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...
We take a sneak peak at OCZ's latest Flex series armed with a Zotac 9800GTX and ASUS P5Q Deluxe.
Gary Key on 5/19/2008
The memory industry has been under fire for anti-competitive actions for over half a decade, we take a look at what's going on
Ryan Smith on 10/25/2007
Our high-speed DDR3 Roundup revs up! Do the newest high-speed memories have the stuff to join the DDR3-2000 club?
Wesley Fink on 10/11/2007
OCZ introduces the fastest production memory you can buy. The new DDR3-1800 is based on more aggressive binning of Micron Z9 chips. How does their new DDR3-1800 compare to...
Wesley Fink on 7/31/2007
DDR3-1600 that can run as fast as 7-7-7 timings has appeared in record time. Can the new memory based on Micron Z9 chips reach 2000 and beyond?
Wesley Fink on 7/20/2007
Kingston is launching PC3-11000, the first production DDR3-1333+ with the bonus of low latency. Do lower latencies move DDR3 up in performance enough to offset the higher price?
Wesley Fink on 5/24/2007
DDR3 is arriving with the new Intel P35 chipset. Is DDR3 faster? How does performance compare to DDR2? We do an apples-to-apples comparison to provide some answers.
Wesley Fink on 5/15/2007
Corsair snares bragging rights with a new Dominator memory rated at PC2-10000 (DDR2-1250). Does this new CAS 5 kit push to the top of our memory performance charts?
Wesley Fink on 1/31/2007
Corsair expands their new Dominator series with a PC2-8888 CAS 4 that promises the best performance ever from DDR2. Does Dominator deliver on the promise?
Wesley Fink on 1/1/2007
OCZ introduces a high-end DDR2 memory with water blocks and the promise of new heights in memory performance. Does this unique approach to high-end DDR2 deliver the scorching performance...
Wesley Fink on 12/8/2006
A close look at value DDR2-800 from Super Talent. Can a low-priced DDR2 memory provide the performance you want?
Wesley Fink on 11/29/2006
A closer look at G.Skill's mid-range DDR2-800, based on relaxed binning of Micron D9 chips. Is it a good value or does it leave you wanting for more?
Wesley Fink on 11/3/2006
Patriot introduces 2GB and 1GB memory kits rated at DDR2-1066. How does the Patriot memory compare to the best in the market?
Wesley Fink on 10/30/2006
After a flood of emails we take a look at DDR2-667 memory performance on our Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 motherboard.
Gary Key on 10/26/2006
Super Talent and TEAM launch DDR2-1000 memory. How do these fast DDR2 memories compare to the best in the market?
Wesley Fink on 10/10/2006
OCZ and Corsair have both introduced the fastest DDR2 they have ever produced. How do they compare to each other and the rest of the high-end DDR2 memories?
Wesley Fink on 8/4/2006
Memory is compared on Core 2 Duo and AM2. There is also a CPU comparison at 2.93GHz & DDR2-1067 for "show-me" readers.
Wesley Fink on 7/25/2006
The latest and greatest Micron DDR2 chips are appearing in all the best DDR2 these days. Do the new Buffalo and Crucial DDR2-1000 provide breakthrough performance?
Wesley Fink on 7/7/2006
OCZ delivers the first 2G DDR2 memory kit based on the latest Micron DDR2 chips. Is this the DDR2 fireworks we've been waiting for?
Wesley Fink on 4/3/2006