Deze keer de zoveelste review over AMD's nieuwe chipset. Nadat Kyle nog even kort uitlegt waarom DDR RAM theoretisch beter presteert dan SDRAM toont hij ons de gebruikelijke benchmarkresultaten die we gewend zijn van de afgelopen dagen. De cijfers geven aan dat de nieuwe combo inderdaad sneller is, maar er zijn geen schokkende resultaten. Toch is de review aardig om te lezen vanwege de luchtige manier waarop deze geschreven is. Het enige opzienbarende is dat de testsysteembouwers bij AMD wel een tweaker-lesje "heatgrease aanbrengen" mogen gaan volgen, want dit is natuurlijk niet zo netjes:
Erg tegenvallend vond ik dat er geen resultaten of probeersels zijn van overclocken, wat je van de hardcore overclocksite op het net wel zou verwachten. Jammer dus.
Tenslotte nog 2 nuchtere stukjes uit de conclusie:
What AMD is showing us has not been accomplished in sometime, or ever actually. They are showing us the FIRST STEP down the DDR road that will certainly scale to much greater heights as CPUs are developed that can handle faster system busses. Is DDR system memory a quantum leap? No it is not, but I think we will not be seeing many huge jumps in technology like we have seen periodically in the past decade. I think we have come to expect too much sometimes, but all in all the system bandwidth that DDR memory and the AMD 760 chipset delivers now is extraordinary. While current DDR numbers do not show a considerably faster product scores overall, it certainly is a step in the right direction and it is going to be very accessible.
[...] That brings me to the final question. Do you need to upgrade to an AMD DDR system? The answer is two fold. Yes you do, and no you don't. My suggestion at the current time would be if you are already in the market, or are about to be in the market for a system upgrade, you would be foolish to not check into moving to a DDR system. No, their stability has not been proven yet, but I have faith in this product for some reason and don't see too many problems associated with it (Boy, I hope I am right.). If you are thinking about upgrading simply because of DDR, and you already have an 800 to 900MHz+ system, I would say you are NOT going to be extremely impressed. I honestly don't think it is worth the money right now. Hang onto that system and maybe bump the CPU up again as the prices continue to plummet.[break]Maar er is nog hoop:[/break]But you can bet your ass on two things....one, we are going to be OCing some CPUs using the new DDR boards that are coming out, and two, DDR is here to stay and is going to be the next memory platform for EVERYONE even Intel.
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