Earlier this week memory experts Crucial announced the release of two new SSDs scheduled for this quarter, but we'd be remiss in not mentioning the expanded memory lineup also announced at CES 2015 this week. The new models, each of which are constituents of a revised DDR4 memory range, cater to a gamut of high-performance desktops and now also upcoming DDR4 laptops.
Ballistix Sport LT & Ballistix Tactical DDR4
First up comes new Ballistix Sport LT and Ballistix Tactical DDR4 DIMMs. Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 memory is ideal for mainstream users requiring relatively modest speeds of up to 2400MT/s, whilst the Ballistix Tactical Range accounts for those who need a little more bandwidth through a 2666MT/s SKU.
The two ranges also differ on the aesthetic front. Ballistix Sport LT DIMMs include a black PCB and integrated heatspreader with digital camo design, offering a different twist on heatspreader aesthetics perhaps more suited to various camo-effect motherboards. By contrast, Ballistix Tactical DIMMs feature a steel grey heatspreader with black PCB.
Both the Ballistix Sport LT and Tactical DDR4 naturally support plug and play operation with Intel XMP 2.0 profiles.
DDR4 is an important technology for the next laptop generation set to be released later this year. An operating voltage of 1.2V (compared with the typical 1.5 for standard DDR3) as well as other efficiencies in DDR4 memory architecture reduces the power overhead by up to 40%, not insignificantly improving battery life. Furthermore at 2133MT/s Crucial DDR4 SODIMMs are up to 30% faster than equivalent DDR3 designs, improving performance and productivity.
“Although broad adoption of DDR4-enabled laptops won’t be available until later in 2015, we are committed to the early availability of new technology to better enable our development partners and customers and to continue to lead the industry with our DDR4 offerings," comments Jeremy Mortenson, product marketing manager at Crucial.
Ballistix Sport LT and Ballistix Tactical DDR4 modules will be available in Q1 2015 at Crucial.com and through select global partners in 4GB and 8GB densities, as well as kits up to 32GB. All Ballistix memory is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Crucial DDR4 SODIMMs are available now at Crucial.com and through select global partners in 4GB and 8GB modules as well as 16GB (2-DIMM) kits.
For more information on these and other higher performance memory products visit http://uk.crucial.com/ddr4.