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.

G.SKILL Announces Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM

G.Skill announces the newest addition to their DDR4 RipJaws lineup with the DDR4 SO-DIMM Ripjaw series. The new modules come with great speeds of up to 2800MHz and in kit sizes up to 64GB. As all RipJaw memory modules, the new SO-DIMM series is also built with specially screened components, hand-picked from G.SKILL’s rigorous and highly selective binning process and tested to guaranteed maximum performance and reliability.

SO-DIMM modules are generally used in portable and small form factor system where power consumption is an issue, and DDR4 is a great thing for these systems. With the lower power consumption over DDR3 modules where they only consume 1.2V make them optimal for this scenario. The modules also feature auto-overclocking where the modules will be automatically overclocked when the memory modules are installed on qualified systems.

There are four different speeds in the new G.Skill RipJaws series and each speed is available in five different capacity kit sizes. With the increase in the kit speeds from 2133 to 2800MHz, the timings also change slightly as we can see in the chart below. Whether you choose 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB capacity in these new modules, they should be a solid choice for your SO-DIMM capable system.

G.Skill didn’t announce any pricing or availability at this time, but we’ll keep you updated on that in the near future when the information becomes available.

QNAP TS-251 High-Performance 2-Bay Prosumer NAS Review

Introduction


QNAP created their TS-251 Turbo NAS as a great high-performance solution for home users as well as small and medium-sized offices, and today I’m taking a closer look at what it has to offer and how well it performs in our testing area.

The TS-251 provides a high performance and high-capacity storage solution thanks to a great combination of QNAP’s advanced QTS operating system and some great hardware. It is an easy-to-use yet powerful NAS for data backup, file synchronization, remote access, home entertainment, and it is also ideal for users to build a personal cloud where they can access their data easily and secure, outside of the prying eyes of strangers and commercial hosting solutions.

The QNAP TS-251 is built with an Intel Celeron 2.41GHz dual-core processor that has a burst speed up to 2.58GHz. It comes with two DDR3L memory slots and is available in two models, one with 1GB RAM and the one I’m taking a look at today with 4GB DDR3L RAM in two 2GB modules. The TS-251 has 512 DOM storage for the system itself and comes with two hot-swappable trays.

Users of the TS-251 Turbo NAS get two Intel-powered Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet ports that support trunking and link aggregation. There is one USB 3.0 port on the front together with the One-Touch copy button and another USB 3.0 on the rear. You will also find two USB 2.0 ports there. The rear USB 3.0 port is excellent for expanding the capacity of the NAS with up to 8 more drives, making this a great starter NAS that can be expanded at a later time, should you need it. QNAP has the UX-500P and UX-800P expansion units that respectively provide 5 and 8 extra drive bays. They connect to the NAS through a single USB 3.0 cable, making it real easy to set up. That effectively means that you can have up to 60TB raw storage with a complete set of 6TB drives and the TS-251.

The two USB 2.0 ports are perfect for USB printers, pen drives, and USB UPS connection as well as for keyboard and mouse when you’re using the HD Station. This is also where the HDMI port comes into play, as you can hook the TS-251 directly up to a monitor and use it for direct media playback of 1080p videos with 7.1 channel surround sound as well as run virtualization systems.

The powerful Intel x86 processor in the TS-251 can transcode Full HD videos on-the-fly as well as offline, allowing you to play them smoothly on both PCs and smart devices. It allows for up to 5 devices to simultaneously view different videos stored on the TS-251 with on-the-fly hardware accelerated transcoding. Even devices that lack the computing power or have limited file format support will have a great experience and it doesn’t require any complicated and time-consuming file conversions done by yourself.

You can easily stream to all your devices whether they are Smart TVs, PlayStation, or Xbox systems as well as Hi-Fi systems that support streaming. Mobile devices, both Android and iOS, are supported and so is Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Google TV. Plex Media server is also included which is one of the most popular ways to manage streaming content.

For the perfect media experience, you might also want to invest in the optional media remote. The TS-251 features an IR receiver and works like a charm with the QNAP RM-IR002 remote control as well as MCE remote controls. You can also turn your mobile devices into remote controls by installing the Qremote app. All in all, you’re covered when it comes to media features on the TS-251.

You can easily turn the QNAP TS-251 Turbo NAS into your own personal cloud solution thanks the myQNAPcloud. It provides an always-connected infrastructure for everyone, and all without complicated setups and extra services such as static IPs, redirects, and DNS setups. A few simple steps to register your NAS and it’s ready.

Constant synchronization is a breeze with Qsync where any file uploaded to the TS-251 will be made available for all linked devices, such as computers, laptops, and mobile devices. Qsync is especially useful for frequent travelers in managing files and ensuring that different devices have the most up-to-date files with great flexibility.

The TS-251 also offers various data recovery options such as Real-Time Remote Replication (RTRR) for real-time and scheduled data backup to remote Turbo NAS or FTP servers as well as synchronization of files to remote folders from local folders. The rsync protocol is also supported and it is a very popular and simple method to backup data to remote servers on a scheduled basis. Commercial and public cloud services are also supported for both backup and restoration from providers such as Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Microsoft Azure, ElephantDrive, Dropbox, and Google Cloud Storage.

Local backup is just as important and in many cases it is the main reason that people invest in an NAS. The TS-251 can do that thanks to QNAP’s NetBak Replicator that supports real-time and scheduled data backup on Windows, including Outlook email archiving. Mac OS X users can use Apple Time Machine for effortless backup, and both types of users can use the USB 3.0 port and one-touch backup button on the front to backup that external storage to the NAS. A wide range of third-party backup software such as Acronis True Image and Symantec Backup Exec are also supported.

I’ve previously mentioned the direct usage functionality of the TS-251 thanks to the USB and HDMI ports, and that all comes together thanks to QNAP’s exclusive QvPC Technology. It allows you to use the NAS directly as a PC with direct access to stored data, the ability to run multiple applications using Windows/Linux/UNIX/Android-based VMs, surf the web on Google Chrome, or enjoy Full HD videos with up to 7.1 channel audio via Kodi.

The Virtualization Station is another feature we get thanks to the QvPC technology and it transforms the TS-251 into a virtualization platform supporting multiple operating systems, fast virtual machine creation, virtual machine import/export, snapshot, and that enables desktop operations on web browsers. With the easy-to-use interface, you can centrally manage all of the virtual machines created on the TS-251 with minimal effort. You can also download VMs on demand from online VM markets and import them to TS-251 without any complex procedure. This feature requires at least 2GB of RAM, so the 1GB model is out of the running here. Thankfully I’ve got the 4GB model here. As previously mentioned, you can also upgrade the memory in the TS-251 at any point with standard SO-DIMM DDR3 modules.

The TS-251 can also be used as Surveillance Station and you can monitor this directly via the HDMI output in real-time with local display, and much more. Surveillance Station offers a professional surveillance solution with a user-friendly management interface, over 2,600 compatible IP cameras, and expandable IP camera channel licenses. Next to real-time monitoring it also supports video and audio recording as well as playback with a wide range of customizable settings. There are also Android and iOS apps available for this.

Downloading files can also be done directly by the NAS thanks to the download center. The new and improved Download center in QTS 4.2 means that the old QGet tool isn’t needed anymore and QNAP has ceased the support for this. The Download Station can download BT, Magnet, PT (Private Trackers), eMule, FTP, and HTTP, and all without the need to have a PC running. You can also install HappyGet app to back up abundant online videos to your TS-251.

QNAP NAS’ offer so much, it is tough to mention it all. In short, it does pretty much everything. There are a few things more worth highlighting such as the Signage Station that lets you creatively present your animated content such as personal animated resumes or life memory books. You get the Notes Station that gives you a private and secure way to share and collaborate on digital notes and Qsirch is probably the most efficient way to search for content on your NAS, it’s quick and effective, and it searches your content intelligently.

You also get the Photo Station and Music Station that help you share the photos and media you want while keeping other things private and limit the availability. Connect and stream internet radio, favorite songs from iTunes server and much more. The TS-251 can do it all.

Packaging and Accessories

The front of the packaging displays the NAS unit itself and the area of operation, in this case, High-Performance Home users and Small offices. Some of the main features are also presented right on the front and it is an overall great looking design. It’s simple, but not boring.

A personal cloud setup is getting more and more relevant as we are getting used to being connected everywhere we go. The rear of the box displays that and shows some of the ways that you can utilize that.

The two sides provide even more information, without being too cluttered. Overall a great package design from QNAP on the TS-251; I like it.

Inside the box, you’ll find a power supply and power cable from the region where it was bought, in this case, a UK power cable. There are two LAN cables so you can use both LAN ports right away as well as screws for 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives. Two small manuals help you getting started, setting it up and connecting it for the first time.

Apacer Reveals Pricing on 3000MHz NOX DDR4 Laptop Memory

Apacer promised to release the final pricing for their new NOX DDR4 memory when we could report about it a little while ago and they’ve kept that promise. Apacer’s NOX DDR4 SO-DIMMs are quite impressive on several fronts and they could quite easily be described as the most advanced laptop memory to date.

With 64GB capacity and up to 3000MHz, we can imagine that these modules aren’t going to be cheap, but it is probably not as bad as you might have imagined. For $299, the 3000MHz version can be yours. The slower modules in the same series are a little cheaper and the 2800MHz SO-DIMMs can be yours for $239, 2666MHz for $219, and 2400MHz for $139. Availability for all four types is set for the end of November, so you might have to pack a little more patience before you can upgrade your mobile gaming station with these modules.

The label on the front isn’t just decoration, it is manufactured in detail by Z511 Lab team and it is able to stand 120°C heat with metalloid material. The well-developed front label helps the system stay within thermal limits during the regular use, and even during those marathon gaming sessions. This allows NOX to provide its highest performance possible under narrow and hot environment within the laptop. The low power consumption of just 1.2V is another thing that laptop users will benefit from, extending your battery time.

Apacer Releases 64GB 3000MHz NOX DDR4 SO-DIMM

The times where the best hardware was limited to desktop PCs is long over and we can get all that power in portable units today too, may it be high-end i7 CPUs or multiple graphics card solutions. All this raw power also needs some memory and Apacer’s latest offering might come in handy here. The newly released Apacer NOX DDR4 modules take all that goodness and brings it down to the smaller SO-DIMM form factor.

The new Apacer NOX DDR4 SO-DIMMs are available with an impressive capacity of 64GB and speeds of up to 3000MHz while only consuming 1.2V. This is so far the most impressive and highest capacity SO-DIMM on the market. The NOX DDR4 SO-DIMM series also comes in slower speeds for those who don’t need as much. Other options include 2400, 2666, and 2800MHz.

The modules have all undergone strict testing and have been built with handpicked DRAM IC to create the best possible product. Apacer did not reveal the pricing at this point, but that will follow at the end of this month. Whether the availability will be at the same time is anyone’s guess. We will just have to wait and see. Either way, this is a seriously impressive memory module.

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.

DDR4 Industrial Grade Modules Announced by SMART Modular Technologies

SMART Modular Technologies has announced the availability of its highly reliable DDR4 industrial grade modules. The modules are said to join the company’s very successful DDR3 lineup and target the networking, telecom and industrial applications market, where operating areas consist of harsh environments.

As with all of SMART’s products, quality is extremely important and this is why each of the DDR4 industrial grade modules undertake extreme tests. The DDR4-2133 1.2V modules are tested with customized tensing programs, test flows and specialized equipment in order to eliminate weak bits and modules likely to fail under temperature tests.

It is said that SMART’s industrial grade modules are 100% system tested at high speeds, starting with a cold boot at -40°C and working upward to +85°C ambient operation. However, test duration may vary depending on each module’s density.

SMART’s DDR4 industrial grade modules are said to be ready to operate in a variety of harsh conditions, including base stations and telecom equipment exposed to the elements, single board computers used in industrial, defense, aerospace, kiosk, digital signage applications and densely configured computing applications with limited airflow.

The memory modules come in a variety of types, including SO-DIMMs up to 16GB, unbuffered and registered DIMMs up to 16GB and 32GB respectively, and Mini-DIMMs up to 16GB.

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Crucial Launches DDR4 SO-DIMMs

DDR4 memory isn’t just for normal desktop systems and Crucial has launched their new DDR4 SODIMM kits for compact systems and laptops, to also give them the added benefits that come along with this new technology.

“Although broad adoption of DDR4-enabled laptops won’t be available until later in 2015, we are committed to the early availability of new technology to better enable our development partners and customers and to continue to lead the industry with our DDR4 offerings,” said Jeremy Mortenson, product marketing manager, Crucial.

Power consumption is key, especially when we’re looking at laptops. Compared to DDR3 we get a reduction on the power consumption of up to 40% while the speed is increased by 30%. The increased bandwidth possible with DDR4 memory should also make multitasking a lot better as the system is able to handle more data at once.

The new SODIMMs come as 4GB and 8GB modules with two-piece kits up to 16GB. The availability should be very shortly through Crucial’s own store and resellers around the world.

Thanks to Crucial for providing us with this information

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BIOSTAR Announces New J1800TH mITX SoC Motherboard

BIOSTAR has announced the J1800TH, a mini ITX mainboard with CPU on board, also known as System on a Chip (SoC). These boards are centred around being small and efficient using a small form factor with an embedded CPU, having low power consumption, and being fan-less. They are perfect for all sorts of various industrial applications.

The BIOSTAR J1800TH takes advantage of the optimized performance of Intel’s Bay Trail chipset by delivering a new generation of technology with value-added features and easy integration. The default sized mITX (17 x 17cm) board allows a multitude of uses in pretty much any case.

For the Smart Office situation, the J1800TH mITX board will give you a budget saving dual core computing at 2.41GHz based on the Intel Celeron J1800 chips. This is a silent, fan-less design featuring low power consumption. It is perfect for office space saving and creating a neat and tidy office area, and ultra speed data transfers are no problem with the USB 3.0 interface.

With the J1800TH there are a multitude of business applications such as Digital Signage, Thin Clients, Point of Sales units and Kiosks.

The board supports SO-DIMM Dual Channel DDR3L 1333MHz memory in a 2 slot configuration up to 16 GB and has one PCI-Express 2.0 mini connector. For the storage there are two SATA2 connectors and the whole thing is build with solid capacitors. The BIOS supports on-line updating, which is a really nice thing on embedded systems. The embedded Intel HD Graphics support DirectX 11 and HDCP.

Other internal I/O ports are three USB 2.0 (one double, one single), one SATA Power connector, Front panel Audio and Panel connectors, two system fans headers. For the more business oriented side it offers one Front panel display connector and brightness header. It also has a monitor switch header and an internal 19 volt power header.

The rear I/O offers one 19 volt DC in, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0, a HDMI and a VGA D-SUB port, two audio jacks and a RJ45 LAN port base on the Realtek TRL8111G 10/100/1000Mbit controller.

Thank you BIOSTAR for providing us with this information.

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I’M Intelligent Memory Launches 16 GB DDR3 Memory Modules

Hong Kong based DRAM manufacturer, I’M Intelligent Memory, has announced its 8 GB DDR3 components with a single chip, which doubles the amount of memory per chip compared to other DRAM devices on the market. Based on the latter chip, the company is said to have introduced the 16 GB DDR3 UDIMM and SO-DIMM memory modules, having EEC error-correction technology as an optional upgrade.

It is said that the JEDEC specification JESD9-3 has always allowed a 8GB capacity for DDR3 devices. However, it seems that most manufacturers are waiting for the 2x nm process in order to fit smaller chips and bring high memory capacity. I’M Intelligent Memory has apparently made the leap by developing their own way of manufacturing 8 GB DDR3 components with a single chip using existing 30 nm technology.

The company states that their memory modules are compatible with the JEDEC standard pinout, timing and row/column/bank addressing. In addition to the latter, the company has made available devices including x8 (1Gx8) configuration in FBGA 78 ball package, a x16 (512Mx16) type in FBGA 96 ball package, a x32 (256Mx32) configuration in FBGA 136 ball package, as well as providing DDR3L low-voltage 1.35V versions, all of which are currently available on the market.

Given the 8 GB device, the company has released its first 16 GB DDR3 240 Pin unbuffered DIMMs and 204 Pin SO-DIMMs on the market, while also having them available in 72 Bit width for EEC error correction. The latter modules are said to be compatible with processors and micro-controllers from AMD, Cavium, Freescale, Tilera and others.

While not all processors used in desktop PCs are compatible with the high-capacity memory, Intel has offered support for the Atom C2000 series and Atom E3800 series with a new BIOS version available to download now. Also, ASUS has confirmed support for the latter memory on its X79-DELUXE, RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION and other ASUS X79 motherboards. Other manufacturers, such as ASRock, Supermicro, AIC and Portwell have already verified and approved the IM 16 GB DDR3 memory modules for a variety of their motherboards based on ADM, Tilera, Intel’s C2000 series and other processors.

I’M Intelligent Memory apparently has noticed the potential embedded markets, networking and telecommunication applications, as well as PCs and laptops, allowing all to reach a memory capacity previously untouched by any manufacturer out there.

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G.SKILL Release Super Fast 32GB 2133MHz DDR3L SO-DIMM RAM

G.SKILL are no stranger to extreme performance, with their memory modules being at the heart of many high-end systems, from gamers to enthusiast overclockers. Now they look set to shake up the enthusiast world once again with the release of massive capacity laptop memory kit.

The new 32GB kit operates at just 1.35v with timings of 11-11-11-31, at a speed of 2133MHz. Designed in a 4 x 8GB format, the massive capacity and clock speeds of this memory should be more than enough to give any gaming laptop a significant performance boost.

G.SKILL have also release the screenshot below, showing the 32GB kit in the stunning MSI GT70 2OC gaming laptop, showing that the memory is stable under extreme load.

“As a world leading gaming brand, MSI Notebook’s goal is to become the most trusted name in gaming and e-sport. We stand by our principles of breakthroughs in design, the pursuit of excellence, and technological innovation as we have continued to raise the bar for ourselves and have accomplished a great deal of pioneering work in the industry,” commented Sam Chern, marketing director at MSI. “This time, G.SKILL’s F3-2133C11Q-32GRSL DDR3L memory kit clearly raises the bar for high performance gaming laptops and proves to be unbelievably stable on the MSI GT70 2OC gaming laptop, one of the best performance gaming laptops from MSI.”

We’re sure this kit is going to prove popular with gamers around the world, and it just goes to show how far the world of laptop based gaming have progressed over the years.

Thank you G.SKILL for providing us with this information.

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G.SKILL Announces DDR3L 2133MHz CL11 1.35V 8GB(4GBx2) SO-DIMM Memory Kit

We love a good set of G.SKILL memory and now it looks like we’re going to get some as the company expands its Ripjaws SO-DIMM series DDR3L memory, but pushing it up to a staggering 2133MHz. Meticulously designed to operate at a low voltage of 1.35V, this 4GBx2 memory kit will give your system a much needed performance boost and it also looks pretty cool too.

The memory supports a nice and low 1.35V, DDR3L SO-DIMM memory is the required and recommended standard for most new Intel Haswell laptop systems. The G.SKILL DDR3L 2133MHz 1.35V kit is the perfect memory solution to boost your new laptop’s performance while extending battery life.

Besides notebook systems, G.SKILL Ripjaws high speed DDR3L SO-DIMM memory kits work perfectly with compatible SO-DIMM supported PCs. The systems will detect the rated memory speed automatically without extra BIOS tweaks, so you should be able to just plug and play.

The following screen shows the G.SKILL F3-2133C11D-8GRSL kit validated with Intel NUC D53427RKE Ivy Bridge Core i5 model.

Thank you G.SKILL for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of G.SKILL.