Introduction: As part of our ongoing efforts to connect with industry players in the tech world, we reached out to interview some of the premier manufacturers who might be able to educate us on various aspects of the tech industry. Recently we had the pleasure to speak with Crucial. They gave us the opportunity to hold a question and answer session on their newest technology, (like the Crucial M500 SSD). We also discussed the direction of the company, and other technologies we might see in the near future. Before we jump into the Q & A, below is a bit of history about the company itself, including a video. At Crucial.com, we know memory. We research it. Test it. Stock it. And we’ll even replace it. We’re among the first ones to get a new platform, OS, motherboard, or killer game and we waste no time putting it to the test. We sit in dark rooms reading benchmark scores. We spend hours installing and uninstalling memory modules into motherboard after motherboard… We don’t get tired. We never cut corners. We break our backs to get your upgrade out the door in a flash. And we support our products—and customers—every step of the way. Crucial.com has been serving its customers for nearly 15 years. And we use our expertise to make it easy for our customers to find the right upgrade. Our award-winning online applications—the Crucial Memory Advisor™ tool and the Crucial® System Scanner—take the guesswork out of giving new life to your computer...
Kingston celebrates 10 years of success for their HyperX family by releasing the Anniversary Limited Edition memory lineup. These special edition modules are available in various sizes from 4GB to 32GB, and there are two or four module kist with a wide range of frequencies to chose from: 1600MHz, 1866MHz, 2133MHz and the blazing fast 2400MHz. Today, we’re joining Kingston to celebrate the HyperX’s Anniversary by sampling the 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3, KHX24C11X3K4/16X quad-channel running at the blistering speed of 2400MHz, with lowest latencies of 11, and operating at 1.65v. The HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition lineup is designed to work with multiple platforms from both Intel and AMD (see Specifications for more details).
Faster...Faster...Faster! – That’s what we all want from our CPU and desktop memory. Blazing fast chips often generate tremendous heat. Because of this, oversized air coolers and memory heat-spreaders are quickly becoming the norm. We've been seeing huge air coolers and blazing fast RAM with skyscraper tall heatsink introduced for the past few years. The oversized footprint CPU coolers are taking over the RAM’s real-estate and definitely don’t play well together in the same "sandbox." That’s just part of the reason why Crucial introduced its latest low profile dual-channel DDR3 memory kits, like the Ballistix Tactical LP and the Sport VLP series. The Ballistix Tactical LP targets the gamers, enthusiasts and power users. The Ballistix Sport VLP lineup is targeted for the mainstream. Both Tactical LP and Sport VLP are available in 4GB and 8GB density modules with the frequency of 1600MHz. For timing, CAS 8 is for the Tactical and CAS 9 for the Sport series, and both only need 1.35v to operate. Today we have both 16GB kits of the Tactical LP and the Sport VLP DDR3 PC3-12800 sitting on our test bench ready for the test drive....read more to find out how these modules perform.
Memory has become a hot topic with Intel's IvyBridge processors. Lately, we have seen an onslaught of memory modules in the high-end category, which frequently reach frequencies up to 2800MHz. The press has been focusing on high frequencies and performance. Of course, along with a top tier product comes a higher price tag. Manufacturers push these high end memory kits bringing higher margins, but, because of that, we have not seen an abundance in "affordable" memory. Patriot has been known throughout the industry for quite some time. They manufacture memory, flash media, storage enclosures, media plates and Solid State Drives. Memory has always been their first forte, but as we see, they excel in other areas as well, making them more versatile. In the memory segment, Patriot has always been known for solid performance and a mainstream product with outstanding pricing. Today, we have Patriot's 8G 2133MHz Intel Extreme Masters Limited Edition memory kit in our paws and we will say, they look very handsome. Now, let's get these modules unwrapped and onto our IvyBridge test bench to see what Patriot brings to the table this time.
Memory's importance has taken on a new meaning with both SandyBridge and IvyBridge. The extra lanes of the re-worked IMC (Internal Memory Controller) on Ivy plus motherboards pampers your hardware with more bandwidth bringing overall performance to a different level. We have seen a slew of memory lately from multiple manufacturers with frequencies hitting all time highs of 2400MHz and more. The competition in the memory sector also remains at an all time high. Name brands such as Kingston, G.Skill, Crucial, and Corsair are still the major players. Of these brands, Pure Overclock has always turned to Kingston memory in situations where compatability is an issue with a new motherboard product. You cannot go wrong when inserting Kingston's HyperX modules into a new board with a fresh BIOS. Their reliable HyperX branding has been a mainstay in the industry for sometime now. Today, Kingston has a change of pace for you memory junkies. Their newest HyperX Predator series has a re-designed heat spreader plus a 2666MHz frequency rating, which should pack a serious punch for those looking add some serious bandwidth to their SandyBridge and IvyBridge systems. Let's get the new Kingston HyperX 2666MHz Predator modules to the lab and see what kind of "horsepower" they add.
Memory speeds have been a hot topic since the release of Ivy Bridge. Ivy Bridge brings a re-worked Internal Memory Controller(IMC) that has significantly increased memory frequencies. As of the past few months, we have tested memory modules sporting speeds of up to 2800MHz. Manufacturers have been busy looking to push memory speeds off the charts and we love to see this, but reality shows that a majority of consumers do not overclock their memory. So, for those who look to increase speeds and performance beyond the norm, there is a premium to pay. Today, we have a different look at memory which we do not see as often. It is called budget memory. All the memory we tested recently with higher frequencies sells from $75 and more for 8G kits. So for anyone looking to put 16GB to 32GB in their system, let's face it, maximizing your memory capacity can be rather pricey. Not everyone wants to spend this kind of cash for memory. Enter the Crucial Ballistix Sport Series at a price of just $51.99 for an 8GB Kit!