New hardware just around the corner

Time waits for no man – in the same way, new technology waits for no gamer. The high-end component you bought just yesterday will soon be replaced by one newer and better in a few short months.

Here are some technologies to look out for in the coming months:

Corsair Force series GS SSDs

Corsair has recently unveiled a new line of SSD drives that should hit out shores within a few months. Known as the Force Series GS, the company has paired Toggle NAND flash memory (which is faster than asynchronous and synchronous flash) with the Sandforce SF-2200 controller found in many high-end SSD drives.

The Toggle flash has impressive random read/write performance, a weak point of most SSDs. The drive is capable of 90,000 random IOPS, with 559MB/s read and 533MB/s write speeds on the ATTO 4K read write disk benchmark.

Corsair Force Series GS SSD

Corsair Force Series GS SSD

DDR 4 RAM

Have you just bought a new Intel Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge-E or AMD Bulldozer system with DDR3 memory in it? Well prepare to feel outdated, DDR4 RAM should hit the market in Q4 2012.

Samsung demonstrated its first DDR4 chips in early 2011, and since then other manufacturers such as Micro have jumped on board. RAM modules that conform to the Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC) DDR4 draft specification have also been demoed, built on a 30nm process and operating at 1.2v (as opposed to 1.35v or 1.5v of current DDR3 ram).

3.2Gbit/s speeds and capacities of up to 32GB have also been spotted, however you shouldn’t get too worried just yet, there aren’t any consumer systems that can make use of the RAM as yet, so you still have a few months of bragging rights left.

Samsung DDR 4 RAM

Samsung DDR 4 RAM

Intel Ivy Bridge-E

They day you can buy an Intel system without something bigger and better being just around the corner is the day the Mayans were actually trying to predict instead of the doomsday. In this case, if you’ve bought an Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge system, you have Ivy Bridge-E to look forward to in 2013.

Based on a 22nm manufacturing processes, the chips will be based on the Ivy Bridge micro architecture and feature Tri-gate resistor technology which allows Intel to cram more transistors into a smaller space on the CPU.

The chips will make it to the LGA2011 socket which was released with the Sandy Bridge-E range of processors, and will become Intel’s top-end multi-core systems for high workloads.

Leaked Intel processor roadmap

Leaked Intel processor roadmap

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