Because one can never have enough RAM, Samsung recently announced that it has started mass producing its monstrous 128GB DDR4 RAM modules. This is not the first time a tech company has driven enthusiasts giddy with such hardware. Kingston as well as Corsair rolled out 128GB DDR4 kits earlier in 2015.
But if you’re not among the lucky few with wads of cash to burn, the cost can be prohibitive unless your intention is to suit up enterprise servers or data centers with this kind of hardware. Samsung hasn’t mentioned a price or availability date yet, though volume production of the memory stick has begun.
Just to give you an idea of the cost, the 128GB Corsair Dominator Platinum CMD128GX4M8A2400C14 module for Intel X99 series motherboards, is pegged at $1130 on Newegg. Samsung’s 128GB RAM uses the company’s very own through silicon via (TSV) manufacturing technology, aiding enhanced signal transmission.
The chip dies in the hardware are scaled down and punctured with hundreds of tiny holes. They are then vertically connected by electrodes passing through the holes, thus steering away from the technique that depends on stacks interconnected through standard wire bonding. The 128GB TSV DDR4 RDIMM consists of 144 DDR4 (36 x 4GB) chips in all.
The master chip contained in each one of these 4GB packages incorporates the data buffer function. This design has a vastly beneficial effect on the overall performance and power saving ability of the hardware. Samsung claims that its 128GB DDR4 RAM can hit speeds of up to 2,400Mbs and use up to 50 percent less electricity.
With its TSV DRAM technology, Samsung hopes to deliver higher performance modules that can offer data transfer speeds of up to 3,200Mbps and 2,667Mbps in the future.