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AMD Intros Branded Desktop Memory Modules

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Patriot and Visiontek have begun producing AMD-branded desktop memory modules.

The devices are aimed both at the retail as well as the OEM market to provide customers with an "easy and straightforward experience" when adding memory to their PC system. AMD hopes that PC vendors will use the devices to complement the company's APUs, CPUs and GPUs as part of the platform marketing idea that promotes compatibility and stability of a PC.

"AMD has been supplying and validating memory for AMD Radeon graphics cards for several years," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD GPU Division. "Based on this experience, adding system memory to our product line was a clear opportunity for us. This move provides our partners and end-users with a trusted brand synonymous with quality -- we can help ensure performance and reliability with AMD Memory.

The AMD memory devices are available in 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB sizes as well as 1333 and 1600 MHz speeds. There is also a Radeon performance memory line which runs at 1866 MHz. AMD did not release pricing of the memory modules, but mentioned that Amazon.com, Bestbuy.ca, Fry's, Memory Express, Micro Center, NCIX, Newegg, Tiger Direct, VIP Computers and "others" will be offering the devices.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 28, 2011 5:43 PM
    That's.. interesting. Certainly a good buy for an AMD enthusiast, if the performance/reliability is okay.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 28, 2011 5:43 PM
    That's.. interesting. Certainly a good buy for an AMD enthusiast, if the performance/reliability is okay.
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    lashabane , November 28, 2011 5:43 PM
    This should be interesting. Gotta ask myself two questions:

    1) What are these going to look like? Cool green heatspreaders or anything else like that?

    2) Who's going to sue AMD for this?

    *Off topic edit*
    What's with the first two postings using similar wording lately? Hadn't seen amk's posting before making mine.
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    de5_Roy , November 28, 2011 5:51 PM
    yahh, this is how amd will attak intel and taek over. intel has no endorsed ram. bad for intel.
    sounds like a stealth move to bring rambus (amd uses their ram for their upcoming high end gfx cards) back into ram business. (:<
    will they help play crysis with a llano? only if ddr speeds reach up to gddr4-gddr5 levels.
    edit: on second thought, these rams (1600+) will look so good with a new core i5 2500k +z68+ 6950 build. :) 
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    digiex , November 28, 2011 5:56 PM
    I read this news way back this year.

    Common, recycled news.
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    K2N hater , November 28, 2011 5:58 PM
    de5_royyahh, this is how amd will attak intel and taek over. intel has no endorsed ram. bad for intel.sounds like a stealth move to bring rambus (amd uses their ram for their upcoming high end gfx cards) back into ram business. (:<will they help play crysis with a llano? only if ddr speeds reach up to gddr4-gddr5 levels.

    Intel does have a validation program for RAM but it's restricted to server and workstation. But it's not all about the platform or processor chosen. BIOS plays important role with memory support regardless of an approval sticker and there lies the problem. For instance, most motherboard makers will block ECC RAM support in cheap desktop boards even if the platform supports so users can't make cheap stable servers. Instead they must purchase much more expensive server/workstation boards in order to get ECC enabled.
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    mikenygmail , November 28, 2011 6:12 PM
    All-AMD super system!
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    DroKing , November 28, 2011 6:17 PM
    Mmm I think I know what I want for my future build :) 

    amd eveything ^_^
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    COLGeek , November 28, 2011 6:31 PM
    Good for AMD getting into the memory market. Time will tell (or not) if they will become a player. Quality and performance will be key to their (potential) success.
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    supall , November 28, 2011 6:32 PM
    Hmmm, so does that mean TomsHardware should build and bench AMD-centric systems to see how well they perform when certain components are replaced with non-AMD components? I would like to see if there is a difference in performance, even if its marginal.
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    falchard , November 28, 2011 6:35 PM
    Thats a pretty glowing review for Corsair Memory modules coming from AMD who also is starting to provide memory modules.
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    buzznut , November 28, 2011 6:46 PM
    Is this like the G2 Patriot modules I've been seeing on newegg recently?
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    buzznut , November 28, 2011 6:49 PM
    Here's a link:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220593
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    Parsian , November 28, 2011 6:56 PM
    who remembers reading about this on here? i think it might of been part of forum or some news with this thing featured in the pic. Ive seen it listed on NCIX for while. However, it was only the value RAM.
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    ltdementhial , November 28, 2011 7:01 PM
    buzznutIs this like the G2 Patriot modules I've been seeing on newegg recently?


    something like that...

    AMD is not entering THE memory market as a ensambler like RAMBUS, Samsung, Hynix etc etc...they are making a marketing strategy to sell some "signature modules" like the one @buzznut said...like the old OCZ Ati Series the nvidia.
    or the intel
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    jimmysmitty , November 28, 2011 7:06 PM
    amk-aka-PhantomThat's.. interesting. Certainly a good buy for an AMD enthusiast, if the performance/reliability is okay.


    Last time I checked they were 1333MHz modules running CAS 9 so not that great performance.

    I will stick with Corsair until, well until they start to suck.
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    CaedenV , November 28, 2011 7:07 PM
    meh
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    TheViper , November 28, 2011 7:09 PM
    So how many AMD platform owners will simply buy an AMD branded memory kit thinking it will automatically be compatible with their motherboard only to have it not boot up?

    Always check for compatibility. ALWAYS.
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    hetneo , November 28, 2011 7:37 PM
    digiexI read this news way back this year.Common, recycled news.

    Then it was a rumor, now it is confirmed fact.
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    clonazepam , November 28, 2011 7:56 PM
    Probably nothing special... The only thing setting them apart from others on the market will be color, heat spreader (if there is one), and the sticker on it. I think between G.Skill, Corsair, Mushkin, Micron/Crucial... there's plenty of choices already.

    I guess we'll have to see how generic they are/look.
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