To a couple of DDR2 memory sticks gives me a bit of a combined feeling these days. Most - if not entire - of our readers familiar that DDR3 is upon us, surely since Intel difficult established its fresh P35 chipset previous week. P35 gives us complete support for DDR3 memory, which promises still higher velocities than DDR2. As we speak, the first DDR3 mainboards similar to the Asus P5K3-deluxe are hitting the streets, and the first "real" DDR3 examples are in build at our shops. Furthermore, if you expect at many of the competitive websites, one would imagine that DDR2 is dead already, and DDR3 is the Holy Grail we have entire been expecting for.
In the following paragraphs I will be showing my own point of view on this freshly found Holy Grail, but what is confirm though is that we have entered what looks to be another transitional time in the memory landscape.
The main queries of course is this: are we speaking a real, short term transition to DDR3 here, or are we acquiring the DDR2 transition story entire over again? Let's not forget that, at this time, AMD’s AM2 and Intel Core 2 are not still one year former, with most individual just promoting from DDR towards DDR2 since June or July 2006. As you may familiar, Intel has been pushing DDR2 since their transition to the 775 pin socket in June 2004, but with very little success in the first 2 years. It is the similar Intel that tested to convince us to move towards DDR3 in the close to future, so will they succeed in a quicker transition this time around?
The first determining elements in the DDR3 transition will no queries be function. When actual world tries prove that DDR3 is indeed faster, I imagine DDR2 will be short-lived indeed. As with DDR2 however, DDR3 does not look to extend a big, immediate profit over DDR2. The trouble - as with DDR2 - looks to lie with latencies. Right now, the function crown based on application to application, where sometimes DDR3 is capable to profit from its higher velocity rating. Other applications that profit more from latency have a preference for excellent "old" DDR2. Until the industry is capable to make truly lower latency DDR3, function does not look to be a persuasive argument.