AMD Kaveri APU

Evidence regarding stacked DRAM on next generation AMD APUs has surfaced once again which gives hints that the upcoming Carrizo APU or its successor will be the first APUs to enable high-bandwidth stacked DRAM design on-chip.AMD APUs Carrizo APU Stacked Memory

Evidence Regarding AMD APUs Featuring High-Bandwidth Stacked Memory Surfaces

It has been known for a while that AMD is sampling their first generation HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) and we can find official specifications in slides dating back to December 2013. While there was no mention of what product or application may make use of HBM back then, the latest slides from AMD’s official Fast Forward presentation talks regarding stacked DRAM specifically on APUs. The Fast Forward project’s objectives are to enhance the high volume APU architecture and investigate in next generation processor and memory tech for exascale and consume scale systems.

Within the presentation, you can find several references of stacked memory and new APU technologies such as HSA+, PIM (Processing In Memory) and Two Level memory. Some of these are already part of the current AMD APU family such as Kaveri which introduced several new features such as HSA on software and steamroller, gcn or hardware side.

G.Skill TridentX logo


G.SKILL has made memory modules since 1989, and has become a very well-known brand amongst enthusiasts for PC prosumer users who are looking to set world records or even have a computer that more than likely houses some of the best memory inside its chassis. We are looking at the G.SKILL TridentX F3-2400C10Q-32GTX from G.SKILL, a quad channel memory that is aimed for extreme overclocking and using the highest quality memory integrated circuitry available on the market. We cannot wait to get started on testing this Trident DDR3-2400 memory kit and really seeing what it has to offer in terms of some other leading competitors out there.


Crucial DDR4 Ballistix Elite Memory

At Computex 2014, memory and flash storage maker Crucial unveiled their latest Crucial DDR4 Ballistix Elite and Server grade memory sticks for dense memory platforms and Intel’s upcoming HEDT Haswell-E platform. Crucial’s DDR4 memory for next generation high-performance gaming, enthusiasts and server platforms is rated at speeds of up to 3000 MHz.Crucial DDR4 Ballistix Elite Memory

Crucial DDR4 Ballistix Elite Memory and Server Memory Unleashed

First up, we have the Crucial DDR4 Ballistix memory which is specifically aimed towards the X99 chipset platform which features Quad Channel memory support with the upcoming Haswell-E processors that include the flagship Core i7-5960X processor boasting 8 Cores and 16 threads. Designed for gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers of the X99 adopters, the Ballistix Elite memory would deliver introductory speeds of 2666 MHz and 3000 MHz and would gradually increase with the passage of time. It should be noted that DDR3 arrived in the market with its initial introductory speeds of just 1066 MHz – 1333 MHz and manufacturer’s now offer DDR3 memory clocked at 3000 MHz out-of-box. The DDR4 introductory speeds are rated at 2133 MHz – 2400 MHz but if memory makers are releasing 3000 MHz at debut of the new memory type, then we can easily see speeds of up to 4266 MHz in few years time.

Corsair Dominator Platinum Logo

With Intel’s next generation Haswell-E and Haswell-EP on the verge of launch, several memory makers including Corsair are preparing their latest DDR4 memory modules that would be integrated on both high-end server and enthusiast oriented platforms.

Corsair DDR4 Dominator Platinum Memory

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Corsair DDR4 Dominator Platinum and Value Select Memory Sticks Showcased

Corsair being one of the leading memory makers in the industry have showcased their upcoming Corsair DDR4 memory modules over at Computex this year. The modules are available in both Corsair DDR4 Value Select and the Corsair DDR4 Dominator Platinum flavors with the latter aimed towards high-performance and enthusiast minded users who want best performance and overclocking support. It isn’t defined what speeds does the Corsair DDR4 Value Select memory runs at but the Dominator Platinum is rated at 2400 MHz and the model being show-cased is part of the 16 GB (Quad Channel 4 x 4 GB) kit with latency timings of 16-16-16-39 at just 1.2V. The kit is labeled as CMD16GX4M4A2400C16 though its launch and pricing were  not revealed by Corsair.

The Corsair DDR4 Dominator Platinum sticks with the current aluminum heatspreader design which goes well with PC setups while the cheaper and value oriented Value Select DDR4 modules are aimed to please the budget users and new adopters of Intel’s HEDT platform such as the upcoming X99 chipset based LGA2011-3 boards and processors.

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force Z97 Motherboards

Aside from the G-Power OC module, Gigabyte made two additional announcements over at Computex 2014. The company has unveiled their latest GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard and also set the memory ram frequency world record with the help of renowned overclocker, Hi Cookie.Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard

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Gigabyte Unleashes GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 Motherboard

Gigabyte’s GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard is aimed towards overclockers, not enthusiasts, not gamers but true overclockers who only want to achieve the fastest frequency records on their machines. The GA-Z97X-SOC Force LN2 is similar to the GA-Z97X-SOC Force motherboard we reviewed last month but as i mentioned, its not built for the casual audience nor the gaming community. You ask why? The motherboard doesn’t come with any cooler mounting holes which means its only built for the meanest clockers out there who want nothing but LN2 cooling rigged on their PCs 24/7. That’s the kind of product only the extreme PC community would want to have in their hands and I am glad that we are finally looking at some extreme products after such a long time.

ADATA logo

ADATA has released some details today regarding its upcoming memory lineup. The modules are a part of a larger display of a variety of the company’s products at this year’s Computex. The Taiwanese manufacturer will be displaying a variety of products including various SSD solutions such as PCIe SSDs in M.2 and 2.5” specifications with transfer speed three times as fast when compared to present SATA 6Gb/s, server grade DDR4 to support Intel Xeon E5-2600, special memory modules for overclockers, namely the DDR4 XPG Z1 and wireless chargers.


Picture Shows Boomerang Shaped ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4 module. With a Frequency of 2133 MHz Module Is Expected To Come In Variety Of Colors.

Two months back, ADATA had officially joined the list of manufacturers to announce their DDR4 products. The memory modules announced were to come in densities of 4, 8 and 16 GB. The operating voltage for the modules is 1.2 V. At the time of the announcement the company had claimed that low power consumption and high frequencies made the memory modules suitable for server, storage and networking applications. The presence of a close partnership with Intel towards development of memory modules supporting the Haswell-EP was also announced. Well, the company has released a picture showing a XPG memory module, and this can be expected to be the DDR4 module announced earlier. The ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4 memory modules will have up to 16 GB of memory. In addition, the power consumption rating for the modules will be 1.2 V, as reported earlier. Furthermore, the frequency is also to be 2133 MHz and the modules are expected to be shipped in various color’s to match user preferences.

Z97 Extreme6(m)

With the launch of the Intel Z97 Chipset, a variety of manufacturers have come up with their releases of boards supporting the chipset. One of the primary updates on the Z97, as we explained earlier is the inclusion of M.2 form factor on the board. The M.2 replaces the previously used mSATA SSD. M.2 allows for simultaneous use of both PCIe and SATA on the board in addition to longer modules and double sided components population. The primary feature of M.2 is the use of two of the chipset’s PCIe lanes for storage purposes, allowing for a theoretical transfer speed of 1GB/s. Well ASRock has managed to top this 3 times in the release of its ASRock Z97 Extreme6, which of course is based on the Z97 chipset.

ASRock Z97 Motherboards

The Ultra M.2 Pushes Theoretical Speed To 32GB/s. Utilizes 4 Gen 3 Lanes and Can Handle Speeds Up to 4Gb/s for Four Lane M.2 SSDs

ASRock’s innovation to the M.2 now allows the form factor to achieve 6x the speeds of PCIe M.2 x1 and 3 times the speed of PCIe M.2 x2. The Z97 Extreme6 has two M.2 slots. One has dual PCIe Gen2 lanes from the Z97 chipset. The other is the ‘Ultra M.2′, which is tied to four Gen3 lanes. The layout of the Ultra M.2 is also different from existing M.2 layouts available. According to the regular design blueprints, the signal route starts from the M.2 SSD device, goes through the chipset and reaches the CPU. The Ultra M.2 on the other hand connects the M.2 interface directly to the CPU. This decreases overall latency and thus allows for greater speeds to be achieved. Credit is due to ASRock for pushing the boundaries of a system that already is very efficient. However one drawback that this will face is the lack of existing drives that support the four lane platform. The only four lane SSD listed online is the Samsung XP941. However, manufacturers can be expected to make drives supporting this platform, now that it is already out.


With more and more manufacturers joining the DDR4 race, embedded and industry module suppliers Virtium have also entered the competition. The new memory modules are claimed to deliver up to 40% of power savings and twice the bandwidth over the previous DDR3 modules. Virtium offers the modules as solutions for server blades, networking and telecom applications.


The new DDR4 modules possess transfer speeds of up to 1866 MHz and a power consumption of 1.2V.

Virtium intends the DDR4 VLP RIMM modules to be used for space constrained embedded fields, such as blade servers. “Because of our sole focus on the industrial embedded market and that our customers are now doing a majority of their design work around DDR4, Virtium will fully support future proprietary  FBGA and Intel-based chipset systems with a comprehensive DDR4 roadmap of memory module form factors.” said Phan Hoang, Vice president of research and development.

The new modules are offered in the low profile ULP RDIMM and have capacities ranging from 4GB to 16GB. The form factor is DIMM, coupled with registers which allow for lesser loads on the memory controller. ECC is also in place allowing for checking in any type of internal data corruption. They are available in both x8 and x4 configurations as well, with standard operating temperatures from 0 degrees to 85 degree centigrade. Extended temperatures have ranges from -40 to 95 C. They come with a warranty of 5 years.


The high-performance division of Kingston Technology Company, the world leader in memory products, HyperX, whose portfolio includes high-speed DDR3 and SSDs today launched the HyperX Fury. The HyperX Fury is a memory line exclusively for gamers and enthusiasts and it replaces the HyperX blu memory line. The next generation high performance memory offers a slew of features including automatic overclocking through an asymmetric aggressive heatspreader design. This provides for the ultimate cost-efficient gamer experience.


Fury to be available in frequencies of 1333MHz, 1600MHz, and 1866MHz. No need for manual BIOS tuning for high speeds.

The HyperX fury is fully Plug and Play. This means that there is no need for any manual BIOS tuning in order to achieve overclocking or high speeds. The memory is fully tailored for gamers and enthusiasts. In a statement, Lawrence Yang, Business manager HyperX elaborated”We are excited to offer our newest addition to the HyperX DRAM family for entry-level enthusiasts who want to maximize their gaming and user experience. This is a great product for someone looking to upgrade their gaming system at an affordable price.” The heatspreader design comes in four colors, as it can be seen in the image above. It features a black PCB to allow custom system builders color matching.

The memory is available in frequencies of 1333, 1600 and 1866 MHz, with capacities of 4GB-single, 8GB-single, 8GB-kit and 16GB-kit. CAS latency is 9 , 10 with a power requirement of 1.5 V. It is also backed by a lifetime warranty, free live technical support and the reliability which comes with Kingston products.


The South Korean semiconductor supplier SK Hynix is the latest addition to the list of manufacturers to announce the addition of the DDR4 to their portfolio. The double data rate fourth generation memory is expected to hit the market sometime this year or the start of 2015. However, Hynix has just set the bar for future releases even higher. With companies such as Micron and ADATA announcing modules with capacities of up to 8 gb, Hynix’s modules will have a shuddering capacity of 64 and 128 GB. Whether motherboards supporting this capacity will arrive in the market is a speculation for another time.

Kingston DDR 4 192GB Ramkit - IDF 2013 -4

SK HYNIX modules manufactured using TSV – Will have double the density of previous modules

The modules are based upon the company’s 8Gb memory chips mounted on the 20nm process node. They are manufactured using the Through Silicon Via method, providing them with double the density of the previous modules. This means that the circuit are produced with a small conducive hole which is then filled with a conductive material. The circuits and the material are then joined, creating vertical pathways. This not only provides for the lower operating voltages but also opens the modules up for higher bandwidth and capacities.

ADATA logo

ADATA has joined the list of manufacturers who have officially announced their DDR4 products. Other manufacturers are Micron Storage and lesser known SMART Modular. Like Micron, the product is to be aimed at the Haswell-EP, the server version of the enthusiast Haswell E. The product faces the same clock speed limitations as Micron’s does with a clock speed of 2133 MHz.


DDR4 modules offered in sizes of 4, 8 and 16 GB with frequency of 2133 MHz.

As seen from the table above, the memories are being offered in densities of 4, 8 and 16 GB, with a power consumption of 1.2 Volts. The company claims that its low power consumption models and high frequencies make the memory modules suitable for server, storage and networking applications. However it has to be noted that the modules offered have more or less the same specifications as the other modules released by its competitors in the industry. ADATA also announced that it is closely working with Intel towards developing memory that supports next generation server platforms, especially the Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3. It should be noted here that Micron also announced of its close partnership with Intel over DDR4 support. So we can be sure that whatever the manufacturer, the Haswell-EP will have a variety of supporting memory modules.


Micron Storage has announced it’s plans to ramp up the production of DDR4 memory modules. This move comes up in anticipation of the pending launch of the Intel Xeon E5-2600 “Haswell-EP” server processors. The Xeon E5-2600 is expected to be launched in the second quarter of this year. Micron claims that these new modules boast a performance enhancement of 35% over the previous DDR3.


New 4 GB DDR4 modules to have a capability of 2133 MT/s.

The new 4GB DDR4 modules scheduled for production will have a capability of 2133 megatransfers per second. Compared with the previous generation, the DDR4 has a higher productivity, reliability and lower power consumption. Specifications provide a jump in productivity from 1.6 to 3.2 giga transactions per second with a supply voltage of 1.2 Volts. Micron is also sampling faster 2400 MT/s modules for follow up products in 2015.

“Our JEDEC-compliant portfolio showcases the performance and power benefits that DDR4 products can provide for our customers,” said Robert Feurle, Micron’s vice president of marketing and program management. Pointing towards Micron’s collaboration with Intel, he said, “As a result of Micron’s close engagement with our key enabling partners, we are well positioned to bring this exciting new technology to market.”

Avexir Logo

Top of the line Avexir RAM is like no other Luxury Item. The Avexir RAM is assembled by an expert hand who chooses the perfect IC from hundreds of samples, painstakingly crafting the Hardware masterpiece. They are then manually tested rigorously before being packaged. The high end of Avexir has a failure rate of 0%.  Needless to say if you are buying something for $1999 you would expect nothing less than absolute perfection.Avexir Blitz Red Dragon 1.1 Header Now meet the Avexir Blitz Red Dragon 1.1:

Avexir Blitz Red Dragon 1.1 Memory Series Launched – Boutique Luxury RAM At its Finest

I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Avexir ultra-high end RAM.  For one thing, I cannot afford one, for another, they have killer aesthetics and CPU Cooler clearance in mind without sacrificing performance. When I first heard of Avexir and saw the mind boggling price tag of $2000 (there are lower end models available too that don’t cost an arm and a leg) I was truly stumped.  But then seeing the specifications and performance of Avexir, the price was somewhat justified. They are still asking double of what should be, but hey, who am I to complain. Another thing is that Avexir High End rams are in painfully limited supply owing to their handcrafted workmanship, which adds to their brand name. Currently the Avexir Blitz Red Dragon 1.1 lineup has only released its low to mid end SKUs. 


G. SKILL International Co. Ltd. is a leading high-performance memory manufacturer and designer. They specialize in high-performance SSD and memory product which are designed for PC gamers around the world.  On the 20th February, the company announced that the Ripjaws SO-DIMM 1.35V high-performance DDR3 memory series for PCs and laptops clocked at 2600 MHz on the latest M8 system by barebone.

G.Skill Ripjaws 2133 Mhz SO-DIMM Memory Kit Overclocked to 2600Mhz


As the technological world continues to evolve, so are high-end desktops. These desktops are slowly evolving into small form factor. Everything is becoming compact and more portable than ever. G. SKILL International Co. Ltd. wasted no time in adapting to the current trend. They successfully shifted the focus of their topnotch overclocking legacy from desktop to SO-DIMM memory. They were able to overclock Ripjaws 2133 MHz C11 1.35V memory to a mind boggling 2600 MHz. This particular memory kit runs with 8GB (4 GB x 2). This procedure was successful under dual-channel operation on ASRock M8.


Crucual, a leading memory and flash products manufacturer is aiming to launch their latest DDR4 memory modules for desktop PCs in late 2014. Computerbase managed to take pictures of their CES 2014 booth where several engineering samples of the upcoming DDR4 memory modules were showcased.Crucial DDR4 Memory Sample

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Crucuial To Launch New DDR4 Memory Modules in Late 2014

Crucial and other memory makers will commence production of the DDR4 memory modules for Intel’s server platform starting Spring 2014. DDR4 memory for consumers will arrive later in Q4 2014 when Intel’s high-end Haswell-E platform is expected to launch. Crucial will launch their new DDR4 memory under the Ballistix brand with rated frequencies of 3000 MHz which is over the JEDEC standard of DDR4-2133-2400 (1.2V) so these will obviously be considered OC memory kits.

Crucial along with several other manufacturer’s will work with Intel to approve and confirm the new Intel XMP 2.0 (Extreme Memory Profile 2) specifications which allows memory to be optimized on Intel motherboards so that it runs stable at the clock frequencies and ratings its shipped from the memory maker.

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