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, which support up to four channels of DDR3 memory (official support for DDR3-1600, but overclocking will surely be an option).

Given the current price of memory, Patriot expects the default configuration for SNB-E systems to be a kit of four 4GB DIMMs for a total of 16GB. Sandy Bridge E isn't expected until the Fall at the earliest so memory pricing isn't certain, but Patriot expects a 16GB SNB-E memory kit to sell for around $130 when Division4 is released later this year.

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  • earthrace57 - Monday, June 27, 2011 - link

    1. My laptop has 2 GB of runs Opera/Chrome (depends how I'm feeling that day :3) on 5-15 tabs...Skype...iTunes....Maplestory/Minecraft....I know Minecraft and Maplestory aren't the most demanding games, but usually I'm close to the max (maybe around 95% with Minecraft and 90% with Maplestory) but my computer still handles it well...Actuallly its usually the CPU usage that kills me because it truly is a low end computer (Celeron 450 @ 2.2 GHz)...but then again when I got it I didn't know much about computers....and I didn't realize that the Pentium was dual core (oopseys)...but now I know a lot more and I realize my mistake :3
    2. I think 8 GB is futureproofing quite enough for the average user...or a softcore gamer...actually 4 is enough for average user 8 for softcore-medium gamer...12 around the hardcore gamer/photoshop......16 into the futureproofing for photoshop/video editing.....24 into Hardcore video editing (around high-end youtube quality FYI).....32 is really for those who do insane video editing or futureproofing for those video editors
    3. That is my view :3
  • cactusdog - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    I was thinking a 4x2GB would be standard kit for sandy bridge-e setup but for less than $10 a gig what the heck.

    But then again a 4x2GB kit might only cost $70, pretty wasnt that long ago that 4 Gigs of ddr2 cost $500.
  • 7Enigma - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    That was my thought as well. 16GB of ram is likely not going to be a standard setup. But having 4 X 2GB would offer increased bandwidth (if needed) while keeping the wasted RAM to a minimum.
  • Mumrik - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    "but Patriot expects a 16GB SNB-E memory kit to sell for around $130"

    Split that up and it's 65 USD for an 8-set. Sounds like they're expecting prices to drop even further.
  • Golgatha - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    I wonder if the new motherboards will have 4 or 8 slots for RAM. I would personally just like to buy another dual channel kit to add to my 12GB of RAM for 16GB total. On occasion I need more than 8GB, so if the boards only come with 4 slots for RAM, then I will be getting a 16GB kit and selling off my old 2GB sticks.
  • red_dog007 - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    Jeez guys. Do you guys even use your computer?
    Just with Chrome, FF and a few folders and maybe a small program open like WinRar type size I easily use 4GB of memory, which is all I have atm sadly.

    I could easily use 16GB which is going in my next system. Shoot, I could use up 24GB pretty easily if I had that space. Now 32GB would currently be out of my range, but in the next 2 years or so, I can see myself easily using 32GB.
  • B3an - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    I was going to get Sandy Bridge E as a upgrade from my 1366 system, but the more i learn about it, the more pathetic it looks.

    No USB 3.
    No PCI-E 3.0.
    No Thunderbolt.
    Only 4 pathetic RAM slots (down from 6 on 1366 boards).
    Released WAY too late.

    Hardly a "high end" solution any more. And with Ivy Bridge coming just months after with USB3, ThunderBolt, and PCI-E 3.0 i dont see any point in SNB-E. Intel have completely killed the high-end.
    If this came out months ago and lead the way for Sandy Bridge as with previous high-end platforms it would have been great.
    If theres atleast SOME boards with 8 RAM slots i may look at it but otherwise i dont see any point in this platform at all. I've no idea what to upgrade to next as i need the fastest system available for my work, but SNB-E is an embarrassment to the words "high-end".
  • mtoma - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    I think you're right, altough it is too soon to have a final saying on Sandy Bridge-E. We can only speculate on this, because Intel is so criptic about this future high-end platform.
    Besides possible lack of RAM-banks, I don't like the SNB-E manufacturing process (32 nm), wich will be almost 2 years old. Why not delay the product launch until spring of 2012, and use state of the art 22 nm manufacturing process? And of course the other goodies: USB 3.0. Thunderbolt, PCI-E 3.0? It's not like we ask Intel (God forbid!) to keep the same socket layout from one generation to another (like AMD does with flying colors).
    To me it seems that some twisted arrangement exists with AMD, to share the consumer market: Intel makes all the cool stuff, but periodically, they fuck up on something on purpose, while AMD makes cheap, good enough chips and behave themselves, they don't keep back technology.
  • neotiger - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    >Only 4 pathetic RAM slots (down from 6 on 1366 boards).

    WAIT!!! WHAT???

    Is that true, only 4 RAM slots??!!

    I had assumed that with quad-channel comes 8 slots.

    So with the new generation of mother board I could "upgrade" from 24G RAM to 16G RAM???!!!

    This is just pathetic!! And I was looking forward to 32G RAM...
  • naeonline - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    It supports up to 32GB of RAM but there are no consumer non-ecc Modules that are 8GB each to give you the 32GB total. Frustrating as ever!!

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