AMD introduces Radeon-branded system memory for consumers, graphics memory for video card makers

Summary:While you wait for wait impatiently for the first Bulldozer chips to ship, AMD has released something to consider when you're building your system around the new processors. The company has just introduced Radeon brand DDR3 SDRAM -- that's right, system memory -- for consumers, and graphics memory for manufacturers of Radeon graphics cards.

While you wait for wait impatiently for the first Bulldozer chips to ship, AMD has released something to consider when you're building your system around the new processors. The company has just introduced Radeon brand DDR3 SDRAM -- that's right, system memory -- for consumers, and graphics memory for manufacturers of Radeon graphics cards.

It's unclear why AMD has decided now is the time to enter the memory business, and while AMD.com has information on Radeon memory, there's been no formal launch of the new products. The chip company is releasing three lines of RAM that it claims are optimized for its new Llano APUs and Bulldozer CPUs, all in 2GB DIMMs: an Entertainment series, an Ultra Pro gaming series, and an Enterprise series for servers.

The Entertainment module runs at 1333MHz with 9-9-9 timings, whereas the gaming memory runs at 1600MHz with 11-11-11 timings. These specs are still "TBD" for the Enterprise series. This memory is apparently already available in Japan, though AMD's silence means any kind of release dates for the U.S. are also TBD.

Radeon graphics memory is likewise divided into three lines: Value, Mainstream, and Gaming Entertainment. The former two use DDR3 (running at 800Mhz and 900MHz-1000MHz, respectively), while the latter is GDDR5 memory clocked from 1000MHz to 1500MHz. AMD says the graphics memory is "specially tuned to compliment and maximize the performance" of the latest Radeon cards.

Would you have any interest in buying Radeon memory for your new AMD build? Why or why not? Let us know in the Comments section.

[Via Fudzilla]

Topics: Processors, Hardware

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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