DDR SDRAM has been the biggest savior for the Intel Pentium 4 platform. It has taken it from a status of "avoid like the plague" to one of total acceptance. During the Pentium 4's early life, Intel had a major hard time convincing its OEM and retail customers to purchase a Pentium 4 system simply because of expensive processors and not to mention an expensive and rather lacklustre RAM imitative called RDRAM.
Licence agreements with Rambus put Intel on the back foot with DDR, as they had agreed to support the RDRAM series memory on their I850 Pentium 4 chipsets. This caused much uproar, as the price/performance or RDRAM was totally off the scales - nobody wanted to touch it with a 10 meter cattle prod. When these licensing agreements were over, Intel flooded the market with the I845x series chipsets. These all supported single channel DDR memory.
Dual Channel DDR was the only way to satisfy the bandwidth hungry Pentium 4 processor, as its bandwidth of upwards of 4.2GB/s just couldn't be satisfied with a 2.7GB/s of DDR-333 memory.
Now DDR has reached its maximum frequencies of around the 466MHz mark, and even then extra voltage is required in order to reach these speeds, and with the instability of some modules, it has become apparent that DDR is now at the end of the speed highway. It's now time for something else to take over that is somewhat faster, but not all that different that is causes the same performance problems RDRAM once did. Enter DDR-2.
Today we pit DDR-400, the fastest JEDEC standard memory against the DDR-2 533MHz, the currently fastest DDR-2 JEDEC standard to see just what a system based on this memory can actually do.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Recommended for You
Latest News Posts
- Xbox boss says the PS4 has a 'huge lead' over the Xbox One
- Half-Life 3 teased in a recent update to Dota 2
- Naughty Dog: around 80% of PS4 gamers 'have never played Uncharted'
- Elon Musk refers to Apple as 'Tesla's graveyard'
- Sony started working on PlayStation VR in 2010
- Z170 gaming K4-DOS Bios file name more than 8 characters
- Slow performance on new RAID array after cloning old array?
- Connection questions Z170 Extreme 6+ motherboard
- Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 won't POST when loading XMP Profile for G-Skill Ripjaws V 3200Mhz Black DDR4
- Kingwin Power Dock PD-2537U3 Dual-Bay Clone Storage Station Review
- EVGA Gives Away Free Cooler Shroud Replacement to its HYBRID Series Owners
- Shuttle Offers Value Priced XPC Nano Small Form Factor PC
- MSI Announces the DS502 7.1 Gaming Headset with Active Noise-Cancelation
- Netgear Introduces Quad-Mode Business-Class Wireless-AC Access Points
- Nokia announces planned leadership and organizational structure for combined Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent