ARM’s 64-bit dreams

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2011-Nov-26 | Tags: arm

Start64!There was a time when ARM processors were strictly for small devices such as mobile phones and embedded applications. But now the British processor maker has bigger ambitions: the data centre. ARM’s early successes were in the mobile phone arena as its processors were small and used very little power. But in terms of processing ability, ARM processors were not particularly powerful, and so weren’t suited to much more than basic smartphones.

Start64!The other day we looked at the new Corsair Dominator GTX8 8GB kit and we found ourselves really impressed with what Corsair was offering us. The problem with this kit is that to achieve 2400MHz DDR, you need a CPU that's able to offer that kind of speed and as we mentioned in that review, out of the three 3960X CPUs we had, only one could achieve this speed with the other two maxing out around the 2300MHz DDR area.

Start64!Corsair Vengeance DDR3 memory modules are geared toward the enthusiast and overclocking communities. The reason the Vengeance memory modules can target these market segments is because they are selected for their high-performance and overclocking potential. In addition, all kits of Vengeance memory utilize an aluminum heat-spreader design that improves heat dissipation for overclocking and, if it matters, a sleek design that can be had in multiple colors.

Start64!Remember your first ever computer? I’ll bet you probably didn’t build it yourself either. Think real hard and try to visualize the box it came in, can you see the amount of memory it stated that was preinstalled on the sticker? Depending on how long ago it may have been kilobytes or megabytes. Back then the DIMMS it had were considered high density, or shall we say cutting edge? The gigabytes you have in your system now is a far cry from back then but as recently as 6 years ago 256 Mb was considered overkill.

Start64!We were fortunate enough to show off the new RipjawsZ kit the other week in a news post. Today, though, we really get a chance to look closer at them and see what the kit is all about. The first thing to probably cover is the name, though. On the Sandy Bridge platform we saw the RipjawsX carry with it the most aggressive clocks and timings. The new Sandy Bridge-E platform has brought with it a new series in the form of the RipjawsZ which at launch consists of a few models.

Start64!Netlist keeps expanding the capacity of its HyperCloud series of RDIMM memory and recently announced that it has developed a new DDR3 module that has reached a whopping 32GB in capacity. The memory module uses the standard 4Gb DRAM that is found in other high capacity DDR3 memory solutions, but packs no less than 72 such chips on a single PCB.

Start64!Mach Xtreme didn't actually outright say what it was, but it promises that the price of the Urban Series Quad-Channel DDR3 memory kit will not be too hard on one's life savings. Intel's Sandy Bridge-E processors have appeared and, with them, X79 motherboards with high aims for memory.

Start64!We did say G.Skill was building the RipjawsZ set of high-end random access memory and, sure enough, just as we published the review of a certain processor, the RAM has made its official entrance. The RipjawsZ memory kit is quite high on the performance and capacity scales, not that anyone expected any less.

Start64!Together with Intel's official announcement of the first processors based on the Sandy Bridge-E architecture, MSI released two new LGA 2011 motherboards one of these featuring support for 128GB of RAM according to the company.

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