It feels like the release of DDR-3 might be too early to market, it still feels like only yesterday that DDR-2 had finally concreted its self into the ground as a serious performance memory option and that you did not need CAS 2 to be fast.
When you really think about it though, it comes as no real surprise that DDR-3 is being talked about seriously already with samples floating around the world wide web. The computer industry is all about staying on top of technology and that is exactly what we are seeing here today. While people might not realistically be buying DDR-3 for another 3 - 6 months, it is here, it is working and it is ready to go when the market needs it.
It also comes down to Intel again who is making the push for DDR-3. With so many memory manufactures out there it is not hard for Intel to make the move to DDR-3 and then get companies to follow. If you look at it from another perspective where if Corsair wanted to do DDR-3, with only a handful of chipset manufactures, and even less that people want to use, it would be harder for it to get to market. As always Intel is leading with innovative design and technology to help make sure the computer industry moves forward.
There are a few things to make note of when it comes to performance. Generally speaking the upgrade from P965 to P35 is not going to yield much in the way of extra memory performance. What it does bring though is a better interface for overclocking, more options and support for the new Intel processors.
The other thing is that from a synthetic point of view DDR-3 while at 1066MHz with tweaked timings of 7-5-5-10 was generally able to outperform DDR-2 1066MHz with 5-5-5-15. This again shows that CAS rating is not everything as DDR-3 does have other underlying performance enhancements. We do not doubt as time goes on 5/6-5-5-10 at 1066MHz is going to be relatively easy from DDR-3.
The bottom line though is at the top of every graph, 1.5V and 1500MHz DDR. This really sums up DDR-3 in a nutshell; we could go as far to say that we do not even need a Final Thoughts page thanks to these results. DDR-3 is ultimately about taking the speed to the next level. It looks like it is going to do this very well, Corsair has already mentioned the release of XMS3 1333MHz, hopefully we see something under the Dominator naming scheme, and then other companies starting to really place pressure with more speed and tighter timings. Companies may even showcase 1500 - 1600MHz DDR-3 memory at the upcoming Computex Taipei 2007 trade show and other companies have even already had success pushing 1066 DDR-3 memory to well over 2000MHz when pushing voltages up to the maximum.
DDR-3 is not for today! DDR-3 is for tomorrow! Price drops, new 333MHz FSB processors from Intel, X38 chipset, reworked timings, and more speed means that it is eventually going to be the ultimate choice for enthusiasts. Like it not, if you are a high-end user, you will be forced to buy DDR-3 memory before much longer.
While upgrading to DDR-3 at the moment might be like upgrading from a 8800 GTX to an 8800 Ultra we should find that within 12 months upgrading is more like moving from a 8600 GTS to an 8800 Ultra - sure the 8600 GTS or DDR-2 is doing what you need to do but performance junkies who want the best or people who just generally want everything on their PC zipping about a little quicker again will find themselves jumping on the DDR-3 bandwagon and by then pricing should be a lot more attractive!