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

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.

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

    Yeah, I'd buy it if the prices were reasonable :) I've got a lot of love for AMD these days. I like their graphics cards and I'm very interested in their APUs too, although I haven't played with one yet.
    Imrhien
    • RE: AMD introduces Radeon-branded system memory for consumers, graphics memory for video card makers

      @Imrhien > yes, me too.
      Rob T.
  • RE: AMD introduces Radeon-branded system memory for consumers, graphics memory for video card makers

    AMD (APU+MOTHERBOARD+RAM+GRAPHICS CARD)+
    (PSU+CASE+WINDOWS)= Cheap Desktop

    Now you can get Completely Built Units from AMD. Like a car, it only requires the wheels, body and fuel.
    idiot101
    • RE: AMD introduces Radeon-branded system memory for consumers, graphics memory for video card makers

      @idiot101 That's an interesting idea. Do you think they'll start selling complete builds?
      Imrhien
      • RE: AMD introduces Radeon-branded system memory for consumers, graphics memory for video card makers

        @Imrhien - Hmmm... ...they should :)
        TheFilipinoFlash
      • RE: AMD introduces Radeon-branded system memory for consumers, graphics memory for video card makers

        @Imrhien They really should. Everyone will fall for the moniker- Optimized by AMD. A tag very similar to AMG branded Mercs or Brabham branded bikes. I hope they do. The brand will sell, as most component manufacturers are relatively unknown to the masses.
        idiot101
    • RE: AMD introduces Radeon-branded system memory for consumers, graphics memory for video card makers

      @idiot101 wheres the hard drive bruh
      airplane1000
    • RE: Now you can get Completely Built Units from AMD

      @idiot101 <br><br>Being the *nix lover that I am, allow me to make two changes to your equation:<br><br>AMD (APU+MOTHERBOARD+RAM+GRAPHICS CARD)+<br>(PSU+CASE+<s>WINDOWS</s><b>LINUX</b>)= Cheap<i>er</i> Desktop
      fatman65535
  • Garbage

    Look at those timing's for the speed they run at 1600mhz @ 11-11-11 sorry but I will stick to Corsair and OCZ for my ram with 1600mhz @ 7-7-7 or 1600mhz @ 8-8-8, lower latencies are better for gamers.

    AMD drop's the ball yet again, they should stick to what they do best latley and thats producing, under powered over priced cpu's and graphic's card's.

    I used AMD until I switched to a Intel Q6600 and the Nvidia 8800GTS graphic's card's when 1st released and at the moment, have not looked back at AMD because for me they simply are not worth considering, when a AMD Quad Core cpu is outperformed by a Intel Dual Core and a AMD, top of the range graphic's card is out performed by a Nvidia middle of the range card and I am on about single GPU card's there.

    I hope Bulldozer perform's better than the Phenom range but I highly doubt it, but we shall see soon enough won't we.
    Damien c
    • The RAM's a gimick but lay off the processors

      @Damien c

      I'll be the first to admit I'm an AMD fanboy but the RAM is total crap. The timing is garbage. But what you just said about their processors attacks the one thing AMD has been able to do well after the $1.6 billion headstart intel gave itself (thanks to unethical business tactics).

      If you look at the top 10 price to performance CPU's on the market (using passmark which is biased towards intel) the top 8 are AMD and 23 of the top 25 are AMD. How could you possibly say that the best value processors on the market are overpriced?

      AMD is all about value for the money and you get a LOT of value.

      I'm dissapointed with their enthusiast offerings but I also share your hope that Bulldozer might rock the Intel boat and that the FX line can stave off the top Ivy Bridge (unfortunately speculation isn't worth a penny of truth).

      Also AMD has the fastest DX11 with far superior dx11 drivers and features. Throw on top of that their 28nm cards which will drop before Nvidias and they will soon have the fastest graphics cards on the market again. On top of all that AMD hasn't had a CEO in almost a year. I'd say AMD's looking pretty good.
      djwespro
  • RE: AMD introduces Radeon-branded system memory for consumers, graphics memory for video card makers

    Yes BUT,Why only 2GB,that seriously hampers all the current motherboards which only have 4 memory slots so 8gb will be the max and if you are a Photoshop user for instance, thats simply far too little.
    michaelaaaaaa4
  • You people need to realize..

    They're talking about SDRAM, not DRAM. Dynamic RAM is what current RAM sticks use whereas Static Dynamic RAM is what system's L# cache's use. So when you're complaning about 2 ns worth of timing, it's like saying 8-8-8 DDR3 is slower than 5-5-5 DDR2, when DDR3 is inheritantly faster already.
    DDR-SDRAM is much faster than DDR-DRAM based on design. SDRAM will sync with CPU clock speeds.
    eternaltorment
  • RE: AMD introduces Radeon-branded system memory for consumers, graphics memory for video card makers

    more competition could bring lower prices to the memory market :)
    jewie27
  • Not everyone is a &quot;gamer&quot;.

    The vast majority of PC users are just everyday folks. They do their word processing and/or spread sheets and surf the web. They just need a competent production PC. A few nano seconds here and there do not justify an expensive machine. Thus AMD has been the value leader for a decade.
    Sagax-
  • RE: AMD introduces Radeon-branded system memory for consumers, graphics memory for video card makers

    The competition is good for both of them...keeps them working harder and bring better quality products before the public.
    fcs25
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