8GB (2x4GB) Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666: $200 (releases February 6, 2015)</li> <li>16GB (2x8GB) Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666: $352 (releases March 10, 2015)</li> <li>16GB (4x4GB) Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666: $380 (releases February 6, 2015)</li> <li>32GB (4x8GB) Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666: $704 (releases March 10, 2015)</li> </ul> <p>Shipping charges range from $1 to $3, depending on the kit.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/crucial_ballistix_elite_ram_now_available_ddr4_memory_kits_2015#comments ballistix elite Build a PC Crucial ddr4 Hardware Memory ram News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:01:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 29319 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung Wins Race to 8 Gigabit GDDR5 Memory, Begins Mass Production http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_wins_race_8_gigabit_gddr5_memory_begins_mass_production_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_8gb_gddr5.jpg" alt="Samsung 8Gb GDDR5 Memory Chips" title="Samsung 8Gb GDDR5 Memory Chips" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Denser memory solution could lead to larger frame buffers</h3> <p><strong>Samsung today announced that its has started mass producing what it claims is the industry's first 8 gigabit (Gb) GDDR5 DRAM</strong>, which is being built on the company's 20nm manufacturing process. This is the same type of memory that's found on scores of graphics cards for PCs, along with onboard graphics solutions in game consoles and some laptops PCs, though it's a denser solution.</p> <p>It takes combining just eight of the new 8Gb chips to achieve the same density at the 8GB needed in the newest game consoles, which could lead to higher capacity solutions compared to the company's own 4Gb GDDR5 DRAM. The newer chips also sport faster reads at 8Gb per second per pin, versus 7Gb per second for the old stuff. That's four times faster than the DDR3 DRAM found in most notebooks today, with each chip being able to process data at 32-bit I/O rate.</p> <p>According to Samsung, 2GB of graphics memory can be created with just two of the new chips, which together can process up to 64GB of graphical images per second -- that's enough to process about 12 Full HD 1080p DVDs (5GB) in a single second.</p> <p>"We expect that our 8Gb GDDR5 will provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with the best graphics memory solution available for game consoles as well as general use notebook PCs," <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150114006210/en/Samsung-Electronics-Starts-Mass-Producing-Industry%E2%80%99s-8-Gigabit#.VLfDWSvF_4Y" target="_blank">said Joo Sun Choi</a>, Executive Vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "By expanding our production of 20nm-based DRAM products including the new GDDR5, we will meet increasing global customer demand and take the lead in accelerating the growth of the premium memory market."</p> <p>Therein lies the real takeaway for consumers -- more efficient production should lead to somewhat lower pricing, giving graphics cards makers even more flexibility to wage price wars. We're not saying that video card pricing is set to plummet, but in theory, this should give vendors a bit more wiggle room. It should also allow for graphics cards with larger frame buffers, which could be of importance as the industry shifts to 4K resolutions and beyond.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_wins_race_8_gigabit_gddr5_memory_begins_mass_production_2015#comments 8GB GDDR5 graphics Memory ram samsung News Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:03:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 29258 at http://www.maximumpc.com G.Skill Scales Consumer Ripjaws 4 DDR4 Memory Kits to 3400MHz http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_scales_consumer_ripjaws_4_ddr4_memory_kits_3400mhz_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ripjaws_4.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws 4 with Fan" title="G.Skill Ripjaws 4 with Fan" width="228" height="108" style="float: right;" />Comes with their own cooling fans</h3> <p>There have only been a few RAM kits we can recall that came with cooling fans, or that were recommended to pair with an active cooling scheme. Of course, those were back in the early days of DDR memory, when buying a kit of overclocking RAM could you make late with your mortgage payment that month. In any event, much as changed since then, though apparently we haven't seen the last of RAM and fan combinations -- G.Skill's new Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3200MHz and 3400MHz memory kits both with active cooling add-ons.</p> <p>G.Skill bundles its <a href="http://www.gskill.com/en/product/ftb-3500c5-dr" target="_blank">Turbulence III Memory Cooling Fan</a> with each kit. The apparatus consists of dual 50mm fans spinning at 3,500 RPM to cool your RAM while remaining quieter than a whisper from a five-foot distance (22dBA), according to G.Skill. On a standalone basis, the Turbulence III runs about $20.</p> <p>Getting back to the RAM, the 16GB (4GBx4) 3200MHz kit (<a href="http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f4-3200c15q-16grkd" target="_blank">F4-3200C15Q-16GRKD</a>) sports 15-15-15-35 timings and requires 1.35V, while the same capacity kit in 3400MHz (<a href="http://www.gskill.com/en/finder?cat=31&amp;series=2275" target="_blank">F4-3400C16Q-16GRKD</a>) features 16-16-16-36 timings at the same voltage.</p> <p>According to G.Skill, both kits are made from hand-picked ICs and go through the company's "highly selective binning process." They've also been tested for compatibility on the Asus Rampage V Extreme and Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion motherboards, though they should work with other X99 boards as well.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_scales_consumer_ripjaws_4_ddr4_memory_kits_3400mhz_2015#comments Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws 4 News Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:37:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29257 at http://www.maximumpc.com G.Skill Sets DDR4 Memory Frequency Record http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_sets_ddr4_memory_frequency_record_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gskill_ripjaws_4_0.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws 4" title="G.Skill Ripjaws 4" width="228" height="131" style="float: right;" />The need for speed</h3> <p>Now that Haswell-E and accompanying Intel X99-based motherboards requiring DDR4 RAM are here, we expect to see a lot of record announcements. It always happens when new platforms are introduced, and G.Skill is wasting no time adding to its virtual shelf of overclocking tropies -- <strong>G.Skill today announced that it set a new memory record for fastest DDR4 memory frequency at 4,255MHz</strong>.</p> <p>Record breaking attempts are sometimes marred by reality, which in this case is the realistic nature of running DDR4 RAM at 4255MHz. To achieve the record, G.Skill used a single 4GB stick of RAM in single-channel mode, even though the X99 chipset supports quad-channel memory. However, quad-channel mode requires four sticks, and running multiple modules isn't conducive to chasing frequency records.</p> <p>In any event, that's how these things are played out, and for now, G.Skill holds the record. It achieved the feat using its Ripjaws 4 Series plugged into an Asus Rampage V Extreme motherboard with an Intel Core i4 5960X CPU (liquid nitrogen cooling was also used). Timings were set at 18-18-18-63.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_sets_ddr4_memory_frequency_record_2015#comments Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory overclocking ram records ripjaws 4 News Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:07:23 +0000 Paul Lilly 29241 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung's 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 RAM Promises Longer Battery Life for Mobile Devices http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_20nm_6gb_lpddr3_ram_promises_longer_battery_life_mobile_devices <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_6gb.jpg" alt="Samsung 20nm 6Gb" title="Samsung 20nm 6Gb" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />Look for thinner, longer lasting mobile gadgets</h3> <p><strong>Samsung said it has begun mass producing its 6-gigabit (Gb) low-power double data rate 3 (LPDDR3) mobile DRAM based on its 20-nanometer process technology</strong> (not to be confused with 20nm-class, which could mean anywhere from 20nm to 29nm). Why should you care? The new mobile memory chip is more efficient, which in turn will enable longer battery life in mobile devices. It could also lead to slimmer, less expensive mobile products.</p> <p>The new 6Gb LPDDR3 has a per-pin data transfer rate of up to 2,133 megabits per second (Mbps). It takes four of them to comprise a 3GB package, which Samsung says is more than 20 percent smaller and consumes 10 percent less energy than the currently available 3GB package using the company's previously lowest process technology. The end product is an improvement in every way -- mobile memory based on Samsung's 20nm process is smaller, thinner, faster, and more power efficient.</p> <p>"Our new 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 DRAM provides the most advanced mobile memory solution for the rapidly expanding high-performance mobile DRAM market," <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140917006467/en/Samsung-Mass-Producing-Industry%E2%80%99s-20-Nanometer-6Gb-LPDDR3#.VBr_pfldVCg" target="_blank">said Jeeho Baek</a>, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We are working closely with our global customers to offer next-generation mobile memory solutions that can be applied to a more extensive range of markets ranging from the premium to standard segments."</p> <p>Samsung says its new 20nm process brings about more than a 30 percent productivity gain. With that being the case, they should be cheaper to produce and could ultimately lead to price savings for the end user.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_20nm_6gb_lpddr3_ram_promises_longer_battery_life_mobile_devices#comments 6Gb Hardware lpddr3 Memory mobile ram samsung 20nm News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:56:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28558 at http://www.maximumpc.com Crucial Brings Ballistix Sport Memory into the DDR4 Era http://www.maximumpc.com/crucial_brings_ballistix_sport_memory_ddr4_era_2014 <!--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="http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/memory-ddr4-info" target="_blank">DDR4 memory</a> modules are available in densities up to 8GB and kits up to 32GB.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dFsSxtJpm3w" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/crucial_brings_ballistix_sport_memory_ddr4_era_2014#comments ballistix sport Build a PC Crucial ddr4 Hardware Memory ram News Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:26:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28504 at http://www.maximumpc.com G.Skill Unleashes Ripjaws 4 DDR4-3333 RAM, World's Fastest Memory http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_unleashes_ripjaws_4_ddr4-3333_ram_worlds_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="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231803&amp;Tpk=20-231-803" target="_blank">$470</a>) and 3300MHz (<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231804&amp;Tpk=20-231-804" target="_blank">$580</a>) are available now; the 3333MHz kit should be available soon for <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231805&amp;Tpk=20-231-805" target="_blank">$700</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_unleashes_ripjaws_4_ddr4-3333_ram_worlds_fastest_memory#comments Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws 4 News Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:39:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28484 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kingston's HyperX Genesis Memory Turns Savage http://www.maximumpc.com/kingstons_hyperx_genesis_memory_turns_savage_2014 <!--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="http://www.kingston.com/us/company/press/article/7344?Article-Title=HyperX-Releases-Savage-Memory" 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="http://www.kingston.com/us/hyperx/memory/savage" target="_blank">available now</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/kingstons_hyperx_genesis_memory_turns_savage_2014#comments Build a PC Hardware hyperX Kingston Memory ram savage News Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:55:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28475 at http://www.maximumpc.com G.Skill Sets Memory Frequency Record Using Ripjaws 4 DDR4 RAM http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_sets_memory_frequency_record_using_ripjaws_4_ddr4_ram_2014 <!--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="http://www.maximumpc.com/haswell-e_review_2014">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="http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_unveils_ripjaws_4_series_ddr4_memory_kits_redesigned_heatspreaders_2014">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="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_sets_memory_frequency_record_using_ripjaws_4_ddr4_ram_2014#comments Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws 4 News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:06:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28449 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung’s 3D TSV DDR4 Modules Sport Quad Stacked Memory Dies http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung%E2%80%99s_3d_tsv_ddr4_modules_sport_quad_stacked_memory_dies_2014 <!--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="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140826006160/en/Samsung-Starts-Mass-Producing-Industry%E2%80%99s-3D-TSV#.U_8jzzLt_vk" 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="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung%E2%80%99s_3d_tsv_ddr4_modules_sport_quad_stacked_memory_dies_2014#comments ddr4 enterprise Memory ram samsung tsv News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:07:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 28433 at http://www.maximumpc.com G.Skill Unveils Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 Memory Kits with Redesigned Heatspreaders http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_unveils_ripjaws_4_series_ddr4_memory_kits_redesigned_heatspreaders_2014 <!--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="http://www.gskill.com/en/press/view/g-skill-announces--ripjaws-4-series-ddr4-memory-kits" 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="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_unveils_ripjaws_4_series_ddr4_memory_kits_redesigned_heatspreaders_2014#comments Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws 4 News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:47:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28397 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Announces Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 Memory http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_announces_vengeance_lpx_and_dominator_platinum_ddr4_memory_2014 <!--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="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_announces_vengeance_lpx_and_dominator_platinum_ddr4_memory_2014#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Micron Adds Industry's First Monolithic 8Gb DDR3 SDRAM to Product Portfolio http://www.maximumpc.com/micron_adds_industrys_first_monolithic_8gb_ddr3_sdram_product_portfolio_2014 <!--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="http://investors.micron.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=859298" 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="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/micron_adds_industrys_first_monolithic_8gb_ddr3_sdram_product_portfolio_2014#comments 8GB DDR3 Hardware Memory micron monolithic ram SDRAM News Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:29:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28152 at http://www.maximumpc.com Crucial Starts Sampling DDR4 Memory for Server Applications http://www.maximumpc.com/crucial_starts_sampling_ddr4_memory_server_applications_2014 <!--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="http://www.crucial.com/company/media/releases/pressrelease.aspx?id=33750000EFA2B68E" 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="//www.youtube.com/embed/aDvqF4qe26c" 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="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/crucial_starts_sampling_ddr4_memory_server_applications_2014#comments Build a PC Crucial ddr4 Hardware Memory ram server News Wed, 07 May 2014 16:54:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 27767 at http://www.maximumpc.com G.Skill First to Offer Low Voltage DDR3 Laptop Memory Clocked at 2133MHz http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_first_offer_low_voltage_ddr3_laptop_memory_clocked_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="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231620" target="_blank">equivalent on the desktop</a> runs about $330 street.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_first_offer_low_voltage_ddr3_laptop_memory_clocked_2133mhz#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com