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.

Hard Drives to See Price Increase

You may have heard that motherboard prices are to increase around Q3 this year due to component shortages, and NAND flash memory saw a similar scenario as well. More recently, hard drive prices can go up over the course of 2011 – it’s due to a lack of controller chips for the motors used in the drives rather than any mechanisms or the platters within.

Channel pricing has already risen 10-15% lately, and there’s bound to be another jump by 5-10%. Many of the disruptions in supply were due to the natural disaster in Japan, as it damaged three wafer plants that Texas Instruments own and unfortunately shipments won’t resume until September.

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