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SMART Modular Announces Sample Shipments of DDR4 Memory Modules

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SMART Modular Technologies, Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of specialty memory and storage solutions, including memory modules, flash memory cards and other memory and solid state storage products, has announced today that it has begun shipments in sample quantities of DDR4 memory modules. These samples are for qualification in next generation server, storage and networking applications which are expected to launch later in 2014 through 2015.

Currently, SMART's lineup of available DDR4-2133 1.2V modules includes VLP (Very Low Profile) and standard height RDIMMs up to 16 GB, and ECC SO-DIMMs up to 8 GB. These modules include improved capacity and performance scalability, improved power efficiency, and enhanced system reliability, which are all benefits driving the transition to DDR4.





As an active participating member at JEDEC, SMART is committed to DDR4 industry enablement and is closely aligned with its DRAM supplier partners to support the industry's smooth transition to DDR4. SMART is also focused on providing extensive technical support to OEMs who are designing DDR4 memory into their systems. This technical support includes simulation models, thermal models and mechanical models. In addition to native DDR4 enhancements for reliability including CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check), SMART will also be extending its Enterprise Memory service, SMART's proprietary extra-high reliability module testing process, into DDR4 to help OEMs maintain substantially higher levels of product quality and reliability.

The table below lists the available DDR4-2133 1.2V modules that SMART is currently offering.

 

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Just seeing if I interpret correctly. By saying they are shipping samples "for qualification in next generation server, storage and networking applications" late this year into next year, it sounds like we won't see DDR4 for PC for awhile, maybe an entire year behind server storage and networking, etc...?
 
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Just seeing if I interpret correctly. By saying they are shipping samples "for qualification in next generation server, storage and networking applications" late this year into next year, it sounds like we won't see DDR4 for PC for awhile, maybe an entire year behind server storage and networking, etc...?
Well X99 is supposed to be coming out with DDR4 support and thats this year so its going to be interesting when the actual release of DDR4 is.
 

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Well X99 is supposed to be coming out with DDR4 support and thats this year so its going to be interesting when the actual release of DDR4 is.
And what are the benefits of DDR4 vs DDR3 for an average gamer besides operating on lower Voltage.
 
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And what are the benefits of DDR4 vs DDR3 for an average gamer besides operating on lower Voltage.
Not much in all honesty.
 
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Just seeing if I interpret correctly. By saying they are shipping samples "for qualification in next generation server, storage and networking applications" late this year into next year, it sounds like we won't see DDR4 for PC for awhile, maybe an entire year behind server storage and networking, etc...?
The Module Types show these as Registered memory modules, RDIMMS. These are usually intended for use in servers. Most desktop memory is not Registered. This company may not intend to sell UDIMM versions for desktops. Do not fear though, DDR4 UDIMMS have been spotted recently which means they too are being validated with OEMs.
 

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And what are the benefits of DDR4 vs DDR3 for an average gamer besides operating on lower Voltage.
You don't even need the speed lol.. Although i am looking forward to what Samsung bring to the table as their last low volt low profile are awesome..
 
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And what are the benefits of DDR4 vs DDR3 for an average gamer besides operating on lower Voltage.
16Gb dimms, means I could buy a mini-itx board with 2 dimm slots and run a mini vmware esxi box with 32Gb ram which is the max you can run with the free license. I realize I'm probably going to be in the minority in wanting something like this though.
 
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As the story notes these DDR4 DIMMs are for SERVERS. There is zero benefit using DDR4 in CPU powered desktop systems compared to DDR3 LV. In fact with the high price of DDR4 and the fact you can't add RAM but must replace ALL DDR4 RAM if you decide to change RAM capacity, DDR4 is all sales hype for desktop use. That is what Intel and some mobo makers are hoping the technically clueless will literally buy into. This is how they generate windfall profit.

The same applies to high frequency or low latency DDR3 RAM that produces no tangible system performance gains over 1600 MHz. DDR3 in CPU powered desktop PCs as 1600 MHz. RAM has been proven in countless tests with real apps to NOT be a system bottleneck. For APU powered systems DDR3 up to 2133 MHz. is useful and that's about it. Paying more and getting nothing of value is dumb but technically challenged people do it all the time.
 
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As the story notes these DDR4 DIMMs are for SERVERS. There is zero benefit using DDR4 in CPU powered desktop systems compared to DDR3 LV. In fact with the high price of DDR4 and the fact you can't add RAM but must replace ALL DDR4 RAM if you decide to change RAM capacity, DDR4 is all sales hype for desktop use. That is what Intel and some mobo makers are hoping the technically clueless will literally buy into. This is how they generate windfall profit.

The same applies to high frequency or low latency DDR3 RAM that produces no tangible system performance gains over 1600 MHz. DDR3 in CPU powered desktop PCs as 1600 MHz. RAM has been proven in countless tests with real apps to NOT be a system bottleneck. For APU powered systems DDR3 up to 2133 MHz. is useful and that's about it. Paying more and getting nothing of value is dumb but technically challenged people do it all the time.
Actually, I feel you are wrong on many levels. DDR4 is anticipated to use a lower voltage standard than DDR3. From a client line of business, this means tablets and laptops will consume lower battery power. Additionally, if you were the CTO of a 20000 employee company, would you want 20000 desktops/laptops/tablets running at 1.35V or 1.05V? That is 6000V your company saves per second of use when migrating to DDR4 platforms. I work for a 80000 employee company. This also means using less fan power to cool your system. I think a lot of enthusiasts and gamers think all computer parts are geared towards THEIR usage. When in fact, enthusiast computers and overclocking only make up about 5% of the overall PC market. Average gaming PC computers, standard business class systems, and professional solutions make up the other 95%. Couple that with servers and storage, and you will quickly see the PC world revolves around providing solutions for those that are not overclocking, benchmarking, or watercooling. DDR4 is clearly NOT a sales-hyped technology.
 
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In fact with the high price of DDR4 and the fact you can't add RAM but must replace ALL DDR4 RAM if you decide to change RAM capacity, DDR4 is all sales hype for desktop use. That is what Intel and some mobo makers are hoping the technically clueless will literally buy into. This is how they generate windfall profit.
Incorrect. DDR4 does support multiple DIMMs per channel. Just look at Computex; nearly every X99 motherboard had 2 DIMMs per channel. I don't know whether the specification was originally only 1DPC and it was changed to 2DPC or if it was 2DPC all along and sources were misreporting it (or all relying on one, incorrect source).
 
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Well X99 is supposed to be coming out with DDR4 support and thats this year so its going to be interesting when the actual release of DDR4 is.
I believe September 14th is cited as the release date for the X99 platform. One would think that X99 motherboards, DDR4 and Haswell-E processors will all be available at the same time so one might think Sep 14th for all said components:

http://www.techpowerup.com/202353/core-i7-haswell-e-hedt-platform-launch-date-revealed.html
 
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Actually, I feel you are wrong on many levels. DDR4 is anticipated to use a lower voltage standard than DDR3. From a client line of business, this means tablets and laptops will consume lower battery power. Additionally, if you were the CTO of a 20000 employee company, would you want 20000 desktops/laptops/tablets running at 1.35V or 1.05V? That is 6000V your company saves per second of use when migrating to DDR4 platforms. I work for a 80000 employee company. This also means using less fan power to cool your system. I think a lot of enthusiasts and gamers think all computer parts are geared towards THEIR usage. When in fact, enthusiast computers and overclocking only make up about 5% of the overall PC market. Average gaming PC computers, standard business class systems, and professional solutions make up the other 95%. Couple that with servers and storage, and you will quickly see the PC world revolves around providing solutions for those that are not overclocking, benchmarking, or watercooling. DDR4 is clearly NOT a sales-hyped technology.
Let's hope the CTO of a company knows the difference between voltage and power... ;)