The rambus inline memory module 4200, which is finding its way into a variety of systems, offers superior memory for vendors building high-powered PC desktops.
Rambus 32-bit RIMM 4200, which was released in the summer, is fast because Rambus squeezes two channels of 1066MHz RDRAM (Rambus Dynamic RAM) onto a single memory module, providing 4.2G-bps maximum throughput in a Pentium 4 system.
The RIMM 4200 module makes dual-channel RDRAM performance possible with a single module, eliminates the headache of upgrading in pairs and offers better price/performance.
Motherboard makers can build boards with fewer RDRAM sockets. The AsusTek ASUS P4T533, for example, has two 32-bit RDRAM sockets instead of the four found in older boards.
The RIMM 4200s price varies according to the amount of included memory: The 256MB module I looked at costs $150 to $170, depending on vendor.
For more information, go to www.rambus.com.