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When Intel’s 3D XPoint technology hit the market as Intel Optane Technology, it could do wonderful things to your computer, but only in the right configuration. To take advantage, you had to couple an Optane module to a SATA based drive. Not long after, larger drives big enough to hold your entire system became available, but only for the deeper-pocketed enthusiasts. Many users couple a smaller PCIe storage drive with the OS to a large mechanical Hard Drive for storage and Intel has now opened up Optane Acceleration to kick your data drive into high gear as well. Those smaller 32 and 64GB Optane modules can now be put to good use, and we’ll be looking at how this typical SSD+HDD configuration can benefit from Intel Optane Acceleration Technology.
Recently we checked out Patriot’s Viper LED DDR4, the then highest performing memory. Today Patriot unveils Viper RGB, its top of the line that brings a lot of bite and a little bit of color to your PC. Coming with white or black heat spreaders in speeds of up to a blistering 4133MHz, the new Viper RGB is sure to strike fear into your digital enemies.
You can argue that Crucial pretty well started the lighted memory module craze more than a decade ago in the DDR(1) days and now the rebranded Ballistix has married that same spirit to the modern RGB craze with the Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB. Designed for powerful performance for hardcore gamers, the Tactical series receives a brilliant and customizable facelift that image-conscious gamers will love.
In a world where a budget CPU packs the same number of cores as yesterday’s flagship, and users demand more speed than ever, your system memory has more and more of an impact on your experience. While any old stick of ram will let you surf the web and chat with your friends, you need something a little more capable if you want to lead your squad to victory. While most know RGB lights won’t help you much in-game, many users want a subtle system that’s more bite than bark. If you want to win in-game, and not at the cheesy ‘who has the biggest party going on in their case’, Ballistix’s Elite might just be the memory for you.
Patriot has been building high-performance memory products for more than three decades, and the latest iteration is designed to put some serious bite into your system without poisoning your wallet. Featuring the signature full cover black heat spreaders Patriot is known for, but with the signature Viper head emblazoned and topped with a glowing lightbar, the Viper LED kits are ready to strike at your memory needs. Patriots new memory kits come in Red or White, and several speeds of 2400MHz to 3600MHz and capacities.
If you’ve been following along with all of the new Intel platforms this year like Z370 and X299, you’ve probably heard buzzwords about support for Intel Optane Memory Technology, but what does that mean exactly? It means a lot of big words layered over some existing technologies and married with a little bit of new Intel magic. In English? Well, it means you can skip the big, expensive new NVMe drive, and use a slower but much larger hard drive or solid state drive you already have, and let Intel Optane make it much faster and more responsive.
Gaming memory, like almost every other ‘gaming’ component and peripheral, has gotten bigger and flashier the last few years. From crazy, complicated heat spreaders to lighting reminiscent of a carnival ride, many ram kits are built to make a statement. If you are building a Small Form Factor (SFF) build and don’t have room for big heat spreaders, or just want something a little more low-key, you have typically been limited to slow, budget-minded memory. GeIL is here to solve that problem with their new EVO Spear DDR4 ram kits. Sleek and low profile, but still with high-performance memory at heart.