Corsair Memory is beginning to ramp up DDR2 offerings by adding memory modules intended for servers into the family of its products. Besides, the company has updated the revision of its DDR2 products for desktops to version 1.1.
Memory Jumps Into Retail Before Announcement
Servers and workstations powered by Intel’s E7320, E7520 and E7525 utilizing DDR2 memory are likely to emerge only in the late summer 2004. The reason why Corsair sells its registered DDR2 memory modules out now – being the first company to ship this kind of products into the market – is not fully clear.
Corsair’s registered DDR2 memory modules with ECC for servers and workstations are available at 400MHz speed-bin and in 512MB and 1GB flavours. The 1GB modules are based on DRAMs from Samsung Electronics and cost approximately $885, while the 512MB SKUs make use of chips from Micron Technology and is priced at around $420.
So far Corsair Memory has not announced its DDR2 products for servers officially. Because of this, specifications of the modules are not clear.
XMS2 Gets Version Update
DDR2 memory modules for advanced desktops – XMS2 – are also available today in revamped version 1.1. Corsair currently offers only matched pairs of its DDR2 memory sticks: Twin2X1024-4200 – a matched pair of 512MB 533MHz DDR2 modules – as well as XMS2 CM2X512-4200 – a matched pair of two 256MB 533MHz DDR2 modules.
Corsair now marks its 533MHz DDR2 products as PC2-4200, whereas initially the company marked such products as PC2-4300.
XMS2 memory modules support JEDEC standard 4-4-4-12 latencies for 533MHz DDR2 memory and come equipped with classic black aluminum heat spreaders. Corsair’s 240-pin DDR2 memory modules function at 1.8V supply compared to 2.6V memory voltage for conventional DDR modules. The new XMS2 sticks, as well as other DDR2 products, utilize FBGA memory chips for better stability, thermal efficiency, enhanced scalability and better overclockability.
Pricing of DDR2 memory modules for desktops is substantially higher compared to original DDR pricing even at 533MHz. According to the report, 512MB matched pair costs $410, while 1024MB matched pair costs $775.