There is a subtle, but clear shift in the Memory manufacturers that we saw from standard DDR to high-speed DDR2. Now that roadmaps from AMD are showing a move to DDR2 early in 2006, the big news and new speed bumps seemed to be coming in the DDR2 arena.

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Corsair had a very splashy display of an Asus 955x machine running their latest XPert PC2-8000 DDR2 (DDR2-1000) in their suite.

The XPert line continues and refines the LED information display that was first introduced by Corsair at CES in January.

This is Corsair's first official DDR2-1000 memory. AnandTech reached DDR1066 with this same Corsair memory/Asus combination when the Asus P5WD2 Premium was first introduced, so we know that Corsair performs very well on this outstanding Asus 955x motherboard.

OCZ did not have an official suite at Computex, but they were also showing a DDR2-1000 memory in meetings with the media.

OCZ PC2-8000 (DDR2-1000) was introduced the week before Comdex and many of the larger review sites already have samples of the PC2-8000 modules for evaluation.

Thus far the improvements in performance from high-speed DDR2 have been pretty small on the Intel chipsets. We are hoping DDR2 coupled with the on-processor memory controller of the Athlon 64 will be a different animal.

Geil was showing their latest DDR2 running at DDR2-1066 speed, with an error-free demo cycling Memtest-86.

As we saw in our first tests of the new Intel 955x, a very few Micron modules can reach DDR2-1066, but the percentage that can hit DDR2-1066 from current production is likely to be extremely small. Very few can be binned to operate with stability at that speed. We have also shown in the past that single-sided DIMMs, like 256MB DIMMs, overclock better in almost every case than double-sided DIMMs like the more often used DDR512MB DIMMs. Geil's DDR2 performance was helped by demonstrating with single-sided DDR2 modules.

Index DDR2 Capacity Continues to Increase


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  • nserra - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - link

    Any one know what speed FX57 will work?
    Acording to my mobo web site is 2.6Ghz, anyone?

  • nserra - Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - link

    I agree with #17 i want some Uli board review.

    I have been installing Asrock K8 Combo-Z, K8Upgrade-1689 or 939A8X-M and all look good.
  • Houdani - Monday, June 13, 2005 - link

    I'm all in favor of moving away from the legacy ports, but is this a new trend to put radiators and shrouds where the parallel/serial ports used to reside?

    BTW, what IS with that yellow shroud on the Elitegroup board?
  • kmmatney - Sunday, June 12, 2005 - link

    So when are we going to get a review of a ULi based motherboard? Anandtech has hinted at good things... Reply
  • flatblastard - Sunday, June 12, 2005 - link

    #9 xsilver

    Yeah, that new external uGuru looks like a cheap Atomic clock. I saw one just like it at Walgreens the other day, lol.
  • cwroten - Sunday, June 12, 2005 - link

    I have been told by Jetway as of June 8 2005 that the A210GDAG-Pro motherboard will not be available in the USA. The A210GDMS-Pro (uAtx version) is available thru Newegg.
  • plewis00 - Saturday, June 11, 2005 - link

    Hasn't it been proven heatspreaders are usually a waste of time anyway? Isn't the best way to cool these things, good airflow. When I say usually I mean on your mid-high end DDR400 DIMMs, not on the ultra-fast 3.6V stuff. Reply
  • JNo - Saturday, June 11, 2005 - link

    Guys, that diamond was a good heat conductor was news to me but that carbon fibre should be is very surprising. "Carbon" as a conductor per se does not mean anything because the particular allotrope will determine physical and other properties. The fibres are made of graphite sheets which are very *poor* conductors of heat (I remember holding graphite in blue bunsen flames and feeling nothing). I presume Geil knows what it is doing but am nevertheless surprised that carbon fibre should not insulate (maybe it dissipates heat very effectively though?). Reply
  • sprockkets - Saturday, June 11, 2005 - link

    Anyone have any experience with Jetway? Their uATX Radeon Express board has Azalia whatever sound with 32MB on board memory with 4 dimms for a 939 socket athlon and a reliable ULi southbridge instead of the buggy ATI ones. Not bad for $95. No gbe though, but big deal. Reply
  • Avalon - Saturday, June 11, 2005 - link

    I wonder if that little net box 500mhz 1 watt machine is running an AMD Geode. Reply

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