Not much exciting happens in the land of DRAM I know – usually the most exciting things occur when we get a standards change, or when capacities increase. Luckily for DRAM manufacturers we got the first taste of consumer grade DDR4 back in 2014, and almost a year later in 2015 we are now seeing capacities double per module from 8GB to 16GB. We reported on one company promoting their 16GB modules, specifically an 8x16GB kit for 128GB, and now it is the turn of Corsair who is guaranteeing US availability as this press release went live direct from the Corsair website.

Corsair is launching three kits as follows:

Corsair DDR4 128GB Kits
Vengeance LPX 8x16GB = 128GB DDR4-2400 14-16-16-31 1.2 V $1755
Dominatior Platinum 8x16GB = 128GB DDR4-2400 14-16-16-31 1.2 V $1980
Dominatior Platinum 8x16GB = 128GB DDR4-2666 15-17-17-35 1.2 V $2120

Aside from the price, the timings are naturally quite interesting. JEDEC specifications for DDR4 come in at DDR4-2133 15-15-15, and most of the modules we saw at the release of DDR4 were on those lines, moving up to DDR4-3200 with a slow rise in subtimings. The first two kits from Corsair, the Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum, arrive at DDR4-2400 14-16-16, indicating a rise in frequency and a decrease in CAS latency, all while retaining the nominal 1.2 volt specification from JEDEC rather than jumping up to 1.35 volts. Nice.

The other kit in the stack is at DDR4-2666 15-17-17, also at 1.2 volts, which is somewhat in-line with the 8GB module kits we have seen so far. Using our Performance Index rating, as described in our large run-down of DDR4 module performance earlier this year, puts each of the kits as the following:

Vengeance LPX 128GB DDR4-2400 C14 = 2400/14 = 171
Dominator Platinum 128GB DDR4-2400 C14 = 2400/14 = 171
Dominator Platinum 128GB DDR4-2666 C15 = 2666/15 = 177

This is around the Performance Index of the midrange kits for both DDR4 and DDR3, indicating a level of performance in that area.

The pricing on the other hand commands a distinct premium. The Vengeance LPX kit starts at $1755, with the Dominator Platinum 2400 C14 kit moving to $1980. At the top sits the 2666 C15 kit, by virtue of the higher frequency, at $2120. This means per GB:

Vengeance LPX 128GB DDR4-2400 C14 = $1755/128GB = $13.71 per GB
Dominator Platinum 128GB DDR4-2400 C14 = $1980/128GB = $15.47 per GB
Dominator Platinum 128GB DDR4-2666 C15 = $2120/128GB = $16.56 per GB

Compare that to a standard DDR4-2400 8x8GB kit on Newegg retailing at $720, which comes out at $11.25 per GB, or a DDR4-2400 4x8GB kit retailing at $330, giving $10.31, then you are commanding a 30%+ premium in order to get the best unbuffered DRAM density available on X99. Of course, whether you need all that is dependent on your workload. 

All kits are available on the Corsair website now, and come with a lifetime warranty.

Source: Corsair

We have about a dozen DDR4 memory kits in-house that have been sat on my desk for far too long. Keep an eye out for some quick reviews of those in due course.

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  • MrSpadge - Sunday, May 17, 2015 - link

    I have 8 GB in my main desktop and it's plenty. The simulation workstations at work have 64 GB, which is OK.. unless we have jobs for the servers with 256 GB.
  • Xenonite - Sunday, May 17, 2015 - link

    Hey, are you perhaps the true author of "640K Ought to be Enough [RAM] for Anyone"?
    As a side note, I regularly use more than 32GB of RAM while running frame interpolation software to increase the framerate of my blu-ray media.
  • ahtoh - Monday, May 18, 2015 - link

    "640K ought to be enough for anybody"
  • euler007 - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - link

    I can routinely eat up 64 GB working on large point cloud projects.
  • Soulkeeper - Friday, May 15, 2015 - link

    These prices are insane, I don't think i've seen anything like this in the 15+ years i've been watching dram price.

    I'm still very happy with my $3.75/GB fast ddr3
  • DCide - Friday, May 15, 2015 - link

    Not at today's prices! Closer to $8/GB for DDR3. And you miss out on the best value in computing power (X99 & i7) if you're not on DDR4.

    You must not have been paying close attention for these 15+ years. To be able to get the newly released highest density RAM for barely more than the current density is a unique situation. Perhaps it's only possible because the lower density prices are artificially inflated (as it is on DDR3), but it's still uncommon.
  • valinor89 - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - link

    Yup, I was thinking myself that for what you get it is not that expensive. Still, I might have been influenced by having searched for ddr2 sticks lately.
  • Valantar - Friday, May 15, 2015 - link

    I love that you pay $225 extra just for 8 completely unnecessary heatsinks that look slightly more bling-y than the Vengeance. Given that the heatsinks probably cost less than $1 a piece to make, that's a nice income boost for Corsair, no doubt. People truly are suckers.
  • DevilSlayerWizard - Friday, May 15, 2015 - link

    I wonder how cheap those Vengeance LPX modules will be without any heatsink.
  • Refuge - Friday, May 15, 2015 - link

    What is the average increase in performance changing from DDR3 to DDR4?

    I'm under the half informed assumption that there really isn't an improvement except for a few very specific cases.

    Anyone care to share their knowledge with me?

    I know Anandtech did a comparison some time ago, but I don't remember them finding much of an improvement.

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