GeIL has announced its slick DDR4 Super Luce lineup. Boasting colors of white, red or blue, the kits are expected to range from DDR4-2666 MHz to DDR4-3400 MHz and up to 64GB capacity.
“The principle behind these kits is that the top of the module can beat at five different rates, based on the temperature of a thermal sensor on the module,” writes Ian Cutress of AnandTech.
“Under 40ºC, the LED will pulse at 13 beats per minute, or one per 4.6 seconds. Then as the temperature rises in sets of 5ºC, it will move up to 60, 80, 120 and 200 beats per minute, reaching the peak frequency over 55ºC.”
According to Cutress, each module may very well operate independent of the others.
“This might indicate that depending on the heat movement around the socket, one side of the modules might be at a different heartbeat frequency than the others,” he adds.
As the journalists at ComputerPowerUser note, one can’t really build a rig that demands the attention of other enthusiasts without including parts capable of wowing an audience.
“Generally speaking, a large quantity of fast RAM doesn’t become obsolete as quickly as a CPU or graphics card, for example,” says the publication.
“The form factor of DDR changes at a glacial pace, so system memory is one of the few components that you can typically transfer from build to build… Whether you’re building a brand-new system or upgrading your current machine, you can’t forget about the memory.”
More specifically, ComputerPowerUser goes on to detail a number of advantages offered by DDR4, such as higher capacity, decreased supply voltage and speed (reportedly peaking at 3,100MHz).
“Modules of DDR4 start at DDR4-2133, twice that of the DDR3-1066 modules that were common when DDR3 launched. A couple of manufacturers have already released DDR4-3400 kits, and the speed gap will only widen as DDR4 matures,” the publication concludes.
Commenting on the above-mentioned report, Loren Shalinsky, a Strategic Development Director at Rambus, confirms that DDR4 memory delivers a 40-50 percent increase in bandwidth, along with a 35 percent reduction in power consumption compared to DDR3 memory (currently in servers).
“DDR4 is well on its way to successfully ramping on the server and enthusiast side before heading to mainstream desktop PCs, laptops and consumer applications like digital TVs and set-top boxes,” he adds. “We also expect the cost of DDR4 to decrease. When it ultimately reaches price parity with DDR3, DDR4 will become the default choice for consumer products.”
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