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DDR2 vs. DDR3

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August 12, 2009 6:32:17 PM

How much better is DDR3 at 1066mhz than DDR2 at 800mhz. Just kind of a random question.

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August 12, 2009 6:47:59 PM

???? read the rewiev of tom's hardware about memories, the answer is there....also, the diference is really more that the double of speed and performance.
a b } Memory
August 12, 2009 6:58:41 PM

minimal difference as mem speed goes up so does latency taking up most the gain. Go with the better for a new build but don't upgrade for it or pay a big price difference on a new build.

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August 13, 2009 7:18:01 AM

DDR3 is almost as cheap as DDR2 now, its better to go with DDR3 now.
DDR3 1600 is probably the best choice right now, the timings suck at 2000.
a b } Memory
August 13, 2009 8:47:05 AM

Not a whole lot better.

As for the timings sucking at 2000? They really don't, to be perfectly honest. Keep in mind that timings are rated in clock cycles, so 8 cycles at 1600MHz is the same latency as 10 cycles at 2000MHz. Therefore, DDR3-1600-8-8-8-24 is identical in latency to DDR3-2000-10-10-10-30 (and if you have deep enough pockets, you can get DDR3-2000-7-7-7-20, which is lower latency than DDR3-1600-6-6-6-18). I still don't think 2000 is worth it, but that's a cost issue, not a latency issue.
August 13, 2009 9:09:54 AM

There is not much of a difference.
But one solid reason for getting DDR3 is that they will be supported by new proccy and mobo.
They will last longer.
But if you already have 4+Gb of DDR2 then I don't see a point of upgrading just ram.
August 13, 2009 8:18:49 PM

not much better
August 13, 2009 9:46:36 PM

It would be in a new build but Im not trying to decide which to get or anything, its going to be DDR3. Like I said before, random question. Thanks for all the replies
October 22, 2009 12:56:03 PM

I am buying a new laptop/notebook. Would like to get DD3 RAM, but think I will end up getting DD2 instead (all the other specs are also dumbed down a bit too).
4gb in each instance.