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 to tie in with which products they will be releasing. This is good news for the rest of us, as we will get to see what timings and pricings to expect when the full release happens. Today it is ADATA launching some of its higher performance kits under the XPG Z1 branding. If you followed our Computex coverage, you will notice a striking similarity to the modules we saw on display at ADATA’s booth.

Aside from the regular quotes about reducing the voltage from DDR3’s 1.5 volts to 1.2 volts, ADATA is stating that its XPG Z1 range will offer speeds up to 2800 MHz with timings of CL 17-17-17, all within the 1.2 volts standard. The press release would also seem to suggest that ADATA is equipping these modules with a plug and play system, by stating ‘the SPD of XPG Z1 allows direct application without changing settings in the BIOS’. I am going to follow up with ADATA to find out what they mean by this, whether it will be plug and play or they are just referring to JEDEC.

The XPG Z1 design uses the angular heatsink tapering to a point, which underneath uses a 10-layer PCB with 2-oz copper layers. The heatsink is in direct contact with the ICs, and if the past serves me correctly this is mostly likely via an epoxy that is hard to remove.

The full list of kit capabilities is listed at ADATA’s website. Kits will be available in dual (2x4/2x8) and quad (4x4/4x8) channel variants, all in red to begin with, using the following speeds:

  • DDR4-2133 15-15-15 (CAS/CL = 142)
  • DDR4-2133 13-13-13 (CAS/CL = 164)
  • DDR4-2400 16-16-16 (CAS/CL = 150)
  • DDR4-2800 17-17-17 (CAS/CL = 165)

No pricing information as of yet, but given ADATA’s previous press releases, we usually get it around two weeks after the kit being announced.

Source: ADATA

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  • Senti - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    Pretty much the same as advantages DDR3 over DDR2: faster, less energy consumption. Z97 is stuck with DDR3. Reply
  • know of fence - Friday, August 08, 2014 - link

    It's only faster if the frequency is actually higher, there is DDR3 2133 MHz and higher RAM out there. Reply
  • duploxxx - Friday, August 08, 2014 - link

    and no use case for at least 75% of the buyers. Reply
  • Rampart19 - Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - link

    Lower voltages and faster speeds. DDR3 is 1.2-1.65 V while DDR4 is 1.05-1.2 V. DDR3 is 800-2133 MT/s while DDR4 is 2133-4266 MT/s. But like the move from DDR2 to DDR3, DDR4 will have a different pin layout not compatible with current motherboards.

    Currently there are only two announced products that will support DDR4: Intel's X99 platform (Haswell-E) and AMD's Opteron A1100 "Seattle" ARM SoC.
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  • mars2k - Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - link

    Well someone had to be first. Gigabyte just announce a ddr4 board...with 8 memory slots I believe. Something has to go in that. Reply

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