The DRAM market, especially at the consumer level, is a cut and thrust business. Margins are small on a per-module basis, but with the right volume it can make several companies earn a tidy profit. If they move into the server market, there is even more potential. But for now, the three main DRAM IC manufacturers are Micron, Samsung and SK Hynix. Each reseller of DRAM modules buys or bids on batches of ICs from these companies, does internal binning to see which speeds it can reach, and arranges the modules for the market. Certain batches of ICs, such as Hynix MFR, are expensive due to their high overclocking capability for example. On the open market, it can be a free for all. But...

More DDR4-3400: G.Skill’s 4x4GB CL 16 Kit Released

When we look at the history of DDR3, a number of key advertising points were consistent across most of the memory manufacturers. First was high speed in terms of...

15 by Ian Cutress on 1/15/2015

Corsair Show DDR4-3400, also mentions 16GB UDIMMs?

Aside from the formal press releases from Corsair already announcing the new Carbine 100R, the Hydro H110i GT all-in-one liquid cooler, the HG10 N780 GPU Bracket and their new...

28 by Ian Cutress on 1/13/2015

Mushkin Releases New Striker SSD, Displays an Upcoming M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD

Mushkin had a couple of new and upcoming products in its suite during CES. The first one is a new Striker SSD, which uses Phison's S10 controller coupled with...

12 by Kristian Vättö on 1/13/2015

ADATA CES Suite Tour: PCIe & TLC SSDs, Power-Loss Protection Demo, 256GB SD Cards, USB 3.1 And More

I stopped by ADATA's suite last week to see what the company has been up to in the past six months. While ADATA didn't release or announce anything new...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 1/12/2015

Haswell-E Comes, ASUS and G.Skill Take Overclocking Records

In our Haswell-E coverage we did some basic 24/7 type overclocking suitable for the system under the desk, and there will be users with custom loops willing to go...

16 by Ian Cutress on 9/1/2014

Corsair Launches DDR4-3300, DDR4-3200 and DDR4-3000 Memory Kits

While the JEDEC standard for DDR3 slowly creeped up from 800 MHz to 1600-1866 MHz, the new DDR4 modules will come out of the gate at DDR4-2133 CAS 15...

10 by Ian Cutress on 8/29/2014

G.Skill Announces Ripjaws DDR4, up to DDR4-3200

Much like the recent swathe of X99 motherboard previews we have seen, memory manufacturers are getting on board with showcasing their DDR4 memory modules to use with the Haswell-E...

20 by Ian Cutress on 8/22/2014

Interview with ADATA's President Shalley Chen

At this year’s Computex, I had the opportunity to sit down with Mrs. Shalley Chen, ADATA’s President, to discuss the current trends in the memory and SSD business, as...

3 by Kristian Vättö on 8/22/2014

ADATA Officially Launches XPG Z1 DDR4 Memory

Given that the supposed release date of DDR4, according to a pre-order listing which suggests it is almost three weeks away, DRAM module manufacturers are slowly initiating press releases...

15 by Ian Cutress on 8/7/2014

Crucial DDR4 Available for Pre-Order at OverclockersUK

While browsing the internet this evening I found a news post that started quoting UK pricing for DDR4. Given the length of time between now and the official DDR4...

26 by Ian Cutress on 8/2/2014

Combo SDIMM: Apacer adds SATA M.2 Storage to DRAM Modules

One focus of PC design is towards the smaller form factor. While mini-ITX is the standard ‘small’ form factor, Apacer is starting to sample their Combo SDIMMs that add...

19 by Ian Cutress on 8/2/2014

ADATA Formally Announces DDR4-2133 CL15 UDIMMs

One of the hot topics in computer upgrades for the next couple of years is going to be the move to DDR4. Intel has already announced that the...

28 by Ian Cutress on 7/31/2014

ADATA Launches XPG V3 DDR3 Range

Despite the talk surrounding the introduction of DDR4 to the market, the volume product for the foreseeable future is still DDR3. We have done a number of memory scaling...

18 by Ian Cutress on 7/25/2014

Computex 2014: GeIL Shows DDR4, with Suggested CAS Latencies

One of the big launches this year will be the Haswell-E platform. It is pretty much common knowledge in hardware discussions that this means Haswell-E, X99 and DDR4...

25 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2014

G.Skill Overclocking World Cup at Computex 2014: $10,000 for #1

Extreme overclocking using LN2 (Liquid Nitrogen) to get the best scores possible has had a recent infusion of interest from PC component vendors. In the past there were...

6 by Ian Cutress on 6/11/2014

Computex 2014: Transcend Shows SSD370 with Custom Firmware, SSD & RAM Upgrade Kits for Macs

Transcend has lately been shifting their focus and the company's strategy now is to concentrate on providing upgrade kits to Mac users. That was evident at their Computex booth...

3 by Kristian Vättö on 6/11/2014

Computex 2014: Crucial Shows Ballistix Elite DDR4

Obviously one of the biggest topics of Computex this year is DDR4. Crucial will be bringing their DDR4 to the consumer market under the Ballistix Elite brand with speeds...

25 by Kristian Vättö on 6/4/2014

G.Skill Launches 32GB DDR3L-2133 1.35V SO-DIMM Memory Kit

The topic of SO-DIMM memory is an interesting one. As it currently stands, almost all laptops with interchangeable memory slots have SO-DIMM slots, as well as a few...

12 by Ian Cutress on 4/22/2014

G.Skill takes Ripjaws SO-DIMM to DDR3-2600MHz on ASRock M8

One of the many issues presented with a SO-DIMM capable system, whether laptop or desktop, is one of performance. In our recent Haswell memory scaling article using regular...

10 by Ian Cutress on 2/21/2014

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