Feel like your PC could do with a little more RAM? OCZ, the California-based memory specialist, might have the answer - 8GB and 16GB upgrade kits!Before you whip out your wallet and hit your favorite online parts retailer, a couple of words of warning. First, you can't just slam these modules into any system, because these modules have a density of 4GB. Before you can use these modules you'll first need a system that's equipped with either a P43 or P45 chipsets motherboard (such as the ASUS P5Q WS or the Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS4P). In addition to this, if you want to use the 4x4GB upgrade kit (as opposed to the 2x4GB kit) to go up to 16GB of RAM the motherboard HAS to be rated to take 16GB of RAM, something which not all P43 or P45 chipsets boards are rated to do (for example, a quick look through the specs show that the DFI LANPARTY DK P45-T2RS and the ASUS P5Q Pro only support 8GB of RAM).
Note: Even if using these kits to go up to 8GB or RAM you still need a compatible P43 or P45 chipsets boards because of the 4GB density of the modules.
Once you are tooled up with the right motherboard, next you need to have a 64-bit OS. These upgrade kits are targeted at Windows Vista users but I see no reason why they wouldn't be applicable to 64-bit Linux distros too.
Once you have the right motherboard and OS, you're ready for 4GB density modules!
In addition to the Vista upgrade kits, OCZ are also releasing low-latency Gold and Platinum kits.
Here are the kits available:
There's no official word on pricing yet, but expect to pay a premium price for these kits.
So, who needs this much RAM? Dr. Michael Schuette, vice president of technology development at OCZ, has this to say:
64-bit operating systems are becoming more mainstream and finally enable user memory to shed the 2GB limitation of 32-bit OS. Moreover, the latest multi-core systems are capable of simultaneous execution of highly complex workloads, each commanding its own virtual memory space. In that scenario, the only way of avoiding data collision without writing back to the hard disk is the migration toward super-high memory densities.
While it's great to see 4GB density modules appearing for the desktop market, I do have to point out that we're not at the point yet where +4GB is anywhere close to being mainstream. In fact, these kits will only be applicable to certain kinds of heavy users.
So, who's up for 16GB of RAM?