Colorful Enters DRAM Module Business: Generic Colorfire & Custom iGame DIMMsby Anton Shilov on October 1, 2018 5:35 PM EST
Colorful has introduced its first memory modules, officially adding a new product category that will complement its graphics cards, motherboards, and SSDs. The initial lineup consists of generic DIMMs aimed at system integrators as well as custom modules for gaming PCs.
The ColorFire lineup of generic DIMMs consists of 8 GB DDR4-2400 at 1.2 V as well as 8 GB DDR3-1600 at 1.5 V modules that are based on JEDEC-standard PCBs and likely featuring JEDEC-timings for the said speed bins. One thing that is noteworthy about ColorFire DDR4 DIMMs is that they use 16 Gb DDP (dual-die package) memory chips instead of 8 Gb SDP (single-die package) devices.
The iGame lineup currently includes only 8 GB DDR4-3200 at 1.35 V modules, but it will be expanded in the future, the company said back in June. These DIMMs are based on a custom PCB designed to handle overclocked DRAMs and featuring traces for RGB lighting. Besides, the DIMMs are outfitted with custom heat spreaders designed to match Colorful’s iGame motherboards and, to some degree, graphics cards.
Colorful first disclosed plans to branch out to memory modules at Computex earlier this year. This week the company clarified its intentions and added generic ColorFire DIMMs as well as enthusiast-grade iGame DIMMs to its product family. The rather mediocre specs of the modules and the lack of dual and quad-channel matched kits indicate that Colorful is taking a very cautious approach to this business.
Colorful did not announce MSRPs for its memory modules, but given their specs, excpect them to compete against affordable offerings from other companies.
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Hxx - Monday, October 1, 2018 - link"These DIMMs are based on a custom PCB designed to handle [..] RGB lighting" - yes finally we get RGB for performance gains.
PeachNCream - Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - linkThere's just something about the branding that sounds awkward. iGame is yet another one of those iSomething products that, years after the fact, follow Apple's iMac naming convention to the point where it just comes off as tacky and outdated. The other brand, ColorFire, is a bit too much for the plain vanilla OEM market it targets. Aside from the name, I like the ColorFire series for lacking unnecessary heat spreaders and omitting LED lighting.
JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - linkThe memory looks fine. Some people might think the branding is tacky, but I don't particularly care about the looks. The RGB RAM wouldn't be the cheapest kit due to additional cost(s) on the lighting effects, so it's not something that I'd be likely to ever add to a shopping cart since it's just plain outside my ideal price range.
I will say though, with the plethora of new memory makers entering the scene, I will say that I'd more likely stick to the known memory maker names than Colorful, not out of spite or brand loyalty, but because of memory verification and qualified vendor lists provided by motherboard manufacturers. Colorful's new to the scene, so it may take some time (possibly years) before their memory is used in validating timings on motherboards moving forward.
Sticking to a cheap no-heatspreader G.Skill set for $1 or $2 more would still be a safer investment in terms of wider compatibility across different motherboard makers than getting a possibly slightly cheaper Colorfire memory set.