Five Overclockable 32 GB DDR3 Kits, Reviewed
May 20, 2014 - in Reviews
Eight gigabytes per DIMM has become de rigueur for high-end builds, even though you get the best data rates and latencies from lower-density modules. We test five 32 GB products to see if it's still possible to squeeze out enthusiast-class performance.
Haswell And 1.35 V Memory: Three DDR3 SO-DIMM Kits, Tested
Jan 13, 2014 - in Reviews
When it comes to memory, most of our focus is on the desktop and its replaceable CPUs. The mobile side typically moves slower. But Intel's Haswell architecture imposes interesting changes, and we saw fit to test SO-DIMMs down at their new 1.35 V ceiling.
Haswell And Richland Memory Scaling: Picking A 16 GB DDR3 Kit
Sep 15, 2013 - in Reviews
Graphics workloads love fast memory. But how much difference can a desktop-oriented kit have on gaming performance with Intel's HD Graphics 4600 or AMD's Radeon HD 8670D? We test six 16 GB kits, two all the way up to DDR3-2400 to find out.
Six Low-Voltage Dual-Channel 8 GB Memory Kits, Overclocked
May 12, 2013 - in Reviews
We've abided by Intel's 1.55 V recommendation for two architectures and two die shrinks, yet most performance memory manufacturers ignore it. Recent problems with one of our builds raised the question, how far can we push RAM without killing CPUs?
Memory Scaling, AMD's Trinity APUs, And Game Performance
Feb 3, 2013 - in Reviews
When it comes to gaming, the integrated Radeon on AMD's Trinity architecture crushes the HD Graphics 4000 engine native to Intel's fastest Ivy Bridge CPU. But we want to make a good thing better. How much does fast memory help boost an APU's performance?
Does High-Speed DDR3 Help AMD's FX? Four 8 GB Kits, Reviewed
May 31, 2012 - in Reviews
Rumor has it that fast DDR3 memory kits help uncork the performance of AMD's Bulldozer architecture. We grab four of the latest kits sporting data rates as high as 2800 MT/s with the goal of finding out. One contender rises to the top in this round-up.
Chris Angelini On Tom's Hardware In 2012
Jan 16, 2012 - in Reviews
I just got back from CES 2012. And although I’ve attended a great many Consumer Electronics Shows, Computexes, and Comdexes (never a CeBIT), this year’s show was by far the most intense. It wasn’t that there were tons of really awesome products. In fact,
Four High-End Quad-Channel DDR3 Memory Kits For X79, Reviewed
Dec 26, 2011 - in Reviews
You just bought the fastest (and most expensive) desktop platform on the planet. Which company's memory will you use to populate Intel's quad-channel controller? We tested four purportedly high-end kits in order to find out which set is the best.
Seven 8 GB DDR3 Memory Kits For Your AMD A75 Motherboard
Sep 4, 2011 - in Reviews
Because integrated GPUs generally employ shared system memory, RAM performance has a significant effect on gaming frame rates. We're testing seven 8 GB DDR3 kits that manufacturers tell us are a perfect match for AMD’s mainstream Llano-based APUs.
Eight 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) Memory Kits For P67 Express, Rounded Up
Apr 17, 2011 - in Reviews
Intel’s newest platform lineup has the same memory requirements as P55 Express, yet some of the modules available for it are rated differently. We discuss those differences on our quest to find the best performance/price in an 8 GB dual-channel kit.
Sponsored Article: Getting Started with Verizon Cloud Services
Dec 9, 2010 - in Reviews
Verizon has myriad small, medium and enterprise business-related cloud services, everything from the mundane process of making backups to more sophisticated collections of virtual and even physical servers. In this introduction, we'll show you what the la
Memory Upgrade: Is It Time To Add More RAM?
Nov 22, 2010 - in Reviews
The price of memory upgrades is at an all-time low. And more memory is always better, right? We decided to analyze whether or not now could be the time for a fat memory upgrade. As it turns out, there are arguments for and against backing up the truck.
In Pictures: Upcoming Technologies We Want Right Now
Sep 24, 2010 - in Picture Story
Technology is in a constant state of flux, and there are a number of cool concepts that haven't yet realized mainstream adoption, despite massive potential to change our lives. We take a look at 11 different ideas that you could see pick up steam.
On The Bench: Corsair's HS1 USB Gaming Headset
Sep 16, 2010 - in Reviews
You probably know Corsair best for its memory products, power supplies, and SSDs. But now the company is jumping into the crowded headset market with an unassuming entry that’s both affordable and capable of offering great sound quality.
How Much Power Does Low-Voltage DDR3 Memory Really Save?
Jul 17, 2010 - in Reviews
Kingston’s HyperX LoVo-series DDR3 memory allows users to reduce voltage to 1.35 V or 1.25 V in order to save power and allegedly decrease system temperature. We test the eco-friendly modules to find out if it really makes sense to run undervolted memory.
A Tour Of The Kingston Memory Factory In Taiwan
Jun 3, 2010 - in Picture Story
Have you ever wondered how memory modules are made? Kingston invited us to its factory in Taiwan, a small detour from our Computex coverage. The company gave us a look around at how its memory modules and USB drives are manufactured.
Dual-Channel DDR3: Who Makes The Best 4GB Kit Under $150?
May 25, 2010 - in Reviews
High-end RAM prices have fallen far faster than they have in the mainstream market, enticing mid-budget builders. As 4GB mainstream kits hover around $100, Tom’s Hardware asks the question “How much more can we get for a few dollars more?”
High-Density DDR3: Five Dual-Module 8GB Kits Compared
Feb 2, 2010 - in Reviews
A high-end capacity formerly reserved for servers and DDR2-based desktops (back when memory was dirt-cheap), 4GB modules are finally available for desktop DDR3 users. We test five 8GB dual-channel kits you might want to consider if 8GB makes sense.
The WinFast PxVC1100 Video Transcoding Card: Worth The Price?
Jan 27, 2010 - in Reviews
The SpursEngine-based WinFast PxVC1100, which centers on the same architecture as the PS3's Cell processor, shows off its ability to accelerate video encoding. But does its performance justify the price? Or is your money better invested in a faster CPU?
LGA 1156 Memory Performance: What Speed DDR3 Should You Buy?
Dec 8, 2009 - in Reviews
We’ve seen how faster memory scales on Phenom II, Core 2, and Core i7 for LGA 1366. Now it’s time to analyze the impact of different memory speeds on a Core i7-870-based LGA 1156 platform. We test from DDR3-800 to -1600 at tight and loose latencies.
Value DDR3 For Intel's P55: Six 4GB Kits Rounded Up
Nov 11, 2009 - in Reviews
The exceptional value of LGA 1156-based platforms demands memory modules equal in value. Testing Newegg’s six cheapest 4GB dual-channel kits revealed some surprisingly good parts. We're comparing them today, with a definitive winner you'll want to see.
DDR3 On A Budget: Six 6 GB Memory Kits
Aug 6, 2009 - in Reviews
Triple-channel 6 GB kits finally dropped below $100 last month. Today’s overclocking and under-latency tests prove how much value these low-cost parts can provide. Sure, Intel's Core i5 might be close at hand, but don't think Core i7 is going anywhere.
Scaling Summary: DDR3 Memory On Core 2, Core i7, And Phenom II
Jul 24, 2009 - in Picture Story
Today we're looking at the impact of fast DDR3 RAM versus slower RAM speeds in Core 2 Quad-, Core i7-, and Phenom II X4-based platforms. Now it’s time to summarize: which architecture best utilizes the benefits of multi-channel DDR3 memory configurations?
DDR3 Memory Scaling: Intel's Core 2 Quad Examined
Jun 29, 2009 - in Reviews
This is our third RAM scaling story in a series that will conclude next week. In this piece, we're comparing a number of different DDR3 memory speeds using both tight and relaxed timings. Which memory setting is best for your Core 2 Quad setup?
Core i7 Memory Scaling: From DDR3-800 to DDR3-1600
Jun 9, 2009 - in Reviews
Do you want a quick Core i7 system, but don’t feel confident sticking to Intel's spec and using the DDR3-1066 memory supported by the processor? We benchmark the most relevant memory speed and timing combinations to check the benefit of going faster.
Life At 2 GT/s: 6 GB DDR3-2000 Memory Kits Compared
Jun 5, 2009 - in Reviews
Memory vendors put a lot of effort into drumming up excitement over high-end memory kits, but many of those products turn out to be vaporware. We test six DDR3-2000 kits that enthusiasts can actually buy today, and push them as far as they'll go.
DDR3 Memory Scaling On AMD's Phenom II X4
Jun 4, 2009 - in Reviews
DDR3 memory is available in speeds ranging from DDR3-800 to DDR3-2133. Which is the best memory choice for AMD’s Phenom II X4? We tested as many speeds as possible using aggressive and conservative timings to find the sweet spot for your next build.
Do You Really Need More Than 6 GB Of RAM?
Apr 7, 2009 - in Reviews
Memory configurations in the 4 GB and 6 GB range (depending on your platform) are widely considered to offer the best performance and value. We test the notion that bigger is better by comparing 3 GB, 6 GB, and 12 GB modules setups. How much do you need?
Roundup: CompactFlash Cards For Professionals
Mar 26, 2009 - in Reviews
So many high-end CompactFlash cards, so little time. Which is the fastest of them all? Kingston, Lexar, PNY, San Disk, Silicon Power, and Transcend's offerings get put through the ringer in hope of an award.
13 SDHC Memory Cards Reviewed
Feb 16, 2009 - in Reviews
Most of the elite SDHC memory cards we've reviewed are “Class 6” rated, a label that promises high performance. However, we found significant performance differences among them.