An inescapable part of the world of self-building a personal computer is customization and aesthetics. For most users, and even some gamers, the box under the desk is built for function. But there’s a sizeable crowd of chassis/system modders, LAN gamers and forum users that like to show off what they have. For these users, we have styled motherboards, graphics cards, coolers and even power supplies in order to build the design. Chassis can come with side windows, be fully open or custom built to how the user wants. One area in the customization route that has been a hard one to innovate has been what to do with DRAM.

Corsair and ADATA provides colored tops for some of their ranges, G.Skill has themed heatsinks but also bundle the high end kits with additional fans with LEDs, but currently Avexir have stood out with different colored modules with LEDs along the top. Now GeIL is joining the crowd with the Super Luce line.

The principle behind these kits is that the top of the module can beat at five different rates, based on the temperature of a thermal sensor on the module. Under 40ºC, the LED will pulse at 13 beats per minute, or one per 4.6 seconds. Then as the temperature rises in sets of 5ºC, it will move up to 60, 80, 120 and 200 beats per minute, reaching the peak frequency over 55ºC.

Judging by the way that GeIL is describing their implementation, each module is independent of the others. This might indicate that depending on the heat movement around the socket, one side of the modules might be at a different heartbeat frequency than the others.

The Super Luce family of products will be available in white, red or blue, from DDR4-2666 MHz to DDR4-3400 MHz and up to 64GB capacity. Currently on the website we are seeing each of the colors at DDR4-3000 and DDR4-3400, but exact combinations of colors, frequencies and capacities have not been announced yet. GeIL is indicating availability by the end of April.

Source: GeIL

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  • wolrah - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - link

    Years ago I recall someone selling RAM that had a plug on upward-facing edge on which a LED bar graph thing could be mounted which would display something about the current state of the memory itself, I forget if it was capacity in use or memory bandwidth. Either way I really wanted those.

    Temperature, eh, I couldn't care less about the "heartbeat" aspect of this but if it would slowly shift from blue through red as the temperature increased I'd find that pretty cool.
  • elavanis - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - link

    I believe you are referring to Corsair Pro series. I had 1 way back in 2004 and if my memory serves me correctly they would light up based upon the amount of amount of used bandwidth. I was hoping it would show the amount of memory in use and was disappointed after I bought it.

    I know Corsair later came out with another pair of memory along the same lines that could display additional information.
  • MrSpadge - Monday, April 27, 2015 - link

    To be fair, memory usage is one of the most basic things every OS reports. Having this shown in hardware is of little benefit. Besides, any modern OS uses spare RAM as file cache. The memory modules have no idea what's stored in them, and can't distinguish between cache and memory used otherwise so they'd simply always show "almost full".
  • wolrah - Monday, April 27, 2015 - link

    "To be fair, memory usage is one of the most basic things every OS reports. Having this shown in hardware is of little benefit."

    The first ones, the ones with just the bar display, were released two years before the Logitech G15 made PC-powered LCD informational displays an option for normal people. Before that they were the domain of case modders and other geeks with too much spare time. Multiple monitors weren't really a thing then either, so if you wanted to see real-time stats on your PC while gaming this was actually a reasonable option.

    These days, yeah, it's no more than shiny things. Obviously you are correct about the usage aspect with modern OSes.
  • wolrah - Monday, April 27, 2015 - link

    Yup, those are exactly what I was thinking of. I had sort of combined the two, the ones with the alphanumeric ones were the ones where the display part was removable. Totally forgot those existed.
  • KateH - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - link

    Corsair XMS! I still have a pair of 512MB PC3200 modules in the Bin Of Parts. As I recall, the LEDs were hybrid activity+usage; the bar graph filled up to show utilization and the top few segments flickered to indicate heavy R+W. IMO that was pretty neat and actually useful, unlike this gimmick. Even in overclocked systems I have never been curious or worried about my DIMM temps, but memory usage is something that I like to know sometimes.
  • cmdrdredd - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - link

    Kind of sick of seeing these gigantic heatspreaders and heatsinks on the memory. Hard to fit large air coolers.
  • Azune - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - link

    I think the target demographic for those is most likely watercooling. You wouldn't see them nicely with a large heatsink anyway.
  • RaistlinZ - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - link

    Air coolers! Oh man, I remember those.
  • cmdrdredd - Monday, April 27, 2015 - link

    With the issues people have had with the corsair water kits I will keep my Noctua thank you.

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