Top DDR5 speeds? Currently at 6666, with 7000 MHz soon to follow

Last week saw the reviews and launch of Alder Lake CPU and LGA 1700 mainboards. A big new feature of this platform is DDR5 memory allowing for a higher bandwidth, albeit potentially suffering from higher initial prices. Following the premiere of Alder Lake, we took a look at what’s the fastest available memory modules you can get. It looks like memory modules running on 7000MHz for PCs could be here sooner than later. Read more “Top DDR5 speeds? Currently at 6666, with 7000 MHz soon to follow” »

Hynix already has HBM3. Clocks up to 6.4GHz with huge bandwidth

GDDR7 is still far in the future (though Nvidia got ahead with their own Micron-made GDDR6X). But high-performance GPUs could get another new memory technology in the near future: HBM3 chips. Hynix has now announced that it has developed the first generation of this memory, which could lift graphics bandwidth by almost an order of magnitude. A single HBM3 chip (package) has a bandwidth higher than the entire RTX 3080. Read more “Hynix already has HBM3. Clocks up to 6.4GHz with huge bandwidth” »

There’s plenty of DDR4 Alder Lake mobos. DDR5 only in high end?

On Monday we have had an Alder Lake CPU benchmark, based on which, the support for DDR5 memory might pose a dilemma: it has high bandwidth, but might worsen latency, threatening gaming performance. But Alder Lake can also use DDR4. We now have information on the selection of DDR5 and DDR4 mainboards. Apparently getting a quality mainboard for DDR4 should not be a problem, such mainboards might even be in the majority. Read more “There’s plenty of DDR4 Alder Lake mobos. DDR5 only in high end?” »

DDR4 prices are going to increase by 25+ % this quarter

We have unwelcome news that will further complicate PC building in these hard times. It seems that the rise in memory (RAM) prices, which is something that comes periodically every few years, has started again. Due to COVID, the demand for laptops has increased and there is lack DDR4 memory on the market. As a result, the prices are rising, and desktop memory is expected to get 25 % or more expensive by the end of this quarter, compared to Q1 2021. Read more “DDR4 prices are going to increase by 25+ % this quarter” »

Ampere GPU: new PAM4-based GDDR6X memory & more details

Next-gen Nvidia GeForce GPUs are almost here, with reveal on September 1th, but we have interesting new information on them like some specs for the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. But more importantly, it turns out Ampere introduces a complely new memory. Micron has confirmed developping special GDDR6X chips for Nvidia that will increase clocks and bandwidth by 50% over GDDR6. So what do we know so far? Read more “Ampere GPU: new PAM4-based GDDR6X memory & more details” »