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DDR4: Now available in Japanese Market

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Technology is rapidly innovating. Technology today becomes obsolete tomorrow. While we already know that CPU and GPU technologies are upgrading as fast as they can, it will require better memory as well. That is why memory makers must take the fast lane for their hardware to be as effective as the new upgrades we have today.

While most of us just upgraded our PC?s with DDR2 or DDR3 cards, DDR4 cards are out in the market. Though several systems that require DDR4 cards will not be out after several months, people will now come rushing to the stores as Japanese stores are now offering purchases. But as always, prices are way too high even with Japanese standards.

Should we really care about it? As for the standard release, it is not yet official, but the manufacturers are already up to it. Developers are also looking out for samples as well. ?Since 2011, manufacturers have released several samples of the DDR4 memory cards. Samsung has managed to ship 2GB samples back in 2010. Today, Japanese stores opened their doors for you to have it.

According to the Akiba PC Hotline in Japan, reports says that 8G 288-pin PC4-17066 DDR4 unbuffered memory modules started to be seen in the famous Akihabara shopping district. These DDR4 memory modules are manufactured by SanMax Technologies and based on SK Hynix chipsets.

Two 8GB DDR4 memory modules cost ?35980 ($353, ?207, ?260), whereas four of such memory sticks will cost a ?69980 ($647, ?380, ?505).

What do we expect in this new DDR4 memory card?

DDR4 memory cards will now focus on 2 areas: enhancing power management and increased speed and performance. It consumes less power than DDR3 as DDR4 consumes 1.2 volts, generating less heat. Transfer speeds are also on top of the roof as DDR4 memory cards have transfer rates of 3.2 billion transfers per second; making it twice the speed of DDR3 memory card?s transfer speeds. DDR4 also allows sleep down without the need to refresh the memory

Soon, DDR4 will replace DDR3 as fast as DDR3 replaced DDR2 because of only one thing, we do not have a choice. Manufacturers will create chipsets that will support DDR4 and motherboards will have to follow it.

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