Friday, January 26th 2018

SK Hynix Announces Availability of 16 Gb DDR4 Chips, up to 256 GB DIMMs

Sk Hynix has added to its product catalog single-die 16 Gb DDR4 memory chips, which should enable a two-fold increase in maximum memory capacity per single DIMM. This allows SK Hynix to sell same-capacity chips with fewer memory semiconductor dies, due to the increase in storage density, and to increase maximum memory capacity at the same memory die populations as before. The benefits are lower power consumption (due to the reduced number of memory dies to power), and the possibility of putting together either dual-ranked 64 GB modules, quad-ranked 128 GB LRDIMMs and octal-ranked 256 GB LRDIMMs. That last part is the most important: theoretically, the maximum amount of memory on top Intel or AMD server platforms could double, which could enable up to 4 TB RAM in EPYC systems, for example. And as memory-hungry as big data applications have become, there's ever need for higher memory capacity.

SK Hynix's 16 Gb DDR4 chips are organized as 1Gx16 and 2Gx8 and supplied in FBGA96 and FBGA78 packages, respectively. Current 16 Gb density speeds stand at DDR4-2133 CL15 or DDR4-2400 CL17 modes at 1.2 V. SK Hynix plans increase the available frequencies in the third quarter of this year, adding DDR4-2666 CL19 to the lineup.
Sources: SK Hynix, via AnandTech
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10 Comments on SK Hynix Announces Availability of 16 Gb DDR4 Chips, up to 256 GB DIMMs

#1
Rehmanpa
At the rate prices are going it might be cheaper than gpus, but to buy a new gpu and some 256gb ddr4 dimms I could just buy a house
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#2
BadFrog
Rehmanpa said:
At the rate prices are going it might be cheaper than gpus, but to buy a new gpu and some 256gb ddr4 dimms I could just buy a house
Enterprises/datacenters/AI would love this as I believe that's the target audience right now, but yes, RAM pricing are in the stratosphere these days
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#3
Cybrnook2002
$$$$$$$$

But agreed, we need some more memory in the DC. This 2TB limit I work with day in and day out is starting to cause a pinch (at least on our R930's).
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#4
xkm1948
256GB RAM, drooling....

Damn I need that!
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#5
bug
xkm1948 said:
256GB RAM, drooling....

Damn I need that!
I don't. But it would still be sweet to get it :D
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#6
kastriot
Well i would like to see ddr4 prices like they were 3-4 years ago.
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#7
Vayra86
These jumps forward in the enterprise space may very well be extremely positive for the pressure on the 'older DDR4' marketplace. The largest volume buyers are now moving to a 'higher tier', its a form of trickle down that will likely benefit us a lot in terms of pricing.

If you need proof, look at where DDR3 is right now.
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#8
progste
Would be about time to see a real change in ram prices for density, can't believe 8GB cost about the same of 6 years ago when I got mine.
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#9
dj-electric
This doesn't mean a lot to us atm. What it does mean for Hynix (Hyundai) and its friends at the cartel is more raw profits as they save on matirials
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#10
thesmokingman
That's awesome but at the current pricing, we're gonna have to put money down on a payment plan to afford building a rig with crazy DDR4 and GPU pricing.
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