ADATA's New 32 GB DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM, Ideal for Ryzen Mobileby Gavin Bonshor on April 15, 2020 10:00 AM EST
ADATA, one of the leading manufacturers of DRAM and NAND products, has just unveiled its latest memory modules. The new ADATA DDR4-3200 32 GB parts are available in both UDIMM and SO-DIMM format with an operating voltage of just 1.2 V. This is just the ticket for adopters of the new Ryzen 4000 Mobile platform looking to run high-capacity memory without compromising on throughput performance.
Back at Computex 2019, ADATA showed off its DDR4-2666 SODIMMs for the desktop market. Fast forward to now and it looks to push performance even higher with its new 32 GB DDR4-3200 modules.
Touching more on the design, we know the ADATA DDR4-2666 modules we saw at Computex were using Micron 16 Gb ICs to build its 32 GB UDIMMs. It is unlikely that ADATA has changed this, but we can't confirm this at present. The lower operating voltage over conventional DDR3 at 1.5 V according to ADATA equates to around 20% less power being drawn, which in turn generates less heat.
Potential use cases for DDR4-3200 32 GB memory is in platforms such as AMD's Threadripper 3000 with a total capacity of 256 GB over eight memory slots. This is more interesting when it comes to mobile platforms such as Ryzen 4000 which has seemingly raised the bar for computational performance in consumer notebooks. Being able to equip a chip with DDR4-3200 helps performance, even if the laptop has a discrete GPU.
In terms of pricing, the new ADATA DDR4-3200 32 GB modules are set to retail with an MSRP of $160. These will filter into retail channels such as Amazon, but they will also be available to purchase from ADATA directly.
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Ej24 - Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - linkIt may behoove Anandtech to start press releases with a statement disclosing it is simply a press release and not an original Anandtech authored content, review or comparison article. People seem to be very confused about this in the comments
nathanddrews - Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - linkAgreed, if only for the line "Ideal for Ryzen Mobile". Is it? According to whom? Did you test it?
Ej24 - Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - linkLikely according to ADATA. That's probably their marketing line issued to media outlets. The source listed is ADATA. Though if not specifically from ADATA, one can easily come to conclusion that these modules are most beneficial to AMD at the 3200 speed as Intel mobile platforms don't support that speed.
nathanddrews - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link"one can easily come to conclusion"
IBM760XL - Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - linkThe lack of RGB lights on this memory is refreshing. It's almost like they don't expect people to be looking at their RAM all the time.
(Yes, I know it's an SO-DIMM. That's the joke)
RavenRampkin - Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - linkLil bit of detail-hiding from Adata here (only 1.2V... at JEDEC-specified loose CL of 22, guaranteed) but I've never read into other similar press releases so...
Also, I wonder if we should expect silkscreened banks and empty SPD again (which is sadly the norm with OEM/JEDEC-spec modules from non-makers)... oh, and some lottery in the way (Micron isn't the only mfr with ICs allowing for 32G sticks, is it?). Not that it should affect operation at spec in any way, but there's a slim chance budget overclockers of the future (for all I know it's all about 4G/8G sticks nowadays, when it comes to OCing OEM/budget memory) may be unhappy... as if high-capacity modules weren't a hassle to tighten in general.
The talk applies to cases when the firmware allows for such tinkering, of course :P And yes, there's always a boost from proper and stable RAM OCing. Or CPU OCing. Or both. "Even" on Intel platforms. Whether corporate clients should compromise their assurance of stable operation is another thing.
Tomatotech - Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - linkYes, I always struggle to tighten my high capacity RAM. Do you prefer a 1" spanner or a 1.2" spanner for RAM tightening?
RavenRampkin - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - linkNeither, but thx for the laugh :P
carcakes - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - linkIf the infinite fabric version for Ryzen Mobile 4000 series is newer than the previous one how much will it impact performance?
carcakes - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - link'The 2nd Gen Infinity Architecture will allow for 4-8 Way GPU connectivity in a singular node'