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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...
About a week ago we talked a bit about the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 32GB memory kit that operated at 4,333MHz and claimed the title of the world's fastest 4x8 32GB kit. That title lasted only about a week for Corsair because G.SKILL has just launched a new, and even faster 4x8 32GB DDR4 RAM kit. G.SKILL calls its kit the Trident Z series DDR4-4400MHz 32GB kit and, as you can tell by the name, it operates at a blistering 4,400 MHz. The new RAM kit offers timings of CL19-19-19-39 at 1.5V. G.SKILL notes that with the introduction of the ASUS OptiMem technology that complements its T-Topology layout with equalized trace lengths, it was able to deliver the fast operation speed with improved stability,... Read more...
G.Skill has rolled out some RAM for computer enthusiasts out there who have the cheddar to plunk down for the Intel's Kaby Lake-X/X299 HEDT platform. This would be THE memory to cram into your Intel Core i9 X-Series rig. The RAM kit is DDR4-4600MHx CL19 and is built using hand-selected, high-quality Samsung B-die IC components. What that means is that the memory was built with the ultimate performance in mind. G.Skill is offering the RAM in two color variations with one featuring a silver body and white accents and the other with a black body and black accents. Other than the color, the RAM is the same. G.Skill says that before this memory kit debuted, the only way to get DDR4-4600MHz was to... Read more...
Hot on the heels of the launch of one of the most disruptive CPUs in recent memory, G.SKILL has announced that it has a full complement of 32GB+ memory kits that will perfectly suit AMD's latest high-end platform, Ryzen Threadripper (read our full review). When Ryzen first launched earlier this year, hitting even DDR4-3000 seemed like it required luck, but AMD's Zen platforms as a whole have matured a lot since then, hence the reason that G.SKILL is now offering a super-fast DDR4-3600 kits for those looking to maximize their overall system performance, not just the memory (AMD's Infinity Fabric bus directly benefits from faster memory). Both DDR4-3466 and 3600 kits are being made available with... Read more...
Samsung is on the verge of becoming the most profitable technology company on the planet, a distinction that currently belongs to Apple. The South Korean electronics juggernaut tipped the media and investors that it expects to post a record operating profit of 14 trillion won (around $12.1 billion) for the quarter ended June. That would represent a massive 72 percent increase from the same period a year ago, and just as importantly, it would further distance Samsung from the financial fallout of its Galaxy Note 7 recall.Apple is not likely to be far behind—estimates peg the Cuptertino outfit at reporting an operating profit of $10.6 billion for its latest quarter, according to The Wall Street... Read more...
Remember when a 1TB hard drive seemed enormous? There was also a time when the idea of having even 8GB of memory in our personal computers seemed like extreme overkill. Today, that's basically the starting point for most PCs. As time goes on, and tech improves, even today's storage types and sizes are bound to seem hilariously lacking. For storage and memory companies, the challenge is to shrink dies ever smaller, or increase the amount of data that can be crammed into mechanical storage. Both methods need to continue progressing at a smooth enough rate so as to not bottleneck the other. Just as mechanical storage used to be the biggest bottleneck in our desktops, today's solutions are proving... Read more...
There are competing memory standards in the graphics industry, including GDDR5, GDDR5X, and high bandwidth memory (HBM) solutions. What will tomorrow bring? If you ask Micron, the memory with roots in Boise, Idaho will tell you that it has a roadmap in place for faster GDDR5X memory and is also working on next-generation GDDR6 memory chips. For geeks like us, it has been interesting to observe the evolving graphics memory standards. For a moment in time, it looked like HBM (and now HBM2) chips were the future, but Micron proved that GDDR still had legs when it announced in 2015 that it was developing a next-generation memory technology called GDDR5X. Now a current generation standard, GDDR5X... Read more...
AMD has risen in rank thanks to its Ryzen launch and is once again a competitive force in the enthusiast market, but the roll out has not been without some bumps in the road. There are two main issues working to undermine Ryzen. One is that gaming performance is not where many thought it would be, and the second is memory compatibility. AMD already addressed the former, saying that gaming performance will improve in time as developers start to take advantage of Ryzen's features. And in regards to the latter, Gigabyte is readying a firmware release should help the situation. A representative for Gigabyte has been relaying information back and forth between forum members at Overclockers UK and... Read more...
The future of high-end graphics cards might still belong to high bandwidth memory (HBM) technologies such as HBM2 and HBM3, but do not count out good old fashioned graphics double data rate (GDDR) DRAM. SK Hynix has not—the memory chip maker today announced what it claims is the world's fastest 20-nanometer class 8-gigabit (Gb) GDDR6 DRAM for upcoming high-performance graphics cards. GDDR6 is a next-generation graphics memory solution that Hynix expects to quickly supplant both GDDR5 and GDDR5X, at least among faster graphics card solutions. The 8Gb part announced today operates with an I/O data rate of 16 gigabits per second (Gbps) per pin, which is a DRAM industry record. According to Hynix,... Read more...
A mere month after DDR4 was introduced for the first time on an AMD platform (Ryzen), the memory guidance organization JEDEC has decided to reveal its plans for DDR5. That's right: nothing can stop the progression of technology. As soon as we have something fresh to enjoy, the next big thing is right around the corner! This probably won't surprise many, as it has been a theme from one generation of DDR to the next, but DDR5 is going to be two times faster than DDR4, and of course more power-efficient (which should come in handy for mobile devices). The current highest clock JEDEC allows before "overclocking" takes over is DDR4-2400, with timings ranging from 15~18 for the CAS latency, as well... Read more...
It won't be all that long before flagship smartphones routinely wield 8 gigabytes of system memory. In an effort to make that happen, Samsung today introduced what it says is the industry's first 8GB LPDDR4 (low power, double data rate 4) mobile DRAM package. The 8GB DRAM package utilizes four of the newest 16 gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4 memory chips built on a 10-nanometer class manufacturing process. To be clear, this isn't actually 10nm DRAM we're talking about there. When Samsung says "10nm-class" it's referring to a process technology node that's somewhere between 10nm and 19nm, just as "20nm-class" denotes a process technology node somewhere between 20nm and 29nm. If these chips were actually built... Read more...
The OnePlus 3 is one of the hottest phones going at the moment. It offers a serious punch for its $400 asking price, and like all other OnePlus models before it, we expect it to be snatched up quickly by those who want something a little different, and get involved in an ecosystem where the phone vendor doesn't mind when its users want to get their hands a little dirty. And well, if you have a OnePlus 3 and were really looking forward to that 6GB of memory offered, you will have to get your hands dirty. It's not easy to understand exactly why OnePlus limits the RAM usage when it boasts offering 6GB, but it could be that it'd require very specific scenarios to actually require the phone to dip... Read more...
The words "memory" and "breakthrough" are put together quite often, but unfortunately, it's actually pretty rare when we hear about such advances making it to market. Part of the reason for that is that some of these breakthroughs are so bleeding-edge, it's just not reasonable to expect them to hit the market that quickly. Based on what we're hearing from IBM's latest breakthrough, though, it doesn't seem like this is one of those advancements that will soon be forgotten. In its announcement, IBM talks about 3-bit phase-change memory that can endure "at least" 10 million write cycles - quite a gain over a USB flash drives' ~3,000 write cycle lifespan. It's not just lifespan that makes this phase-change... Read more...
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