G.Skill Release High Speed Trident Z and Ripjaws V DDR4 Memory Kits

Since the announcement of Skylake and Z170, we’ve heard nothing but good things and how we as consumers are going to benefit. One of these benefits is support for super-fast memory and G.Skill has stepped up to the plate and offering both the Trident (Trident Z) and Ripjaws (Ripjaws V) product lines. We know from experience that G.Skill memory is some of the best you can buy on the market; constantly exceeding speed world records and poised at a comparatively low price point.

The new lines are ready to work with the upcoming Z170 series at speeds of up to 4000MHz.

“The new Trident Z DDR4 memory is the successor to the high-end Trident memory series and making its debut on the latest DDR4 standard, designed and tested for the next generation Skylake-S platform! For the first time in the history of extreme memory kits, Trident Z is entering the arena with a 4000MHz memory kit, built with highest-end Samsung IC memory chips and validated on the ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboard.”

With each heat spreader made from one thick piece of metal, dissipating the heat isn’t an issue. The stylish design will fit in with even the most premium of computer builds, as long as you have silver/red/black in there somewhere; which most current generation motherboards do. These will feature the excellent XMP 2.0 tuning which can take it from the stock DDR4-2800 all the way up to DDR4-4000. The reason behind this extreme performance is hand picked IC chips.

“With a new generation, comes a new heat spreader design concept. Game in style; work in style. Ripjaws V is the newest member of the classic performance Ripjaws family, featuring suave new looks in five illuminating colors: Blazing Red, Steel Blue, Radiant Silver, Gunmetal Gray, and Classic Black.”

The Ripjaws V memory kits are more consumer friendly, featuring 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB module capacities and performance from 2133MHz to 3733MHz at ultra low voltages. The 16GB modules feature cherry picked Samsung IC memory chips for the best possible performance. Each memory kit also features XMP 2.0 for simple BIOS tuning.

Something that hinders DDR4 is the timing. DDR3 had extremely tight timings, in some cases as low as 7-7-7. When DDR4 is involved, some of the lowest timings available are 15-15-15 at 2133MHz.

   

Pricing is still under wraps, likely until Z170 is officially launched. Are you looking to upgrade to Z170 upon launch? Let us know in the comments.

The International Space Station Got the 4K Upgrade

Last week we brought you the news that NASA now also was uploading 4K 60fps videos to YouTube, but initially only shared a 20 seconds clip. That has since been followed up with more 4K footage as the international space station got the full 4K upgrade.

Not all their 4K videos are 60fps, and they don’t need to be in order to look stunning. The video below shows some amazing views both inside and outside the space station. The view of life in space got a major boost with the introduction of 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) video, providing an unprecedented look at what it is like to live and work aboard the International Space Station.

While these cameras mainly should be used for experiments and increase the amount of things the astronauts can do onboard of the space station, that doesn’t mean that it should be used exclusively for experiments. It also bestows the most breathtaking views of planet Earth that haven’t been seen like that before.

We also get to see what they eat up there, and it might be a bit surprising for some of you; it isn’t all dehydrated instant food.

NASA promised to release a lot more videos in the future and I for once can’t wait to see more. I might be too much of a coward to want to go into space myself, but I do enjoy the breathtaking views of our planet with an outside perspective.

Toshiba Announces High-Speed Exceria Pro Memory Cards

Xiaomi’s VP Hugo Barra might try to convince you that SD storage shouldn’t be in smartphones as it is a too slow medium, but I strongly disagree with this and I’m sure Toshiba does so too.

Toshiba just released the proof that slow speeds and memory cards don’t need to go hand in hand with their new EXCERIA Pro SD memory cards and EXCERIA microSD memory cards.

The new EXCERIA Pro SD cards are intended for high-speed and high-resolution image capturing from 4K video and high-speed DSLR shots. With read speeds of up to 260 MB/s and write speeds up to 240 MB/s, the EXCERIA Pro SD card can transfer files in a fraction of the time otherwise needed. The Pro SD card is available in four capacities with the largest being 128GB.

The EXCERIA microSD isn’t as fast as the PRO models, but still feature great read speeds up to 95MB/s and write speeds up to 60MB/s. They are designed for action camera adventurers, videographers, phones and tablets where it will keep your memories safe thanks to being both waterproof and X-ray proof.

The EXCERIA microSD card only comes with capacities up to 64GB, but that’s still a big improvement on the built-in memory you find in most smartphones.

Both types of cards come backed by a 5-year warranty. The EXCERIA Pro starts at $99.99 for 16GB and goes up to $699.99 for the 128GB model. The EXCERIA microSD card starts at $59.99 for 16GB capacity and goes up to $179.99 for the 64GB card.

 

Sony Quietly Launch New G Series XQD 2 Memory Cards

Sony has quietly launched a new series of their memory cards with a significant performance boost. The new G Series is compliant with both PCI Express Gen.2 and USB 3.0 interfaces for the XQD 2 Format. The new G-Series memory cards can deliver impressive speeds up to 400 MB/s reads and 350 MB/s writes.

Sony’s new G-Series memory cards provide efficient data writing and dependable recording of 4K video while avoiding speed degradation. The larger capacity 128GB model expands the line-up allowing up to 40 minutes of 4K XAVC Intra 422 60p (600Mbps) recording with 4K video cameras.

The G Series comes bundled with a dedicated USB 3.0 adapter so you can transfer all those RAW images and data-intensive 4K video files to your workstation at the same speeds, and get started with the those editing jobs.

These new memory cards won’t come cheap. The 32GB model will set you back $163.50, the 64GB model will cost you $363.95 while the largest 128GB card will cost a staggering $799.95. The included USB 3.0 adapter has a retail value of $38, so that can be seen as a value boost. The new Sony XQD cards will start shipping on November 3rd.

Thanks to Sony for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Sony

 

AT&T To Bring 300Mbps Fiber To Austin

Austin, Texas seems to be the new place to be if you are interested in a blazing fast Internet connection as AT&T has announced plans to deploy fiber in the city that will ultimately provide speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.

Known as GigaPower, the service will be an extension of AT&T’s existing U-verse program. At launch, it will be limited to 300 Mbps on the upstream and downstream which is said to be the fastest available to consumers from any Austin broadband provider.

GigaPower will initially reach tens of thousands of customers throughout Austin and the surrounding areas later this year. Those that sign up for the 300 Mbps service will be upgraded to speeds up to 1 gigabit per second at no extra cost when it becomes available in mid-2014.

Dave Nichols, President of AT&T Texas, said Austin embodies innovation and social consciousness and is the heart of a vibrant, ever-evolving tech culture and entrepreneurial spirit. With their all-fiber U-verse services, they are building the foundation for a new wave of innovation for Austin’s consumers, businesses and civic and educational institutions, he said.

Google Fiber is already available in Kansas City, and Google is now running ads for the service in Provo, Utah, where it will launch in mid-October. The service has generated a lot of buzz, and AT&T is hoping that it can overcome some of this in Austin by coming out first.

The fee for Google Fiber is $70 per month for Internet service and $120 per month with a TV bundle. For comparison, Verizon’s 500 megabit-per-second service is only available for homes in a phone and TV package for $309.99 per month.

Google may have an advantage with Fiber by starting from scratch and installing a brand new fiber optic network. This allows all Fiber customers to experience the same speeds. AT&T will instead by tapping into an existing network of fiber optics and copper lines, meaning that not everyone will get the same speed.

AT&T said this is just the start of its super high-speed services, but did not state where it plans to go next.

Thank you TechSpot and IBTimes for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of IBTimes.

Rural Internet Access: Finding High-speed Connections

The author of this article Sarah Bolloum advised her daughter to do a broadband speed test when she had some speed issues on her computer.

In rural communities, high-speed Internet access is not always easy to find. Even if a local provider offers service, your home might be ineligible for various reasons. Consider these tools and options to help locate a provider that serves your area.

Check with companies that offer other services

Sometimes, nationwide companies bundle different services for rural customers. For example, your telephone or satellite-TV provider might offer Internet access via satellite dish. Visit the company’s Web site, or make a phone call, to learn more.

Get on waiting lists

Waiting lists tell providers that they have potential customers in the area. If access is close to your home, but not quite there yet, a list of interested people might persuade the company to plan for expansion. This can take time—months, even years—but adding your information to the list does not take long. Afterward, you can move on and continue looking for other providers.

Search online for providers

Sites like DSLReports.com have searchable databases. These sites include different kinds of Internet connections; customer reviews; and multiple search options (by ZIP code, for example, or by state). Some companies that come up in your search results don’t serve your area, but others might.

Look for more than one kind of connection

You might not be able to get a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) through your telephone provider, but what about a WISP (terrestrial wireless) connection from another provider? This kind of access is ideal for some people in rural areas. Others can use satellite dishes. In some parts of the country, cell-phone providers’ connections work well. Don’t limit yourself to one or two kinds of service; you might have other, unexplored options.

Use local resources

Ask your neighbors how they get Internet access at home. If the family next door has a high-speed provider, the odds are very good that you, too, can subscribe. Sometimes, providers advertise in your area. Keep an eye on billboards, the local newspaper, and even signs staked out in yards. Rural areas are no different from more-populated regions as far as advertising goes; companies find creative ways to get your attention.

You might have only one option other than dial-up. If that’s the case, keep looking while you make the most of what you have. Companies expand coverage areas on a regular basis. New providers move into underserved areas and set up shop. Businesses that offer other services expand. Keep looking, stay on the waiting lists, and talk with your neighbors; convincing them to express a desire for high-speed Internet in their homes can encourage a company to sell you all what you want.

Image courtesy of NYnet