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XDR2 Memory for desktop PC's ???

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September 14, 2011 3:54:33 PM

XDR2 Memory for desktop PC's ???

Since AMD & Radeon will be using XDR2 Memory for the new 7000 series GPU's, I'm just curious if Rambus XDR2 Memory will be available in memory sticks for consumer desktop PC's anytime soon and at what price?

AMD Radeon HD 7900 to Utilize New XDR2 Rambus Memory

I wonder if the new XBox 720 console will use it since the PS3 already does?

* Edit: Turns out that XDR2 Memory will NOT be used on the entire 7000 GPU series, it's only the 7900 series = 7950, 7970 & 7990.

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a b } Memory
September 14, 2011 6:40:45 PM

well, GPU's have been using DDR5 memory for a couple years and we still haven't seen anything beyond DDR3 RAM.

I doubt we will see any soon, since we don't have anything that could use the bandwidth for RAM
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September 15, 2011 2:04:34 PM

Yeah, you're probably right. I just was hoping that with the new, next generation platforms coming out that they'd introduce XDR2 memory sticks for desktop computers. Especially since they seem to be stuck in a rut with DDR3.

If nothing else, I thought maybe they'd introduce XDR2 memory sticks to help conserve about 35% more energy while getting twice the speed, as Rambus explains in these videos.
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a b } Memory
September 15, 2011 2:19:22 PM

I agree, that would be pretty awesome.

But for most people 35% energy conservation would mean almost nothing since RAM barely uses any electricity anyways, and the cost factor would make them far more expensive.
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a b } Memory
September 15, 2011 3:42:06 PM

^+1

also 2 channel ddr3 doesn't seem to bottleneck consumer desktop computer so putting xdr will be a waste of money.
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September 15, 2011 8:20:37 PM

Yep, you two are both right.

Now, I would think that the new XBox 720 console would use XDR2 memory, especially since the PS3 already is. What do you think???
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November 9, 2011 7:53:53 PM

there is probably not going to be an "xbox 720" for a while (2 or 3 years) sorry to burst your bubble dude
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