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August 9, 2011 6:14:30 PM

Hi all.

About when can I expect to find DDR3 8 gig sticks for Notebooks & Desktops?
I searched but can't find any rumors.
This will be very helpful for netbooks which only have 1 slot or a desktop doing high-end graphics/ data mining work.

thanks!

I don't expect DDR4 out until 2014, so I hope the high capacity sticks will be out long before then.

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a c 79 } Memory
August 9, 2011 8:10:15 PM

They already exist for desktops. I doubt a notebook with only one slot will support an 8 GB module as they are very expensive. Laptops like the Dell Precision M6500 support them.
August 10, 2011 12:58:08 AM

So, the 8 gig sticks should be common (for non servers) in about 1 year?
Perhaps a new controller will be needed as well to support the new RAM.
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a c 79 } Memory
August 10, 2011 1:06:26 AM

Why would you expect that? They'll probably be expensive and not that common because few users need them. It would be less expensive to buy a system with more memory slots along with 4 GB modules.
August 10, 2011 3:14:48 AM

If I REALLY need the 8 gig stick for the reasons in the original post, I hope they are at least available at NewEgg for example. I'll be willing to pay a premium, but not $100 a gig.
a c 79 } Memory
August 10, 2011 3:28:42 AM

enewmen said:
If I REALLY need the 8 gig stick for the reasons in the original post, I hope they are at least available at NewEgg for example. I'll be willing to pay a premium, but not $100 a gig.
For a desktop, they cost $400 for a 16 GB kit (2 x 8 GB). They currently are not in stock.
a c 79 } Memory
August 10, 2011 12:18:06 PM

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notebook/laptop..

I provided alink to a desktop kit because the OP was initially referring to notebooks, desktops and netbooks. I presume that Dell could be contacted to know the cost of an 8 GB module.

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a c 347 } Memory
August 10, 2011 12:34:13 PM
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It ALL depends on the Notebook, the HP EliteBook 8740w supports 4x8GB {32GB max}, but most notebooks are 2x4GB.

There are Work Stations that support 288GB, there are Sandy Bridge that are limited to 2x8GB, and there are many MOBO's with max 4GB/stick density.

The 8GB/stick non-ECC prices are coming down, but the most 'affordable' are the registered 8GB/stick ECC.

The folks that 'need' >8GB are typically the professionals - rendering, simulation, data, etc. As for DDR4 and beyond most uses for it will be limited to the 'future' CPUs and then it's going to be interesting what impact it will have on consumers. I 'get' DDR4/DDR5 is used in GPUs now.
a c 347 } Memory
August 10, 2011 12:51:04 PM

BTW - regarding Notebooks I've seen a lot of research, by far the HP EliteBook's are the better choice over Dell or anyone else at this time. The research is from large enterprise e.g. financial institutions. In fact I have a bloated HP EliteBook - it's really a desktop the folds. ;) 
August 17, 2011 3:40:46 AM

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