Kingston Releases Micro-SD Card Designed for Action Cameras

There are plenty of memory cards on the market, but it aren’t all of them that are equally suited for all tasks – much in the same way as it is with any other kind of storage product. Kingston just released a new micro SD Card specifically designed for use with action cameras and that comes with UHS-I U3 Speed Class 3 ratings. The new Kingston SDCAC microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 memory card comes in various sizes from 16GB and up to 64GB.

The new Kingston SDCAC microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 memory card comes in various sizes from 16GB and up to 64GB. Its rugged performance and form factor make this micro SD card ideal for most action cameras including GoPro and drones.

The cards feature speeds of up to 90MB/s when reading and up to 45MB/s when writing. While that doesn’t sound like much when we compare it to SSD performance, it is quite nice for a card of this size. And we also have to keep in mind that these are minimum speed ratings and not possible maximum speeds.

The sustained performance allows outdoor enthusiasts to shoot in 4K resolutions without missing a single frame and even shoot up to 240 frames per second on normal Full-HD recordings. With a capacity availability from 16GB to 64GB, there should be a right card for everyone. The 16GB and 32GB capacities are shipping this month while the larger 64GB ships next month.

The cards can perform in any environment as they are waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and temperature proof. Pretty much just proofed. The card is available in two version, with and without an SD card adapter that lets users quickly and easily view footage on a PC, notebook, or media reader.

Kingston’s microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 is backed by a lifetime warranty, free technical support, and legendary Kingston reliability. No word on pricing yet.

Features and Specifications:

  • Designed for action cameras and drones: shoot video at up to 30 frames per second in 4K or capture HD footage at 240 frames per second on your GoPro, action camera or drone to preserve every second of your latest adventure.
  • Rugged for every adventure: waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and temperature proof to perform even in harsh environments.
  • Enough space for your trip: whether shooting in 4K or at 240 frames per second, the card has room to keep you going.
  • Guaranteed: Lifetime warranty, legendary reliability, free technical support.
  • Capacities1: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB (shipping later)
  • Performance7: 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write, UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3)
  • microSD Dimensions: 11mm x 15mm x 1mm
  • SD Adapter Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Format: FAT32 (microSDHC 16GB-32GB); exFAT (microSDXC 64GB)
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3V
  • Warranty: Lifetime

G.Skill Announces Ripjaws DDR4-3000MHz 16GB 1.2V SO-DIMMs

DDR4 memory has come a long way since its introduction, but notebook and compact-system users haven’t been able to find as many choices when it comes to SO-DIMMs as the more traditional DIMM form factor. G.Skill is changing that and they’ve released yet another impressive module in this series. The new Ripjaws DDR4 modules can achieve 3000MHz at CL16 timings and they do so at a lower power consumption than other modules.

While DDR4 modules consume less power than DDR3 did, running them at such high speeds as 3000MHz usually requires modules to require 1.35V to perform at these speeds. But not these new Ripjaws modules, these modules will perform these speeds at just 1.2V and support the latest XMP 2.0 standard designed for 6th Gen Intel Core processors.

The new modules will be available in four different kits with either 8GB or 16GB modules and in packs with either one or two modules. Having SO-DIMMs that run with CL 16-18-18-43 timings at 3000MHz is already nice, but having them do so at just 1.2V is even more impressive. Adding that extra power and up to 32GB memory to compact systems is suddenly looking a lot easier.

Should your interest have been woken now, then there is some good news. You don’t have to wait very long to get the new G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4-3000MHz SO-DIMM modules as they will be available this month, April 20166, at authorized distributing partners. G.Skill did not reveal any pricing at this point, but we can assume that we’ll need to pay a fair price for such impressive and tiny memory modules.

Do you have any systems that would benefit from SO-DIMMs in this capacity, and if, would you upgrade to get that extra memory performance or are you happy with the more default 2133 to 2400MHz DDR4 memory speeds? Let us know in the comments.

Mushkin Blackline Ridgeback DDR4 2400MHz 16GB Memory Kit Review

Introduction


The latest memory kit to arrive for review purposes is part of Muskin’s Blackline Ridgeback range. The sample we received opts for a 16GB capacity, 2400MHz speed and timings of 15-15-15-35. This is achieved with a very respectable voltage rating of 1.2V and showcases the modules’ efficiency. Mushkin is a pioneering memory manufacturer formed in 1994 and continues to release new DIMMs sporting unique designs at a very competitive price point. Unlike their competitors, Mushkin assembles and hand tests each memory kit in the USA while strictly monitoring their production line.

This results in exceptional reliability and minimizes the potential for customer returns. The company also selects low latency modules to find a suitable balance between raw frequency and operating latency. On another note, every Mushkin memory kit is backed with a lifetime warranty and approachable customer service team. Given their reputation in the industry, I expect the memory kit to perform admirably at stock values and have some good overclocking headroom. Let’s see how it compares to other dual channel alternatives!

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

The product comes in a traditional blister pack, and adopts the slogan, “Gamers take notice, rivals take notes.” I quite like the background design which looks rather striking and adds a dash of colour.

On the rear, there’s a very detailed installation guide containing extremely clear diagrams. Inserting the modules into position is a very simple process, but it’s always good to include instructions for newcomers without any previous system building experience.

A Closer Look

The DIMMs convey a professional look via the neutral colour scheme and should suit a wide range of system builds. Additionally, the angled heat spreaders provide a distinctive appearance without straying too far from the sophisticated, understated design. I’m also really keen on the silver accents, which adds some visual flair. Sadly, the green PCB spoils the black theme somewhat and ruins the overall level of synergy. Although once the modules are installed, you shouldn’t notice the green PCB from a distance. Thankfully, there are some SKUs which already have the same heat spreader design and black PCB to complement it perfectly. Overall, Mushkin has done a commendable job in the product’s aesthetics and ensured it appeals to the core gaming demographic.

BIOSTAR Announces H110MD PRO Motherboard


BIOSTAR expands its broad portfolio of motherboards with the new H110MD PRO. The BIOSTAR H110MD PRO supports the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors and uses the H110 chipset. Memory wise you’ll find support for older DDR3 standard on the H1110MD rather than the newer DDR4 standard.

The new series of motherboards is designed for the budget minded system builder that still wants some great features while not blowing the whole budget on just the motherboard. It features BIOSTAR’s Tough Power Enhanced power design for improved stability and AudioArt capacitors guaranteeing a whole different listening experience versus similar motherboards.

The Audio Art Capacitors are high-end Japanese Nichicon audio capacitors that bring audio to life and make a lot of difference in your experience. Behind the Tough Power Enhanced feature is a high-endurance power design that allows the BIOSTAR PRO series motherboards to endure high-current with consistent full energy output without additional energy loss.

The H110MD PRO also features the Iron Heart as BIOSTAR calls it. The Iron Heart is a reinforced CPU backplate found on these PRO-series motherboards and help prevent bending and stress caused by heavy CPU coolers. This protects the motherboard from potential damage as well as the double feature of adding further cooling to the CPU and VRM area. Next to these three features, the H110MD also features BIOSTAR’s 6+ experience that includes Speed+, Audio+, Video+, Durable+, Protection+ and DIY+.

Specifications wise the board is relatively simple and that was to be expected. That doesn’t mean that the board can’t be very useful. As mentioned previously, the H110MD comes with an LGA 1151 socket for the latest Intel 6th generation CPUs while using a 5-phase power design and the H110 chipset. The board is entirely built with solid capacitors which should increase the overall life expectancy. Next to a Skylake CPU, you can add up to 16GB DDR3L-1600 memory in the two DIMM slots. Expansion wise you won’t find a lot, but the basics are covered with one PCI-e 3.0 x16 and two PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots, a Gigabit Ethernet connection powered by a Realtek chip, and four SATA3 ports.

The new BIOSTAR H110MD Pro motherboard has an MSRP of $54.99 and is expected to be available shortly. A simple board with solid features at a decent price, looks like it’s all a match.

HyperX Releases High-Capacity DDR4 Kit Additions

If you are one of them who can’t get enough memory in their system, then you are in luck as HyperX added new high-capacity kits to both their HyperX Savage and HyperX Predator DDR4 memory series. The modules look sweet and bring impressive speeds, capacities, and timings for both X99 and Intel 100 series chipset users.

The Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4 memory is now available as a 2666MHz 128GB kit containing eight modules with a massive 16GB of RAM each. This new kit joins a family of the previously announced Savage DDR4 memory from 2133MHz to 3000MHz in various single modules and kits ranging from 4GB to 64GB capacities. While these new modules don’t get all the way to 3000MHz, they’re still very impressive with their 2666MHz and 15-16-16 timings.

The HyperX Predator DDR4 series is now available in 16GB DIMMs, meaning you can get 32GB kits of two modules and 64GB kits of four modules, all the way up to 3000MHz. The HyperX Predator DDR4 combines high frequency and aggressive CAS latencies to provide users with one of the fastest solutions in the market.

Both of HyperX’s memory series will be a great choice whether you using one of Intel’s new 100 series chipsets or the little older X99 chipsets. How much memory are you planning in your next build and what will it be used for? Let us know in the comments.

You can see a full list of available kits below.

FreshTech Solutions Stealth Gaming PC Review

Introduction


FreshTech Solutions has a fantastic repertoire of custom PC builds to suit various budgets and specific requirements. In addition to pre-configured machines, the company’s flexible service allows you to customize a gaming PC from scratch and select from a huge array of industry-leading components. Each integral feature from storage to water cooling functionality is divided into easily manageable categories. However, today we are looking at a pre-configured model entitled, Stealth, which utilizes Intel’s latest mainstream architecture and a host of other top-tier hardware.

This high-end configuration contains an Intel Core i7 6700K, 16GB Corsair DDR 2666MHz RAM, Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 5 motherboard and the NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti. The core specification is accompanied by a 240GB SSD boot drive, 2TB mechanical data disk, Corsair 80 Plus Bronze 600W power supply and aesthetically-pleasing In Win 503 chassis. The company has also decided to offer a promotion and upgrade the default CPU cooler to the Corsair H80i GT for a limited time. Overall, I expect the system to excel in gaming benchmarks at commonly used resolutions and provide a superb desktop experience.

Specifications

  • Name: FreshTech Solutions Stealth Gaming PC
  • Case: In Win 503 Gaming Case with Glass front and Side Window
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 6700k Skylake @4.4Ghz (10% overclock)
  • CPU Cooler – Corsair H80i GT Liquid CPU Cooler
  • Power Supply: Corsair CX600 80 Plus Bronze Certified 600W Power Supply
  • System Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHz Performance RAM
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 5 LGA 1151
  • Main Boot Drive: 240GB Kingston V300 SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980 TI 6GB With Assassins Creed Syndicate or Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Game
  • Optical DriveSamsung 24x SATA DVD Writer
  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 1 Year Collect and Return Warranty
  • Price: £1336.00

Packing and Accessories

The FreshTech Solutions Stealth is protected by an extremely large external box which cushions the main chassis’ packaging and includes precautionary handling instructions. Additionally, the side handles make it easy to carry while the durable tape ensures the box retains its structural integrity.

Once opened, you need to carefully lift out the In Win 503 box and cut the top seal. After removing the flaps, we can see the durable foam supports and air padding to stop the system from moving around during transit.

Perhaps most importantly, the main components are protected by a high-quality piece of foam and air padding which can withstand sudden impact. Furthermore, the air wrapping surrounds the hard drive cages which is vital given the mechanical disk’s moving parts. On another note, the foam stops the graphics card from being dislodged and breaking the primary PCI-E slot. Attentive touches like these are essential and ensures the system arrives safely.

In terms of accessories, the system is bundled with a UK power cable, component documentation, RAM packaging, spare fittings and comprehensive setup guide. The package contains all the extras you need to perform manual upgrades in the future. Similarly, the FreshTech Solutions guide directs you to their customer service hotline in case of any technical queries or installation problems.

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PNY Unveils Anarchy X DDR4 Memory

Intel’s Skylake architecture and Z170 chipset have made DDR4 an affordable proposition and no longer exclusive to the enthusiast platform. As a result, high bandwidth, DDR4 pricing dropped quite significantly in recent months and legitimately rivaled the pricing of DDR3. The advantages of DDR4 includes higher frequencies and reduced voltage. Today, PNY announced the Anarchy X DDR4 modules which comes in a variety of capacities and speeds.

The DIMMs vary between 2400MHz to 2800MHz with a CAS latency of CL16 at 1.2V and utilize high-quality ICs. On another note, the XLR8 heat spreaders look fantastic and should accompany a red and black gaming theme extraordinarily well. In terms of pricing, the 16GB (4×4) configuration has a recommend retail price of £139 including VAT. This emphasizes how affordable high-capacity memory is becoming and it will be interesting to see the prices of DDR3 as more customers migrate to Skylake.

Unfortunately, Intel’s latest offering is currently quite poor value-for-money due to supply issues but CPUs should drop in price once sales reduce and stock increases. Additionally, AMD’s Zen architecture could apply pressure on Intel to offer more attractive pricing for consumers.

What speed of memory are you currently using?

Amazon India Lists Nexus 5X Specifications Before Official Announcement

Amazon India has mistakenly listed the Nexus 5X prior to Google’s official announcement and provides key information about the handset’s technical capabilities. According to the store page, the Nexus 5X features a 5.2-inch full HD display with a pixel density of 423ppi. Additionally, the device utilizes a Snapdragon 808 processor running at 1.8GHz with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The main rear camera is 12.3 megapixels while the front shooter is a respectable 5 megapixel sensor. Apparently, the handset supports LTE connectivity and integrates a 2700 mAh battery.

The product page also includes information about the various colour options. In total, the Nexus 5X comes in Charcoal Black, Quartz White and Ice Blue. Amazon India displayed the weight at 177g and dimensions of 15.4 x 1 x 7.6cm. Unfortunately, the listing has now been removed and it’s unknown if these specifications are genuine. It does seem a little contradictory though as the weight is heavier than much larger 5.5-inch handsets. Although, I think the core specification is about spot-on and I’m interested to see if there’s any expansion slot for additional storage.

Another issue appears to be the rather mediocre battery. If the listing is true, then I highly doubt the handset will offer the kind of battery life people expect from the Nexus product line. However, this could be a more budget-orientated model.

Thank you AndroidCentral for providing us with this information. 

Patriot Announces New Viper 4 3400MHz Dual Kit for Z170

Patriot originally announced their Viper 4 DDR4 series of memory modules back in January and now they’re expanding that line-up with new and faster versions designed to work optimally with Intel’s latest Skylake CPUs and Z170 platform.

The new modules consists of dual-channel kits with a speed of up to 3400MHz, the previous kits had a maximum speed up to 3000MHz. The new Z170 and Skylake optimized kits will initially be available as 8GB kits with 2x 4GB and 16GB kits with 2x 8GB modules. A perfect amount for normal users and gamers, the target audience, and Patriot can now offer these DDR4 modules in speeds from 2400MHz and all the way up to 3400MHz

The modules feature a high-performance custom heat shield that is said to be structured to withstand the most taxing PC environments and provide continuous stable performance. The Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz dual kit (2x4GB) clocks in with 16-18-18-36 timings and pulls 1.35V of power. The Viper 4 3200MHz dual kit comes with timings of 16-16-16-36 packed into 8GB (2x4GB) and 16GB (4x4GB) Viper red kits.

To ensure stability under these high speeds, each IC will be pre-screened by Patriot to ensure stability and reliability throughout their lifetime. The Patriot Viper 4 dual kits with speeds from 2400MHz to 3400MHz will be available on September 4, 2015 in stores and online. The MSRP is set between $64.99 and $169.99 depending on what version you pick.

Kingston Released New HyperX FURY DDR4 Kits for Skylake

The next generation of Intel processors and new chipsets are almost here and I’m sure there are quite a few people anxious to upgrade to the 6th generation Intel Core processors. A CPU and a motherboard are only part of what you need, you’ll also need some new memory to go along with that as we’re switching from DDR3 to DDR4, at least for the large part. Kingston’s HyperX division is ready for that and just released two new dual-channel HyperX FURY kits for just this, one with 8GB and one with 16GB capacity.

The new HyperX FURY kits are available in low-latency 2133MHz, 2400MHz, and 2666MHz frequencies and are optimised for the new Intel Skylake platform. HyperX FURY DDR4 is also the first product line to offer automatic overclocking via plug-and-play functionality for the 6th generation Core processors.

HyperX FURY DDR4 memory is a cost-efficient way for a high-performance upgrade for Intel’s 2- and 4-core processors and helps to provide faster video editing, 3D rendering, gaming and AI processing. The new modules are more efficient than the older generation of DDR3 memory and only require 1.2V to achieve these high speeds. The design is a beautiful as it always is from HyperX and the FURY features and asymmetrical design with both a black low-profile heat spreader and a black PCB.

HyperX FURY DDR4 Features and Specifications:

  • Easy to install1: plug-and-play functionality
  • Automatic overclocking: reach faster speeds just by installing the memory, no adjustments in BIOS needed
  • Cost-efficient: the perfect combination of price and DDR4 performance
  • Unique: asymmetrical, signature FURY heat spreader
  • Design: low profile, black heat spreader color and matching PCB
  • Reliable: 100% factory tested at frequency
  • Compatible: tested with all popular brands of motherboards
  • Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB & 64GB kits
  • Frequency: 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz
  • CAS Latency: CL14-CL15
  • Voltage: 1.2V
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -55°C to 100°C
  • Dimensions: 133.35mm x 34.24mm

KLEVV Neo 1600MHz 16GB DDR3 Memory Kit Review

Introduction


Memory, the most vital part of any computer that gets overlooked the most. There’s not a lot to say about RAM apart from its expensive and very confusing. DDR3 is an aging technology now, but it is still the most used memory standard in circulation. DDR3 is a solid memory standard, offering good performance with relatively low costs when compared to the older DDR2 and newer DDR4 memory kits. With the next introduction of Intel processors and motherboards, they will offer compatibility of DDR4; which means we could start seeing the demise of DDR3 in the consumer market. That will be a long way off yet as all apart from Z170 will still feature DDR3.

Today we will be looking at the newly introduced KLEVV Neo memory kit. KLEVV has already been released in other parts of the world and has made big waves. The Neo range could be considered as the ‘mainstream’ range for what KLEVV has to offer, although do not let this put you off; it still comes equipped with one of the nicest heatsinks I have ever seen and some very good specifications.

Essencore is the parent company of KLEVV and has strong ties with memory chip company SK Hynix. This allows KLEVV to utilise some of the highest quality memory components available in the world.

“Being reduced to its necessary elements, KLEVV Neo DDR3 Memory distinctly proves the motto “less is better” by its extreme performance with minimalistic design. By adopting select Memory ICs and severe test procedures, the pliable performance brings you the essentials to conquer the world.”

That’s enough talking, let’s jump into testing!

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

The packaging on these is top class, solid outer casing with individual pockets for each module ensures the product gets to you in working order; well in most normal cases anyway.

A Closer Look

Much like the KLEVV CRAS memory kits, these are set to impress. Featuring a more conventional two-part heat sink design with an embossed pattern and extraordinary build quality.

Transcend Announces 16GB DDR3L Memory Modules

Transcend might not be the first brand you think off when you look for memory modules, but they shouldn’t be forgotten. Something that speaks for that alone is that you’ll find Transcend memory modules in most NAS devices that use modules. Now Transcend announced another family member to their already long list of memory modules, the new 1600 Mhz U-DIMMs and SO-DIMMS with 16GB capacity and running on a low 1.35 voltage design thanks to the 1Gbx8 DRAM chips used.

The 1Gbx8 chips used help to maximize the memory capacity and optimize the use of rank number and space. The low voltage for DDR3 modules of 1.35V can help to reduce the power consumption with up to 20% compared to standard 1.5V. Maybe not something that makes the big different for a casual PC usage, but it will make a difference on large deployment and 24/7 running systems. It also helps to reduce the heat and thereby cooling needed.

The new modules are fully JEDEC compliant and undergo strenuous 64-bit kernel, single and multi-core testing to ensure that the quality is top and they carry the same Limited Lifetime Warranty that all Transcend modules do.

The 16GB DDR3L 1600 U-DIMM module has the part number TS2GLK64W6Q and the SO-DIMM module has the part number TS2GSK64W6Q. There was no word on pricing or availability yet.

KLEVV CRAS 3000MHz 16GB DDR4 Memory Kit Review

Introduction


Memory, the most vital part of any computer that gets overlooked the most. There’s not a lot to say about RAM apart from its expensive and very confusing. DDR4, the newest iteration of RAM is currently the fastest version of the consumer RAM, with speeds exceeding 3333MHz. RAM kits now come in a variety of shapes with the basic bare modules, right up to the simply stunning Ripjaws series.

Today we will be looking at the newly introduced KLEVV CRAS memory kit. This has already been released in other parts of the world and consumers are adoring the high-end finish and amazing performance on offer.

KLEVV was established in just 2014 by the parent company Essencore Limited (or just Essencore), but having close ties within the memory community has allowed the company to quickly gain traction and is quickly rising to contend for the top spot. The CRAS memory modules are an extremely high-end, they are fitted with huge solid metal heat sinks that not only keep these extremely cool, but also provide excellent aesthetics and strengthening properties. This particular memory kit comes out of the box with a speed rating of 2133MHz, however, a simple BIOS tweak to enable the XMP profile brings the modules up to the rated 3000 MHz advertised speed; which is something that you have to remember when buying high speed memory kits.

“Employing the most current and high-level IT developments, KLEVV, the vanguard of technological advance, brings PC enthusiasts the highly advanced KLEVV Cras DDR4 Memory. Ready to Beat’em Up? Your adventure is just beginning.”

That’s enough talking, let’s jump into testing.

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

The packaging on these is top class, solid outer casing with individual pockets for each module ensures the product gets to you in working order; well in most normal cases anyway.

A Closer Look

These are some seriously stunning modules, a black PCB wrapped in solid metal heatsinks with a brushed metal band sealing everything together.

Crucial Announces Ballistix DDR4 16GB Performance Memory

Crucial is well known for their memory and storage drives, but this time it’s the memory that we’ll talk a little about. Crucial just announced the release of Ballistix DDR4 16GB performance memory with various heat-sink configurations.

The new modules are perfect for gamers and enthusiasts who deal with content creation, virtual machines, RAM drives, and memory-intensive applications. The new modules are using Micron’s new 8Gb DDR4 component technology to offer up these high-density DDR4 memory modules.

With the recent release of these high-capacity memory modules with 16GB per module, home users can now create systems with 128GB total memory capabilities that otherwise was reserved for server grade systems. The modules are compatible with the latest Intel X99 platforms and support XMP 2.0 profiles for easy setup.

“This density of memory module will start to become broadly available in the desktop space with our new 8Gb-based Ballistix DDR4 16GB modules,” said Jeremy Mortenson, worldwide DRAM product marketing manager, Crucial. “We anticipate that our new modules and component densities will enable smaller form factors and the next generation of computers to have capacities that were traditionally limited to the server or high-end desktop space.”

Ballistix DDR4 16GB memory is expected to ship in late July as Ballistix Sport, Ballistix Tactical, and Ballistix Elite. The 16GB modules will be available single or in kits up to 128GB and come backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Patriot Expands Viper 4 DDR4 Series With 128GB Kit

There is no arguing that most of us can’t afford DDR4 memory at the moment and even less so when we talk of 128GB kits, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t dream. However, there are the people who need this kind of memory capacity, especially professional designers as well as server builders and more.

If you should need, or maybe just want, a system packed with 128GB DDR4 memory then you got a new kit to include in your considerations as Patriot expanded their Viper 4 DDR4 series to include both 64GB and 128GB kits based on 16GB modules. The 64GB kit consists of four modules while the 128GB naturally consists of eight modules.

“The addition of the 64GB and 128GB DRAM to the Viper 4 line will help to propel our already well-established catalog of gaming memory,” said Les Henry, Patriot’s VP of Engineering. “Patriot is committed to further developing its gaming line of memory in order to meet the ever growing demand of today’s high-end PCs.”

The new Viper 4 kits start at 2400MHz and running on 1.2V with 14-16-16-31 timings with faster speeds to be announced at a later time. The new modules are XMP 2.0 compatible as it should be. Each of the memory modules is hand-tested for quality assurance and the new modules are backed by Patriot’s lifetime warranty and great customer service.

HyperX Achieves Fastest 128GB DDR4 Memory Kit

G-Skill announced the world’s fastest DDR4 128GB memory not long ago, but we already knew then that they wouldn’t stay on the throne for long. The DDR4 memory market is new and under heavy development at the moment, which means that these records will be broken often by the competition.

This time is no different and it’s Kingston’s HyperX gaming division that set the new record for DDR4 memory kits with 128GB capacity as they announced that they created the world’s fastest 128GB memory kit.

The kit used to break this record consists of eight 16GB HyperX Predator modules (16GB x 8) in quad-channel configuration. The modules were running on an MSI X99 MPOWER motherboard paired with an Intel Core i7 5820K processor. The new modules use tight 16-16-16-36 timings and XMP profiles for easy and stable overclocking.

The new 16GB DDR4 memory modules will be demonstrated at Computex Taipei within a system that’s also packed with their recently released HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD. The live demo will be shown from June 4th to June 7th in their booth at ATT 4 FUN center where we’ll get the final details and specification of these modules, including the price.

G.SKILL Announced World’s Fastest DDR4 128GB Memory Kit at 2800MHz

G.Skill has introduced their newest memory modules and this time we get a new RipJaws4 kit. The new kit isn’t a small one as it comes with a total memory of 128GB distributed across eight 16GB modules. The new kit is the first DDR4 128GB kit with a speed of 2800MHz and it comes with CL16 timings. The memory modules use the latest 20nm fabrication process by Samsung and they’re said to take performance to a whole new level.

“During development of these DDR4 16GB modules, we see amazing future potential for 128GB (16GBx8) memory kits in extreme high capacity operation on upcoming platforms,” says Tequila Huang, Vice President of Research & Development, G.SKILL. “We will be witnessing the beginning of a new set of standards for extreme capacity and performance DDR4 memory kits on both current and future computing platforms. Needless to say, we are very excited for this release.”

16GB memory modules aren’t anything new as such, they have already been available in the server market. Now that capacity is paving its way to consumer memory modules, suitable for workstation level workloads where high capacity memory is vital. The new quad-channel kit has been validated on the latest ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard.

The new modules aren’t just available at large capacities and speed, you can also find smaller kits with less than 8 modules and frequencies ranging from DDR4-2133 MHz to the aforementioned DDR4-2800 MHz. The modules also come backed by G.Skill’s limited lifetime warranty.

Acer Rolls Out New Iconia Tab 10 Tablet

Acer has announced its new Iconia Tab 10 tablet recently, a device that comes with top performance at an acceptable price tag as it seems from the specs and recommended price set by the company.

Two versions of the Iconia Tab 10 have apparently surfaced on the market, one with a 10.1-inch WUXGA display, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB flash storage, the MediaTek MT8217 SoC and a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A7. The latter device is the more pricier version, coming with a price tag of $249.

The cheaper version is set at $199 and comes with a 1280 x 800 screen, 1 GB of RAM, 16GB flash storage, a 1.7 GHz SoC compared to the latter and a smaller battery, namely 5700 mAh, compared to the 5910 mAh from the first version.

Both models are said to support only Wi-Fi connectivity, so users wanting to see a 3G/4G version of the tablet would be extremely disappointed. Also, in terms of colour options, the tablets come in black and white choices.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

SMART Moves DDR4 into Embedded Devices via Mini-DIMM Form Factor

SMART Modular Technologies announced the launch of its DDR4 Mini-DIMM, one of the first Mini-DIMM form factor utilising the next generation DDR4 technology. SMART’s initial lineup of DDR4-2133 Mini-DIMMs include 8GB and 16GB VLP Mini-UDIMM modules along with standard height Mini-RDIMM modules.

The new modules comply with JEDEC 288-pin form factor and pin-out standards and SMART worked with Molex to create a robust DDR4 Mini-DIMM vertical mount socket with secure latches. It is also designed with additional power and ground signals compared to SO-DIMMs.

For now, this has very little impact on all of us as consumers. But when we look at the broader picture, it’s something that will help to spread the usage of DDR4. That in return will benefit us users by increased production and thereby lower prices. And the price is what is holding people back right now, without a doubt.

Thanks to SMART for providing us with this information

Transcend Releases JetFlash 880 USB 3.0 and OTG Flash Drive

Transcend launched a new dual flash drive that features both a USB 3.0 and an OTG micro USB connector. In return, the JetFlash 880 OTG Flash Drive provides the fastest possible speeds when connected to your PC with the universality of using it with your Android or other OTG enabled device.

The use of OTG is a lot easier than having to fumble with cables as well as the need for a PC to get files from your smartphone or tablet and onto a flash drive. In most cases it’s also a lot faster than WiFi, that also requires additional hardware to get your files onto a flash drive to take it along with you on a shareable and universal usable flash drive.

The JetFlash 880 is produced with quality metal that is said to significantly reduce the weight. And those nano sticks already weigh next to nothing, so this one must be light. In addition, the use of a Chip On Board design makes the JetFlash completely dust and water resistant.

File encryption and management can be with the free Transcend Elite App that can be found in the Google Play store. Transcend’s JetFlash 880 USB Flash Drives will be available shortly in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, and come backed by Transcend’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Thanks to Transcend for providing us with this information

G.SKILL Released Ripjaws 4 DDR4 up to 3400MHz

G.SKILL is releasing the Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GB x4) with CL16 timings and the Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (4GB x4) memory kit with a CL15 timings. These new high-end memory kits also come bundled with the awesome Turbulence III memory fans.

The new Ripjaws 4 DDR4 memory kits are made from hand-picked IC and G.SKILL’s highly-selective binning process. The memory has been fully tested to work with some of the best X99 motherboards on the market as seen in the screenshots below (Click for larger image, external link).

Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) on Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion

 

Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3400MHz 16GB (4GBx4) on ASUS Rampage V Extreme

Availability should be now or soon and some retailers already have them listed starting around €415.00.

Thanks to G.Skill for providing us with this information

Kingston Released UHS-I microSD For 4K and HD Video Capture

Kingston released a new microSDXC card for users who either just want that extra speed from their compact storage or actually need it for fluent 4K video recording. The new SDCA3 card can read with up to 90MB/s and write with up to 80MB/s and can be had bundled with an SD card adapter or without.

The new cards aren’t just fast, they’re also very rugged and can withstand submersion in 1 meter deep water for up to 30 minutes, offer MIL-STD-883H military standard shock resistance, X-ray protection from both sides, and can withstand temperatures up to 85°C.

“The growing adoption of high-performance cameras and Android-based mobile devices has prompted Kingston to provide fast microSD cards to maximize device performance,” said Valentina Vitolo, Flash Business Manager. “We are confident that our new 90-80MB/s microSD card is built for extreme conditions and users will be able to capture all the memories they want on the card.”

Specifications

  • UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) with up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write
  • Waterproof, Shockproof, X-ray proof, and temperature proof
  • Compatible with microSDHC-SDXC host devices; not compatible with standard microSD-enabled devices/readers; microSDXC cards are not compatible with microSDHC-enabled devices/readers
  • SD adapter for full-size SDHC/SDXC uses in DSL-R or DSL-M cameras, 4K camcorders, and other devices
  • Lifetime warranty with free technical support
  • Capacities5: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Card Dimensions: 11 x 15 x 1 mm
  • SD Adapter Dimensions: 24 x 32 x 2.1 mm
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3V

Thanks to Kingston for providing us with this information

Team Group M131 16GB Dual Flash Drive Review

Introduction


The limited storage in mobile devices can be a real problem just as the fact that a touchscreen rarely is the optimal input device. Both these things might be a thing of the past if you invest in a Team Group M131 Smart Dual Drive with OTG support that. I’m taking a closer look at 16GB model of just this drive today.

Whether you want to create a copy of the files you got on your mobile device onto a flash drive or just want to create backups, switch out content or extend the internal storage for a while, the M131 USB drive is here for you. You just slide the cover back and plug it into your OTG capable device.

Once we have our files copied from the smartphone or tablet onto the M131 flash drive, we would like to be able to use it our PC that doesn’t have a micro USB port. For this purpose, the M131 is designed as a two piece drive. Simply pull it apart and you’ll expose the normal USB 2.0 connector and have a flash drive like you’re used to from all the other ones you have.

Plugging it apart also exposes the third feature of this flash drive, the separate OTG adapter that you can use to connect compliant devices directly to your tablet or smartphone and this includes USB keyboards, mice and hard drives.

The surface is made from a matte anti-fingerprint material and it has a slide cap design over the Micro USB port to prevent dust gathering and collisions to the somewhat weaker point compared to a normal USB plug. Like most flash drives, the M131 also comes with a strap hole slings to carry it more convenient and prevent unnecessary loss and searches.

Finally, the dual design with the OTG Converter is a lot more convenient than a cable in most cases and the 2-in-1 design plugged together avoids the trouble of missing pieces and searching the cable.

The compact size of just 44 x 16.6 mm and weighing just 6.6 grams make this drive highly portable. It comes backed with a lifetime warranty and is available in three capacities: 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB.

ADATA Launches Stylish UC340 USB3.0 Flash Drive up to 256GB

ADATA Technology launched the new Choice UC340 USB 3.0 flash drive. The UC340 flash drive features trim geometric lines and a clean glossy finish. It is stylish enough to use it to accessorise and to carry in a neck strap, purse, or on a keychain for example. The new UC340 flash drive is powered by USB 3.0 and the largest model with 256GB capacity can transfer with up to 200MB/s and write up to 120MB/s. The coloured head is a push click button to extend or retract the USB connector.

It won’t be coming exclusively as 256GB though, you’ll be able to get this stylish flash drive from 16GB and up. The UC340 features both of ADATA’s UFGtoGO and OStoGO features for extended usage abilities and come with a lifetime warranty.

The UC340 will be available through selected retailers and distributors shortly at an MSRP of £8.90, £13.90, £23.90, £57.90 and £123.90 respectively for the 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256GB models.

Thanks to ADATA for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of ADATA

SanDisk Connect SDWS2 16 GB Wireless Flash Drive Review

Introduction


Today I’m taking a look at the SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive SDWS2, a combined USB 2.0 and Wireless thumb drive. It comes in three capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. I’ve got the 16 GB version on the table and I’m looking forward to seeing what it can do. This thumb drive is part of SanDisk’s Connect Line of storage devices that allow you to connect wirelessly to store, copy and stream files, even to multiple devices at once.

The highly portable and easy to use thumb-drive grants you mobile and wireless access to your movies, photos, music and documents. You can connect up to 8 devices simultaneously and stream media to as many as 3 devices at once. All this without the need for an Internet connection or hotspot, it has everything built in. The internal battery recharges via the USB connector and offers up to 4 hours of continuous streaming on a single charge.

SanDisk have taken a lot of well known features and put them into this thumb sized flash drive that even doubles as a micro SD card-reader. A little all-in-one wonder for the person on the go. The range of the device is 150 feet, about 45 meters, and that is the same as many routers have.

The drive has official apps for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Android devices trough the Google Play Store. So you might be out of luck if you’re using an Android device that is hooked up to a third-party store instead of the Google Play, on the app side that is. This shouldn’t be a problem for the majority of users. Those that have these devices have the alternate option to connect to the flash drive through an internet-browser.

The Android app works great and is very straight forward to use. I’m sure the iOS version is just as easy, though it does require one step more to connect. If you don’t want to install the application, there is still the above mentioned option to connect via your web browser. SanDisk seems to have it all covered.

You can connect wireless to the drive from your PC as well, but only via the web browser. This removes the function of uploading files, but otherwise you have full access to what is stored on the drive. Of course sitting at the PC, you can just plug the drive into a free USB port and charge it at the same time.

If your network supports it, the drive also offers a pass-through to your WLAN, and it works great. My Galaxy Tab 2 had no trouble to connect to both the stick and my router at once, so I can only confirm this feature.

Patriot Launches Supersonic Bolt XT Hardware Encrypted Flash Drive

Patriot has presented their newest thumb-drive; the Supersonic Bolt XT USB3. This isn’t an everyday thumb-drive as the housing might give away. The rugged housing made from rubber protects the drive from day-to-day drops and bumps while the built-in FIPS 197 compliant 256-bit AES hardware encryption keeps a keen eye on the safety of your files. On top of the encryption, the drive has a bruteforce protection and will reformat itself if the password should be entered falsely ten times in a row.

Connecting via the USB 3.0 interface, the new Supersonic Bolt XT can read data with 150MB/s and write them with 30MB/s. While it may not sound like an all too fast drive, one has to take the encryption into consideration. That is a tasking job for many processors alone, and the drive has it built-in.

The Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT USB3 Flash Drive is available now and the pricing starts at $49.99 for the 16GB model and 32Gb and 64GB will be available as well.

Thanks to Patriot for providing us with this information

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Transcend Announces Latest Server-Grade DDR4 Memory

Transcend has announced the launch of three new DDR4 server-grade memory modules: 8GB and 16GB DDR4 2133MHz Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) and 16GB DDR4 Very Low Profile (VLP) RDIMMs. The new modules are fully compatible with the latest Xeon E5-2600 v3 server processors and are perfect for cloud computing, virtualization and other high-performance computing technologies.

The new server-grade DDR3 RDIMMs and VLP RDIMMs are using the latest in density technology allowing these capacities with high-speed transmission of 2133MHz and up to 17GB/ bandwidth while only consuming 1.2V. That is a 40% reduction over the default modules. The lower power consumption isn’t just great for the electricity bill but also have a higher reliability factor.

The very-low-profile (VLP) modules measure just 18mm in height, perfect for use in high-end space-constrained platforms such as blade servers. Additionally, these modules help lower cooling costs by significantly improving chassis airflow and memory heat dissipation thanks to their reduced vertical footprint.

Transcend’s new DDR4 server modules are fully compliant with JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards and undergone 64 bit kernel, single-core and multi-core testing to ensure the best quality possible. All DDR4 models carry Transcend’s renowned Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Thanks to Transcend for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Transcend