DDR3 Main Focus Is Power
"It seems that the main focus of DDR3 SDRAM will be lowering power consumption. Read inside for more details..."
Published: 16th January 2007 | Source: The Inquirer |16/01/07
Source: The Inquirer
With the recent improvements of DDR2, and the high FSBs the modules have reached, some people see no need for DDR3 modules to make an appearance. However, Intel has decided to integrate DDR3 SDRAM into it's newest chipset, hopefully by Q2 this year. AMD has decided to stick with DDR2 SDRAM for the time being, we guess until the end of the year. Current overclocking of DDR2 modules normally takes quite an increase in voltage to see major performance, which not only raises heat, but puts more stress onto a power supply. DDR3 is expected to change many things in this way:
|DDR 3 should start from 1066MHz but it will also have 1333MHz modules available at launch. This is what Intel next generation chipset wants from the memory, you need to match the FSB and memory to get the most out of it.|
The best thing about DDR3 is that it can do 1066MHz at 1.5 V and 1333 should work at similar voltage as well. AMD already said that it stays loyal to DDR 2 only, at least till the end of this year. DDR 3 is of course end up more expensive at least at the beginning
One wonders if AMD is once again behind the crown when it comes to memory integration, just like they were late to jump on board with DDR2, and only after Intel has seen success with the modules. We'll have to wait and see if AMD's playing of the caution game will end up being a good idea, or a slip-up.
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