AMD Memory officially launches with three lines of desktop RAM

AMD Memory officially launches with three lines of desktop RAM

Summary: A few months ago, AMD announced its was getting into the memory game, detailing both system memory and graphics card memory products. The chip company has now officially introduced AMD Memory (its branded name) lineup for desktops: three lines of DDR3 RAM.

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A few months ago, AMD announced its was getting into the memory game, detailing both system memory and graphics card memory products. The chip company has now officially introduced AMD Memory (its branded name) lineup for desktops: three lines of DDR3 RAM.

Available in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB versions, AMD Memory comprises the Entertainment, Performance, and Radeon Editions. As previously disclosed, the Entertainment module runs at 1333MHz, whereas the Performance memory runs at 1333MHz or 1600MHz. The Radeon Edition will run at 1866MHz; it also comes with a heat shield, which will be optional for the other lines. AMD says that the RAM has been tweaked using the company's OverDrive tool to optimize its performance with the company's processors.

Patriot Memory and VisionTek are supplying AMD with the modules, which will be available online at retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect. AMD Memory is not on sale yet, so there's no pricing info to share. More info can be found on AMD's website.

The question still to be determined for buyers: Is there any reason to buy AMD-branded RAM as opposed to any other manufacturers' desktop memory?

[Via Engadget]

Topics: Processors, Hardware

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  • RE: AMD Memory officially launches with three lines of desktop RAM

    [i]"The question still to be determined for buyers: Is there any reason to buy AMD-branded RAM as opposed to any other manufacturers??? desktop memory?"[/i]

    It depends on the price and if it is truly optimized for their own overclock utilities. Having a complete AMD system with an AMD Processor, Chipset, and AMD Radeon Video card I have to say that the OverDrive utility plays very nicely with that setup compared to using motherboards without AMD chipsets and non AMD video cards.
    bobiroc
    • No heat sink; bye, buy!

      Patriot is a great memory and has excellent customer service. Also, I have purchased Visiontech video cards, too. Both companies are top notch. Something tells me that AMD will be working through their affiliation with Visiontech on this campaign.<br><br>At current price points for quality memory it would come as no surprise that, again, AMD is not really going after the mainstream consumer at this time. Rather, bulk purchases from its partners and beneficiaries of their latest marketing strategy.
      Zurk_Orkin
  • RE: AMD Memory officially launches with three lines of desktop RAM

    According to the pricing info ($20 per 1600 stick of 4GB, $25 for 1866), they will be evenly matched with big guys like Kingston and Patriot. However, if they are truly optimized for AMD CPUs there is no reason not to buy them. OverDrive with Radeon memory... the possibilities :O
    Tylemagne
  • Important Question - will the memory be compatible with motherboards

    In theory this is a great idea and it expands AMD's market. However, there are potential issues with compatiblity to current and recent motherboard manufacturers who only support very specific RAM for given product. Will AMD be publishing a list of motherboards that can handle this memory?
    jamesvmoore
  • RE: AMD Memory officially launches with three lines of desktop RAM

    Probably my next RAM.
    Looking forward to the bench tests.
    Hoping that SSD drives follow.
    patonplace
  • RE: AMD Memory officially launches with three lines of desktop RAM

    The opportunity to finally build a fully compatible, all AMD workstation is iminently appealing, at best. The possibilities of fully capable, seamless, AMD functionalities is tottally unreal. I wish all the best to the company and it's progenitors. This is coming from a, Apple-made-MicrosIntel, zombie; You go AMD.
    toodevastate
  • RE: AMD Memory officially launches with three lines of desktop RAM

    Yeah well they certainly botched the Vid Card industry with those BOGAS PowerColor Go Green peices of junk they sold not long ago. I depend on Radeon cards for the perfect gaming experience and Radeon has never been the same since AMD took over. I am not an Envidia fan and never will be. Gee I hope they get the RAM right and it doesn't BLOWUP in my computer like their Powercolor card did. Thanks a lot AMD.
    widdybear
  • RE: AMD Memory officially launches with three lines of desktop RAM

    So when are they going to start produceing their own motherboards,and SSD's? That would be nice, then they'd be a one stop shop for computers.
    pagraves
  • Here we go...

    I like AMD products but this looks like a farce. Just the same as that stupid myth about ATI (or AMD now) cards getting a boost in performance when coupled with AMD processors. There's just no getting around it, their processors are inferior.
    I just cannot imagine this legitimately beating out the big names in the memory game, but doubtless they will do all right thanks to the rich kiddies who want what they want now, ie. before research.
    Naryan
  • AMD (Patriot) RAM

    @Naryan
    If AMD processors are inferior, then I'm guessing that you are using an Intel CPU. If Intel is your fave, then why don't you stick with their 'awsum' video chipsets. Or there's always some sooper dooper nVidia card that's totally compatible with....... itself. If (when) AMD gets its CPU w/GPU on die, along with an ATI MB chipset and AMD spec RAM the compatibility problems of Intel users running overclocked CPUs on an overpriced MB w/equally overpriced RAM will be cured.
    I've been building PC's for over 30 years and "gamers" are the largest part of our repair business. They cruise the shelves looking for the most impressive hardware "specs" they can find and then build a way overpriced mismatched conglomeration of "high-spec" parts that invariably ends up a disappointment. The MOST important thing to remember on any system, is that ANYthing you punch into a PCI or PCIe slot, is going to be way slower than the CPU and RAM.
    AMD is not looking to make a killer graphics card to improve the performance of an Intel based system. That would be like Ford designing a better transmission for a Volkswagen.
    Kevin Reeves
    • What are you talking about?

      @Kevin Reeves

      AMD already released their CPU+GPU+Northbridge on a single chip. It's called an APU and it's been out for almost a year. Where have you been?!
      Joe_Raby
      • Not only that...

        APUs, at least at the current stage, have [u]inferior[/u] performance compared to discrete powerful cards any better than a 55xx. They are meant for entry-level systems, media center PCs and such. Those who want better performance and features will still have to get discrete cards with a more powerful processor as well.
        goyta
  • RE: AMD Memory officially launches with three lines of desktop RAM

    @bobiroc
    yes, AMD overdrive doesnt work so well on nVidia chipsets or nVidia graphics cards.

    @patonplace
    why would you buy something before it has been reviewed, tested, or priced? because it has an AMD logo on it? just buy some OCZ black edition if that really floats your boat, or stick an AMD case badge on some normal DDR3.

    @toodevastate
    its patriot RAM with AMD on the heatspreader. i ran "intel edition" OCZ ram on my AMD 965BE for over a year and it was "seamless and fully featured" (as in, it was memory and it stored things).

    @widdybear
    "Gee I hope they get the RAM right and it doesn't BLOWUP in my computer like their Powercolor card did."
    so thats the first exploding GPU in history right there. did you ever stop to think, AMD don't manufacture powercolour cards? :)

    @Kevin Reeves
    "If AMD processors are inferior, then I'm guessing that you are using an Intel CPU."
    while i'm impressed with your reasoning, he could be using a phenom2.
    dresden123
  • speaking of amd im runnin a asus m4a88td-v evo/usb3 on a pheonom 2 black965

    the bone head who sold me the motherboard said it had a nvidia chipset well it doesnt so no sli or onboard graghis huge headache, i can only find two onlinethat can handle the quad core so i dont have to chuck 500 bucks in 3d video and im not a hot fan of ati anyway consiering overdrive cant even pick up the bemp nore the geforce cards, i heard some where the sabertooth MB is junk anyone got any ideacu im pisseddd lol thanks
    THEJACKEL
    • 880-based motherboards were built for radeon, not nvidia. sorry you got

      @THEJACKEL

      shafted on that.
      i built one of those 880-phenom2-black gaming rigs last Christmas.
      couldn't get the crossfireX to work on it either.
      but with a decent 55xx or 57xx radeon card, it works fine.
      like you, i'm still looking for a cost-conscious SLI board, and coming up empty.
      maybe something will come along soon.
      think positive.
      :)
      .
      wessonjoe
  • RE: AMD Memory officially launches with three lines of desktop RAM

    As an IT Technician who buys RAM on a regular basis there is only one factor deciding which brand I get. Price.
    Scarface Claw
  • RE: AMD Memory officially launches with three lines of desktop RAM

    im with AMD on this one, although im not going to be the rat tester on the first release, ill wait till they get better after months to years to come, kingston etc. companies have been in the mem business for awhile now and i trust them but this seems interesting and have a all out AMD system seems cool, the memory looks cool, but for now i will stick to Corsair DDR3, at least till i know AMD is doing well with Memory. overall i think this is a good idea.
    hackerdemon2000@...