Much like the recent swathe of X99 motherboard previews we have seen, memory manufacturers are getting on board with showcasing their DDR4 memory modules to use with the Haswell-E platform. Unlike the CPUs from Intel, there is no formal NDA as such, allowing the media to report the design and specifications, although because real-world performance requires the CPU, no-one is able to post benchmark numbers.

The new DDR4 from G.Skill is the next DRAM module manufacturer to come out with an official press release, and following the previous high performance Ripjaws DDR3 range G.Skill will introduce its memory under the Ripjaws 4 moniker with a new heatspreader design.

G.Skill’s press release confirms the voltage ranges for DDR4, with 1.2 volts being standard on 2133 MHz to 2800 MHz kits, with the higher performance modules at 3000 MHz and above requiring 1.35V. The product line that G.Skill is aiming to release at launch is quite impressive with all the 1.2 volt modules in 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB kits. Due to the extra binning and higher tolerances of the more performance oriented kits, the DDR4-3000 C15 will be in 16GB or 32GB kits, DDR4-3000 C16 will be in a kit 32GB and the top line 3200 MHz C16 will be in a 16GB kit only.

G.Skill is reporting full XMP 2.0 support, and that this new module design matches the 40mm height of previous Ripjaws designs, allowing previous CPU coolers to be matched with this generation. As the modules are launched, the three colors G.Skill is pursuing are blue, red and black. I know G.Skill monitors our news, so if you really want another color in there, make a note in the comments.

Preorder pricing puts these modules at:

DDR4-2133 C15 4x4GB: $260
DDR4-2400 C15 4x4GB: $280 / £240
DDR4-2666 C15 4x4GB: $300 / £290
DDR4-3000 C15 4x4GB: $400 / £380

DDR4-2133 C15 4x8GB: $480
DDR4-2400 C15 4x8GB: $530 / £440
DDR4-2666 C15 4x8GB: $550 / £500

Source: G.Skill

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  • Jambe - Friday, August 22, 2014 - link

    TIL about delay line memory.

  • Samus - Friday, August 22, 2014 - link

    What's interesting, though, is we've gone from timings such as 2-2-2 to timings such as 15-15-15!

    I know clock speed is more important, but this ridiculous latency is starting to feel like a Netburst pipeline...
  • Lonyo - Saturday, August 23, 2014 - link

    2-2-2 at 3200GB/s is 16-16-16 at 3200MHz, latency has remained mostly static because it's based on cycles and not time.
    2 cycles at 400MHz is the same delay as 16 at 3200MHz (8x the speed, but 8x as many cycles of latency).
  • gonchuki - Saturday, August 23, 2014 - link

    If only manufacturers and review sites published latencies in ns (or μs?) instead of clocks we would actually be able to easily compare memory settings side by side. I know the final latency is up to the memory controller, but it's still good to know what's the potential of a certain memory kit when configured in a certain combination of clocks vs. timings
  • RazrLeaf - Friday, August 22, 2014 - link

    If G. Skill could do a white....and in <35mm XD
  • VoraciousGorak - Friday, August 22, 2014 - link

    I second this! Would look gorgeous in my white Prodigy.
  • jwcalla - Friday, August 22, 2014 - link

    I remember when memory used to be cheap.
  • Samus - Friday, August 22, 2014 - link

    Cheap, and low quality. Remember it was all the Chinese "Mom and Pop" factories flooding the market with crap that actually lowered prices! It works for awhile, though, to force the Tier 1 manufactures to drop prices and be competitive.
  • StrangerGuy - Saturday, August 23, 2014 - link

    Please show us "chinese crap" DDR3 that was cheaper than or worth considering over a ~$50 16GB Crucial back in 2012.

    Fail troll is a fail troll.
  • semo - Saturday, August 23, 2014 - link

    I think he means the time when RAM production was ramped up in anticipation of Vista/W7. Factories have switched to flash priduction and some players have exited the market. We now have an oversupply of flash so cheap SSDs and memory cards are common today. Can't have cheap flash and RAM at the same time.

    The manufacturers will figure out how to raise flash prices eventually as well

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