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...

Rambus And NVIDIA Bury The Hatchet, Sign 5 Year Agreement

While Rambus has settled in one form or another with most of the major players in the computing industry, one of the remaining holdouts has been NVIDIA. NVIDIA has...

20 by Ryan Smith on 2/9/2012

Micron CEO Steve Appleton Dies in a Plane Crash

Micron's long time CEO, Steve Appleton, has died in a plane crash at the age of 51 at the Boise Airport on Friday morning. He was reportedly flying a...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 2/4/2012

Patriot SSDs, Flash, and Large Memory Applications

Patriot has been supplying memory products for some time now, and they had the usual assortment of SSDs, RAM, USB, and other Flash products on display in their suite...

4 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2012

Introducing AMD’s Memory Brand

We discussed the availability of AMD branded memory modules earlier this month, but today AMD is officially unveiling information on their memory platform. There are a few major questions...

55 by Jarred Walton on 11/28/2011

Rambus Loses Major Antitrust Case Against Hynix & Micron

There are few companies in the tech world as infamous as Rambus, an IP-only RAM development firm. For the better part of 10 years now they have been engaged...

29 by Ryan Smith on 11/16/2011

Intel and Micron Develop Hybrid Memory Cube, Stacked DRAM is Coming

During the final keynote of IDF, Intel's Justin Rattner demonstrated a new stacked DRAM technology called the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC). The need is clear: if CPU performance is...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

Kingston Shows off Business SF-2281 SSD & 64GB Sandy Bridge E

I dropped by Kingston's booth at the IDF tech showcase to check out two things this evening: Kingston's SSDNow KC100 and another Sandy Bridge E demo. The KC100 is...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

JEDEC Reveals Key Aspects of DDR4

DDR3 made its debut in mid-2007 when Intel released P35 chipset with support for DDR3. Today nearly all desktop, mobile and server platforms support DDR3. iSuppli estimates that DDR3...

34 by Kristian Vättö on 8/23/2011

AMD to Enter RAM Market with Radeon-branded DDR3

AMD's website suggests that the company will be entering the RAM market soon with their own RAM modules. The modules will be branded as Radeon, just like AMD's GPUs...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 8/8/2011

Sandy Bridge Memory Scaling: Choosing the Best DDR3

Intel's Second Generation Core processors, based on the Sandy Bridge architecture, include a number of improvements over the previous generation's Nehalem architecture. We’ll be testing one specific area today...

76 by Jared Bell on 7/25/2011

Patriot: 16GB is the new 8GB for Sandy Bridge-E

Patriot gave me a preview of their new Viper Xtreme Division4 DDR3 memory due out later this year. Patriot is targeting this new line at Sandy Bridge E systems...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SDRAM (Memory): But Were Afraid to Ask

It started off as a simple enough memory review, but somewhere along the way we decided to dramatically expand the scope of our discussion and avoid the monotony...

45 by Rajinder Gill on 8/15/2010

Fastest Memory Race Heats Up - Corsair Announces 2533MHz DDR3

The whole 'fastest memory' halo product race is a bit of a farce. In terms of DDR3, Corsair started the race back in 2007 with their first set...

14 by Ian Cutress on 5/7/2010

This Just In: G.Skill Giveaway Goodies

Before the new site launched I demoed a new feature I'd been toying with called This Just In. The idea is to give you guys a quick glance at...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2010

DDR3-2000+ Memory Kits - Fast but Flawed

We take a look at the latest DDR3-2000+ kits from Corsair and OCZ, but find the quality of the Elpida Hyper ICs is the real story.

16 by Rajinder Gill on 7/8/2009

Memory Scaling on Core i7 - Is DDR3-1066 Really the Best Choice?

We take an in-depth look at memory scaling on the Core i7 platform to determine if there is any value in using memory faster than DDR3-1066.

50 by Gary Key on 6/24/2009

OCZ Blade DDR3-2133 - Is it Fast Enough?

We take our first look at OCZ's new 3B2133LV6GK DDR3-2133 kit and realize we need to call in the big guns for benchmarking at 2133MHz and beyond.

17 by Gary Key on 6/9/2009

Lab Update - Patriot Memory Viper Series DDR3-1333

We take a first look at a very impressive DDR3-1333 (PVT36G1333ELK) 6GB memory kit from Patriot and figure out our assumptions about inexpensive DDR3 memory were misguided.

15 by Gary Key on 3/17/2009

Core i7 - Is High VDimm really a Problem?

Actually, high VDimm is a problem but only under certain circumstances. How and why is something we cannot answer yet, but we do have a briefing today.

40 by Gary Key on 10/8/2008

Corsair DDR3-2133 - How high and fast will it go?

We preview Corsair's new Dominator DDR3-2133 2X1GB kit based on Samsung's latest IC. The first question we set off to answer is just what chipsets will run this stuff...

12 by Rajinder Gill on 8/28/2008

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