Thursday, June 18th 2009

Samsung Reveals First Ever 32 Gigabyte DDR3 Memory Module

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has developed the world’s first 32 Gigabyte (GB) DDR3 module – for use in server systems. The new module operates at 1.35-volts, in support of the global trend to cut power usage in mass storage computing environments.
“Compared to the 8GB memory modules used in today’s servers, our new module packs an eco-sensitive wallop with four times the density at significantly reduced power levels and no increase in the overall footprint,” said Jim Elliott, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. “For data centers, it’s a powerhouse in energy efficiency and performance,” he added.

Based on Samsung’s 50 nanometer (nm)-class 4 Gigabit (Gb) DDR3, the 1.35V DDR3 DRAM improves throughput by 20 percent over a 1.5V DDR3. Its lower power consumption levels are in line with the pressing concern for more energy-efficient “green” systems and components. The development of low-power 4Gb DDR3 will be viewed as critical in reducing data center costs, improving server time management and increasing overall operational efficiency at higher densities.

For the new generation of green servers, the 4Gb DDR3’s high density combined with its lower level of power consumption will not only reduce electricity bills, but also allow for a cutback on installment fees, maintenance fees and repair fees involving power suppliers and heat-emitting equipment.

The new 32GB registered dual inline memory module (RDIMM) consists of 72 4Gb DDR3 chip dies produced using Samsung’s 50-nanometer class DRAM production technology. A row of nine quad-die package (QDP) 16Gb DDR3s are mounted on each side of the printed circuit board for a collective 32GB, highly compact configuration.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), a market research and analysis firm, the worldwide DDR3 DRAM market will account for 29 percent of the total DRAM market in 2009 and 75 percent in 2011. In addition, IDC estimates that 2Gb-or-higher DDR3 DRAM will make up three percent of the total DRAM market in 2009 and 33 percent in 2011 (units in bits).Source: BusinessWire
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27 Comments on Samsung Reveals First Ever 32 Gigabyte DDR3 Memory Module

#2
Jizzler
Not bad. Can enable memory mirroring and still have 96GB with only six slots.
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#3
Geofrancis
when will somone make another ram drive like the gigabyte i-ram that will take these ddr3 moduals and run on pci-e.

4 x 32gb ddr 3 moduals would give you the fastest 128gb ssd ever :cool:
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#4
popswala
Omg

That's crazy. If they were intended for all systems and not just servers. It'll be nice. Bet they'll cost like $3000. lol. I'd like to see a mobo with only one ram slot. Then it wouldn't b so cramped up there.
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#5
intel igent
This is amazing! 32gb on a single module is just freakin nutz! This can only mean good things for the rest of the computing industry, can't wait for the day when we have this tech on consumer machines :toast:
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#6
El Fiendo
This is incredible. I didn't even know the sizes were close to this. And at 1.35 volts?
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#7
Easo
Hell yeah!!! :D
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#8
iStink
This is amazing.

What is the maximum theoretical ram limit for a 64 bit os? Isn't it like 4 TB?
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#9
Dimi
exabytes if i'm not mistaken
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#10
happita
by: El Fiendo
This is incredible. I didn't even know the sizes were close to this. And at 1.35 volts?
Your tellin' me! I thought 8GB was the largest single module out there. Samsung continues to inspire/innovate :respect:
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#11
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Geofrancis
when will somone make another ram drive like the gigabyte i-ram that will take these ddr3 moduals and run on pci-e.

4 x 32gb ddr 3 moduals would give you the fastest 128gb ssd ever :cool:
that product was a flop. lots of hype but when it came to it, nobody wanted to buy one despite everyone saying it was 'cool' & those that did buy one complained constantly that the firmware was buggy & that trying to install XP or Vista on it would cause it to BSOD...

after all the hype & its initial release, it kinda just faded into yesterdays news
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#12
Jizzler
by: iStink
This is amazing.

What is the maximum theoretical ram limit for a 64 bit os? Isn't it like 4 TB?
You'll hit the artificial limit coded into the OS before you reach the true maximum. For Vista x64 it can range from 8GB (Home Basic) to 128GB, and for Windows Server it's 32GB to 2TB, if I remember correctly.

In other words, there are some versions of Vista that couldn't utilize the entire stick!
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#13
TheLaughingMan
Missing what is important for us

The man was right and these server sticks will be expensive. I will venture to guess $2400+ but I digress. What is important is that means that by mid 2010, when more and more of the server industry switches over to DDR3 kits like this one, we will start seeing cheaper, lower density models for comsumer desktops and laptops. Possible just wishful thinking, but I can see we gamers and desktop users getting 8 GB DDR3 Dual channel kits and 12 GB DDR3 triple channel kits in 2010 and a massive price drop for those kits by 2011.
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#14
KieranD
considering that 4gb and 6gb for ddr3 are pretty average now a days i see that in like by 2012 that will be normal

its impressive but unreachable for us plebs even us i7 plebs
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#15
TheLaughingMan
Sorry, let me clarify

by: TheLaughingMan
The man was right and these server sticks will be expensive. I will venture to guess $2400+ but I digress. What is important is that means that by mid 2010, when more and more of the server industry switches over to DDR3 kits like this one, we will start seeing cheaper, lower density models for comsumer desktops and laptops. Possible just wishful thinking, but I can see we gamers and desktop users getting 8 GB DDR3 Dual channel kits and 12 GB DDR3 triple channel kits in 2010 and a massive price drop for those kits by 2011.
I ment to say 8 GB and 12 GB kits.....consisting of only 2/3 modules.
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#16
Kitkat
less concerened about this more concered about its effect on "US" i want to see low numbers on the stuff we have now lol and lower prices on it too
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#17
Steevo
The only problem is with width access on that, the speed to access all that memory would have to be insane or we need to start widening the bus.
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#18
imperialreign
by: Steevo
The only problem is with width access on that, the speed to access all that memory would have to be insane or we need to start widening the bus.
agreed . . . but I would venture to assume that a server board boasting two or more CPUs wouldn't have an issue with BUS bandwidth.

Hell, though, another 10-15 years, and we might see products like this at the average consumer level . . .
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DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: Jizzler
Not bad. Can enable memory mirroring and still have 96GB with only six slots.
The machines using these sticks are unlikely to have only 6 slots. If you use such sticks you'll probably have some bad ass server using. Most current generation boards with 6 slots are the entry level ones.
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#20
Xvv
:)

anyone tried to buy "regular" (i.e. not "server" memory: non-ecc, unbuffered) 4GB ddr3 modules for use on a i7 mb? (KieranD: I assume you were talking about ecc, fully-buffered memory modules?? otherwise, please let me know where you find them)

just to illustrate, trying to fill the "only" 6 memory slots of an asus P6T6ws with more than 12GB (24GB max advertised) is practically not possible today.
Even if some 4GB modules appear on the "Qualified Vendor List" (e.g. samsung), it is another story to actually buy some on standard (internet) retailer (not even considering the price, yet).

... so anything above 2GB modules looks a little like "theoretical talk" to me (?).
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#21
Jizzler
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply *only* six slots, just what could be done with six slots (I'm doubtful about filling a 9-slotter).
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#22
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: Jizzler
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply *only* six slots, just what could be done with six slots (I'm doubtful about filling a 9-slotter).
9? Considering most of those boards will be DP boards, 12, 18, 24. 6 slots is the minimum at 3 slots per socket.
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#23
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: Xvv

... so anything above 2GB modules looks a little like "theoretical talk" to me (?).
4GB modules are quite readily available. We ordered two 4GB SO-DIMM's like a month ago for a test machine here. Non-reg. They're a lot more expensive though, about €180 a piece. Still not that bad.
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#24
TheLaughingMan
Are you joking

by: imperialreign
10-15 years
10 to 15 years from now, this density will be a joke of the past. Computer tech expands far faster than that. 15 years ago we though 256 MB of RAM was a lot on Win95 and an ATI Rage was the most powerful GPU ever. Now 4 GB is the norm for custom built systems and ATI Rage couldn't render a Windows 7 desktop screen with Aero enabled.

These chips were announced a month or so ago and it is already a product in the making. It will be months before this increases density for desktop use, not years.
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#25
imperialreign
by: TheLaughingMan
10 to 15 years from now, this density will be a joke of the past. Computer tech expands far faster than that. 15 years ago we though 256 MB of RAM was a lot on Win95 and an ATI Rage was the most powerful GPU ever. Now 4 GB is the norm for custom built systems and ATI Rage couldn't render a Windows 7 desktop screen with Aero enabled.

These chips were announced a month or so ago and it is already a product in the making. It will be months before this increases density for desktop use, not years.
10-15 years from now . . . they'll be a joke for server/workstation rigs, but not for the consumer market. Sure, 10 years ago 256/512 sticks were considered a lot . . . but the consumer MEM density market has been progressing rather slowly since then (compared to other system component markets). It took a couple of years before we finally saw a 1GB stick, then everything plateued for a few years . . . it wasn't until only a couple of years ago we started seeing 2GB sticks, and they were expensive as hell when first released. We're just now seeing 4GB sticks in the consumer market, and they're again expensive as hell (over $200/ea.).

IMHO, we're about to hit another plateau until DDR4 starts hitting the market (whenever that will be) . . . the only thing, IMHO, that would facilitate the development of extreme-density DRAM for the consumer market would be a major industry push away from x86 towards x64 . . . and considering the retail specs of WIN 7, it doesn't look like that will be with the next WIN OS.
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