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Lower power consumption, longer battery life

Qimonda has announced it has delivered the first DDR3 SO-DIMM samples to ATI. DDR3 consumes less power than DDR2 and is expected to arrive in systems in 2007. It’s unsure which chipset ATI is validating with Qimonda DDR3 modules, though it’s more likely a mobile variant of a RS700, as early RS600 information makes no mention of DDR3 memory support.

Current shipping Qimonda DDR3 modules operate at 800 MHz or 1066 MHz and require only 1.5 volts compared to current DDR2’s 533 MHz, 667 MHz and 800 MHz speeds and 1.8 volts power requirement. Qimonda DDR3 modules use 512Mbit memory chips that were co-developed with Nanya Technology Inc.

DDR3 is expected in upcoming AMD K8L processors and SIS 665 Intel north bridge. A-Data previously announced DDR3 modules at Computex too. Qimonda is a spin-off company of Infineon Technologies that previously went public on the New York Stock Exchange.




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Sweet
By mendocinosummit on 7/3/2006 2:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
I might actually might be able to skip the cheaper to make, but more expensive than DDR when compared to performance, DDR2 updgrade. That would be nice. Didn't think that I would make it.




RE: Sweet
By jkresh on 7/3/2006 5:57:08 PM , Rating: 2
Remember that when it comes out its likely to run into the same issues as ddr2 (i.e. ddr2 didn’t really make sense until it reached 800 as latency has been an issue), ddr3 is also likely to not be beneficial at initial clockspeeds.


RE: Sweet
By SLI on 7/3/2006 7:48:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I might actually might be able to skip the cheaper to make, but more expensive than DDR when compared to performance, DDR2 updgrade. That would be nice. Didn't think that I would make it


Completely agree. This is precicely why I stayed with 939/FX-60/DDR even at end-of-life. I'm on phase change/watercooling so I figured I am good with that till late 2007 when DDR3/Quad core will be out (along with Vista) so I'll jump on that boat at that time and as you said, skip DDR2 alltogether.


RE: Sweet
By SLI on 7/3/2006 7:50:24 PM , Rating: 2
ACK I copied the wrong quote.

DOH!

This was what I was really replying to. Sorry.

quote:
If this comes out in 1st or 2nd quarter of 2007, I might completely skip over DDR2. If it's 3rd or 4th quarter, I doubt I'll be willing to wait.


I'll wait
By bob661 on 7/3/2006 11:00:14 PM , Rating: 2
I probably won't be looking at this until the end of 2008.




Damn so fast
By Blackraven on 7/5/2006 9:56:44 AM , Rating: 2
And to think my current 4-year PC is only using DDR RAM PC333 (so old-fashioned :P).

I need to properly think on when I would buy my next PC.

If I wait for MS to release Service Pack 1 of Vista Ultimate, then I may consider DDR 3 as physical ram. It may look like a perfect pair with the upcoming Intel Quad Core for Desktop (ie. Kentsfield)



By Blackraven on 7/5/2006 12:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
It's obvious that these next-gen system memory units are POWERFUL YET EFFICIENT.

But what makes them different? Pros and cons between both?


We need a better timeline
By middlehead on 7/3/2006 3:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
If this comes out in 1st or 2nd quarter of 2007, I might completely skip over DDR2. If it's 3rd or 4th quarter, I doubt I'll be willing to wait.




RE: We need a better timeline
By Kakumba on 7/3/2006 4:15:26 PM , Rating: 2
A more definitive timeline would be great, but even if its Q3/ 4 '07, Ill wait. Gotta have a processor that woud actually make use of all that bandwidth too (quad core or insanely high clocked dual core)


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