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AMD Announces Gaming-Series Radeon DDR3 Memory

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

AMD has announced the upcoming arrival of its Radeon Gamer-Series memory.

Among most folks AMD is solely known as a manufacturer of CPU's, APU's, GPU's, and some chipsets, but the truth is AMD has been also expanding to a number of other product lines. For example, AMD has already been producing memory for a while now. Of course, AMD will likely not be manufacturing the memory itself though, but rather rebrand some trusted and verified DIMMs.

The existing lineups include AMD Radeon Value Series memory, Radeon Entertaiment Series memory, and Radeon Performance Series memory, which run at speeds of 1333 MHz, 1600 MHz, and 1866 MHz, respectively. Now though, AMD is introducing the Radeon Gaming Series memory, which runs at 2133 MHz.

According to AMD, this memory can boost frame rates in games up to 22 percent compared to its Entertainment series memory, although this was tested on an APU system, so the advantage would likely be less on systems with discrete graphics cards. Using AMD's RamDISK software, AMD also claims that the system can enjoy up to a 65 percent performance improvement in read and write speeds.

AMD's Radeon RG2133 Gamer Series memory kit will come with four DIMMs of 4 GB each, and run on timings of 10-11-11-30 at 1.65 volts. The kit should hit the market this month with an MSRP of $155.

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    blubbey , May 9, 2013 3:11 AM
    Right so a 22% performance increase on a platform we know is limited by memory bandwidth - www.tomshardware.com/reviews/memory-bandwidth-scaling-trinity,3419-8.html - pretty expected. I haven't seen one in a while so it may have changed but discrete GPU's got nothing like the performance increase APU's did from this iirc. Plus much more bandwidth means a much faster ramdisk? Really? I never thought that'd be possible!
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    Soul_keeper , May 9, 2013 4:10 AM
    1.65v == failure
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    spentshells , May 9, 2013 4:11 AM
    S_K lets be fair the stuff is likely rated at 1600Mhz and the pour on the voltage.
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    Soda-88 , May 9, 2013 4:41 AM
    If your gaming habits consist of playing F1 2012, then sure, it truly is a 'gaming RAM'.
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    eklipz330 , May 9, 2013 5:27 AM
    the ram industry is a complete joke... i actually fell for it when i built my first computer... purchased 2gb over 4gb because the mhz was higher and the heatsink was bigger, lmao.
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    falchard , May 9, 2013 5:27 AM
    Still ram is limited by the CPU. What is the point of 2133mhz if the processor limits its speed to 1600mhz without doing a bios tweak?
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    nullifier , May 9, 2013 5:59 AM
    What these guys said:
    "Still ram is limited by the CPU. What is the point of 2133mhz if the processor limits its speed to 1600mhz without doing a bios tweak?"
    "S_K lets be fair the stuff is likely rated at 1600Mhz and the pour on the voltage."

    The RAM looks cool, but I know my "gaming" motherboard won't push that voltage/speed without taking a dump. I have a feeling a lot of people will have problems getting this RAM up to the stated timings, voltage, and speed.
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    albert 89 , May 9, 2013 6:53 AM
    Correct me if I'm wrong but they don't state the speed of the CPU ! But 1.65 V is worrying. RAMDisc seems to be a useful tool, if you have a bit of unused RAM space. I believe the performance is even greater on older computers. Checkout http://www.techspot.com/news/50461-amds-radeon-branded-ramdisk-software-now-available-for-download.html
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    slomo4sho , May 9, 2013 10:10 AM
    They really need to stop venturing into new markets when they can't even afford to stay in the ones they are in...
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    chumly , May 9, 2013 10:48 AM
    Overpriced!
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    buzznut , May 9, 2013 12:27 PM
    Hmm, if one wanted to run a ramdisk wouldn't it be better to offer a 32 GB kit??
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    dalethepcman , May 9, 2013 3:52 PM
    PC DDR3 was non-JDEC compliant for the first year of its life running at 1.65V. If you check newegg, even now only 25% of all PC2133 runs at 1.5V. $155 for 4x4GB of pc 2133 is pretty good according to Newegg also. Yes they used a memory constrained test to show increased performance. If you were trying to sell your product, you would use the most favorable test's as well.
    Some people just bitch because they can....
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    zooted , May 9, 2013 5:15 PM
    1.65v is ok for an Amd platform, but it can fry an Intel memory controller.
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    hotroderx , May 9, 2013 11:19 PM
    I personally thinking AMD needs to give up all these side business's and focus on what made there company great. Low priced High Quality unlocked CPU's for the budget gamer and budget computer market.
    In my eye's AMD has been going down hill since it took the risk of buying out ATI. I agree ATI has made them some profit and they have done a great job with it. The problem is the last great processor to come from AMD was the 939's.
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    bit_user , May 10, 2013 9:41 PM
    Yeah, this is really for APUs. Anyone who truly cares about framerate should just go for a discrete GPU - which has GDDR5 that's way faster than any DDR3.
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    bit_user , May 10, 2013 9:46 PM
    hotroderx, buying ATI didn't cause the downfall of AMD, but rather it was Intel killing off the P4 and getting its act together with the Core2.
    The problem is that Intel has vastly more money to spend on chip dev, and their fabs are a whole generation ahead of everyone else. The combination makes them unstoppable. The only solution is anti-trust legislation that forces them to spin off their fabs, or at least provide fair access & pricing to fab chips for competitors.
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    scout62 , May 11, 2013 6:44 AM
    The whole point of this RAM is that they guarantee it to work with AMD platforms at the advertised speeds. It's no more expensive than other maker's offerings so I don't understand the animosity.
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    upgrade_1977 , May 11, 2013 10:20 PM
    I'd like to see these benchmark claims independently verified. I've never seen that kind of performance increase because of memory alone. Maybe 1-2 fps.
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    spentshells , May 12, 2013 12:58 PM
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    I'd like to see these benchmark claims independently verified. I've never seen that kind of performance increase because of memory alone. Maybe 1-2 fps.


    Likely with a highly overclocked apu graphics performance or when used as a ram disk, I read the page but it wasn't very specific.