Asus has just introduced an interesting new motherboard that moves away from the traditional idea of RAM. Instead of giving you a set of DIMM slots, they just integrated 2GB of DDR3 1333 MHz memory onto their new P5K3 Premium motherboard.
Asus claims that with their configuration called a “perfect T-Tree design” will reduce clock cycle timing by 50% when compared to traditional methods. Overclocking will allow speeds above 1500MHz, though you'll need a good processor to reach those speeds. You'll also get features such as CrossFire compatibility, a single ATA133 slot, 6 SATA3.0Gb/s, and 2 e.SATA 3.0Gb/s ports.
I'm not really sure what to think of this idea. I suppose for people that don't ever want to upgrade their systems past 2GB of RAM, it's going to be fine, but I just have something against integrated components. In this case, the RAM is locked into the board, you can't change it or upgrade it in any way. I have no doubt that the overclocking features will be very good, and allow you to squeeze out every drop of performance out of your memory, but at the end of the day you're still only going to have 2GB.
We don't currently have pricing or availability for these boards, though they are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
ASUS Announces P5K3 Premium with 2GB Onboard [via dailytech]