In early August, AMD introduced Radeon-branded memory modules in selected markets. When we spoke with AMD, we were told that the company is "trialing the market" and is "running a test in Japan". The results of that test were obviously successful, since the company is coming with the whole product line.
While AMD is in the news for all the wrong reasons such as the Bulldozer launch and a 12% layoff, AMD is making an entrance into the completely new market: memory.
AMD partnered with Patriot Memory to bring this type of products to the global market, while VisionTek is selected to be the North American retail partner. AMD will offer three lines of system memory, all in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities: "Entertainment Edition", "Performance Edition" and "Radeon Edition". The line is fairly standard – DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866.
DDR3L is making an appearance inside the "Performance Edition" with modules operating at 1.35V, while "Radeon Edition" operates at 1.5-1.65V at 1866MHz and supports overclocking via AMD Overdrive software.
While Patriot is the manufacturer of memory modules, those modules feature AMD branded memory chips and the company did not disclose who the manufacturer of those memory chips is. System DIMM memory is not the only thing AMD silently launched. The company also launched its own brand of graphics memory, and it won't be long before we see a vendor from Mainland China pairing an NVIDIA GPU with AMD GDDR3 or GDDR5 memory.