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...
Buffalo Technologies introduces FireStix High-Speed memory with flame red heat spreaders. Do FireStix perform as hot as they look?
Wesley Fink on 7/22/2004
DDR2 667 is coming, so how far can you push the DDR2 memory that is now available? In our first roundup of DDR2 memory, we take a closer...
Wesley Fink on 7/8/2004
Shikatronics and OCZ are shipping DDR550 based on the latest Hynix B chips, which are claimed to be the fastest memory that you can buy. Did ShikaXRAM and...
Wesley Fink on 6/29/2004
It appears that the funeral for 2-2-2 timings was a bit premature. Corsair introduces 2-2-2 DDR400 and Samsung launches a new DDR500 memory using new chips that claim...
Wesley Fink on 6/15/2004
OCZ extends their EB (Enhanced Bandwidth) memory series with DDR466 that takes Extended Bandwidth Performance to a new high. The surprise is that they perform even better on...
Wesley Fink on 5/19/2004
OCZ launches a new EB (Enhanced Bandwidth) memory series with CAS 2.5 and the claim that 2.5-2-3 or 3-2-3 timings can be just as fast as CAS 2 in...
Wesley Fink on 4/7/2004
We thought they were all gone, but Mushkin surprises us with the introduction of PC3200 2-2-2 Special memory based on the legendary Winbond BH6 chips.
Wesley Fink on 4/4/2004
PMI is a new name in high-end memory, but they are going for the gold with a matched pair of DDR533. Can the new PMI4200 compete with the...
Wesley Fink on 3/25/2004
The NCAA tournament is kicking up but DDR2's sluggish performance won't win games for AMD. Find out where AMD sees this redshirt freshman in upcoming seasons.
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/25/2004
Fast on the heels of the March 17th announcement, Kingston has DDR2 memory modules in our hands. Chipsets and boards have not yet been released, but we can...
Wesley Fink on 3/18/2004
Samsung introduces standard DDR466 chips and DIMMs. DDR466 is the latest, and likely last, DDR standard. How does the new Samsung PC3700 compare to DDR400 and the...
Wesley Fink on 3/15/2004
Kingmax introduces DDR500 and DDR466 DIMMs based on "tiny BGA" memory chips. How do these new "Hardcore Series" small memory modules compare to the big guns in the...
Wesley Fink on 3/9/2004
Recently disclosed documents along with the memory fluctuations in 2001/2002 have spawned a new set of US Department of Justice investigations against Micron, Samsung, Hynix and Infineon. We...
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/2/2004
With recent roadmaps and DDR2 information, we are starting to get a clear picture of where the new memory standard fits.
Kristopher Kubicki on 2/25/2004
Corsair was first out of the gate with DDR550, but OCZ soon followed with their PC4400 memory. Are the new Memory Speeds really useful or just there for...
Wesley Fink on 2/19/2004
OCZ 3700 Gold was the first memory at AnandTech to reach DDR500, but it only came in Double-Sided 256Mb modules. The updated OCZ PC3700 Gold Rev. 2 adds...
Wesley Fink on 1/1/2004
OCZ introduces new memory for the DDR400 to DDR466 range that can do very fast 2-2-2-5 timings. With all the recent memory introductions with slower timings, it is...
Wesley Fink on 10/30/2003
Today, OCZ introduced 4200EL - the Highest Speed Memory that we have tested at AnandTech. Does the new OCZ 4200EL live up to its DDR533 Performance Rating? ...
Wesley Fink on 10/13/2003
Mushkin is introducing a new revision of their DDR500 memory that claims great performance at DDR500 and fast timings at DDR400. How does it compare to the top...
Wesley Fink on 9/26/2003
Today, Corsair introduces an improved DDR500 with a cast aluminum heatsink and LED activity lights. We compare it to Corsair’s current PC4000 and the best of our DDR500 roundup.
Wesley Fink on 9/15/2003