Kingston Readies 24GB DDR3 “ValueRAM” Memory Kit for Desktop Computers

Kingston Demos System with 24GB of DDR3 Memory Inside Based on Samsung’s 4Gb DDR3 Chips

by Anton Shilov
02/25/2009 | 07:38 PM

Kingston Technology, the world’s largest producer of memory modules, has demonstrated a desktop system with 24GB of system memory. The company plans to ship the appropriate memory module kit under its “ValueRAM” brand (the kit will not be value) late in the year for those, who uses extremely demanding software or runs several virtual machines on desktops.


In order to demonstrate its 4GB unbuffered DDR3 memory modules, Kingston used system based on Intel Core i7 920 central processing unit, Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 as well as an Nvidia GeForce graphics card. The system had VMware workstation turned on, along with 9 VM clients and a copy of Crysis.

The demo demonstrated rather obvious: when ten computers are running on one desktops, they consume a lot of memory and even 24GB will be consumed. There are a number of professional software applications that may potentially benefit from so high amount of memory, but there are not a lot of end-users who would run them on single-socket machine at home.

Six Kingston’s 4GB unbuffered DDR3 SDRAM memory modules operated at 1079MHz with CL7 7-7-20 latency settings in triple-channel mode. The single-sided models are based on 4Gb memory chips made using 50nm process technology recently unveiled by Samsung Electronics, hence, this is the world’s first public demo of the rather revolutionary DRAMs.

Kingston said that 24GB memory kits will be available late in 2009. The company did not reveal the price of the kit, but said that the set of modules based on engineering samples cost around $2000 to manufacture.

High-definition video of the demonstration is available here