In the world of computing, the big iron – workstations, servers and HPC, were my main focus for the most of the past three decades. However, something on the opposite end of the spectrum from HPC, the kind of uber-mini desktop device, even smaller than HTPC – attracted my attention. This miniature box platform, using laptop CPU and chipset platforms & integration, but desktop peripherals and connectivity, is called many names: from NUC (Next Unit of Computing) by Intel, whose ex-desktop mainboard division is in charge is this product line; to Gigabyte’s BRIX line, likely named in the honor of their ex director and our
G. Skill’s enthusiast grade SSD comes with 480 GB of capacity and uses PCIe to provide more bandwidth.
With the introduction of the next-generation of Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) platforms, DDR 4 is finally getting its time to shine. At IDF 2014, memory maker G.Skill turned up to show off its high-end DDR 4 RAM that came complete with a clockspeed of 3333 MHz in a 4GB x 8 modules configuration. G.Skill also brought with it to the show 8GB modules running at 3200 MHz in a 32 GB configuration. The RAM was running on a Intel i7-5960X CPU along with Rampage V Extreme X99 and X99-Deluxe motherboards from Asus (TPE: 2357). The 3333 MHz chips have a 1.35V and latency of 16-16-16-36, which
Although there are several DDR4 kits available for X99 motherboards, most modules are clocked at 2133 MHz and 2400 MHz. G.Skill is looking to remedy that with the launch of its latest memory modules, which are clocked at 3333 MHz. Dubbed Ripjaws 4, G.Skill is looking to cater to the enthusiast segment with these modules, which will be available in quad-channel variants (4x4GB). In addition to the 3333 MHz modules, G.Skill is also launching slightly lesser clocked 3300 MHz and 3200 MHz kits in 16 GB (4x4GB) configurations. The modules feature a CL timings of 16-16-16-36, which comes out to a latency of 9.6 nanoseconds.