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Of course, all these announcements have to do with the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition launch, because otherwise these products would have hardly had any market at all. OCZ couldn’t stay aside when things like that were going on around them, although they approached the matter in a more global way. They extended their Gold product family (lower latency solutions) onto DDR2. For the first time OCZ announced DDR2 Gold Series Modules for all performance segments: from 533MHz to the notorious 800MHz. We wouldn’t call the timings really low, but it would be strange to expect something else at these speeds. 667MHz modules support 4-4-4-8, while 800MHz ones – 5-5-5-8.

Corsair XMS2 5400UL seems to look the most attractive of all here. Although OCZ wouldn’t be themselves, if they hadn’t thought of a way to stick out somehow. In April they announced their remarkable PC-5000 EL Platinum modules designed to work with DFI mainboards on nForce4 chipset. This was quite an interesting move, I should say, especially since it is becoming a pretty frequent situation that a company announced memory modules that are guaranteed to work with only one selected mainboard they were tested it. I sincerely hope though, that this tendency will not become overwhelming in the near future.

In conclusion to our memory module announcements discussion I would like to mention a totally different type of products: 4GB Registered PC2-3200 DDR2 RDIMM. These solutions were announced by Micron in the beginning of April. 36 memory chips fit into a single module (with the help of Stakpak and Staktek brand name technologies) allow equipping your system with up to 16GB of RAM. This is a very acute product for server systems in the first place, where the requirements to memory subsystem grow up pretty fast, unlike the desktop segment.

And in the end of our monthly coverage I have to say a few words about our usual hero: Rambus Company. After the fiasco they suffered in late 90s, this company rose from the ashes just like a proper phoenix. Only in April the company managed to sign a long-term license agreement for DDR and DDR2 standards with NEC (which is actually not a very big surprise, as NEC has always been known for very loyal attitude to Rambus), to convince three courts to continue trials against memory manufacturers who wanted to terminate them, and to even launch a new technology. Here I am talking about something similar to processor Hyper-Threading, the so-called “micro-threads”. The idea is actually very clear from the mere name of this technology already: it is about more effective use of the bus bandwidth and faster access to the chip core.

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