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AMD Intros 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.

  • amk-aka-Phantom
    That's.. interesting. Certainly a good buy for an AMD enthusiast, if the performance/reliability is okay.
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  • lashabane
    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
    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
    I read this news way back this year.

    Common, recycled news.
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  • K2N hater
    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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  • NightLight
    as with all amd products, none will end up in my system. ever.
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  • mikenygmail
    All-AMD super system!
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  • DroKing
    Mmm I think I know what I want for my future build :)

    amd eveything ^_^
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  • COLGeek
    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
    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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