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Adata Shows Off “Liquid Cooled” RAM at CES, Project Jellyfish

We’re getting into the realm of very intricate ideas in cooling components and that’s saying a lot. Your widely accepted air coolers almost always use heatpipes, which are actually engineered with a substance that phase changes inside, helping move the heat through to the fins. As good as that gets, crazy people found out that using water in a loop with a radiator was even more effective, deciding the risk of frying a system was worth the benefit. Now, Adata is taking things to a new level that, while already existing in other capacities, is bound to be a first for RAM cooling. First, let’s talk about the concept of these modules being liquid cooled. While generally speaking, this is correct, it’s technically somewhat inaccurate. Liquid cooling generally correlates to transferring heat out of the component by means of, say water, as the vehicle to carry it away. It ends up being a simple transfer of heat from the source to the air. The liquid that’s in these modules is called Fluorinert, which is using a process of cooling called “phase change.” This particular chemical, developed by 3M, can boil at temperatures as low as 34c depending on the variant. As liquid boils, it actually consumes a large portion of the heat being generated, as opposed to transferring it to a less heat saturated area. Thus you have the concept Adata is introducing, but while this looks pretty new for RAM, it’s been implemented in the server environmen...



Samsung Announces HBM2 Aquabolt, Getting Closer to Really Mainstream

How did I miss that Samsung is producing HBM? Maybe I didn’t miss it, but I just forgot by the time I saw this announcement. Samsung has improved the performance of HBM2 by a pretty large margin and they’re continuing to ramp up production in order to provide supply to manufacturers abroad. We get it! HBM2 is really fast and since you can get the technical details from the link below, I want to explain what I hope to see in the near future with better/cheaper HBM2. The biggest gaping hole in the market that I see is the lack of HBM in RAM sticks. I’m sure this will mean new motherboards, chipsets, the whole nine yards, yet I can only imagine what this development could mean. Not only would we have aggressively impressive memory performance, but I would be willing to bet that RAM slots would get trimmed down to the size of a SODIMM slot on a regular ATX sized motherboard. While mainstream and gaming boards wouldn’t require an excess of 4 slots, imagine a platform like Threadripper being able to squeeze 16 slots into one board! Even then, we may see a day when CPUs have HBM2 built into the die and RAM slots could be completely obsolete, though I feel like having a small slot is better for upgrade or replacement purposes. We’ve already seen the power and size efficiency of HBM on graphics cards, but wouldn’t it be great if every card came equipped with the technology, rather than only high end GPUs? Samsung is definitely helping make HBM2 a...



Ballistix Announces Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB Gaming Memory Modules

More companies are joining the foray for RAM supremacy and Ballistix is the latest to introduce integrated RGB lighting. The interesting part is that the light bar is removable and you can 3D print your own custom designs to swap in place. Even then, the black PCB and grey heatspreaders look excellent on their own, without the lighting. Check out the rest of the press release below for more info and I wouldn’t be surprised if many builders have these kits on their wish list once they release. Ballistix Announces Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB Gaming Memory Modules PC modders and gamers can improve gameplay and performance while lighting up their rigs in style Key Messages: User-controllable RGB LEDs allow for the ultimate customization and color matching options for your unique rig Get faster speeds and more aggressive game play with speeds starting at 2666 MT/s Monitor temperatures and take command of RGB with the Ballistix® M.O.D. Utility Removable top bar and available design files allow users to customize and 3D print unique options Boise, ID — May 30, 2017 – Ballistix, a leading global brand of gaming memory, today announced the availability of Ballistix® Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB memory. The new Tactical Tracer modules allow PC modders and gamers to light up their systems with RGB brilliance with the ability take control of their memory and color scheme while providing the increased performance and stability they expect from Ballistix memory. With sp...



Start Your Engines: CORSAIR Launches DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition Torque

I’m not into cars, but it seems like I run into plenty of PC builders who are. Well I have good news for you if you like your computer to look like you’re hot rod. Also, why doesn’t every hardware company have a press release page on their site that’s as great as Corsairs? I digress! Corsair has some new Dominator kits that bring some of the most unique styling I’ve seen in memory. Don’t worry though, that unique styling comes with some blistering speeds and what looks like some impressive cooling capabilities. Check out the full press release for more details and remember, these are a limited release so jump on them while you still can. FREMONT, CA — May 11th, 2017 — Corsair®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components today announced the immediate availability of its new DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition Torque DDR4 memory. Inspired by those for whom speed is an obsession, each module features a uniquely heat-treated effect top bar, combining the iconic DOMINATOR PLATINUM design with the aesthetic of high-performance engines. Completed by a brushed black aluminum heatsink, stunning built-in lighting and orange accents, each kit is individually numbered using high precision laser engraving, guaranteeing exclusivity. Available in limited quantities, DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition Torque DDR4 memory is built for speed – inside and out. Fully compatible with the latest Intel® X99 an...



GeIL Evo X DDR4 3200 Memory Review

Introduction Wait a second! Didn’t we already see an Evo X RAM review already!?! Alright, you may have caught us, but there’s a really good explanation for it. Uh…. You know what, let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth and just enjoy a second review, shall we? That said, DDR4 has increased at an incredible rate and some boards that are just a couple of years old have trouble keeping up with the higher frequencies already. Being PureOC, we wanted to make sure we got to take advantage of top stock frequencies and push a little past that as well. As such, we’ll mostly skip the packaging and closer look fan fairs. I’ll include a link to the previous review since it has those categories already, but I’ll also post video so you can get a closer look there as well. Since we have the Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming 7 motherboard, we’ll be able to show off some nice RAM speeds as a result. We’ll get into the testing soon enough, but first let’s check out the company statement from GeIL one more time and thank them again for sending another sample our way. GeIL – Golden Emperor International Ltd. – one of the worlds’ leading PC components & peripheral manufacturers that concentrate in making the most innovative products, from memory modules, power supply units to gaming peripherals, for PC enthusiasts worldwide. Established in 1993, GeIL has soon become one of the most trusted memory professionals in the industr...



GEIL EVO X DDR4 RGB DDR4 3000 32GB Kit Overview

Introduction Where to start? I have in my grubby little paws a set of GEIL EVO X DDR4 3000 32GB (2 x 16GB) sticks of RAM. As if that isn’t fantastic enough, it’s RGB lit! High Speed RAM and Glowy Bits. What’s not to like? First things first, let me lay something out here and now. I’ve been building computers since 1993, and in all those years, I have never used a product from GEIL. Ever. This seems a bit strange to me since as it turns out, GEIL was established in the same year (1993) that I began building PC’s. To be fair, in those days just getting a PC to work was my primary concern and the concept of “Performance” and “RAM” didn’t have any meaning when associated with my 386DX/33 based system. Over the years, I’ve seen GEIL mentioned in reviews and occasionally noted them as being for sale on NewEgg or similar sites, but for some reason I’ve never picked any up. It doesn’t seem like I’m alone either. Do some searching for GEIL and you’ll find threads on many US Tech Sites that ask about who GEIL is and if they’re any good. Interestingly, the reviews I’ve read of their RAM (often by European based websites) say positive things about GEIL RAM and it’s clear that GEIL is more readily available and more heavily marketed in the Far East and Europe than we find to be the case here in the USA. To be fair to GEIL, it’s also got to be tough to compete against entren...



Getting the Most Out of Windows 10 – An Opportunity to Accelerate Gaming

We wanted to get some quick industry opinion on how Windows 10 may affect gaming experience, so we spoke with Jeremy Mortenson at Crucial. Jeremy is the worldwide memory product marketing manager at Crucial, a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc. Suffice it to say, he probably has some inside knowledge as to what it could mean, from a industry leader in the memory product market. Here’s what Jeremy had to say:   Microsoft Windows 10 went live in July and the highly-anticipated OS has been a huge hit. Not only is Windows 10 a free upgrade for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 users, feature-rich, and easy to download, it also provides users with new experiences to increase performance in how they work, play and connect, and unlocks a huge opportunity to accelerate gaming. With more than 75 million PC downloads in a month’s time, it’s been well documented that Windows 10 has been rapidly adopted. In fact, according to Microsoft, much of this adoption has been by gamers who have taken advantage of the Windows 10 streaming video game feature – in a month, gamers have collectively streamed more than 122 years’ worth of gaming on Xbox consoles to Windows 10. So, what’s new with Windows 10 and how do you get the most out of it for a better gaming experience? Windows 10 offers improved benefits specifically for gamers in a number of different ways. For instance, by combining the new features of Windows 10 with high-performance DRAM and SSDs, enthusiasts will be able...



3D XPoint Memory isn’t the Storage we Deserve, but the Storage we Need

INTEL and MICRON held a press conference yesterday and revealed something that could potentially turn the storage world upside down. The average gaming system benefits immensely from a single good performance SSD, but in the case of Big Data, storage is still the major bottleneck of being able to process information at higher rates. However, if 3D XPoint Memory really does work at 1000X the speed of NAND Flash with 10X the capacity of DRAM, storage could be taking a huge turning point within the next year or two. This isn’t first time we’ve heard of some crazy fast technology being worked on with the potential to change the market. For instance, graphene keeps hitting the headlines but even just a working sample is still a long ways away and could potentially never materialize. What’s different about the INTEL/MICRON press conference is this technology is going to be ready to sample towards the end of this year. MICRON even showcased a chip wafer that was already fabricated. Based on what was said, the initial technology can hold 128 Gb per die across two memory layers. It’s hard to picture exactly how this will turn out just yet but if multiple dies can be added to one device, similar to the way multiple NAND chips are combined on an SSD, we might see 1 Tb + devices pretty quickly. 3D XPoint is in it’s early stages but future generations can increase the memory layers and lithographic pitch scaling for higher capacities. This is some pretty h...



Memory Speed vs. Latency – Clearing up the Confusion

Introduction We love speed as much as the next performance seeker, and many of us spend great sums of money and loads of time trying to optimize our systems, find the best parts for a new build, and squeezing every bit out of components. Admittedly, some components are easier to overclock or extract maximum performance, some are more difficult, and some are, well, just plain misunderstood. It’s probably a fair and reasonable statement to say that memory performance is one component typically found in the last category. The crux of the issue often comes down to how we perceive and “rate” memory performance, and the two most critical factors which influence that performance: speed and latency. There seems to be some significant misinformation and misunderstanding, and we see it often in the forums, in review comments, and elsewhere. So we decided to go straight to the experts to find out how these two factors influence memory performance: we talked with Crucial. Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, one of the world’s foremost leaders in memory design and manufacturing. They not only produce their own performance products and memory lineups (as well as SSDs, flash drives, and all other things related to memory), but they are also OEM suppliers to some of the biggest names in the industry. Needless to say, Crucial knows memory. We briefly spoke with Jeremy Mortenson, who is the Worldwide Memory Product Marketing Manager at Crucial, and asked ...



Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400MHz Review

The Ballistix performance series memory has proven popular for their stock performance, overclock-ability, quality and the ever changing style employed by Crucial. Recently we had the pleasure of reviewing the DDR4 Ballistix Elite 2666MHz kit, these featured beautifully crafted all black industrial heat spreaders with lines so rigid they invoked the presence of the Military Elite. This time around we will be looking at the latest addition to the Ballistix family, the Ballistix Sport LT. These should land right between the Sport model and the higher end Elite kits, hopefully netting us the best of both worlds, tighter timings and high clocks



HyperX Savage DDR3 Memory Review (HX318C9SRK2/16)

Introduction Over the last few years, the HyperX…a division of Kingston Technologies has increased its product line and today we add a new addition to the memory category. HyperX introduced to us the Fury series last year which offered great speeds for its entry level gaming memory and received great feedback for the awesome bang for your buck performance to value. With the success of the Fury line up, today we are going to introduce to you the new Savage series that will replace its existing Genesis series. HyperX Savage has been designed to fit the middle playing ground of bang for your buck and top performing memory. The Savage memory line offers speed of up to 2400MHz speeds and various size configurations from 4GB to 32GB kits. The kit we have at hand today is the Savage HX318C9SRK2/16. This is 2x8GB sticks of 1866MHz of aesthetically pleasing memory. While the Savage series was not designed to be your best of the best performers, it is designed to fit that good middle ground. The Savage sits nicely between HyperX’s Fury and its Predator line up. Before we dive in and give you the full details of the HyperX Savage memory at hand, we have to say that the asymmetrical red heat spreader made from high-quality aluminum are aesthetically pleasing to look at. Its design is making us drool already, so let’s move forward and break down the HyperX Savage memory and see what this memory kit can do. Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about HyperX: ...



SanDisk 64GB Ultra PLUS and Extreme SD Review

Today we're looking at the SanDisk Extreme 64GB and Ultra PLUS 64GB SD cards. In a hint of what's to come during testing, the speed results were a very pleasant surprise, despite what the labels might seem to indicate in terms of speed expectations. We'll discuss those differences as we take a closer look at what SanDisk has to offer with the latest high performance SD cards.



Crucial 2133Mhz DDR4 32GB Server Kit-Review

Crucial is well known in the industry for offering some of the best memory around. From entry level, servers, workstation, to gaming and overclocking enthusiast memory, Crucial is heralded for quality products. Today we will be looking at a set of DDR4 marked for servers and workstations in the X99 desktop platform. Crucial has this kit listed as CT4K8G4DFD8213 4x8GB 32GB 2133 memory. Before we get started, I would like to thank Crucial for giving us this chance to review their products.



Chip News

  Chipmaker AMD hires Dell senior executive in server push SAN FRANCISCO Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:49pm EDT (Reuters) – Advanced Micro Devices Inc said it hired a former Dell Inc [DI.UL] senior executive to lead the chipmaker’s push into microservers and other new markets. Forrest Norrod will be senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s enterprise, embedded and semi-custom business group and report to Chief Executive Lisa Su, AMD said in a news release on Monday. Norrod, 49, was general manager of Dell’s server business and joins AMD as the company develops chips for new low-power servers that might challenge heavyweight Intel Corp in cutting-edge data centers. AMD has been expanding into new markets including low-power “microservers” and game consoles, but progress has been slower than demanded by Wall Street. Earlier this month, Su took over as CEO, replacing Rory Read. Norrod fills Su’s previous position, which she h ad held temporarily since July. Following Su’s appointment as CEO, AMD announced on Oct. 16 it was cutting 7 percent of its workforce to reduce costs. SOURCE   Microsoft Said to Work on Software for ARM-Based Servers Source Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is working on a version of its software for server computers that run on chips based on ARM Holdings Plc (ARM)’s technology, people familiar with its plans said, a move that could help loosen Intel Corp. (INTC)’s grip on the market. The world’s largest s...



SanDisk Ultra PLUS and Extreme SD Review

SanDisk is a flash memory giant, needing no introduction. The latest in the SanDisk lineup are the Ultra PLUS and Extreme cards, targeting different consumers who have varying speed needs. And with very attractive price tags, these little SD cards promise solid value. We're looking at the 32GB models, and we found the speed results a bit shocking, despite what the labels might seem to indicate. Read on to find out why.






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