AMD launches Radeon-branded RAM modules

AMD already makes and sells PC desktop and notebook processors along with motherboards. It also makes graphics chips under its Radeon brand which it acquired when the company bought ATI several years ago. Now AMD has decided to quietly launch yet another product line. A page on AMD's web site shows that the company is now introducing a line of RAM DDR3 memory modules for the PC market. These new products will be released under the Radeon banner.

The web page indicates that AMD will release three types of RAM modules, but all of them will have 2 GB of RAM on board. One will be branded as "Entertainment", for more general purpose home and entertainment applications, with support for speeds of 1333Mbps. The second will be for "ULTRAPRO Gaming" with support for speeds of 1600Mbps. Finally there will be Radeon memory modules for enterprise PCs, but there's no word on the speeds as of yet.

While the AMD web site doesn't show a release date for any of these products, the Entertainment version appears to already be on sale in Japan. There's no word when or even if these Radeon memory modules will be put on sale here in the US. AMD recently started launching its Fusion line of processor chips that combine both a CPU and a GPU in one chip. Its next major PC desktop processor is code named Bulldozer and is scheduled to launch sometime later this fall. Earlier this week AMD indicated it would not be introducing a new processor specifically made for the smartphone market.

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Arceles said,
Eventually there will be Radeon PCs...

Wow, entire PCs that have problems with the latest games and show all sorts of weird bugs, instead of just crappy GPUs! Go team radeon...

7Dash8 said,

Wow, entire PCs that have problems with the latest games and show all sorts of weird bugs, instead of just crappy GPUs! Go team radeon...

nice to see your stupidity extends beyond your anti-piracy agenda.

7Dash8 said,

Wow, entire PCs that have problems with the latest games and show all sorts of weird bugs, instead of just crappy GPUs! Go team radeon...

wow... i bet you dont have radeon nor amd? because I HAVE amd and radeon and i can play any game. maybe you are those nvidia fanboys who dont use Amd, but keep talking like if it was still ati in 2006?.

7Dash8 said,

Wow, entire PCs that have problems with the latest games and show all sorts of weird bugs, instead of just crappy GPUs! Go team radeon...

Welcome to 10 years ago

7Dash8 said,

Wow, entire PCs that have problems with the latest games and show all sorts of weird bugs, instead of just crappy GPUs! Go team radeon...


Well you win the most ignorant comment of the year congratulations!

exactly, I have no doubt that he has not even tried a Radeon card in the last few generations nor an AMD cpu. Sure the CPU's are a bit behind the Intel, but non the less you can still make a rock solid PC with AMD parts.

Nagisan said,
Kinda stupid....drop the name from GPUs to give it the ram. All its going to do is confuse customers.

Not true. They've droped the name ATI, the GPUs are still called Radeon. It's AMD Radeon instead of ATI Radeon.

Adrian0E said,

Not true. They've droped the name ATI, the GPUs are still called Radeon. It's AMD Radeon instead of ATI Radeon.

Maybe I am mistaken, I thought they said they were going to drop the Radeon moniker with the 7000 series....but I am unable to find anything on it.

That being said it will still confuse customers, you will no longer be able to refer to AMD video cards with just Radeon, because they might be confused whether it means GPU or RAM.

Xerino said,
Hard Drives will be next Ill bet

I somewhat agree but have the feeling it will be solid state drives with the Radeon branding. It only makes sense that AMD get into the lucrative SSD market while it is still young.

1600Mbps I think you mean 1600Mhz, no such thing as 1600Mbps ram modules. I'd hardly say they were ultrapro gaming as hardcore gamers/overclockers would use the 2000mhz for more stability on the overclock (i think that's how it works). Still would interesting to see the design though

Holey said,
Only 2gb modules?

The trend today with gamers is 4gb modules

I don't think it's necessarily a trend, but I think only making 2GB modules is very short-sighted, especially for enterprise application.

Besides, the RAM market is very crowded and is very price-competitive. Several boutique RAM makers have even announced plans to leave the market due to the massive amount of competition and the low volumes on the parts, instead focusing on SSDs or other flash-based tech.

xTdub said,
Since when does AMD make motherboards?

They don't make them but they design and license them out to motherboard makers. Intel does the same but also makes it's own stuff as well.

Isnt the reason they dropped the name was to put it all under the AMD banner?

Unless they are planning to use Radeon as their branded released products (Like an AMD chipset board will be Radeon branded, same with the cards etc)

ROFL DDR3-1600 11-11-11 timings and they say this stuffs hand picked er who by blind monkeys so much for the UltraPro Gaming moniker more like UltraSlow

Athlonite said,
ROFL DDR3-1600 11-11-11 timings and they say this stuffs hand picked er who by blind monkeys so much for the UltraPro Gaming moniker more like UltraSlow

+1

They can shove their 11-11-11 timings you know where

I'll stick with my 8-8-8-24 kthnx bye.

It's their launch, so most likely the speeds will be slower. I'll wait a while, see how they work and when they start to bump up the speed to something that would be more desireable for me then I'll check into it. Though these are not bad for say, an average pc user who has no knowledge of overclocking or anything about speeds.

if that's the case then maybe they should have named them differently

something along the line of Ultra noobie DDR3-1666 11-11-11 for those that don't know anything computers and want to be ripped off

there are a myriad other brands out now that have much better performance even the cheap stuff from kingston and corsair runs with better speeds than that being offered by AMD

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