And yet some more new memory to add into the decision mix for the new system build you might be planning. It seems that everyone is scrambling to get their triple-channel DDR3 kits out the door.
The new modules being offered from Chaintech are, like other brands, claiming to be targeted at the enthusiast. The new lineup offers DDR3-1600, DDR3-1866 and DDR3-2000 flavors – all available in 3GB or 6GB configurations. The fabrication uses binned chips over an eight layer PCB and FBGA packages to make sure that better overclocking capabilities are available, as well as better thermal dissipation / efficiency.
Voltages vary among the kits, naturally. The DDR3-1600 kit comes in at 1.7v (+/- 0.1), The DDR3-1866 at 1.8v (+/- 0.1) and the DDR3-200 kit at 1.9 (+/- 0.1). I wouldn’t worry too much about the whole memory module voltage theories at this point as we haven’t even seen any dramatic failure cases reported yet, and hey, it sure beats 2.3v or more like we seen with DDR2 – so that’s a bonus.
The thermal solution provided looks to be no more or less than what you get with other manufacturers, good solid aluminum fins attached to both sides of the module with a relatively good standoff height that will not get in the way of other components. There are taller solutions available out there, so these are quite acceptable.
Module timings range from CL 7-7-7-18 (DDR3-1600) up to CL 9-9-9-27 (DDR3-2000). Also, as you may notice, there is a DDR3-1333 kit available as well. However, these will most likely not be targeted by the enthusiast market due primarily to its speed. Depending on price though, which is currently not available, they could make affordable solutions for small OEMs or quick bargain solutions.
Here are some links directly to the Chaintech web site for the specific kits.