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Intel and AMD Postpone 100% DDR3 Transition

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    A PII X4 940 doesn't support DDR3 memory. It won't run on an AM3 motherboard.
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    note i said "decently clocked"? i wasnt saying 800 at cas4 was better then 1066@cas5, i was saying amd isnt really being crippled by bandwith issues.
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    correct me if im mistaken but i believe that the present PII are not compatible with DDR3 configurations

    ps i saw bta's reply just now
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    Global economy is not doing so good these days. Outside of enthusiast community the situation is not so nice. The OEM's are struggling and they are usually the major force behind any major technology switchover. Sure, enthusiasts are responsible for a chunk of the market, few hundred thousand units here and there, but OEM's buy everything in the millions and all this new stuff that's coming out (well, relatively new) whether DDR3 or new chipsets or whatever is just too much of a financial risk in this kind of economy. Heck, Intel is postponing the release of their Lynfield desktop processor and P55 chipset and I wouldn't be surprised if it gets pushed all the way to September-October, or maybe even later if the economy keeps getting worse.

    All you got to do is look at the i7 adoption rates. They are terrible, even after several months in the wild. AMD's PII is not doing any better. In fact the current AM2 iteration is dropping in price like Enron stock circa 2001, yet very few takers in or outside of enthusiast community. $100 for PII in month or two? I wouldn't be surprised.

    DDR3 is getting cheaper and cheaper yet people are still reluctant to go DDR3 route (along with everything that goes with it, new chipsets or CPU's). Yesterday I saw a decent Corsair DDR3 4GB kit for $70 on Buy.com. Cheaper than many DDR2 kits. Money is tight and people are not spending as much.
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    I see AMD moving slow on DDR3 just like NVIDIA is going slow on the transition to a higher GDDR memory. NVIDIA has been stuck at GDDR3 for a long time and by the time they make the jump, they'll completely skip GDDR4 and go to GDDR5.

    So why doesn't AMD do a similar thing and just hop right onto the DDR4 board when it's out 3 years from now? Nah, that'll be too much of a long wait, I still think they've made the right decisions up to now though. Best wishes for the green company.

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