Wednesday, January 14, 2009

CPU Makers Postpone Move To DDR3 Only Till 2010

Reports by DigiTime suggest that Intel and AMD are postponing their transition to chips that only support DDR3 ram until next year. DigiTimes says the two chips manufactures may be delaying the release of DDR3 only processors citing higher than expected pricing as well as low adoption rates by users .

DDR3 memory prices have not fallen as much as Intel expected, while demand for its Core i7 CPU and X58 chipsets also has not yet met expectations, Intel has decided to postpone its DDR3-only Intel Core i5 series as well as 5 series chipsets until September this year. Intel and AMD were originally expected to fully transition to DDR3 across their product lines by the end of 2009.

DigiTimes also suggests that AMD is struggling with technical difficulties to achieve stability and compatibly with the DDR3 controller built into its AM3-based CPUs, and so the company is also unlikely to transition to DDR3 only chips until it is able to come out with a workable BIOS.

AMD's recently released Phenom II line-up currently supports both DDR2 and DDR3, yet motherboard manufactures have yet to release new DDR3 based motherboards. Several manufactures have announced new AM3 boards. Asus Gigabyte, ECS and Asrock have all reported AM3 boards.

ECS recently announced the ECS A790GXM-AD3 and Asrock announced the M3A790GXH/128M, however two weeks have passed and neither company has confirmed a release date. With the DigiTimes report suggesting that AMD is having issues with DDR3 the lack of board leaves room for speculation.

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