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Old 04-12-02, 05:35 PM
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Is RDRAM better?

A buddy of mine just bought a new PC that came equipped with 512MB of SDRAM. My PC(identical specs almost, diff manufactur) came with 256 MB of RDRAM.

Just curious as to the differences
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RDRAM is better than SDRAM, and about the same as DDR, but maybe a little better than that too.
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rdram had the potential to be great

significantly better then sdram.. a bit better then ddr ram..
but the problem is that it is not supported very well, and is expected to be obsolete soon..
crucial does not even carry rdram, due to the very low demand.
looks like rdram is on the way out, and rdram2 may be their next attempt.. and of course they wont be compatible.
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eh... depends what you mean by better. There's some good things about RDRAM, but also lots of bad things.

In pure performance terms for PC's, it offered absolutely no benefits for P3/Celerons, and would probably offer little benefit to Athlons (AMD does have a license for Rambus).

Even currently the P4 can be pretty well served by DDR-SDRAM. As the clock rate on the P4 continues to ramp, however, and as Intel starts to ratchet up the FSB again, RDRAM's strengths will start to become more significant.

However, whether they become significant enough for the industry to once again consider them seriously is another matter. Dual channel DDR, and eventually DDR-II may be able to provide the same performance without those monstrous Rambus royalty fees.
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twikoff: How much "better" is it exactly?

You say it's going obsolete? Does that mean I should quickly grab up the RAM I want now before it's impossible to find?
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Originally posted by Thunderball
twikoff: How much "better" is it exactly?

You say it's going obsolete? Does that mean I should quickly grab up the RAM I want now before it's impossible to find?
marginal.. the benchmarks are slightly higher, the problems associated with it are much greater.

naww.. i dont think there is any need to stock up and worry about not being able to get it.. there will always be ebay.. and if rdram does stop being produced.. which means no new motherboards using it.. so even though supply would end, demand would also be very little
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What sort of problems are associated with it?

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