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Old 22-04-2005, 03:39 PM   #1
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Arrow [news] Intel knew DDR2 was poor design @ CoolTechZone.com

We all know how DDR2 is struggling to keep up with DDR, which in turn makes Intel struggle against AMD who has better performing microprocessors for the gaming and enthusiast crowd. Although Intel has managed to be "successful" with its latest generation of hardware in the OEM segment, thanks to Dell, majority of the enthusiasts tend to stay far away from Intel’s latest platform due to an unfortunate performance hit with newer standards and technologies.

After we recently published our AMD May Skip DDR2 Altogether report, a source pointed out a detail to us. According to the insider, Intel was aware of the poor design of DDR2, but continue to move forward due to its possible struggle to keep up with AMD. Since Intel never had a hard-hitting reply to AMD’s Athlon 64 microprocessors, Intel went ahead and introduced a new platform that would future-proof many systems with DDR2 and PCIe technologies. This could very well be a vision on Intel’s part, but thus far, DDR2 has not exactly matured in terms of performance and price parity, though it’s rapidly approaching that stage.

The source said Intel might follow on AMD’s footsteps if the world’s second largest chipmaker skipped DDR2 and went straight to either DDR3 or XDR. Intel has already started sampling both XDR and DDR3 for initial testing. The world’s largest chipmaker even has boards that support the aforementioned standards. Samsung is also ramping their production on XDR, so the chances of DDR2 having a short lifespan are highly possible.

According to the insider, Intel always planned DDR2 to quickly fade away from the market, so the company won’t be in a shock if they have to move to DDR3 or XDR in the near future. In fact, that was Intel’s plan all along, since DDR2 was a poor architecture to begin with.

All in all, you can expect high latencies on DDR3 with huge bandwidth. Since DDR3 or XDR are talks of the future, our source was unable to comment on the new pricing models. Get ready, as the market is about to get complicated even more.
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Old 24-04-2005, 05:02 PM   #2
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DDR2 always seemed like a hype to me and I felt Intel more or less introduced it in order to keep their platforms scoring high on sandra bandwidths

since 939's introduction, sandra mem bandwidth figures have soared on DDR1 and there was no way intel's traditional northbridge memory controller and the prescott CPU was able to get anywhere near the A64 on-die dual channel controller.

so they push DDR2 which keeps the P4 platform on par. at least in synthetic benchmarks anyway

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Old 26-04-2005, 10:56 PM   #3
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I always said that ddr2 wasn't all that good and way to expensive.

Finally made it to these fourms eva2000.
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Old 26-04-2005, 11:05 PM   #4
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welcome...

if u look at more recent performance reviews... u will see that DDR2 intel systems outperform any DDR intel system. Where tight latencies were originally lacking, it has now been somewhat fixed with 3-2-2-8 parts and very high mhz modules to allow high bandwidth. STILL... AMD is da bomb... a64 in da house!
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Old 26-04-2005, 11:29 PM   #5
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welcome brocke8

yeah DDR2 at 3-2-2-x sped things up alot
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Old 26-04-2005, 11:33 PM   #6
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lol what's up with that smiley , hahaah... it has to tilt its head like 45 degrees just to wave hello,
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