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DDR3 Memory: Not Ready for Prime Time

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Loyd Case, July 18, 2007

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Well, not quite. DDR3 memory has arrived on the scene, but the move to DDR3 memory is looking a lot like the transition from DDR SDRAM to DDR2. What's happening is that newer memory trades off latency for bandwidth.

The recent release of the Intel P35 and G35 chipsets is the beginning of the shift to DDR3, a new memory technology that builds on the foundation built by DDR2. We've seen a plethora of DDR2-based P35 and G33 motherboards arrive on the scene, but only a handful of DDR3-based boards. Part of the reason for this is the high cost of DDR3. Right now, 2GB DDR3 kits, consisting of a pair of 1GB modules range in price from $400-$500. Speed doesn't seem to be a factor, with DDR3 1333MHz pairs costing roughly the same as DDR3 1066MHz kits.

These types of transitions are always painful. Make the jump too early, and you'll end up spending way too much money for expensive RAM that drops quickly in price—and get to help debug new motherboard BIOSes in the process. Jump to late, and you may end up with a motherboard that can't take newer CPUs and only older memory.



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Final Thoughts: DDR2 Still the King

After running through these exhaustive series of benchmarks, we can safely say that DDR3-1333 offers no real performance gain in today's applications, running in a 32-bit operating system. The same can certainly be said for DDR3-1066.
[Source: ExtremeTech]
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I agree, I have not recommended that anyone jump to DDR3 right now. They certainly don't suck, but you sure pay a whole lot more to not suck. I am thinking when 1600mhz is mainstream, and latencies get a little better, I will get a second set.
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I agree, I have not recommended that anyone jump to DDR3 right now. They certainly don't suck, but you sure pay a whole lot more to not suck. I am thinking when 1600mhz is mainstream, and latencies get a little better, I will get a second set.
QTF. DDR3 is overrated
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personally i dont think its overrated. its awesome, but sadly so is its price.
even though DDR3 > DDR2 by miles already, its simply not worth the money.
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yeah, i just jumped to DDR2, and will jump to DDR3 at the end of the boat...when they fall down to near current DDR2 prices...
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post #6 of 20
sadly enough, that's the best approach. buy memory when a new type comes out.
DDR3 for me when DDR4 hits the shelves. *cries*
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im still on ddr so im gonna make the shift to ddr2 when i get my quad. ONce ddr3 drops in price ill get a x38 board and ddr3.
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im still on ddr so im gonna make the shift to ddr2 when i get my quad. ONce ddr3 drops in price ill get a x38 board and ddr3.
Do you really think DDR3 worth it? Still !
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DDR3 is beating DDR2 already? That's surprising.
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DDR3 is beating DDR2 already? That's surprising.
Yeah by %1
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