RAM

  • OCZ now offering 4GB DDR3 DIMMs

    The world of memory timings, latency, and voltage is a strange one, but usually you can count on the fact that more RAM is better. OCZ, purveyor of fine system components (and super cheap ones), wants you to know that you can have as much DDR3 as you like — no more stacking up DIMMs up in your measly four slots for a paltry total of 8GB. No, they have doubled the capacity to 4GB/DIMM… Read More

  • Kingston's new "fastest memory ever" probably is, but won't be next month

    I haven’t been keeping up with the hardware. Last year I was all set because I’d recently built my PC, but all this dag-nabbed Macintosh-using has made me lazy. So when Kingston says their new HyperX 2400MHz DDR3 RAM is the fastest in the world and is timed at 9-11-9-27-2, all I can do is nod my head, open a new tab, and hit “New Post.” The result… is what you see. Read More

  • New study proves that ECC memory may well be worth the extra cost

    Conventional wisdom regarding computer memory has for some time been that all RAM is created equal. Stated another way, it’s not really worth it to buy expensive ECC RAM because errors just don’t occur frequently enough to worry about. Even in server-grade products, designed to be running 24/7 in mission-critical environments, ECC RAM is often optional. Mainboards and RAM sold… Read More

  • Is 12GB of RAM worth it?

    At a time when most people are trying to decide whether 4GB is worth it, it seems a bit decadent to consider the case of 12GB. But the fancy-pants overclocking world doesn’t care about your netbooks or you petty “worldwide financial collapse.” Sometimes, you just need to know how much is too much. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 2GB of desktop RAM for $5.47 $30.99 after rebate

    Yikes, hot deal on RAM. You can get the 2GB OCZ DDR3 2000MHz kit for $55.47 plus a $50 mail in rebate, bringing the price down to just $5.47. UPDATE: Must have been a pricing error, as Amazon has now changed the price to $80.99 with a $50 mail in rebate. Sorry for the confusion. Read More

  • Is the DDR3 push starting now?

    DDR3 as a premium RAM technology has been around for a good while now, but the price of setting up a DDR3 system has been less than cost-effective. The benefits of DDR3 haven’t been great enough to justify the huge price gap between common DDR2 and the newer standard. But the changeover has to happen sometime, and it looks like Samsung got a little impatient. They’re offering… Read More

  • How much is that RAM in the window?

    ExtremeTech, using an advanced scientific method called “math”, has reduced the price of RAM down to the cost-per-megabyte level, revealing some interesting information. According to their crack squad of investigators, “DDR3-1600 kits triple channel kits offer a lower cost-per-gigabyte than dual-channel kits.” But wait before you rush off to stuff triple channel kits… Read More

  • IBM's fancy new STT-MRAM prototype that holds 4Kb of data

    Three cheers for new, strange technologies that won’t see the light of day for many, many years! Specifically, IBM’s example of spin-torque-transfer magnetoresistive random access memory (STT-MRAM) has wowed the MRAM press with its latest prototype. The device can store a whopping 4Kb of data for around 10 years without any electricity flowing through its veins. The main idea… Read More

  • It seems the latest Mac firmware doesn't fix the 4GB RAM issues

    Apple sent out new firmware yesterday that was suppose to fix a few items in the latest MacBook Pro. Early reports indicate that it doesn’t seem to fix the RAM issues though. James Kendrick, from jkOnTheRun, is indicating that his system still freezes and locks up with 4GB of RAM installed. Anyone else experiencing the same? Read More

  • Newegg.com Black Friday deals: 4GB Corsair RAM for $20

    As promised, Newegg.com has pulled out many of the stops to deliver unto you several Black Friday deals. No, I take that back. They’re not just deals, but ULTRA-SECRET deals. So ultra-secret, in fact, that I’m posting them here for y’all to see. Highlights include: • 4GB (2x2GB) of Corsair DDR 2 800 RAM for $49.9919.99 with rebate! That’s hot. • 19-inch… Read More

  • Your new MacBook can use up to 6GB of RAM (and not just 4GB)

    1-up! While Apple says the new MacBook has a memory limit of 4GB, memory retailer Ramjet says that the limit is actually 6GB. You get to that magic number, six, by using a single 4GB module and a singe 2GB module. On Ramjet that costs a whopping $680 $580—$500 for the 4GB module and $80 for the 2GB module. Now, MacRumors says that the new MacBook Pro has a memory limit of 8GB. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 4GB of RAM for $29 after rebate

    Time for an upgrade, wouldn’t you say? Fry’s has a 4GB memory kit for $68.99 with a $40 mail-in rebate. I hate mail-in rebates as much as you do but, hey, cheap RAM is good. The kit consists of two sticks of 240-pin DDR2 PC2-6400 memory and the rebate’s good until this Thursday, so get while the gettin’ is good. [Fry’s via dealnews] Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 500W PSU and 2GB of RAM for $39 shipped


    Damn, that’s hot! If you’re not running a crazy system that needs more than 500 watts of power (you’d know if you do), you might just upgrade here. I’m thinking about it. OCZ StealthXStreams are good PSUs and very quiet, and then getting two DDR-2 6400 DIMMs into the deal for a dollar less? Yes, with the $20 combo discount and the two $25 rebates, you pay less for… Read More

  • Kingston launching new DDR3 memory for the gaming crowd

    Gaming nerds that demand the latest and greatest might want to take a closer look at Kinston’s latest memory. Dubbed HyperX, the memory company claims that these are the fastest DDR3 memory units made to date with a 2GHz speed and feature CL9-9-9-27 @ 1.9 volts over the 2GB pair. These memory modules have launched in the States with a $227 MSRP and are shipping right now. Go my… Read More

  • New Kingston laptop RAM takes it to 800MHz


    Looks like Kingston is working to eliminate the memory bandwidth bottleneck in laptops. These new HyperX PC2-6400 CL4 SO-DIMMS jump up from 667MHz to 800MHz and work at extra low latency, bringing them up to speed with the newest P45/Centrino 2 combo setups. If you want to replace your stock RAM it’ll be expensive, though: $257 for 4GB. If my laptop were my only computer, I might… Read More

  • OCZ make-a special RAM for your gaming lap-a-top


    Those DIMMs may not look that special, but they’re secretly sweet. These DDR3 modules are much faster and use less power than what you’ve got in your laptop right now, although I’m skeptical that laptop RAM uses more electricity than, say, the fans (especially in a high-performance laptop). Still, any saving of power is welcome, especially when your main concern with a laptop… Read More

  • Corsair shows some love for the Mac Pro with 800MHz 4GB DIMM RAM kit

    Earlier in the year Corsair launched the low-latency RAM geared specifically for the Penryn-based MacBook and MacBook Pro, which I currently have on my MBP, and now they’re kicking out some kits for the Mac Pro. The new Mac Memory kits buffer at 800MHz and work alongside the MP-specific heat sinks and whatever else to unleash the beast that is your Mac Pro. A 4GB DIMM kit retails for… Read More

  • IBM creates super-fast memory

    IBM has allegedly developed a new type of digital storage that could greatly increase the capacity of portable devices, while reducing their price. “Racetrack” memory, as this technology is called, uses spinning electrons to store more data and enables these systems to operate faster than regular hard drives. This technology is similar to flash memory in that it has no moving… Read More

  • Crucial announces DDR3 Laptop RAM


    Good stuff. Crucial’s the first on the market with this notebook RAM; probably it’ll be snapped up by lux retailers like Alienware. I opted not to get DDR3 for my new desktop rig because the benefits aren’t really there yet compared with the advanced DDR2 RAM on the market, but for a notebook the benefits might be real. It does after all require less power and while I doubt… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $10 off at Crucial

    Looking to upgrade your RAM, SSD, flash cards, USB drives or performance DRAM? Crucial currently has a deal where you can save $10 when you order $100 or more. Give it a whirl. My old MacBook was upgraded with 2GB of RAM and never had any problems. My latest rig, Penryn MBP, will see a bump in RAM to 4GB from Crucial later this week so look for a review as well as new benchmarking numbers. Crucial Read More