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We all know that bigger is better, right? At least in generalities, it's often true. More CPU cores help performance in multi-threaded workloads, while high frequencies boost performance in lightly-threaded tasks. With graphics, it's all about more as well; more shading resources, more ROPs, more VRAM, and a wider bus means more frames per second. About the only way more doesn't help is when it's the wrong kind of more, as in latency. If a monitor has a long response time, it can hurt your game play. Similarly, if system memory has higher latency on data requests from the CPU, to help it complete its task at hand, the process stalls when every nanosecond counts. It was in this vein that ADATA's... Read more...
For the first time ever, Samsung is applying extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology to its production of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) modules, and has already shipped one million of them in DDR4 form. Looking further down the road, Samsung anticipates this leading to more cutting-edge EUV process nodes, including what will be used on its upcoming DDR5 memory chips next year. No other memory maker has yet adopted EUV in DRAM production, so in that regard, Samsung earns itself a bit of bragging rights. More importantly for customers, this could potentially lead to lower pricing due to better yields, and faster performance. To what extent, however, remains to be seen, but we should find out... Read more...
Samsung on Tuesday announced it has begun mass producing 16-gigabyte (GB) low power DDR5 (LPDDR5) mobile DRAM packages that will the next generation of premium smartphones. The memory maker is the first the mass produce these parts, just as it was when it began mass producing 12GB LPDDR5 packages in July of last year. The move to 16GB LPDDR5 packages not only brings more capacity, but faster speeds as well. According to Samsung, this will help enable cutting edge technologies, and in particular enhanced 5G experiences and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads. Specifically, Samsung pointed to "graphics rich gaming and smart photography" as being beneficiaries of its new memory packages. In terms... Read more...
Good news folks, the era of DDR5 memory is upon us, let's all celebrate! Well, sort of—you may want to buy the cheap champagne instead of the good stuff. Micron announced it is mass producing the world's first low power DDR5 DRAM (LPDDR5), which will find its way into high-end smartphones starting with Xiaomi's Mi 10. Apologies if we got you excited about DDR5 infiltrating the PC landscape—that will have to wait for another day (though it's coming). For now, LPDDR5 is bound for the mobile segment, and with comes "superior power efficiency" and faster speeds to keep pace with gains in artificial intelligence and 5G connectivity technologies. "Micron’s leadership in delivering... Read more...
The name "Flashbolt" sounds like it could be a comic book superhero, or a spell you cast when running up against some ruffians in a role playing game. Neither of those things are what Samsung had in mind when launching Flashbolt, which is actually its third-generation high bandwidth memory 2E (HBM2E) designed for high performance computing (HPC) applications. Samsung's unveiling comes hot on the heels of JEDEC publishing an updated revision of the HBM2 standard called JESD235C. The updated standard pushes speeds to 3.2Gbps per pin, paving the way for 410GB/s of memory bandwidth per stack. And so it goes with Samsung's new Flashbolt solution, which adheres to those specs. "With the introduction... Read more...
If you are on the fence about pouncing on a graphics card upgrade, you may want to go ahead pull the trigger. For one, the GPU is the most important component when it comes to playing games, and trying to get by with an old and outdated card can mean having to constantly fiddle with in-game settings. However, there potentially is a more pressing reason to upgrade—higher prices on the horizon. We are not sounding the alarm by any means. However, market research firm TrendForce, a division of DRAMeXchange, is expecting a "sharp upturn" in graphics DRAM prices in the first quarter of 2020 (unlike PC DRAM). Analysts say server DRAM prices will lead the upwards trend in pricing due to supply... Read more...
For the average user, 32GB of RAM is a lot (the sweet spot is generally considered to be half as much). Be that as it may, G.Skill is introducing a handful of new high capacity, high performance DDR4 memory kits consisting of multiple 32GB modules, offering a total capacity of up to a whopping 256GB. That might even be enough to satiate Chrome! It's certainly brag-worthy, though whether or not 256GB of system memory makes sense depends entirely on what kinds of things you are doing. For gaming, 256GB is excessive and not worth the cost (those dollars could be better spent on a high end GPU). But for heavy content creation or certain workstation chores, like running multiple virtual machines,... Read more...
SK Hynix is not the first company in the world to develop an HBM2E DRAM product—that distinction belongs to Samsung, which announced HBM2E DRAM of its own back in May—but the company is retaining bragging rights nonetheless. That's because SK Hynix's new HBM2E DRAM sports the industry's highest bandwidth. According to SK Hynix, its new HBM2E product can top 460 gigabytes per second (GB/s), based on 3.6 gigabits per second (Gbps) performance per pin with 1,024 data I/Os. That is a 50 percent jump over HBM2. It also scales to twice the capacity, paving the way for 16GB solutions by way of stacking eight 16Gb chips in a dense package. SK Hynix sees its HBM2E DRAM being used in a variety... Read more...
Samsung Electronics is a name that many most closely associate with smartphones like the Galaxy Note 10 that has leaked multiple times and the current Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+. However, Samsung also sells lots of hardware components to device makers, particularly memory chips. Much of the profits the company earns are tied to memory chip sales, and those profits have dropped more than 50%. Memory chip prices have plummeted recently and have taken Samsung's profits along for the ride. Samsung Electronics recently reported its profits for the quarter that ended in June. Samsung says that operating profits from the quarter were 6.6 trillion won, or about $5.6 billion. That is a decline of 55.61%... Read more...
Samsung has started mass producing high capacity 12-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR5 memory that will find its way into flagship smartphones, the company announced on Thursday. According to Samsung, the new memory chips are optimized for enabling 5G connectivity and artificial intelligence features future phones. That is really a topical way of saying the new premium memory chips are faster than the previous generation. They are also more power efficient, using up to 30 percent less power by way of a new circuit design with enhanced clocking, training, and a low-power feature, Samsung says. "With mass production of the 12Gb LPDDR5 built on Samsung’s latest second-generation 10-nanometer (nm) class process,... Read more...
Expanding your smartphone storage has never been easier, with many of today's Android devices sporting expandable MicroSD card slots on board to offer additional capacity. And of course DSLR shutterbugs, videographers and drone flyers alike can all appreciate having enough high speed memory card storage at the ready in order to capture the moment. Fortunately, the Flash memory market has been advancing so rapidly that prices have been plummeting almost as fast as performance has been cranking up.  These days it’s not uncommon to find MicroSD cards that can offer 100MB/s of throughput (Class 10 UHS 3) for 4K video recording or other high speed storage needs, and NAND Flash juggernaut... Read more...
The smartphone world never stops spinning, and the next generation of handsets will boast more storage and much faster access to that storage than current devices. We know this because Samsung has started mass product what it claims is the industry's first 512-gigabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 3.0 for next-gen mobile devices. "Beginning mass production of our eUFS 3.0 lineup gives us a great advantage in the next-generation mobile market to which we are bringing a memory read speed that was before only available on ultra-slim laptops," said Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "As we expand our eUFS 3.0 offerings, including... Read more...
Samsung on Wednesday announced it has begun mass producing the industry's first 1-terabyte capacity embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1 for use in next-generation mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Could this be a hint of what to expect from Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 smartphone? It is certainly a possibility, though we will not know for sure until Samsung's Unpacked event on February 20, during which it is expected to formally introduce the Galaxy S10 family, along with a folding phone of some sort. For what it's worth, though, the Galaxy S10 Plus is rumored to ship with 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of internal storage. Either way, it's a big deal that Samsung... Read more...
Memory prices are falling, folks, and just in time for the holiday shopping season. That's the good news. The even better news is that this might be the start of a longer term price drop, or price correction, if you prefer, after the cost of memory chips skyrocketed over the past year. We're not talking about nominal price drops either, but significant ones. According to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, major DRAM suppliers are coming off of contract negotiations that saw the contract prices of PC DRAM products "turn downward sharply" in October. Compared to the previous quarter, the average contract price of a 4GB DRAM module dropped 10.14 percent. Similarly, the contract price for an... Read more...
Samsung is trumpeting the development of what it claims is the industry's first 10-nanometer class 8-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR5 DRAM, which is the latest addition to the company's premium memory chip line. This new DRAM will be find homes in upcoming 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) enabled mobile devices, including next-generation smartphone models. Note that 10nm class means anywhere between 10 and 20 nanometers. It's highly unlikely these are actual 10nm chips, or Samsung would just call them that. Nevertheless, it represents an advancement over Samsung's previous generation DRAM. According to Samsung, its 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM has a data rate of up to 6,400 megabits per second (Mb/s), which is 1.5... Read more...
Next-generation graphics cards that employ new GDDR6 memory should offer gobs of additional memory bandwidth. That new memory has been in the works for a while now and mass production has begun at various manufacturers as well. That means we could be seeing graphics cards launch soon packing the new memory on-board. In fact, NVIDIA wil soon be talking a bit about its GTX11 GPUs that will use GDDR6 memory. Micron has offered up some details that talk about some aspects of the new RAM and it sports significant updates. Micron notes that GDDR6 has several silicon enhancements, and has offered insight about performance measurements of the new memory, along with its improved signal integrity. One... Read more...
Samsung has announced that mass production has kicked off for its new 32GB DDR4 SoDIMM for laptop computers. The RAM is based on 10nm-class production technology and is aimed directly at delivering PC-grade desktop performance for on-the-go gamers. Samsung says that the new RAM has significantly more capacity, supports higher speeds, and has lower energy consumption than its previous offerings (or its competitors). Compared to the previous Samsung 16GB SoDIMM RAM based on 20nm-class 8Gb DDR4, the new 32GB modules have twice the capacity and promise to be 11% faster and 39% more energy efficient (contributing to longer battery life). Samsung uses 16 of its new 16Gb DDR4 DRAM chips with eight chips... Read more...
Samsung Electronics has announced its estimates for Q1 operating profit, which jumped 56% to a record high. Analysts believe that the increased profit estimates have to do with high demand for DRAM memory chips. That record demand for memory could be an offset to the glut of inventory Samsung has on the display side. Samsung allegedly is scrambling to find buyers for the OLED screens it made for Apple after the company reportedly reduced orders due to slow sales of the iPhone X. Samsung has stated that its preliminary earnings reports for the quarter spanning January-March 2018 had operating income estimated to be 15.6 trillion won, which is about $14.7 billion. The same quarter a year before... Read more...
It seems as though every few weeks we get a claim of the "world's fastest memory" coming from component manufacturers. Recently, there's been a battle between G.SKILL and Corsair, with the former firing off the latest salvo with the Trident Z RGB DDR4 memory kit. G.SKILL claims that the memory kit runs at a dizzying speed of 4700MHz with timings of CL19-19-19-39. The memory operates at 1.45 volts, and is available in a 16GB kit (2x8GB). As is typically the case with these ultra-fast memory kits, the Trident Z RGB makes use of Samsung DDR4 B-die ICs. According to G.SKILL, the memory was validated on an MSI Z370I Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard with an Intel Core i7-8700K processor. It also... Read more...
Here we go PC gamers. Samsung has just officially announced the company has begun mass production of 16-gigabit GDDR6 memory to feed the memory bandwidth needs of more sophisticated graphics processing engines (GPUs), artificial-intelligence, the automotive sector and markets beyond. Just last week the chip maker announced their 2nd Gen 8GB HBM2 memory with a scorching 307GB/s bandwidth and 2.4GB data transfer rate per pin at 1.2V. While GDDR6 doesn’t enjoy quite the same speed boosts, it does have some impressive numbers to get excited about. The new GDDR6 memory platform is built on Samsung’s 10nm die and comes in a 16Gb density – a geometry reduction from the company’s... Read more...
Rambus has stepped up and revealed some preliminary specifications for the DDR5 and HBM3 memory standards. HBM3 is the successor to HBM2 memory with DDR5 being the successor to DDR4, as if the names didn’t give that fact away. These specs are still in their early stages and could change ahead of the official launch of memory using those specifications. Even though the specifications are being given out right now, it may a while before products using the specs will land. AMD will continue with HBM2 for GPUs and NVIDIA has no immediate plans to make any shifts. On to the specs, HBM3 will offer twice the performance that is coming from current HBM2 specification. The move to DDR5 will get... Read more...
G.SKILL is still churning out high-speed memory kits for overclockers and enthusiasts, pushing the frequency limits with increasingly faster RAM built from cherry picked memory chips. The result is that G.SKILL now offers several memory kits that top 4,000MHz. It's latest kits, however, shift the focus to latencies, offering power users the best of both worlds—high frequencies and tight timings. Here is a look at its new lineup: 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-4266MHz, 17-18-18-38, 1.45V 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-4133MHz, 17-17-17-37, 1.40V 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-4133MHz, 17-17-17-37, 1.40V 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4-4000MHz, 17-17-17-37, 1.35V 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-4000MHz, 17-17-17-37, 1.35V As with most of G.SKILL's highest... Read more...
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