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Corsair Memory is one of the first module makers, who have already announced and showcased its DDR-II (DDR2) SDRAM components. The firm that is concentrated on delivering high-speed memory sticks with enhanced quality and durability to overclocking and enthusiast communities sells its DDR-II offerings under eXtreme Memory Speed 2 (XMS2) brand-name.
The first products in Corsair’s XMS2 family are the Twin2X1024-4300 – a matched pair of 512MB 533MHz DDR-II modules – as well as XMS2 CM2X512-4300 – a 512MB 533MHz DDR-II module. Both support JEDEC standard 4-4-4-12 latencies for PC2-4300 and come equipped with classic black aluminum heat spreaders. Corsair’s 240-pin DDR-II memory modules will function at 1.8V supply compared to 2.6V memory voltage for conventional DDR modules. The new XMS2 sticks, as well as other DDR-II products, will utilize FBGA memory chips for better stability, thermal efficiency, enhanced scalability and better overclockability. DDR-II memory modules will have 5.25” length and smaller than 1.3” height.
Akiba PC Hotline reports that the Corsair XMS2 CM2X512-4300 memory modules from the first available batch cost about $270 per unit. While it is still about $110 higher compared to $160 for 512MB DDR modules at 533MHz available now in the
Despite of the fact that 512MB memory modules for $270 are not going to become mainstream this year, the price-point itself is not astonishingly high and some enthusiasts are very likely to jump on the DDR-II bandwagon when mainboards with 204-pin slots are available.
Yesterday we reported that mainboard makers will either install four 184-pin slots for DDR memory on Grantsdale mainboards, or a couple of 184-pin slots of DDR and a pair of 204-pin slots for DDR-II modules. Moreover, quite some offerings among the first batch of mainboards based on VIA PT890 will sport 4 slots for conventional DIMM modules and none for innovative DDR-II DIMMs. Only Intel’s i925X-based (Alderwood) applications, a chipset that presumably is able to take advantage of x86 64-bit extension technology found in the next-generation Pentium 4 and Xeon (Nocona core) microprocessors, are expected to be DDR-II only.