Anand heeft eindelijk zijn review van de GeForce 256 met Double Data Rate SDRAM online geplaatst. In zijn conclusie raadt Anand aan de SDRAM versie links te laten liggen en probeer voor de DDR versie te gaan. Het extra geld is het wel waard:
The DDR GeForce is everything we expected from the original GeForce, unfortunately its high price tag will keep it out of the hands of many. The performance of the DDR GeForce so completely shadows that of the SDR version that it almost makes no sense to opt for the SDR version.
With the price difference between the two measuring out to be around $100 or less your best bet is to either opt for the DDR GeForce or wait until prices drop and go after the DDR version. The SDR version does not perform at a high enough level in high resolution situations to justify the already high price tag of the card.
The DDR cards are just now becoming available on the market, and in a few months time even they will be outperformed by what NVIDIA likes to call their "Spring Refresh," which is basically the next product in their 6-month product cycle calendar. The next NVIDIA product, codenamed NV15, should boast a more powerful T&L engine (the number 15 million triangles/s comes to mind) as well as a higher fill rate.
What will become of DDR memory as a performance booster in video cards then? It would be a smart move by NVIDIA to make their NV15 a DDR product and leave SDR memory a thing of the past, either that or increase the memory bus width, the latter seems unlikely though. While the prospect of the NV15 being a DDR product also possibly equally as unlikely it makes the most sense for NVIDIA's next generation product to offer a significant advantage over their current generation.