OC Prices had the chance to go to the Corsair "Ramguy" Presentation in the K+K George Hotel in London. Here are some of the interesting things that were revealed at the presentation :
-PC4250 will be the next product aimed at Pentium 4 platforms, and is expected in Q1 2004.
-PC3200 Registered will be the next big AMD product released, naturally for the Athlon 64 platform, expected in Q4 2003
-There was a general lack of confidence in AMD's decision to go with Registered DIMMs.
-If Corsairs latest board samples are anything to go by, AMD's Athlon 64 is not ready for release.
-DDR-II will start on servers (especially HP servers) before filtering down to desktops. Intel will be pushing the item very hard however, although reasonable pricing will take a long time.
- Corsair will have something "special" in the memory field within a month, I will be harassing Barbara constanly for more info on this
- The Hydrocool, although an excellent product in its own right, is scheduled for a series of enhancements in the run up to xmas, with the Hydrocool "2" being its eventual successor
- Delphi are apparently the limiting factor in this, used to 3 year product cycles, the industry standard 3-6 months has been a "learning experience" for them.
- Heat spreaders make no difference to RAM performance, with an "absolute best case scenario" yielding 2-3MHz gain.
- 1GB is rapidly replacing 512MB as the new "standard" for enthusiast's PCs
- 70% of Corsairs business is XMS, 20% server, and 10% value series
- ATi will have some exciting new chipsets in the pipeline
Most likely the PC4250 (Correct me if I'm wrong but I think this is DDR533?) which will be released in Q1 2004 will be the last piece of DDR memory from Corsair before DDR2 starts to make his big breaktrough.