ADATA First to Market with Single 8GB Modules

Here’s something new and worthy of mentioning, and it’s ADATA’s new XPG Gaming Series memory. This, however, isn’t your typical RAM as they’re 8GB single modules and are low voltage (1.35V) with rated frequencies of 1333MHz. These modules have 9-9-9-24 timings and complies with JEDEC specs, while the company also mentions that every single memory chip on the module is also strenuously inspected.

“With the popularity of 64-bit operating systems, high-density memory is a prerequisite in many gamers’ minds. We are the first to launch DDR3L 1333G high-density 8GB memory modules, achieved in the XPG Gaming Series,” ADATA DRAM product planning department project manager Alex Wu explained. “This product adopts a 1.35 volt design, to offer gamers excellent stability and efficiency and also reduce waste heat and power consumption costs.”

Currently there’s no word on pricing, but these will come in single 8GB sticks or a paired pack.


Crucial Extends the Ballistix series with Tactical and Elite Options

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything coming from them since March, but Crucial recently revamped their memory lineup with a completely new logo and heat spreader designs. Frequencies range from DD2-800MHz to DDR3-2133MHz with various densities for each module. Their Ballistix Tactical line is tailored for gamers and enthusiasts alike offering low latencies and faster speeds. Not only did they take reliability and performance into consideration, but also great style as well. The modules sport a signature black PCB and new heat spreaders with improved thermal dissipation.

On the other hand, we have the Ballistix Elite series aimed at extreme power users with the product spec’d for compatibility with the latest platforms. They also bear advanced timings and speeds, on-board thermal sensors, and gone through a brand new heat spreader treatment as well.

Expect these to hit shelves as early as September this year.

For Pros: Patriot 12GB DDR3-1600 Viper Extreme Kit

When it comes to video and image post processing, the typical amount of RAM (say 4GB or so) found in most PCs may not simply be enough (not to mention for some of you that run virtual machines as well). On a X58 board, for example, you can simply add more memory to the existing modules to achieve larger capacities. However, having a total of six 2GB sticks may not be as practical and can be fairly inefficient when it comes to overclocking. So, you probably guessed already – why not just use a kit that has three 4GB modules? Patriot Memory recently introduced a lower latency Viper Extreme kit and the timings are 8-9-8-24 at 1600MHz. A 12GB triple channel and 1600MHz kit like this is looking pretty good for a product of its type.


  • PC3-12800 (1600MHz) – 12GB, 3x4GB Tri-Channel
  • Low Latency (8-9-8-24)
  • Voltage: 1.65V
  • XMP Ready
  • Equipped with an extruded aluminum shield build around a copper core to provide improved cooling
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Tested on Intel® X58 chipset w/ Intel® Core i7 CPUs

Roundup: Memory and Portable Storage

This is harder than we had thought! Totally laughable, but at least we made the effort. As the title implies, we rounded relevant posts on new memory (RAM) products and portable (external, different from last roundup if you were wondering) storage. Something that caught our eyes this week was the new DDR3 kit Corsair announced recently, a series dubbed “Vengeance” and the heat spreaders look very unique and interesting to us. They appear very space consuming height-wise, however the giant heatsinks are in fact much thinner than their coolers found on the well known Dominator series.

Also to note is that Tom’s Hardware has an article regarding memory upgrades and whether it’s time for you to add more RAM, so do us (and them) a favor by checking that out! As usual, we’ll add to this list when more related articles surface.

UPDATE: Added two links to the mix. Happy reading!

MSI Introduces New Addition to Fuzion Line

Just recently MSI added another motherboard to their Fuzion lineup, and this latest offering was the 870A Fuzion Power Edition. It’s not just another fancy name because it’s capable of supporting all of AMD’s latest AM3 processors (Phenom II, Athlon II, Sempron), and it features a Lucid Hydra chip which allows users to mix graphics cards from different brands and vendors rather than worrying about the compatibility with the chipset. There’s also the usual premium features including the OC Genie overclocking tool, military class components (solid capacitors and icy chokes), USB 3.0 ports, SATA 6GB/s, 8+2 power DrMOS PSU design, CPU Unlock, and support for up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory. Click here for the full press release.

This currently goes for a reasonable $139.99 USD on and who knows, it might just appear on our builds before you know it.

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