In a rather unexpected move, Antec announced its first memory modules at Computex. The Antec Memory DDR4 DIMMs are meant to stretch Antec’s designs to DIMMs, increasing the company’s revenue per user, but whether the latter are going to be interested is something that remains to be seen.

Antec is going to march into memory business in a pretty serious way with five families of DIMMs to be offered initially. There will be the 1-series for system integrators, the 3-series for entry-level DIY builds, the 5-series/5-series TUF Gaming for mainstream DIY builds, and the 7-series for enthusiasts. The 5-series and the 7-series memory kits/modules from Antec will feature trendy RGB lighting, whereas the 1-series and 3-series DIMMs will maintain a more casual look.

Antec’s DDR4 memory modules will be based on DRAM chips from various suppliers, depending on performance and overclocking requirements for particular series of products.

When it comes to performance, do not expect Antec’s modules to offer anything extreme at least initially: the 5-series (pictured) will top at ~3000 MT/s, whereas the 7-series will go higher, but do not expect significantly higher data transfer rates. Antec yet has to finalize all the details about its top-of-the-range memory offerings, but during our conversation at Computex, the company made it clear that right now it does not plan to compete against higher-end DDR4 kits from established players like Corsair or G.Skill.

Antec’s memory modules will hit the market this summer, but exact availability timeframes for each series is still TBD.

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  • ahtoh - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    Why unexpected. They probably see the PC cases market in decline Reply
  • Chaitanya - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    PC case market isn't on decline rather its just Antec who is losing market share in case market due to their horrible cases. Reply
  • niva - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    PC case market is in a big decline, where do you get your data from? Desktop sales in particular are only going to continue going down.

    I doubt getting into the RAM market will change things for Antec or any of these vendors, especially DIMM modules with LEDs (puke). They just need to be better than the rest and possibly come up with new ideas, new case formats, etc. This is the one areas in PCs where things really haven't changed in the last 30 years.
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  • bcronce - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - link

    When companies say the a market is "dying", they mean it's no longer exponentially growing. A saturated market is "dead". Reply
  • close - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - link

    The desktop market is shrinking. People hang on to a build for much longer and the case is one of the parts that doesn't need replacing too often. Unless you're changing form factors.

    And it's not so much that their cases are horrible or worse than they used to be 15 years ago. It's that since then many other manufacturers have upped their game while Antec hasn't done much really.
    Although I have to wonder why they considered RAM to be a lucrative market for them. What's the incentive to buy their modules outside of brand loyalty? Price, performance, or presentation?
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  • jimjamjamie - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    If they can offer DDR4 for a competitive price and a decent warranty, I'm all for it. Reply
  • rocky12345 - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    Good to see them expanding hopefully it works out for them. I also see the trend for everything TUF in the marketing now. Reply
  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    I think all this TUF nonsense is silly. Reply
  • Dragonstongue - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    another maker stretching thin the supplies of what DRAM is available and of course slapping RGB crud on it ^.^ Reply
  • jtd871 - Thursday, June 14, 2018 - link

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