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A-DATA launches super-quick dual-channel DDR3 memory

by Parm Mann on 28 July 2009, 10:32

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With Intel's Core i5 looming near, we can expect to see a flurry of activity in the high-speed dual-channel DDR3 market, and it looks as though Taiwan's A-DATA is getting the party started.

Announced today is the outfit's XPG Plus Series DDR3-2200+ v2.0 dual channel kit. It's a mouthful of a name, but it's essentially a pair of DDR3 modules guaranteed to run at 2,200MHz with latencies of 8-8-8-24 and voltage at 1.65V.

The modules, available in 2GB (2x1GB) or 4GB (2x2GB) kits, are built using two ounces of copper printed circuit board layers, and promise low operating temperatures that are no doubt aided by the attached heatsink design.

No word on pricing yet, but we'd expect to see A-DATA's modules - and indeed high-speed offerings from other big names - just in time for the debut of Intel's Core i5.



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HEXUS
World's first modules to ship at 2,200MHz, ideal for Intel's Core i5 perhaps?
What speed does the i5's memory controller talk to the RAM at?
Core i5???? what's the point in putting phenominally expensive ultra fast memory in a cut price CPU & Motherboard rig? You might as well put 1333 memory in a full core i7 rig as it will work out at about the same price.

Sorry guys this is going to be for enthusiasts with core i7 extreme cpu's and triple channel boards.
UnixNerd
Core i5???? what's the point in putting phenominally expensive ultra fast memory in a cut price CPU & Motherboard rig? You might as well put 1333 memory in a full core i7 rig as it will work out at about the same price.

Sorry guys this is going to be for enthusiasts with core i7 extreme cpu's and triple channel boards.
You seem to be missing the point - core i7 9xx chips with triple channel don't need fast RAM - the bandwidth can be provided by the triple channel. It's precisely core i5 and core i7 8xx with their dual channel controllers that *do* benefit from high speed RAM. But the controller has to be able to talk to the RAM at that speed too :)
kalniel
You seem to be missing the point - core i7 9xx chips with triple channel don't need fast RAM - the bandwidth can be provided by the triple channel. It's precisely core i5 and core i7 8xx with their dual channel controllers that *do* benefit from high speed RAM. But the controller has to be able to talk to the RAM at that speed too :)
His point remains though. Unless the Core i5s / little i7s overclock like buggery (more so than the original i7s) or cost next to nothing, then it's a bit redundant spending £150+ on a CPU, £100+ on a motherboard, then spending 3 times the norm on RAM. You might as well just go for the original i7 in the first place.

I don't get super-speed RAM anyway, regardless of platform. It is almost entirely a complete waste of money. Things have changed a lot since the days of super-low latency making considerable differences on Athlon64s. RAM such as this is there for 2 primary reasons - epeen and to pry into the wallets of the insanely gullible who have more money than sense.

//edit: Maybe something for Tarinder to explore in a follow up to the i5 / i7 8xx review?