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Today, I have a stellar new product up for review from Crucial, their recently announced 4GB DDR3-1333MHz UDIMMs. Crucial has always been a well known and trusted name in the world of consumer and, more recently, performance DRAM. Throughout their history, Crucial has been able to pride itself on quality products for countless platforms. For those who may not be familiar with Crucial, here's a snippet from their website.
"A wholly owned subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc., Lexar Media, Inc. boasts one of the most comprehensive offerings of memory product lines in the industry. We deliver high-quality, award-winning products in every memory category: USB flash drives, all popular form factors of memory cards and card readers, DRAM computer memory for PCs and Mac systems, and solid state drives (SSD). We back our products with outstanding customer support and industry-leading warranties, and we strive to expand our offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers — customers just like you."
With 64-bit operating systems such as Windows 7 being utilized by an ever increasing user base, Crucial has begun to offer new solutions that take advantage of the increased DRAM capabilities of a 64-bit operating system. The 4GB UDIMMs we will be looking at today are a step in the direction of providing high reliability, high density DRAMs to the consumer. As modern motherboards can support anywhere from 16GB of DRAM and up, these new 4GB UDIMMs position Crucial to take advantage of this evolving market.
Now, does everyone need 8GB, 12GB or 16GB of DRAM? No, such high densities are really only required for users of memory hogging applications such as video and photo editing, computer aided design and engineering, etc. Can an everyday user still benefit from increased DRAM? The simple answer to this is yes, if only from the fact that it will allow more system critical data to stay in DRAM vs. being stored on the HDD. This will allow for a more responsive system, and one that can handle a far greater beating when it comes to multitasking. Don't forget, there are also benefits to multi-channel setups with additional DIMMs. Before we crunch some numbers and see how these 4GB UDIMMs perform in different setups, let's take a quick look at Crucial's official specifications, as well as the modules themselves.