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Buffalo Announces DDR3 Memory Modules

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Japanese Buffalo Ltd. anounced that it will ship its first DDR3 memory modules in Japan by the end of the month. The company will offer a kit of 512MB memory modules (2x 512MB), a single 1GB module as well as a 2GB set (2x1GB). The DDR3 memory standard is considered as the successor of the DDR2 SDRAM. It promises power consumption reduction of 40% compared to current DDR2 modules, allowing lower operating voltages (1.5V, compared to 1.8V in DDR2 modules). Buffalo's new modules run at 1,066MHz((PC3-8500) and maintain the 240-pin DIMM interface of DDR2. Intel has preliminarily announced that they expect to be able to offer support for DDR3 in mid 2007 with a version of their upcoming P35 Bearlake chipset. AMD's roadmap indicates their own adoption of DDR3 to come in 2008.

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Kickin!

To everyone, think these would eventually be compatible to an LGA775 mobo with PCI-e slots?
 

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"Intel has preliminarily announced that they expect to be able to offer support for DDR3 in mid 2007 with a version of their upcoming P35 Bearlake chipset."

I think this means you need a new chipset/mobo (northbridge/southbridge or something).
So yeah not compatable with todays boards I believe.
 

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I think they may be compatible now. Then again, perhaps only after a voltmod or bios hack. AMD was supposed to start the migration to DDR3 before Intel...wonder what happened here.
 

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"Intel has preliminarily announced that they expect to be able to offer support for DDR3 in mid 2007 with a version of their upcoming P35 Bearlake chipset."

I think this means you need a new chipset/mobo (northbridge/southbridge or something).
So yeah not compatable with todays boards I believe.


I was thinking that too but then I saw the words "same interface design", then wheels started churning. Updated bios, old motherboard .... "??"
 

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DDR3 specification originally called for a different pin layout, its interesting they have somehow managed to keep to 240pins, certainly makes you wonder. I would hazard a guess at they found a way to maintain signal integrity without moving to a new PCB design.
 

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OK... it runs at 1066mhz and uses less power than the dd2.

Right now I am running 1066mhz (OE settings) DDR2 ram. So is this going to have any benifits other than lower voltage consumption?
 

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These are only the first DDR3 models, like the first DDR2 models were DDR2-533, these are DDR3-1066. I can see DDR3-1333 DDR3-1666 etc etc etc...
 

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I know AMD's solution is the following:

AM3 chipsets use a new motherboard/chipset.
AM2 motherboards can take an AM3 CPU, but still need DDR2 ram.

Intel i can only assume, will in fact need new chipsets - intel always do, for hardware upgrades.