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Kingston already has DDR3 SO-DIMMs

Kingston already has DDR3 SO-DIMMs

Kingston's DDR3 SO-DIMMs are almost final... more than six months before a compatible notebook chipset is launched.

This morning, we went along to see Kingston, who is really pushing DDR3 quite hard at the moment.

Just yesterday, the company unveiled its line of desktop DDR3 modules with both 1375MHz HyperX (PC3-11000) and 1066MHz ValueRAM (PC3-8500) in 512MB, 1GB single modules and 1GB (2x512MB) and 2GB (2x1GB) matched pairs.

The new HyperX and ValueRAM DDR3 modules both come with timings of 7-7-7-20 and operate at 1.7V and 1.5V respectively.

Pricing is also pretty good too. At least, as far as DDR3 prices are concerned. You'll be able to pick up 2GB dual channel kits of HyperX PC3-11000 for around £265+VAT, while the ValueRAM's RRP is £226+VAT.

Probably more interesting is a look into the future, as Kingston is very close to having DDR3 SO-DIMMs ready for volume production, despite the fact that there is no sign of any notebook chipsets supporting the new memory standard. In fact, Kingston told us that there are no notebook chipsets that will support DDR3 SO-DIMMs until sometime in the middle of next year.

Currently, only 512MB SO-DIMMs are very close to ready - these operate at 1066MHz CL7 with 1.5V and will fit under Kingston's ValueRAM line. We also managed to see 1GB SO-DIMMs too, but we weren't allowed to take pictures of them because they're still in the very early stages of development.

So, how has Kingston been able to test and validate these modules? We sat down with two of the company's R&D engineers, who told us about the high speed DRAM machines it uses to screen memory chips. These machines, which cost in excess of $20 million USD a pop, are essentially used to burn in the DRAM chips to test for inconsistencies in performance and stability.

While there wasn't one of these machines hanging around on Kingston's booth, it was interesting to see how memory manufacturers are able push the research and development boat out well before new chipsets are finalised.

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sinizterguy 6th June 2007, 22:48 Quote
Always good ....

Are Intels new chips supposed to support DDR3 sometime next year ?
r4tch3t 7th June 2007, 07:52 Quote
There are already DDR3 boards out.

EDIT: I like the fact that they can test the chips and get them into production etc, before a chipset is out. Gives us at least working RAM when they do arrive. I want one.
./^\.Ace./^\. 7th June 2007, 16:29 Quote
I have not seen a laptop that supports anything past DDR2 667MHz, why would you need something as fast as DDR3 1066MHz :?
ComputerMD82 30th July 2008, 07:27 Quote
Toshiba's new Qosmio models coming out are using the DDR3 SO-DIMMS along with the Intel Core 2 Duo's with the 1066mhz FSB:

http://explore.toshiba.com/laptops/qosmio/X305

The top of the line model, which I'm drooling over, has these specs...

Intel Core 2 Duo X9100 3.06GHz / 4GB RAM / 400GB Hard Drive / GeForce 9800M GTX / DVD±R/RW / 802.11GN / Bluetooth / Webcam / Vista Ultimate 64-Bit

# The Qosmio X305 Series is a powerful Notebook with 4GB of DDR3 PC3-8500 RAM Memory and has Intel’s Core 2 Duo Extreme processor that delivers even more frames per second and more gaming action than you ever dreamed possible. How far could you take your gaming with a massive 1GB of Discrete graphics memory? Beyond the limits of your imagination. Thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX Technology you’ll thrill to stunning 3D imagery, true-to-life textures and flesh tones, eerily real smoke, shadows and lighting, plus hair-trigger movement. You’ll also be able to play next-gen DirectX 10 games the way they’re meant to be played. Enjoy all the in-your-face realism of today’s hottest 3D games at a full 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+) resolution. The brightness, contrast, Color saturation and overall image quality of this screen is hard to believe. Four high-fidelity Stereo speakers and one very powerful sub-woofer envelop you in Sound and put you right in the middle of the action. Get rocked by explosions. Shrink from shattering glass. And feel stirring soundtracks swirl all around you. Now is the time to break the piggy bank and pickup this one today. Box Contents: Qosmio X305-Q704, Lithium-Ion Battery, 180W AC Adapter, Software Bundle: Windows Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 1, Microsoft Office Professional 2007 Edition: 60-Day Trial, Norton 360 All-in-One Security, 1-Year Limited Warranty
# Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme X9100 3.06 GHz Processor
# 6 MB L2 Cache, 1066 MHz Bus speed
# 4096 MB DDR3 (PC3-8500) RAM Max: 4GB
# 400 GB (Two 200GB, 7200RPM) SATA Hard Drive
# 17.0" diagonal WSXGA+ (1680 x 1050) TruBrite TFT LCD display
# PCI-Express x16 NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX 1GB GDDR3 Dedicated Graphics Memory
# Built-in Webcam and microphone
# Labelflash DVD±R/RW SuperMulti Drive with Double Layer
# 4 Built-in Harman/Kardon Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer
# Atheros 802.11b/g/n Wireless
# 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
# Bluetooth v2.0 (EDR)
# Fingerprint reader
# 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter: MMC, SD, MS, MS Pro, xD
# ExpressCard 54/34 Slot
# 4 x USB 2.0 (1 x eSATA/USB combo port), Headphone out; Microphone-in, VGA, REGZA Link (1080p HDMI-CEC), IEEE-1394, RJ-11(Modem), RJ-45
# Approximate Unit Dimensions: 16.2" (W) x 12" (D) x 2.5" (H)
# Approximate Unit Weight: 9 Pounds
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