Intel Haswell-E HEDT processors are just months away from launch and its an ideal time for bringing DDR4 memory kits in the market. The first vendor to start retailing DDR4 memory is SanMax Technologies in Japan. The manufacturer has introduced DDR4 2133 MHz 8 GB x 2 and 16 GB x 2 kits priced at $355 and $690 respectively. Both kits come with CL15 timings and operate at 1.2v compared to 1.5 v of DDR3.
DDR4 2133 MHz Memory Kits
SanMax Technologies is an unknown vendor for most of the people around the world but it has introduced the first retail DDR4 memory. The DDR4 2133 MHz memory kits for sale feature SK Hynix memory chips with 15-15-15-50 timings at 1.2 v. This makes it a CL15 kit which many overclockers will not appreciate but the low voltage indicates that it has some overclocking room.
Intel Haswell-E and X99 chipset is expected to launch on September 14, 2014 and its the first platform to support DDR4 memory. While we still await for enthusiasts manufacturers such as Kingston, G.Skill etc to start retailing their kits, reviewers can get their hands on SanMax DDR4 2133 MHz kits to start testing the early samples.
The pricing is relatively high for 16 GB and 32 GB kits but that was expected for DDR4 since its a new technology. DDR3 is going strong for the past 7 years but next year it will become obsolete with the launch of Skylake desktop processors. Micron has also revealed the prices of its DDR4 kits which will be priced at $445 for 8 GB x 2 1600 MHz memory.
More renowned manufacturers in the US will have lower prices compared to SanMax and Micron once they will launch their own DDR4 memory sometime in August.